Domesticity 101: Pantry Essentials-Oils & Sauces

Domesticity 101 Oils & Sauces

Last week we started a new series on our blog thanks to a suggestion from an avid reader and dear friend, Kristin.

She suggested we start a “how-to guide” to the basics of cooking.

That got me thinking.

Here it is: Domesticity 101.

A guide to all the essentials and basics around the house and kitchen to help you out.

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I am not an expert, just another woman trying to figure life out and make it the day-to-day tasks as simple as possible – and that’s what I will be sharing here.

The title, Domesticity 101 can be defined as:
do·mes·tic·i·ty (dm-sts-t)
n. pl. do·mes·tic·i·ties
1. The quality or condition of being domestic.
2. Home life or devotion to it.
3. domesticities Household affairs. Original source

We are kicking off the series with Pantry Essentials – this includes ingredients that we use very regularly and are featured in many of our recipes.  Last week it was Herbs & Spices, today we are looking at Oils, Sauces & Marinades, followed by many more helpful tips!

Do you have a question that you want answered?

If so, please leave a comment or email me and ask the question and I will try and answer it!

Here’s the list:


Oils & Sauces

Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Vegetable Oil
Grapeseed Oil
Coconut Oil (this is a new addition to our collection and we love it, we are finding new uses for it regularly – even as a replacement for olive oil!!)
Sesame Oil
Cooking Spray Oil – Canola/Vegetable and Olive
Flavored Oils – we currently have Persian Lime Olive Oil from Winterhill.
Please take a moment to check out their page but for a full list of their current stock give them a call as they regularly get new and delicious products for very reasonable prices. They take online and phone orders and ship worldwide finding the best possible prices for shipping.


Oils & Sauces

Red Wine Vinegar

Distilled White Vinegar

Balsamic Vinegar


Oils & Sauces

This list could go on forever…….however for the sake of this post, I chose to list our most important ingredients

Mustard – dijon, spicy and regular yellow…..all are great for different things

Mayonnaise – Captain America HATES this stuff, but I love it.  I try to buy the Light kind as who needs to waste the extra calories and fat when the taste is the same!

Honey – a great sweetener and a little goes a long way!

Hot Sauce – as you know by now Captain America loves heat in his food, and Tabasco is his personal favorite, we have about 6 other Hot Sauces….none of which I will touch as they have words like “death” and “extreme”, neither of which excite me!!!

Soy Sauce – this is used in so many Asian recipes, and although it is high in sodium adds great flavor…..just use it sparingly!

Cooking Sherry/wine – we don’t use this all the time although many recipes call for it!  It doesn’t need to be very expensive especially if you are using sherry.

Hot & Spicy:

Oils & Sauces

Many of you are like my husband and have a “the hotter the better” attitude to your food, I however cannot handle too much heat but there are a few sauces I use regularly that add a little heat and a lot of flavor –

Ground Fresh Chili Paste – not as hot as it sounds but adds a lot of flavor

Sriracha HOT Chili Sauce – this is a smooth sauce that goes a long way, you can add it while cooking or use it as a dipping sauce too.

Fish Sauce – this smells VILE!!  Do not fall for the trick my friend played on me and inhale the open bottle very deeply…..I am still scared!  However, this is a vital ingredient in Thai cooking and adds amazing flavor…..but be warned the smell (from the bottle) will traumatize you!!

Wasabi Ginger Mustard – this is almost impossible for most of you to get a hold of….sorry! (we bought our in Kauai on honeymoon!) but I included it on the list as many, many places sell specialist flavored mustards.  As this one has Wasabi in it we use it in a lot of Asian cooking and it gives a great depth of flavor.

Secret Ingredients:

Oils & Sauces

Mussini Balsamic Glaze – Brandy Flavor (you can get this from Winterhill), this is such a versatile ingredient.  You can add it to sauces, pie fillings or even drizzle a little on chocolate or vanilla ice-cream….buy some! You will not regret it!

Oils & Sauces

Worcestershire Sauce….because every British woman has this in her pantry and it has too many wonderful uses to list here!
I really hope this helps you all, and don’t forget to leave a comment or email me if you have a question you want answering!











4 thoughts on “Domesticity 101: Pantry Essentials-Oils & Sauces

    • Ruth Cataldo says:

      Ohhh HP sauce-I personally cannot stand the stuff but I know many people who love it including my Mum! We also have a load of hot sauce. Captain America prefers Tabasco but with him the hotter the better!!


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