I tend to buy according to what I fancy or what looks tempting. There are some staples I buy regularly – potatoes, onions, garlic, for example and sometimes I’ll have meals in mind that I know I need certain things for, but generally it tends to be fairly impulsive. This makes deciding what to cook a little more fun – I look in the fridge and think about what I could do with those parsnips and that pepper, the courgettes and the pears. I’ll flick through my recipe books, search the web for inspiration or be led by my own ideas, past recipes or what I’ve eaten in restaurants.
It’s all the more interesting when Rob goes without me – I wonder what will he bring back? I hang around him like an excited child as he unpacks the bags, waiting to see what I have to cook with. I like the element of surprise, it adds more interest to my cooking, gets me thinking harder and helps to build my repertoire.