Sort of linked to the Can't Be Arsed thread, What do you always ensure you've got in the storecupboard, fridge or freezer ready for when: you just can't be bothered to spend ages in the kitchen, you've forgotten to get the chicken pieces/frozen curry out of the freezer, you've not been shopping or when things happen out of the blue that mean that what you'd planned for dinner goes out of the window? I don't mean things you always have around, such as spices you always have in or umpteen half-full packets of dried pulses (which I always seem to have!), but things that will make an impromptu meal if put with something else. I always have: Tinned anchovies and/or tinned tuna - great cooked up with garlic, tinned tomatoes and bottled capers to make an instant sauce for pasta Pesto - 'nuff said Tinned tomatoes - to make the abovementioned pasta sauce Frozen white fish portions - Throw into a baking dish with chopped garlic and tinned tomatoes and bake for an instant fish dinner. Eggs - Omelette, poached on toast, scambled on toast, fried in a butty. Rice, couscous and bulghur wheat - cooked in stock or simply steamed in water - great with just olive oil and lemon juice, or a spoon oh harissa Harissa - see above! Tinned pulses - an instant stew with onions, garlic and tinned tomatoes Would be great if you could say what you'd use them for - might give others ideas!