Take One Tin is a recipe book that reinvents store cupboard essentials, namely the humble tin. Take One Tin contains 80 recipes that each have a tin at its core. Tinned food is under-appreciated, overlooked and sometimes look down upon. But tins are an amazing pantry staple you will find in anyone’s pantry. They’re universal, budget friendly and convenient – not to mention, the pandemic food item to have on hand, as they last long.
With Take One Tin, Lola Milne shows you how versatile tins are and how to turn any tin into a delicious meal. And I mean any tin! There’s beans and pulses, vegetables, fish and fruit – each turned into a delicious meal you’d never thought could have come from a tin. The recipes are budget friendly, simple, healthy, mostly under 10 ingredients and aside for the chapter on fish tins, are completely vegetarian (and mainly vegan). Paging through the book, I was inspired to use more tins and got some ideas of what to make with the tins I keep pushing to the back of my pantry.
The recipe I chose to share was that of Sticky Potatoes with Spicy Tomato Sauce. She roasts her potatoes in Marsala which makes them sticky – but you can also use vegetable stock. The hero of the dish however, was the spicy tomato sauce. It’s made from canned tomatoes, a can I always have in my pantry. But while I often use it in curries or soups, I have never really turned it into a sauce. She does, and with a few small additions and some cooking, it becomes thick and flavourful. You can use it to dip roasted veggies into, spread it onto a pizza or use it as a pasta sauce.
Take One Tin was given to us by Jonathan Ball Publishers and is available here. Jonathan Ball Publishers nor the author approved or reviewed this piece prior to publication. Opinions + images are our own. Recipe is reprinted with permission.
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Zissy is the co-founder of Nutreats. She likes to make things, do things and wear things.