James Martin with Asparagus

James Martin Reveals His (Secret) Kitchen Cupboard Essentials

And one of them is surprisingly good for filling fancy éclairs...

By Asda Good Living, 29 April 2016
James Martin Reveals His (Secret) Kitchen Cupboard Essentials

Yesterday it was announced that TV's finest celebrity chef James Martin has joined Asda's ranks to champion great suppliers and quality dishes for families all around the country! 

While he wasn't cooking up a storm in the kitchen, we got to delve around in his storecupboard and talk to the chef about his secret must-have kitchen essentials.

Red Bull

'When I'm at an event or working people ask me “What's your rider?” well I am the most low maintenance person going! I tell them “I'll have a Red Bull and some eye drops!” That's all I need.'

Buy: Red Bull Energy Drink 355ml, £1.35

00 flour

'I always make sure I have some in because I like to make pasta quite quickly.'

Buy: McDougalls Premium Plain Flour 1kg, £1.78

Rapeseed oil

'It's great for cooking at high temperatures unlike some oils which can burn.'

Buy: ASDA Extra Special Cold-Pressed Rapeseed Oil 500ml, £3.49

Good Balsamic Vinegar

'It's worth getting one which has been aged as you get a much richer flavour.'

Buy: ASDA Balsamic Vinegar of Modena 250ml, £1


'I love really good salt like Maldon salt or Irish salt or sea salt – salt is not all the same, some are from the sea, others from land, and they taste nothing like table salt.'

Buy: Maldon Sea Salt Flakes 125g, £1.08

Black peppercorns

'I always need freshly ground black pepper from a pepper mill.'

Buy: Schwartz Black Peppercorns 85gr, £2.76

Dairy Milk

'It's weird but chefs like milk chocolate, I don't know what it is.'

Buy: Cadbury Dairy Milk 200g, £2 or 2 for £3

Olive oil

'Again it's worth getting a really good one as it's a really key ingredient.'

Buy: Napolina Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil 500ml, £3

Sarson's vinegar

'I love it on my chips – just Sarson's vinegar and a sprinkle of sea salt.'

Buy: Sarsons Malt Vinegar, 70p

A carton of custard

'It's really good for filling éclairs, I whip up cream and fold the custard into it and it makes the posh French filling créme légere. But it's so quick and easy with a carton of custard – but not the powder because that doesn't work.'

Buy: Asda Chosen By You Ready to Serve Custard, 68p

Why not check out James's recipe for summery strawberry gateau? It's a no cook dessert and it's ready in 20 minutes!