• Aran Goyoaga's Pantry •
Aran Goyoaga - author, photographer, and stylist behind @cannellevanille - is one of those women who reminds you why you love food. Her work is simply beautiful and evocative in so many ways. She brings out the beauty in the everyday - from a bowl of speckled eggs to a shelf of cast iron pots. She has a true gift of style - and her airy studio kitchen shows it.
Growing up in the Basque Country in Spain, Aran’s home was surrounded by bakeries, fishmongers, butchers, two fruit shops and a small convenience store. Now, in Seattle, Aran's approach to food is the same- it’s a core part of her identity and sense of home.
Step into the most beautiful pantry & all of its earthy magic...
I would describe my food very influenced by the simplicity of my Basque roots. I focus mainly on beautiful ingredients and I manipulate them as little as possible. I have also been gluten free since 2010 so all my baking and cooking has that twist to it, which many people who taste my food don’t even realize. As for my kitchen style, it mimics my food in the way of simplicity - airy, textural, earthy, clean.
I think seasons are the biggest inspiration because when I get tired of an ingredient, there is something new to look forward to. Nature is the biggest inspiration always. But I have to admit that just like everyone else I have my kitchen ruts. Also, when I became a mother of two I noticed more of a pattern of repetition when I cooked for my family. The staples that my kids enjoyed were always on rotation, which is nice but can become quite repetitive. So I love eating other people’s food so I get new ideas and cookbooks are always a great source of inspiration.
markets & shopping
I grew up in a family that shopped for food daily. Just in my little street in the Basque Country there were a couple of bakeries, a fishmonger, a butcher, two fruit shops and a small convenience store. I was sent to buy things on my own, with a list, at an early age. That is still the way I shop. I go to several markets because I like different things from different vendors and it’s normally a daily affair.
I always have eggs of different colors, which they don’t necessarily taste super different from each other but that little bit of beauty makes me extremely happy.
I always have homemade nut milks, pickles, nut butters…
As for store bought items, I love Frankie & Jo’s plant-based ice cream and there are always pints in my freezer.
I don’t really drink anything much besides water but I like having Rachel’s Ginger Beer in the fridge to mix in with other shrubs and sparkling water. Plus she is an amazing woman in Seattle.
Ayako Gordon’s plum jam.
Chorizo Palacios in every stew I make.
My friend Karen Mordechai’s line Ila is one of my favorites for olive oil, different salts, and spices. Plus the packaging is beautiful.
I couldn’t live without Authentic Foods’ superfine brown rice flour. It’s the finest milled flour that makes all my baking recipes so much better.
Canned bonito tuna from the Basque Country.
High speed blender
It's hard to choose my favorite cookbook because there are so many and I have a lot of cookbook author friends so I wouldn’t want to forget anyone. But here are some.
Seven Spoons by Tara O’Brady
Near & Far by Heidi Swanson
Sprouted Kitchen by Sara Forte
Simple by Diana Henry
Simple Fare by Karen Mordechai
River Cottage Gluten-Free by Naomi Devlin
Aquacotta by Emiko Davies
Neighborhood by Hetty McKinnon
Cuban Table by Ana Sofia Pelaez
Any book by Nigel Slater
To Sum it Up:
pantry items she can't live without: olive oil and salt
one or two items that are always in her fridge: eggs and coconut milk
her go to inspiration cookbook: Simple by Diana Henry
her most trusted kitchen tool: chef’s knife
5 adjectives that describe her pantry style: organized, Gluten-Free, Abundant, Nourishing, Basque
her all time favorite market: Ballard Farmers Market in Seattle. Mercado de la Rivera in Bilbao
women she pines for: All of the women in my life and they know who they are. And specifically women who work in food… Andrea Gentl, Deborah Williamson, Heidi Swanson, Karen Mordechai, Tara O’Brady, Diana Henry, Nikole Herriott, Alison Roman, Camille Becerra, Athena Calderone, Susan Spungen, Victoria Granof, Rebecca Jurkevich, Mimi Thorisson, Amy Chaplin, Sarah Britton, Dorie Greenspan, Shauna James-Ahern, Gabriela Camara, Sara Forte, Sarah Copeland, Hetty McKinnon, Ashley Rodriguez, Linda Derschang, Rachel Marshall, Renee Erickson, Kari Brunson, Autumn Martin, Molly Moon, Andie Mitchell, and so many more. I’m worried I’m leaving someone out!
her favorite music to jam out to in the kitchen: Ohhhhh this is a good one because I am such a music fan and I couldn’t cook without it. I have a playlist on Spotify with over 1,400 songs that I call “Rain” and I play every time I’m in the kitchen.