Kitchen Round Up

Monday, 16 April 2012

A round-up of the various leftovers in my fridge and freezer this morning resulted in;

one portion of chilli con carne
one portion of sausage casserole (minus the sausages)
one third of a bag of baby spinach leaves
two handfuls of elderly mushrooms
three sprouty spuds
two scabby looking carrots
and
two tubs of beef broth

A round up of the money in my purse and bank account was less fruitful. There was no money for ham or salami and I was saving the cheese for something other than lunchbox sandwiches. What to give the hoards for their lunches? I had plenty of tuna but they won't eat that


Pasties. Who doesn't love a pasty?
I diced and boiled the potatoes, cooked the mushroom and spinach with some cumin and coriander and made  three Indian inspired pasties. Charlie will enjoy them.


The chilli and sausage casserole yielded two pasties each. The children will enjoy them.




The leftover beef broth was a by-product of the dish below which we had a couple of weeks ago.
It's a piece of beef brisket which I slow-cooked in beer with carrots and mushrooms.



After we had enjoyed the beef I froze the broth..
There was leftover beef of course which I chopped small and made into a bolognese style sauce for spaghetti.
This evening I defrosted the broth and used it to cook equal quantities of green lentils and barley risotto style. I added some of my vegetable hash and the scabby carrots. Brown and worthy-looking maybe but every bit was devoured.



I love using up my leftovers, especially when the results are so tasty.

27 comments:

  1. I'm seriously impressed with your ingenuity! Leftover pasties are a fabulous idea which I will steal at some point.
    I'm Alex, by the way. I enjoy your blog very much. I've responded so fast because I can't sleep and am surfing the net at 4 in the morning! x

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  2. Having been catching up on random and notsorandom delicioushness. I need some leftovers. Sadly we were too greedy tonight... Ax

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  3. I hope you charged the right amount of tax for those pasties! The lentil & barley dish looks really tasty - but I am a sucker for a lentil! Inspired leftovers Sue x

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    1. Alas, they will be eaten cold Karen and so not liable for vat.

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  4. The pasties are an excellent idea. I always thought they were best eaten cold as a child. Not sure what I think now. The beef and carrots and the lentils and carrots are the same colours pretty much. Not sure why it is considered a minus with one but not the other but it is isn't it? I myself like brown food.

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    1. Good point Faye, and after all chocolate is brown.

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  5. I do "leftover" pasties for lunchboxes all the time. In fact I have just popped into the freezer a box containing a mixture of the potato, veg and mince left from this evening's meal to use in a future pasty. I think the best one I did recently was a mix of leftover roasted butternut squash, a small diced onion fried off with a chopped up single dried up rasher of bacon, the grated ends of a piece of cheese and some chopped fresh sage from the garden - they were yum! Linda xxx

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  6. I agree Sue, I love the challenge of seeing what I can make out of seemingly nothing. One of the greatest compliments ever paid to me was when my sister said "Blimey you can make a meal out of what you find behind the fridge!" I think your solutions were marvellous.

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  7. There's something so virtuous about using left-overs in an imaginative way, isn't there? Our favourite soup is "cream of fridge" and a home-made curry sauce can amalgamate a surprising variety of ingredients! And when there's no basmati in the cupboard I do as you do - lentils, beans, cous-cous, whatever comes to hand. Having a decent number of herbs to hand in the garden livens things up too. Yes, I quite enjoy the challenge of being a bit 'strapped' now and again! Your pasties look delicious. Hmmm....that's an idea.......

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  8. i just love your style of cooking..my favourite way of cooking is to look at what i've got and make something interesting with it too..

    i know several people who view leftovers with abhorrence and refuse to eat anything reheated..i think they're really missing out..

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  9. Bravo to you and your imagination. I think that our approach to deploying leftovers might be similar. I am getting lots of ideas from you. Thanks! xo

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  10. Me too Sue and of course, as a good Cornish girl, I thoroughly approve of all things pasty!

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  11. What great looking and tasty food you made with your leftovers. Well done x

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  12. Hello Sue, I do find your menus and leftover ideas very inspiring - thank you for sharing.
    You have reminded me of a book memory from my childhood "Left Over for Tomorrow" - I wonder where it has got to..........

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    1. And you have reminded me of it too. Wonder where mine has got to. By Marika Hanbury-Tenison I think. There was a recipe for fruit cake fudge which involved melted chocolate and crumbled fruit cake.

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    2. Ooooow that sounds nice! The one I remember was a lamb pilaf I think with left over roast lamb - mmmmmmmmmmm!

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  13. My rolling meal plan -come- shopping list has a list on it of "stuff that needs using" from the fridge and larder - helps me keep focused and cuts back still further on waste. I love the pasty idea - I think Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall did something similar in one of the River Cottage books with leftover beef stew?

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  14. I have never in my life eaten a pastie but your photos inspire me to try and make some. Should I use the same type of roll out pastry I would use to bake a fruit pie?

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    1. You can use whatever pastry you like Softie. I used homemade shortcrust (twice the weight of plain flour as fat), but puff or rough puff pastry will work too. You could also also use a scone(North American biscuit dough).

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    2. Thank you. I will try the shortcut pastry style.

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  15. Pati from London4:26 pm BST

    Sue, you are definitely the Queen of the leftover!! Very impressive! I should use your ideas, especially the pasty ones. We don't usually have leftovers but when we do, I always save them in a bowl in a corner of the fridge. After a few days when nobody has eaten them and everyone has forgotten about them, they are no longer suitable to be eaten and have to be thrown away.... Hate that! Thanks for the inspiration, pati x

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  16. I am wondering if you have a magic wand propped up next to your rolling pin? You seem to be able to conjure a meal from nothing, clever you.

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  17. And to think that in a less imaginative household this collection of leftovers would have ended up in the bin!

    Thanks for the pasty idea.

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  18. I've been feeling totally uninspired lately when it comes to food. I think I need to take a few classes at The Quince Tree cookery school. That supper looks delicious!

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  19. Pasties! Genius. Normally my husband ends up with all these odds and ends stuffed inside his lunchbox.

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