Monday, 28 December 2015

A buffet from Leftovers....



Well that's it over for another year and what have we got to show for it - apart form the jolly jumpers and bags of ripped crumpled wrapping paper - a fridge full of leftovers - that's what!

So what to do with it all - I hate wasted food and there really is no excuse for throwing good food away every thing can either be cooked up into a new dish - soup, curries, pies etc or portioned up and popped in the deep freeze to be used over the next few weeks.

One thing I like to do is cook up a number of dishes that can be eaten hot or cold and invite a few family and friends around for a relaxed post Christmas buffet served either before or after a good long walk for all (children, dogs and adults of all ages included). Back to a roaring log fire, good food and hot drinks...... perfect

Here are a few of my favourite 'buffet from leftovers' food...


A simple coleslaw made up from fruit from the fruit bowl, nuts, celery and cabbage ...... With a simple base of cabbage, onions and/or carrot you can add almost anything to liven up the slaw - nuts, fruit, chilli, dried fruit and cheese.....


A great big dish of bubble and squeak. Chop up and mix together all the veg, stuffing, bread sauce and cranberries leftover from Christmas and Boxing day meals. Cover with grated cheese and pop in the oven to heat through. Simple ....

Any vegetables you've cooked in a sauce can also be added - sauce included - and then give it all a good mix together. Now squirt in a good dollop of chilli sauce, season with salt & pepper and pop it all into an oven proof dish. Next grate on a load of cheddar cheese and if you have any bacon left from your roast turkey, break it into bits and add to the cheese topping. Bake in an oven for about 40 minutes (180C/gas 4) - check its piping hot in the middle - and serve.



Turkey and Ham Pie...

A good old pie is a perfect way of using up leftover turkey, ham and sausage. This recipe is a cross between a pie and a quiche and is fantastic hot or cold. The pastry is rich with cheese and mustard flavours and make the whole flan taste very special. I make this every year and it wouldn't be Christmas without it.



And finally a simple puff pastry tart. This is so easy just grab a sheet of ready rolled pastry, score around the edges and fill with whatever you want. I like to use up the leftover cheese board, sprinkle on chopped herbs, nuts, dried fruits and/or fresh fruit, pop in the oven and it's done. Easy peasy and its great hot or cold.

Well that's what I'm going to be doing today.
Hope you all had a great Christmas and Enjoy the lead up to New Year
Love Lizx