Wednesday, 23 December 2009


Well, only one more shopping day until Christmas and, if you're anything like me, all you keep doing is dragging bags of food back into the house! I know though, that none of it will be wasted. In our frugal household we never ever throw food away. There's always something that can be done with leftovers. But before we start with leftovers, don't forget to save your sprout peelings and stalks (sorted to remove any manky bits of course) and make my Sprout Soup - delicious, freezes well and believe me it really does taste good!
Now here's my tips for leftovers:
Scraps, cubes, slices of mixed cheeses from the buffet - grate or crumble into a pastry case with a beaten egg mixed with milk - bake and you have a quiche. Even smaller pieces of cheese can be made into cheese sauce and frozen.
Roast potatoes, parsnips, sprouts, carrots - mash and fry for Bubble n' Squeak, serve with cold meat or fried eggs.
Any other veg, gravy, cranberry sauce - add some water, simmer together for 10 minutes, liquidise and you have a soup meal- eat or freeze for later.
Cold sausage rolls, savouries, bhajis etc from the buffet - reheat thoroughly and serve for a meal with baked beans and chips (not terribly nutritious, I grant you, but once in a while...).
Leftover custard- warm through in the microwave, melt in any of those cheap chocolates you've been given by the tinful, and pour over crumbled leftover Christmas cake or pudding in the bottom of a glass. Cool in the fridge until set.
Bread rolls - warm through for a few seconds in the microwave, butter and serve with bits of cheese, Christmas Chutney, any salad you have lurking in the fridge, one of those celery sticks we've always got left over and some pickled onions - a super Ploughman's Lunch!
I'll let you know if I can think of any more!
Merry frugal Christmas!

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