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Best recipes for leftovers: Cauliflower cheese with mashed potato

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Best recipes for leftovers: Cauliflower cheese with mashed potato

  Danny likes our cauliflower cheese especially when I add ham and tomatoes and serve it with garlic bread. Quite often I pick up 6 pints of milk from the Tesco CFC and make it into white sauce, ladled into plastic zip lock bags and frozen flat in the freezer. This takes the strain out of making CC as the palaver of making the sauce is already done. The sauce can be gently heated from frozen in a sauté pan. Then all you have to do is add the cheese. I discovered that my cauliflower bought in the market with suspiciously long leaves was the...

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Cauliflower soup with blue cheese and orange zest recipe

Posted in Leftovers, Save Money, Starters and Soups | 6 comments

Cauliflower soup with blue cheese and orange zest recipe

  This is another in our skinflint soup series. This delicious soup was run up with leftovers that could easily have just been thrown away. They made an elegant soup. The two key ingredients are mushroom ketchup and the zest of the orange which transformed this soup from good to sublime. Danny chickened out on the orange zest front. Refused even to taste it.  He missed out on a real treat. I got the idea of combining orange and vegetables from a video from dehydrate2store where Tammy mixes dried ground orange peel with dried beetroot and...

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Best recipe for leftovers: orange and lemon chicken stir fry

Posted in Chicken, Leftovers | 2 comments

Best recipe for leftovers: orange and lemon chicken stir fry

  This summer I stopped at the Marshalls stand at Hampton Court flower show and bought a selection of salad, radish, spring onion and stir fry leaves for a fiver. The overall saving was about £12 and I’m a bit of a sucker for a bargain. The seeds have been sown every few weeks and have done well. For the first time I have grown three varieties of pak choi, Shungiku, spicy greens, large mustard leaves and baby Chinese cabbage – the slugs have been particularly delighted with the latter. So we have an abundance of leaves crying out for a...

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Best recipes for leftovers: duck breast risotto with summer vegetables recipe

Posted in Duck Goose and Turkey, Leftovers, Rice and Pasta | 4 comments

Best recipes for leftovers: duck breast risotto with summer vegetables recipe

I reckon that the best risottos contain a range of textures as well as combination of flavours, This risotto hits the mark on both fronts. We scoffed the lot – even I had seconds. But this could easily feed four, with a starter and a crisp green salad. As it only uses one duck breast this recipe is both economical and tastes divine. At one stage this summer we had four ducks in the freezer. All free range and bought for a song as they were nearing their sell by date. Danny makes a wonderful roast duck stuffed with plums. If we cook this for...

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Best recipes for leftovers: Crisp potato salad with saffron, salad onions and chives recipe

Posted in Leftovers, Vegetarian | 8 comments

Best recipes for leftovers: Crisp potato salad with saffron, salad onions and chives recipe

Danny and I are not Salad People. I don’t know quite what Salad People are – I imagine them chomping quinoa and feeling rather smug about their bowel movements. We tried quinoa once. This summer I have been seducing D with salads and dressings that have made this meat and two veg man finally throw down his fork and rush for the salad seed section of the garden centre. This salad was an experiment that turned out to be a bit of a winner. I’ve been playing with saffron quite a lot over the past couple of months. I decided to slice some...

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Best recipes for leftovers: St Clements chicken, Romano pepper and rice noodle stir fry

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Best recipes for leftovers: St Clements chicken, Romano pepper and rice noodle stir fry

Danny found some rice noodles on the condemned food counter at Tesco and we decided to try making a stir fry with some of the leftover St Clements chicken and gravy. This was really quick and easy to make and quite delicious. Packed with lots of subtle, summery flavours, the sweet Romano peppers balancing the citrus hints of the chicken. St Clements chicken, Romano pepper and rice noodle stir fry recipe (for 2) Ingredients: I large handful of cooked diced St Clement’s chicken 100 ml of left over gravy (from the St Clement’s chicken) 1...

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Best recipes for leftovers: Baked Portobello mushrooms with ham, parsley sauce and parmesan recipe

Posted in Leftovers, Snacks Breakfast Lunch | 10 comments

Best recipes for leftovers: Baked Portobello mushrooms with ham, parsley sauce and parmesan recipe

We cured and smoked our own ham this year. It was delicious and a proper old fashioned half leg. We were thrilled that it worked out as I had tweaked our bacon cure, upping the salt by 25%. This is still far less than the HFW cure and every other recipe that I’ve found on my researches. We smoked it for a good 24 hours in the smoke chamber above our wood burner. The latter opens into an old chimney, rather than a flue. I had saved some seasoned apple wood for this very special smoke. I finally roasted the joint for us on Christmas Eve and it...

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Transform leftover pastry scraps into deluxe cheese Christmas snacks

Posted in Christmas, Leftovers | 5 comments

Transform leftover pastry scraps into deluxe cheese Christmas snacks

If Danny loads the dishwasher when I get back from work and the cycle finishes before supper has reached the table, I know that I’m running a bit late. The cycle is 108 minutes. This morning I discovered some chicken and ham pie filling in the freezer – all that I had to do was make the pastry. Anne Mary’s recipe for Magimix pastry works perfectly each time. Danny was amazed that I had made pastry in five minutes in the food processor. It normally needs to rest and chill in the fridge for an hour but I decided to speed up the process....

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