I'd like to suggest a simple cooking method which is ideal for using up leftovers; squishing! (Click to Tweet). For instance a recent dinner comprised cod in a buttery leek and lemon sauce, new potatoes and veggies. As is so often the case I couldn't eat the lot so put my leavings on a tea plate in the fridge in the hope inspiration would hit by lunchtime.
It did - I'd squish it! I just put everything except the lemon slice in a bowl and squished it together with my hands till it was well merged
I formed the result into a cake, coated it with panko crumbs and fried myself a lovely lunch which I much preferred, in fact, to the original meal!
I think this "method" would be useful for all sorts of leftover dinners, so long as there is some potato involved and not too much gravy or sauce. Give it a go!!!
My New Store-cupboard Essential
I have added a new item to my list of "storecupboard essentials", which already includes quite a few items not normally considered basics. The new addition is chorizo. Frequently whilst cooking recently I have thought "hmm, if only I had some chorizo" (must be my age!) and now I have. It keeps very well indeed (the pack of sliced chorizo I just bought is good till 21st September) and just a little is needed to give all sorts of dishes a boost. Here is one I made earlier ..
My leftovers of the day consisted of half a can of cannelini beans and a small piece of monkfish I know - posh leftover! but I had a bigger piece for dinner the night before and knew it would be a waste if I cooked the whole lot. I love eating but sadly don't have a huge appetite. So
~ I cooked some very finely chopped red onion in a little olive oil.
~ I added 3 slices of chorizo, shredded and let it melt and ooze a bit.
~ Then the beans and sliced monkfish were tossed in together with some chopped tomatoes (from a carton of Tesco's chopped tomatoes with chilli) and a weeny bit of dry white wine.
~ To a simmer, turned down the heat and cooke gently till I had toasted a slice of Vicky's most marvellous bread.
~ I added a dollop of M & S roasted garlic mayonnaise (even posher!) and this was a fabulous lunch thanks in part to chorizo.
Other excellent things to do with Chorizo include ...
2. When sautéeing potatoes crispen a little chopped or shredded chorizo in the oil first then set it aside whist cooking the potatoes and stir back in towards the end
3. Add to pizza, pasta etc. obviously!
4. Most egg dishes could benefit from a smoky spicy addition.
5. White fish is excellent with it and so are beans - hence my recent lunch.
6. Toss with diced red onion and chicken thighs plus seasonings of choice including garlic, of course,and a little olive oil and roast at 400ºF/200ºC/180C fan/gas 6 till the chicken it tender and brown. Maybe toss in a few cherry tomatoes for the last few minutes of cooking.
So that's it - I'm still having huge problems with BT (see here) which is why I am not so apparent online as usual, just in case you were wondering!