Christmas present.

Christmas present, can soon become Christmas past. By past I mean, “Past that best before date”. That’s why you need to learn to #loveyourleftovers. We all buy too much food over the Festive Season, whether it be for the unexpected visitor who may drop by or just because we are tempted by a vast array of food choices.

Looking in the fridge you come across a piece of mousetrap, a few slices of ham or salami, that piece of Parmesan you meant to grate over the Caesar Salad, along with the olives.  Slices of smoked salmon & in the chiller draw, half empty bags of herbs & limp veg.  You then look in the tins on the work surface & discover odd pieces of cake, broken biscuits, stale bread. Sound like you? Well, don’t throw them away, continue reading.

ham.salami,parmesan,cheese,olives,tomatoes
Morsels of muchiness. #loveyourleftovers

While the kids are at home for the Christmas holidays, get creative with them & make some mini Christmas Pud Truffles.

Melt some chocolate over a bowl of simmering water & gather together your left over bits of cake & biscuits – made into crumbs – & stir into the melted chocolate. You can also add those bits of dried fruit, nuts or seeds, left in the bottom of the packet. For the adults you can add a tablespoon of Brandy or liqueur. Cool and roll teaspoons of the mixture into balls.  Melt some white chocolate in the same way & put a blob on the top of each ball & decorate.  Chill before serving.

The ones in the picture are made with my Gluten Free alternative Christmas cake, which contains, hazelnuts, beetroot, apple, dates and cranberries. The white chocolate topping is decorated with Pumpkin Seeds & cranberries.

The photo above is my Italian Savoury Truffles, made by pulsing together in a food processor, Salami, pine nuts, olives & Sun dried Tomatoes with garlic & black pepper. Add some fresh basil. If the mixture is looking a little dry add a drop of olive oil. Make teaspoons of the mixture into balls & roll in grated Parmesan Cheese & chill before serving.  These savoury truffles can be enjoyed as a canape, used on the cheese board to spread onto flat breads or used to stuff the centres of halved, deseeded cherry tomatoes.

As for the limp veg. chop or dice, add a tin of tomatoes & some herbs & simmer up a tasty soup.

Soup, leftover veg, stock,
A selection of soups made from leftovers.

 

If you would like to hear more I will be on Marie Lennon’s Morning Show, BBC Radio Wiltshire on Wednesday 13th December 2017 at 11am. BBC RADIO WILTSHIRE

Also, dealing with those leftovers in the BBC Radio Wiltshire Kitchen while chatting to Holly Rattley on Thursday 28th December 2017 at 10.15am

To find out more about cooking you can also visit my web site page Cookery Lessons

Use your imagination & you will soon whip up some tasty treats & save money into the bargain.

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