This week we have eaten well but we have eaten primarily on leftovers from our own Sunday roast and on food left in the gite by guests.
Monday - Moroccan lamb with rice
Tuesday - Moroccan shepherd's pie based on this recipe by Janie at Hedgecomers
(we like Moroccan flavours!)
Several sandwiches and wraps
|Image from Janie at Hedgecomers|
Gite guests had left some sausages after deciding to eat out on the last night so on Wednesday we had sausage casserole, complete with veg they had also left and the the remaining chickpeas from one of the lamb meals.
Lurking in the freezer was some leftover pumpkin from a while ago so this got defrosted. Half was made into a spiced pumpkin cake and the other half mixed with leftover potato and veg for a pumpkinny bubble and squeak. Was that a case of using up left over leftovers I wonder?
In the fruit bowl there were 3 apples, also left by guests, that were a bit the worse for wear having been to England and back with the boys and me (the apples, not the guests, they were from Holland) and a bunch of overripe bananas. How come when I buy lots of bananas no-one eats them and then when I only buy a few they get wolfed down and more are demanded? Anyway, not wanting to waste any of this fruit I:
Cooked the apples up with some frozen blackberries which have been lovely on my breakfast porridge;
Made a banana and berry loaf;
Made banana ice cream.
After all that lot the fridge is looking pretty bare but our tummies are nice and full.
In the UK we waste 7 million tonnes of food per year and half of this could have been eaten. That is a frightening statistic and are more facts and figures here.
I actually enjoy cooking with leftovers. It saves time and energy and I often come up with some new and interesting meals, although rarely manage to recreate them! Do you have a favourite way to use up leftovers?