Although our tastes do overlap, Husband and I have quite a lot of different food preferences; for example, two of my most detested foods are mince (any kind) and pasta whereas Husband loves shepherds/cottage pie, lasagne, spag bol and the like so I often use single portion glass freezer dishes to help make catering easier. These can be put directly into the microwave or oven. A freezer is surely the most important and useful aid to preventing food waste (my pet hate), and thanks to mine, Christmas leftovers oft made an appearance during January. Of course, I shopped for other food too, so the leftovers didn’t all get eaten but I think by the end of February we should have cleared them. Here’s some of what we’ve been eating in January:
Bubble and squeak with ham and a few bits of bacon, and a warm salad of salmon and sweet potato. I’ve decided that I’ve gone off sweet potato since. I don’t know why.
Some of the surplus ham was carved into slices and frozen in single-serving portions. The rest was chopped and mixed with the remaining turkey and made into pies
We’ve had lots of warm and comforting soups – potato with stilton and walnuts, French onion with Gruyere and leek & potato.
Yesterday I made potato and red onion soup. It was tasty (very similar to leek & potato) but didn’t look too good so no photo. I was expecting it to be a pinkish colour but it looked very grey.
I’ve eaten a lot of salad in an effort to counteract the Christmas indulgences… …here with a baked potato and cottage cheese, and with roasted veg and feta (that one was especially yummy).
More salad … with spanakopita (a Greek recipe containing spinach and feta in filo pastry), and with cheese and roasted red onion quiche
I saw this lentil sprout mix and thought it looked interesting. It added texture to the salad but tasted of absolutely nothing. I wouldn’t buy it again.
Fish is popular with us both – plaice in breadcrumbs (I love plaice) is a favourite, and haddock (or it might have been cod) on a ratatouille made from peppers, onions, leeks, courgette, tomatoes and basil. No aubergine in this ratatouille as neither of us like it.
A very successful vegetarian experiment – Leftover Christmas chestnuts with mushrooms and shallots in a tomato and balsamic gravy. It was delicious and I promptly went out to buy more packets of chestnuts (vacuum packed by Merchant Gourmet). Here also is my prawn curry served with a small naan bread. Prawns are one of the very few things Husband dislikes.
Leftover party nibbles – more prawns and a few breaded brie bites with a dip made from sweet chilli sauce and balsamic vinegar (two staples in my cupboard)
A chicken dish made with a Mojito lime marinade and white rum. The sauce smelt amazing. Husband, daughter and daughter’s friend enjoyed it. I liked the smell of the sauce so much that I made some more later in the week and had it with fish.
Using up the leftover potatoes from Christmas dinner I made a Bombay potato & cauliflower curry for me, and a potato, bacon and mushroom bake for Husband.
I made a few cakes too, (including the best coffee on I’ve ever made – I changed the recipe) but I’ll tell you about that in another post.