The Crazy Kitchen: Use up the leftovers

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Monday, 9 December 2013

Use up the leftovers

I don't like waste so if there's ever any leftovers in this house I always use them up in something else. Last Christmas I made a delicious soup on boxing day from turkey stock and meat and vegetable leftovers. I can't tell you precisely what was in it and would never be able to recreate it exactly but no doubt I will make something similar this boxing day.

Unilever sent me a variety of their condiments to enjoy with our Christmas dinner and challenged me to get creative with my leftovers.

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At the weekend I had some pork loin steaks leftover. There wasn't enough to have one each so I decided to use them up in a pie.

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Pork, Apple & Stuffing Pie

Puff pastry block
Roast pork or loin steak leftovers, cut into small pieces
1 small pack of sage & onion stuffing
1 jar of Colman's Bramley Apple Sauce
milk or egg for brushing
  • Roll out the pastry into a large rectangle
  • Make the stuffing up as per directions on the pack
  • Spread the stuffing over half of the pastry, leaving a 1.5" gap around the edge
  • Top the stuffing with the pork and then the apple sauce (you might not need a whole jar)
  • Brush around the edges with milk or beaten egg
  • Fold the pastry over and seal the edges
  • Brush the top of the pastry with milk or beaten egg
  • Bake in a preheated 200C oven for approx 20 minutes, until nicely browned

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I didn't stop at pie and decided to make Nigella's ham in coke and put half in the freezer for Christmas and half to use now. I baked some lemon & garlic focaccia and prepared some tasty sandwiches using some Hellmann's mayonnaise with a twist of pepper and a zing of lemon - who knew that there were so many varieties of mayonnaise! I spread lemon mayonnaise on one slice of bread and pepper on the other and sandwiched a couple of juicy slices of ham in between.

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Lemon & Garlic Focaccia

350g strong white bread flour 
7g yeast
7g salt
1 tbsp caster sugar
75ml olive oil 
280ml cool water 
2 garlic cloves, grated
2 tbsp fresh lemon thyme
  • Mix the flour, sugar, yeast, garlic, thyme & oil and half of the water together in a food mixer
  • Add the rest of the water with the motor running until you get a thick cake like batter, adding more water if necessary
  • Mix for approx 10 mins on high speed
  • Put dough in a large silicone baking pan & cover with clingfilm
  • Leave in a warm place to prove for approx 2 hours
  • Bake in a 200 C oven for approx 15 minutes until golden on the top

Nigella's Ham in Coke

2kg gammon joint (I used unsmoked)
2 litres of cola (I used 17p smart price!)
1 onion, cut in half
  • Add the gammon & onion to a pan
  • Pour over the coke
  • bring to the boil & simmer for approx 2 hours
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I was sent the selection of condiments for the purpose of this post

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