Friday, 25 December 2009

christmas leftover special

After the deed is done, and by that I mean Christmas day gorging, chances are that the aftermath for most households will end up in heap of leftover food.

GFC or not, most people are aware of the fact that as a first world country, we really should try and make the most of what we making the most out of our leftovers. Sites like Love Food Hate Waste are a great place to start looking for inspiration but here are three suggestions to try out with your leftovers from XMess.

Turkey Curry 


Leftover turkey meat, removed from the bones and shredded into chunks
1-2 Tablespoons curry powder
1 onion, chopped
1 thumb-sized piece of ginger, chopped
1 clove of garlic, crushed
1 tin coconut cream or plain cream
1 cup of chicken stock


Lightly sautee the onions, garlic, ginger and curry powder until the mixture smells fragrant (1-2 minutes).

Toss in the turkey and mix so that the turkey is coated in the mixture.

Add the cup of stock and simmer for 30 minutes on a medium heat.

Add the tin of coconut cream or plain cream into the mixture and stir through. Season to taste.

Boxing Day Pie 


1/2 leek, chopped
2 sheets of puff pastry
Leftover roasted veggies, roughly chopped
1 cup of ham, roughly chopped
Leftover turkey, shredded
Leftover stuffing and gravy


Preheat the oven to 190 degrees centigrade.

Sautee the leeks in butter until translucent. Add the ham and turkey.

Cut sheets of puff pastry into squares and fit each square into a muffin tin mould. The sides should flop outside of the mould slightly.

Fill each pastry mould with a little of each ingredient, starting with the ham and turkey mixture, then the veg, stuffing and finally a spoonful of gravy.

Cut a lid out of pastry and top each pie. Brush milk or a beaten egg and poke a hole in the tip with a fork.

Bake for 15 minutes or until the pastry is golden. Great eaten cold!

Christmas Pudding Ice Cream 


Leftover Christmas pudding, roughly chopped
1 punnet of vanilla ice cream
1 handful of mixed berries


Leave the ice cream to soften at room temperature.

Once the ice cream is soft, mix in the fruit and crumbled pieces of pudding.

Line a bread loaf tin with baking paper.

Spoon the ice cream mixture into the tin and place the tin into the frezer to set.

Push the ice cream out of its mould. Serve in slices, topped with more berries.