Leftover Inspiration

Jill here!

We are well into the cold dark days of January, I hope everyone had a lovely festive break and had some time to relax with loved ones (and some delicious food, of course).

Although it was just me and my teenage son at home for Christmas this year, I still cooked the same amount of food because who doesn’t love Christmas leftovers? In fact leftovers at any time of the year are often the best parts of a delicious meal.

For those who chose to eat out, there were a wide range of Christmas offerings available. From curry feasts at Khushi’s and Everest Inn to traditional turkey dinners at Canmore House and Garvock House Hotel.

I’m definitely considering eating out this year. Garvock House are taking bookings for Christmas Day 2022 and are already more than half full - you are all far more organised than I am!

Back to our leftovers, though… One of my favourite things about having a break over the festive period is that I have time to mess around in the kitchen. I’ve found a real passion for pastry making over the past year or so, so my poor son has been faced with various pies every day this week. I plan on indulging in this passion throughout the year.

First up was rough puff pastry filled with chunks of leftover glazed ham, leeks, roast potatoes, and a thick gooey cheese sauce.

There was a little break from a meat overload after that, with some puff pastry vegetable tartes tatin using beetroot and red onion, plus some other bits and bobs to use things up from the fridge.

And my favourite, a suet pastry pie with leftover roast rib of beef and gravy, a bottle of beer, onions, mushrooms, and some fresh thyme from the garden. Then a nap!

I’d love to know what your favourite leftovers meals were at Christmas (yes, chocolate orange for breakfast definitely counts).

Until next time