Solo Salads (or not)

There's a reason why I came up with these salads and a reason why they are called 'solo'.  Firstly, it always happens, I have people over to eat and I can't help myself, I buy too much food and I make too much food.   My friends always eat lots (I just can't be friends with picky eaters or people who eat tiny portions) and, I often give doggy bags, even so I still end up with lots of odds and ends in the fridge.  This poses a challenge, as I find it almost impossible to throw food away.  I see it as my duty to use it up....more

Tasty Tuesday-Chicken Stock

Tasty Tuesday-Chicken SeriesPOSTED ON SEPTEMBER 9, 2014Chicken Stock1 chicken carcass, meat removed, bones only2 roughly chopped carrots1 roughly chopped onion1 sachet (peppercorns, garlic, salt, thyme and rosemary tied in cheese cloth)water to cover...more

LEFTOVERS AND THE ROLLING STONES

Some songs have magic and it stays in your head.  As Tears Go By is playing for me again. It is almost the evening of the day.  I am showered and relaxed, sipping my tea.  The rice is on the stove, boiling over.  Why is it that I never catch it on time?  Thank goodness for leftovers that go on and on - much like Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3P0COo6jSlY...more
marisab Yes, it's nice knowing you, too!  I guess we worry too much sometimes about nothing to ...more

Form vs Content: Chasing After Perfection In A Mushroom Pie

Aaaah, the good ‘ole form vs content dilemma, old as this world, much discussed by artists, philosophers and critics alike. What do these things mean to us, and how do they operate in our daily lives? Are they important? If so, why? If not, why not?  Since we are dabbling in culinary arts here (as humbly as we can), and cooking, after all, is an art, let’s look at the form vs content issue from a point of view of a home cook, shall we?...more

Root Vegetable and Cardamon Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

I considered naming this post ‘Leftover Cake’ but I feel that such a title would disguise the fact that this cake is an exceptional, not merely acceptable, way to use up your food. First and foremost, it’s a great cake; I’d happily go out of my way to purchase the ingredients to make it. All the better if you find yourself with the appropriate leftovers....more

Leftovers reborn, hot & cold

Let’s say you roasted a chicken last night and now you have the leftover meat in your fridge. If you have a few cans of the right stuff on the shelf you can have a whole new meal with that leftover chicken. With mostly the same ingredients you have 2 choices, a salad or a soup. Both are easy and don’t require much more that opening a few cans and chopping a vegetable or two. ...more

Mashed Potato Soup

Last week, I posted an idea for using up leftover turkey, so this week I have an idea for using leftover mashed potatoes! I find, for some reason, I always overestimate how many potatoes I need to use to make mashed potatoes....more
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