Monday, 10 January 2022

Making Good Use of Leftovers

 

I decided to take three of the things on the bottom shelf of the fridge ... the one I've decided to keep opened packets and tubs on ... to make some lunch the other day.  I don't know about you but I find that there's something very satisfying about using up the last of something, and clearing space at the same time. 

To the mashed potatoes and cheese I decided to add some frozen peas, which I simply defrosted by pouring some boiling water on them in a cup and leaving them while I got everything else together, and also a splash of the opened Oatley cream from the other day as my mixture looked a bit dry. 


Once mixed it was divided by eye into two halves and wrapped in some of the ready rolled pastry from the top shelf, the remains of which are now on the bottom shelf.


Before they went in the oven they looked pretty perfect, even if I do say so myself. 😃


But we had a bit of leakage, so obviously the filling was not as dry as I had imagined.  Luckily it was very tasty leakage. 



One of the pasties was eaten fresh from the oven with a small side of pickled beetroot, I decided to forego any other veg as I knew there were peas in the pasty and I realised this was going to be very filling ... it was!!  I love the two 'escapeas' on the plate.  😄

Then yesterday I had the second one just cold for my lunch,  it was nowhere near as nice and was quite stodgy, but I ate half and put the rest on the bird table where it was quickly eaten by the wildlife.


Sue xx




22 comments:

  1. That pastie looks lovely. I have been making things whilst I have been home as well it isn’t very cheap over there. I love the ready rolled puff pastry out of Aldi and I have bought a couple of bags of shortcrust to take home with me. Sad I know but they are quite hard to find. They love my cheese and bacon quiche except I cannot eat it. Looks nice though. It’s the smells I love.

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    1. It's a good buy in Aldi at less than a pound for making use of leftovers isn't it.

      I LOVE the thought of you packing pastry to take home. 😀💖

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    1. Well you have to give peas a chance. 🤣😃🥳

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  3. they look great and what a good way to use up left overs.

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    1. Anything wrapped in pastry is a winner with me. 😀🥮

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  4. Tasty looking pies, Sue, including the escapeas! 🤣 I must try some ready rolled pastry, I'm hopeless at making my own.

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    1. It does make life simple, and is often in the yellow-sticker fridge at our local Sainsbury's which makes it even better.

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  5. As silly as it sounds, it has never occurred to me to use ready made pie dough for anything but pies and quiches. I wonder why? It would be an excellent way to use up bits of left overs. Thanks for the suggestion.

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    1. Ooh, I use it for all sorts, even as a pizza base sometimes. 🍕

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  6. Lovely way to use up those leftovers.

    God bless.

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  7. What a cheap lunch - free almost as it was leftovers. I make little meat pasties with any left-over mince and veg, sometimes adding curry powder for extra flavour. Then they go in the freezer for a quick evening meal if we've been out somewhere.

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    1. Ooh, a little curry powder would have taken these to the next level, I must remember that for next time. 😀

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  8. I think it's nice when there is a bit of leakage from any kind of pasty it adds to the taste when baked.

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    1. It did make the pastry taste nice for sure 😃

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  9. Looks yummy! We like leftovers and always try to use up every bit or freeze it for future use before it spoils.

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    1. I would be really upset if I had to throw anything away. 😬

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  10. That looks delicious! I love your habit of putting the open items on the bottom shelf. That makes it quick and easy to see what you need to eat next. I hate it when something gets pushed to the back of the fridge and is often missed.

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    1. It's something I've only just started to do, hopefully with things being at eye level they will give me ideas whenever I go into the fridge. 😃

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  11. Yum. I rarely make pastry items, but they look delicious. I haven't much confidence at making pastry although I did make some Jamaican pasties over Christmas and they turned out very well. I have trouble finding ready made pastry that doesn't have palm oil in it, which I don't like to eat for health reasons, me and the planet. I suppose the answer is to make a batch of pastry and freeze some, that's it! My own ready made pastry. You've inspired me yet again Sue.

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    1. Yes, homemade pastry freezes really well and the beauty of doing it yourself is that you can freeze it in discs of the right proportion for rolling out, which will also thaw faster.

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