Shout hooray for leftovers!!!

Its at about this time in December that we start getting a little tired of leftover Turkey and have seen enough parsnip and reheated enough brussel sprouts to last a lifetime.So as I bit into my hundredth 4 birds roast (from Aldi) sandwich I happened upon a book in my shelf that has thus far gone unread and unappreciated.
Waste not want not – Over 200 ideas for reusing and recycling. [ISBN 9780091890971]
Theres a great section on food waste and what to do with leftovers…here are a few snippets from the book…

  • Bubble and squeak
    • gently fry some onion and leftover greens until softened
    • place mashed potato into a bowl and add the onions/ greens mix
    • season to taste the using your hands shape the mixture into a patty
    • heat a little oil or fat in a frying pan and fry the patty (remember to turn) until golden brown
  • Corned Beef Hash (click HERE to see ww2 ration recipe)
    • heat pan until hot and add a little oil/fat to fry 1 finely chopped onion and a crushed garlic clove for 2 -3 minutes
    • add 4 pre-boiled potatoes cubed and fry for a further minute before adding 12oz (340g) crumbled corned beef. Mix it all together.

What do you do with your leftovers? If youve got a great leftovers recipe PLEASE do leave a comment… we’d love to give it a try.

After all the kids (3…. seems like more) opened their presents we were left with several large, medium and unusually shaped cardboard boxes. In a cloud of screaming children and wrapping paper MrC and I threw away allot of paper and cardboard.
Looking at the soggy shoulder high pile black bags, paper and card, we couldn’t help but wonder if this could have been (at least partly) prevented or if we should have found other uses for it.
We saved a few boxes but one of the projects I’ll be doing with the kids soon can easily be done with cereal boxes etc.
”Placemats – Cut to your desired shape and cover with adhesive paper or fabric. The beauty of using cardboard as placemat protectors is that you can create extra-large mats for large oven-to-table ware and when they are worn and dirty, simply make new ones!”

I tried this before with the kids, except we decorated our card and covered them, rather in-expensively with sticky back plastic from our local thrifty store.

While the weather is cold and miserable these little its, bits and crafts keep the kiddies occupied and delay the inevitable cabin fever.

What are your child friendly craft secrets? How do you keep your children inexpensively occupied?


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