#ChristmasScraps – Leftover turkey 2

Cocoturkey

Cocoturkey

Turkey & coconut milk stew

For 4

Ingredients:

Roast potato

Roast potato

  • 400g roast turkey (meat only) – leftover
  • 400g Roast potatoes – leftover
  • 400ml Coconut milk – 69p
  • 100ml stock
  • White pepper
  • 1 big leek – leftover
  • 3 celery sticks – leftover
  • 2 banana shallots or any onion
  • 2 garlic cloves

    Cocoturkey Ingredients

    Cocoturkey Ingredients

  • Thyme
  • Chili
  • Vegetable oil
  • Any bread to serve

Total spend: 69p

Prep:

Pull the meat off the bone and set aside (feel free to keep the bones of your prefer).

Cut down the roast potatoes if necessary. I used whole roasted hasselback potatoes (with skin) and had to cut them by 4. So, it is up to you. Try not to cut them too small. As they might disintegrate in the stew. Leave them to one side.

Rinse then cut the celery and leek roughly about the same size in length. Peel and quarter the onions. Peel and press the garlic set all aside.

In a hot large pan, heat 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil, then fry in the onion and thyme until the onion starts to brown. Add the turkey, the cut celery sticks, garlic, white pepper, chili flakes and salt then stir fry for 2 minutes. This will allow the former roast turkey to absorb new flavours and the celery will start to soften. 

Now add the stock, coconut milk, potatoes, stir and adjust seasoning before covering the pan to simmer the stew for about 10 minutes on high heat. Remember, both the turkey and the potatoes al already cooked… the more you leave the pan on heat, the more the potatoes will disintegrate…

Serve hot.  And enjoy with some slice of bread to soak up all the juices.

The coconut milk is very flavoursome, but the starch from the potato does a good job making the sauce less watery… If you’ got some coconut cream, use it, it will be a treat!

PS: Over indulgence is not good for your diet… Make sure you eat some salad…. Tomorrow!

Bon appetit

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#ChristmasScraps – Leftover potato mash 

Waste not!

Imagine, you’ve had that big Christmas lunch and don’t know how to refurb or recycle that pile of potato mash is left over the next day. Fear not! Try these two fantastic potato mash make overs…

First, it is the Pommes Duchesses. If you’ve got a proper piping bag they can be really fancy and cute. Duchesses are piped and baked. Then you’ve got the Pommes Dauphines. These ones are deep fried dough balls. Both really tasty…

In the spirit of not wasting, you can also use your potato  peels to make some great homemade crisps… read on and don’t forget to post a comment!

Pommes Duchesse

(can be used in place of chips)

Pommes Duchesse

Pommes Duchesse

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 500g mashed potato
  • 10ml water
  • 30g butter
  • Paprika
  • 2 eggs
  • 50g self-rising flour

Total spend: £0

Method:

For the Pommes Duchesse, heat the oven at 180°C.

Heat water and butter until the butter has melted. Add the sieved flour and mix quickly with a spatula.

The pan should still be on heat, now add Crack both eggs (whole) and add to the mixture. Mix very quickly before the eggs starts to heat up. Once the mix looks like a batter, remove from heat and add the mash potato with salt and paprika before stirring everything together until obtaining a smooth batter.

Duchesse batter 1

Duchesse batter 1

Duchesse batter 2

Duchesse batter 2

Duchesse batter 3

Duchesse batter 3

Duchesse batter cooked

Duchesse batter cooked

If you’ve got a piping bag, use it to pipe the duchess on a baking tray. Otherwise, just use a freezer bag and cut one of the corner with a pair of scissors before using it as a piping bag.

Place the tray in the oven for 30 minutes at 180°C.

Duchesse serving suggestion

Duchesse serving suggestion

Enjoy.

Pommes Dauphine

To do my Pomme Dauphines, I used the same batter. Instead of piping I made dough balls that I deep fry for 3 minutes in a chip pan. Pommes Dauphine can be made without the eggs, they are the easiest version of the Pomme Duchesse.

Pommes Dauphine 1

Pommes Dauphine 1

Pommes Dauphines

Pommes Dauphines 2

Pommes Dauphines serving suggestion

Pommes Dauphines serving suggestion

Potato skins crisps

As for turning the potato skins into chips. If you intend to use the potato skins in this way, wash the potato before peeling them.

Rinse the peels to remove the extra starch, then spread them on tissue paper to absorb the extra water and dry them.

Potato skin 1

Potato skin 1

In the mean tine, heat the oil in the chip pan, then fry them until brown. Remove oil and sprinkle with cracked pepper and sea salt.

Serve a part of the starter with a dip… I served mine with a carrot & sunflower seed butter.

Potato skin 2

Potato skin 2

Did you know, potato skins are really good for you? Apparently 20% of the potato’s nutritional value is found on in the skin.

Potato skin 3

Potato skin 3

Now your turn to try! Let me know which one you will be trying!

 

Next, What will you be doing with that Turkey meat? I am proposing a coconut milk stew, orange vegetables stir and brioche bun sandwich. See ya!

XmasScraps and NoelByHJ

Leftover mash = Pomme Duchesse

Leftover mash = Pomme Duchesse

Christmas is around the corner!

I have been asked by a media Co to come up with few ideas on how leftovers could be used after the big Christmas dinner… I thought you might be interested too!

You know? After you have emptied you bank account and slaved in the kitchen to cook for 20 people (15 of which you only see when there is a family party with serious food).

After they’ve gone, you are out of pocket but, what can you create with that left over mash, leg of turkey, roast potatoes for your household?

How about a little “chuck-all-In” turkey and vegetables stir fry served with some pomme dauphine or duchesse? How about a turkey & roast potato stew with coconut milk? The one I could wait to eat was the Brioche & Turkey sandwich… couldn’t resist. Didn’t want salad in it, used coriander… yum!

I won’t tell you what I’ll be doing with the leftover Christmas pudding and cheese board. You’ll just have to check in later using XmasScraps in the search box. On twitter it will be #XmasScraps.

Turkey & coriander scraps = Brioche sandwich!

Turkey & coriander scraps = Brioche sandwich!

For my next show on Croydon radio next Saturday, I am looking at doing a simples dinner for 2…

If you are on a budget you are not going to decide to invite the world and its children round to yours are you? Don’t do like the Jones, your purse ain’t just not full enough.

So as a couples who has made an effort to save a bit for this special Christmas dinner, it is not about overeating, but making sure that every single mouthful is fully enjoyed. There might not be gifts, but food will square that off! It is called contentment!

The menu might have salmon, pate, lobster (from Iceland or Lidl not sure yet), maybe some wine? Not a fan of fizzy, so champagne is off the menu. I am doing it á la Française… Oh and there will be a yule log… Just because I cannot understand the British Christmas pudding.

During the show, you will get to hear a bit about how the French celebrate the food is all special and dinner is after midnight mass… Christmas day is just the follow up to the night before and people eat lighter. The hashtag for my Christmas show on Croydon radio will be #NoelByHJ. Use it on twitter and in the search box to find all related recipes.

Do check-in in a few days to see how much it will cost.

Joyeux Noël! x

 

#TurkishByHJ – Dolma

HJ Dolmas ready for steaming

HJ Dolmas ready for steaming

Meze for 5 people

Including: Babaganoush, Broad beans hummus, Fresh tomato & almond Dip, Dolma and flat crusty breads.

Ingredients:

  • 6-8 cabbage leaves (10p)

    Cabbage, tomato, potato, olives

    Cabbage, tomato, potato, olives

  • Small bunch of mint and coriander (50p)
  • 2 tomato (5p)
  • Salt
  • 2 big (any) potato (50p)
  • 10 black olives (20p)
  • Chilli flakes
  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 6-8 toothpicks

Cost: £1.35.

Method:

The Dolma is usually made in Turkey with vine leaves stuffed with rice and other ingredients. For my version, I used Cabbage leaves and potato.

Since losing a % of the use on my left arm, I have learnt quite a lot about the peeling of some vegetables. Potato is one of the vegetables I no longer need to peel unless really essential… Did you know that potato skin is full of fibre and hold 20% of the nutritional value of the whole potato? I recommend reading on that.

Dolma mix

Dolma mix

So, for my dolma. I rinsed the potato them grated them in a bowl. To that I added: Chopped mint, Olives, coriander, tomato salt and 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Combine and set aside.

Remove the greenest (& strongest) leaves of the

Dolma mix 2

Dolma mix 2

cabbage and place in a deep bowl, then pour over it boiling water and leave it to soften for 5 minutes then remove from the water. Flick out the water and set aside to cool down for few minutes.

Once the leaves have cooled down. Lay them flat and place 1-2 tablespoons

Dolma mix 3

Dolma mix 3

of stuffing on each of the leaves before rolling tightly. Now secure the roll with a toothpick. Repeat until all the leaves are done.

Place all the dolma in the steamer, cover and cook for 20 minutes.

You can serve them whole or cut in 2.

Done.

#Whats4Lunch – The hot combos 4

Spinach, Chicken and potato

Spinach, Chicken and potato

Spinach & Chicken (total spent 30p)

 Ingredients:

  • 5 – 6 cubes of frozen spinach 30p – (1 pack of 15 cubes costs £1)
  • Leftover roast chicken – A thigh or a leg (a single ready cooked thigh cost 70p at Sainsbury’s rotisserie).
  • Black pepper
  • Salt
  • Garlic granules
  • Mix herbs
  • A pinch of stock cube
  • 1 tea spoon butter
  • Chilli flakes
  • Leftover roast potato – Or jacket potato

Method:

Put 5-6 cubes of spinach in a bowl and leave out of the freezer overnight.

Seasoning the spinach

Seasoning the spinach

In the morning, squeeze out the excess of water from the spinach and season the raw spinach with black pepper from the grinder, dry garlic, chilli flakes and salt.

Now use half of the butter and mix it up in the spinach before pouring it in the Tupperware and topping it with the chicken and the potato that you would have cut in smaller pieces.

Spread the leftover butter on the chicken before placing the lid on the lunch box.

Spinach, Chicken and potato

Spinach, Chicken and potato

When you get to work, place the lunch box in the fridge and at lunch time, lift the lid a little bit to let out steam. Place the box in the microwave for 7-8 minutes.

Stir the spinach from bottom to top to spread the juices that no doubt would have cumulated at the bottom of the lunch box.

Plate and enjoy.

All the unpriced can be found in the house and the spinach had to be bought specially. So, the total spent is 30p.

#Whats4Lunch – The hot combos 3

Potato, beans, cheese 1

Potato, beans, cheese 1

Baked potato & beans (total cost 68p)

 Ingredients:

Potato, beans, cheese 2

Potato, beans, cheese 2

  • 1 baked potato – 50p
  • Baked beans – 8p (the tin cost 32p and contains 4 servings)
  • Black pepper
  • Grated mild cheddar – 10p

Method:

Potato, beans, cheese 3

Potato, beans, cheese 3

Any type of left over potato can be used this way. If you’ve got some left over roast vegetables, potatoes or parsnips from a previous meal, just use it to recreate this dish… If you didn’t enjoy it, just don’t try it again… Either way, you have to eat… and if on a budget you use what you find and make it work.

For this meal, I had a baked potato which place in my trusted lunch

Potato, beans, cheese 4

Potato, beans, cheese 4

box. I then topped it with a tablespoon of grated cheese, then the beans and more cheese. I added freshly grinded black pepper and thyme from my balcony.

At lunch time, all I have to do is place the lunch box slightly ajar in the microwave at work for 5 full minutes, then transfer in my plate… Done and tasty!

Potato, beans, cheese 5

Potato, beans, cheese 5

Potato, beans, cheese 6

Potato, beans, cheese 6

Up next, my vegan hot dish.