Thinking of leftovers in a new way. That is exactly what Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is suggesting we do in his new book ” Love your Leftovers”
With over millions of tonnes of good food being thrown out each year, we all need to start thinking differently… and maybe a bit more cleverly.
I have to admit I have tended to think of leftovers just being served up again in their original form. Therefore usually only ever enough for one or two people. Which doesn’t help me much when I need to feed 6 most days. However, Hugh has a plan!!
A new approach
When deciding what to do with leftovers, Hugh delivers a new approach to this kind of cooking. Planning for there to be leftovers is one of his big points. Who ever thought about doing that? So when you have the oven on to roast one bird, do two. Pull all the meat off whilst still warm and you then have another days meal half ready! Keep the bones and make a stock, another day’s soup just about there. This is just one great example and there are loads more in the book. Time saving for me springs to mind immediately…
There is vast array of food related information at the beginning of the book, ok about 10 pages. Which although seems a little tedious to read at first, then creates the flow for the rest of the book. Information on storage for leftovers, giving your fridge a sort through once a week to bring food to the front that needs to be used up, through to fridge temperatures. In this case the cooler the better to prolong shelf life.
Frequently occuring leftovers
There is particularly interesting page in the book where he shows a diagram of ” Frequently occurring leftovers ”
Ingredients are shown like clouds on the page. Coming off each one, like rays of sunlight, he lists a recipe idea, with page number that you could create using that base ingredient. Even if you weren’t following one of his exact recipes, you could be inspired to go freestyle, depending what other ingredients you had to hand.
Pasta Bakes are always a hit in my house and I think I might need to plan less to make a pasta bake each few weeks. Rather wait till the time comes, when I see the leftovers lurking that would make a delicious mix and prepare it then. Hugh has some great combinations that I am going to try out.
Having been converted to this new thinking about leftovers, I am definitely changing my meal planning. I will look to plan for just 3 nights a week, rather than 5 or so…. and on the other nights I will flick open this book to get some inspiration.
The recipes I am most excited to try first are: Spicy Lamb and Chickpeas, Roast Dinner Soup and Lemon and Yoghurt Pudding. Which to be honest are hardly going to feel like leftovers at all…
With more than 100 recipes and gorgeous photographs, this book is a great companion in the kitchen and would make an ideal Christmas present for any kind of cook. Buy Love your Leftovers by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall from Amazon here.