Me and my Inner Womble!

The 'flu bug I had ages ago affected my appetite, my energy to cook and therefore the amount of leftovers I had for some considerable time.  The last few days, however, I feel that me and my inner womble are back on form.
madame cholet the womble

Wombles, as you know, can't abide human wastefulness but they do appreciate the good food scraps that our species throw away because the burrow's cook, Madame Cholet ( pictured) is a dab hand at making great meals out of leftovers.  Unfortunately, however, a large percentage of the human race don't live near Wimbledon which is why, hopefully, this blog and my book, Creative Ways to Use Up Leftovers, come in useful.  

Yesterday's Lunch ....

Pease Pudding Curry!
Sparkling Water

Pease Pudding Curry (Geordie-Indian Sub Continent Fusion) was quick, easy and delicious.  One of my storecupboard staples is Patak's Madras Curry Paste.  I cooked half an onion my favourite way and, when it was soft and starting to caramelise, I stirred in a teaspoonful of said curry paste.  Once that started to smell so delicious that my Real Man asked "pooh, what's that stink?" I stirred in the leftover pease pudding (the amount you see in the picture) and a little leftover ham stock to soften it a bit. 

dal, rice and cashew nuts

Today's Lunch ...

panko crusted potato cake
Boursin Stuffed, Panko Crusted Potato Cake
White Wine Spritzer 

This just came about because I only had two large potatoes left last night when cooking mashed potatoes for dinner. One was too small, two was too much. Today I mixed a dollop of roasted garlic mayonnaise into the leftover mash, wrapped it round a remanant of Boursin (garlic and herb), rolled it in panko crumbs (lots more to do with panko crumbs here) fried and ate it.
Both my lunches were truly delicious, both were made out of leftovers and both were decided on the spur of the moment.

seriously useful leftovers cookbook
Read more here.

Creative Ways to Use Up Leftovers  

All the recipes, ideas, hints, suggestions, information etc. I can think of for over450 potential leftovers. Madame Cholet would be proud of me!


Sue said...

Seems we're all wombling happily away at the moment :-)

I love your book 'relaxing' on the shelf, so casually placed. I think if I had had a book published there would be copies relaxing all over the house :-)

Well done again.

Jenny Eatwell said...

I am aghast at your supposedly "real man" remarking "pooh, what's that stink?" where curry is concerned! Doesn't he realise that real men eat curry? Real geordie men, too - or at least that's what my geordie man tells me. ;)

I had never thought of you as Madame Cholet before today. Now, however, you shall be Madame Cholet in my mind until the end of time. How fitting! LOL :)

Oh and while I'm here, I'll just congratulate you again on your fab book. You deserve it!