Leftover dinner? Do this!

I'd like to suggest a simple cooking method which is ideal for using up leftovers; munging! 

turn leftover dinner into a delicious fritter!
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For instance a recent dinner comprised cod in a buttery leek and lemon sauce, new potatoes and veggies.  As is so often the case I couldn't eat the lot so put my leavings on a tea plate in the fridge in the hope inspiration would hit by lunchtime. 

It did - I'd mash it up together!  I just put everything except the lemon slice in a bowl and squashed it together with my hands till it was well merged 

I formed the result into a cake, coated it with panko crumbs (normal breadcrumbs would work too) and fried myself a lovely lunch which I much preferred, in fact, to the original meal!  

I think this "method" would be useful for all sorts of leftover dinners, so long as there is some potato involved and not too much gravy or sauce.  Give it a go!!!

Incidentally "munging" seems to have several new defintions ...

~   The deliberate alteration of an e-mail address on a Web page to hide the address from spambot programs that scour the Internet for e-mail addresses.
~   To transform data in an undefined or unexplained manner, changing data into another format.
~   A trademark for a canned meat product consisting primarily of chopped pork pressed into a loaf.
~   Something utterly disgusting, either generally or specifically.
~   To munch up, in common use in Scotland in the 1940s, and in Yorkshire in the 1950s.

It is the final definition I am referring to here.

My New Store-Cupboard Essential

I have added a new item to my list of "storecupboard essentials", which already includes quite a few items not normally considered basics. 

The new addition is chorizo.  Frequently whilst cooking recently I have thought "hmm, if only I had some chorizo" (must be my age!) and now I have.  It keeps very well indeed (the pack of sliced chorizo I just bought is good till 21st September) and just a little is needed to give all sorts of dishes a boost.  

My leftovers of the day consisted of half a can of cannelini beans and a small piece of monkfish I know - posh leftover! 

~   I cooked some very finely chopped red onion in a little olive oil.
~   I added 3 slices of chorizo, shredded and let it melt and ooze a bit.
~   Then the beans and sliced monkfish were tossed in together with  some chopped tomatoes (from a carton of Tesco's chopped tomatoes with chilli) and a weeny bit of dry white wine.
~   To a simmer, turned down the heat and cooke gently till I had toasted a slice of Vicky's most marvellous bread.
~   I added a dollop of M & S roasted garlic mayonnaise (even posher!) and this was a fabulous lunch thanks in part to chorizo.

white fish with beans and chorizo in a tomato sauce

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purplestormwitch said...

hmmm.yes I munge a lot also!

Sue said...

NOW you've got me thinking.

Almost anything can be 'munged' can't it. It will open up a whole new world of purposeful leftovers with absolutely nothing going to waste.

Do you use beaten egg to coat your munged cakes in first, or just press the Panko crumbs straight onto them?

I do hope you can sort out your BT troubles soon, I know how frustrating it can be :-(