The Joy of Leftovers

This Girl has been making the most of the holiday season leftovers.

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Our Christmas ham was used to make Pea and Ham soup. Although we are not huge fans, my parents love it so it has become a New Year’s treat for them.  This year’s soup was declared to be better than my grandmother’s – mighty praise from my mother indeed!  Here’s the recipe I used – Pea and Ham Soup

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I turned our leftover fruitcake into a fruitcake custard bake. This was created with a need to use up the fruitcake and the excess custard mix from making a bread and butter pudding.  I cut up the fruitcake into chunky slices and poured the custard mix over then baked until set. This turned out to be so delicious l’d actually make a fruitcake just to turn it into a custard bake!  Tip – don’t soak the fruitcake in the custard mix for long before you bake it, like you would a bread and butter pudding, the fruitcake soaks up the custard much quicker than bread.

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Each year for Christmas Day I make Donna Hay’s poached turkey breast and in turn, when there are leftovers I make them into Paul Hollywood’s turkey, stuffing and cranberry Chelsea buns.  I omit the stuffing in this recipe.

How do you use up your leftovers?

Here’s our post on another use for leftover fruitcake – Waste Not, Want Not

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