Waste not want not

Christmas Day has been and gone for another year and here at Norfolk Winter we hope you all had a very Merry Christmas, wherever you were and however your celebrated.

Look familiar? Love Food Hate Waste has a number of great ways that you can use up your remaining turkey. Credit: I Believe I Can Fry
Look familiar? Love Food Hate Waste has a number of great ways that you can use up what’s left of the turkey. Credit: I Believe I Can Fry

By now the chances are that you’ve got a fridge full of food carried over from Christmas Day and you’re not quite sure how to make the best use of it. Binning your leftovers when they’re still perfectly edible is clearly a big no-no, as not only are you throwing money away but you’re harming the environment too.

Love Food Hate Waste brings together creative and inventive ways of getting the most out of your food and we’ve had a look through their website and found a number of great ideas to help you finish off the rest of your Christmas feast and left the ingredients.

All you need to do is click on the title of each recipe to find out how to cook up these culinary delights.

Turkey and Vegetable Soup (serves 4)

A simple way to get rid of some of the main ingredients from the Christmas Day meal to create something light and tasty.

What you’ll need:

  • 200g cooked turkey
  • 200g cooked potatoes, roughly chopped
  • 400g cooked vegetables, such as carrots, broccoli, green beans and turnip
  • Hot water
  • 2 Oxo vegetable cubes
  • Black pepper

Soup not for you? Here’s a way you can use your turkey leftovers to make a tikka masala and a coconut curry.

Lemon and Mustard Seed Brussel Sprouts (serves 6)

Surely we’ve all had a Brussel sprout or two this holiday by now. Here’s a way of giving them a fresh kick.

What you’ll need:

  • 700g Brussel sprouts, washed and halved
  • 2 tsp mustard seeds
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp chilli powder, just a touch is needed
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 tsp English mustard, diluted (optional)

A sprout isn’t just for Christmas you know. Here’s a way of preserving them so you can keep any you have left over and include them in a meal any time of year.

Christmas Pudding Ice Cream (serves 4)

This flaming Christmas pudding can be turned into a flaming good ice cream with a few extra ingredients. Credit: Steve A Johnson

This flaming Christmas pudding can be turned into a flaming good ice cream with a few extra ingredients. Credit: Steve A Johnson

Had your fill of Christmas pud for the year but still have some to finish off? Ever thought of turning it into an imitation of rum and raisin ice cream…?

What you’ll need:

  • 125g leftover Christmas pudding, crumbled
  • 150ml chilled ready made custard
  • 150ml double cream, whipped
  • Liquor such as branch, rum, whisky or Baileys

And the humble Christmas pudding can even be used to make a tasty strudel if you’re after something a bit different.

Christmas Panettone and Mincemeat Pudding (serves 4-6)

A take on the classic bread and butter pudding dessert which uses up the remaining Christmas panettone, mincemeat and even some leftover alcohol.

What you’ll need:

  • 75g leftover mincemeat
  • Alcohol such as Baileys, brandy, whisky or rum (optional)
  • 50g butter
  • 1 panettone, sliced into small squares
  • 100ml milk
  • 375ml double cream
  • 4 eggs
  • 125g caster sugar
  • A few drops vanilla extract

And if you’re looking for more desserts from Christmas ingredients, why not try a cranberry brownie?

The Love Food Hate Waste team have also put together a day-by-day guide on how to get to New Year by using leftovers and a blog with some of the recipes above and more for what to do with the remaining food from Christmas.

Love Food Hate Waste Norfolk have their own Facebook page so you can keep up to date all year round and Norfolk County Council are also offering additional advice on how you can reduce the food that you throw away.


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