Store Cupboard Supper

 ... or dinner, or tea, or whatever you call your evening meal.

I was feeling lethargic today and not really looking forward to conjuring up anything complicated for tonight's sumptuous repast.

A rummage through the 'fridge and the pantry gave me a few options.

Three quarters of a tin of chickpeas, left over from my meal a few days ago when P had his sausages.

Four leftover roast potatoes from Sunday's meal, chopped up into bitesize pieces.

Half a jar of Thai Green Curry Paste

Adding some rice from a pack of Waitrose basmati and wild rice plus a handful of frozen sliced mixed peppers gave us a surprisingly tasty and filling meal.

Bingo!



39 comments:

  1. I never realised you were into bingo JayCee. Have you got bingo wings?

    I hate wasting any food so good on you for concocting this melange.

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    1. I am all in a flap over my bingo wings YP.

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    2. You could join up with the seagulls down at Peel harbour for a few games... "Thirty Three...her ladyship JayCee!"

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  2. I love when leftovers come together like that! Good for you, JayCee, no wasting!
    Thanks for posting!

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  3. I had a basin of cold new potatoes left from yesterday and my friend had dropped off six newly laid eggs - I naughtily had the sliced new potatoes fried to a crisp in a mixture of olive oil and butter with a fried egg. Naughty but nice!

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    1. Sounds pretty good to me.

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    2. The Danes have a name for that meal Weaver, they call it biksemad which they translate as Monday food. It is the leftovers from the Sunday roast chopped into cubes and refried with a fried egg on top. It's sort of their version of Bubble'n'Squeak.

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  4. I always give any left over roast potatoes to the birds because I have never tasted a left over roast potato that tasted good! I must say your concoction (minus the roasties) sounded very tasty.

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    1. They were fine cubed and mixed in with the curried chickpeas. P liked it anyway, which is always a bonus!

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  5. Nice !!! Food isn’t always about cordon blue ! Leftovers are sometimes even better than the original or as nice ! XXXX

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  6. That’s bleu .... spellcheck doesn’t understand ! XXXX

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    1. Spellcheck and autocorrect are the bane of my life! xxx

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  7. The best recipes have often come from experiments.

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    1. These days most of mine are experiments!

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  8. There was an article in our local newspaper today about using leftovers which I will definitely keep!

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    1. I never waste leftovers. They always get used up in some form or other, sometimes more successful than others!

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  9. Sounds tasty to me. And leftovers gone from the fridge, yeh

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  10. I find myself getting more and more creative about putting meals together as well.

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    1. Some days I just don't feel motivated to cook. If it were not for having to feed P I would probably just have a bowl of cereal!

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  11. I keep quite a good store-cupboard, but on those indecisive days I usually revert to very simple Spaghetti dishes. Oil and Garlic, Pesto, or plain Tomato sauces. You can't go wrong.

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  12. Tonight we are eating the pack of M and S " Luxury Garnish selection" that has been in the freezer since Xmas. My DIL over ordered and even though we had to split the food an eat it in our own homes there was too much! It is basically bacon wrapped sausages and bacon wrapped pork parcels....whatever they are? Fed up with seeing it in the freezer. We shall have them with new potatoes and cauliflower and cabbage and some chicken gravy. ( and Cranberry sauce...I have a whole jar of that too!) Might be OK.

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    1. That sounds pretty good. Did you enjoy it?

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    2. Yes, it was very tasty thank you.

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  13. I certainly share your ambivalence about making meals and currently I'm not feeling as creative as you. There are days I tell DH to eat leftovers or figure out his own meal because I simply cannot make myself stand over the stove. 50 plus years of coming up with meals will do that to you, yes?

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    1. Oh my, yes! I have only been doing it for 40 years and that is more than enough!

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  14. On nights like that we have cheese and biscuits with perhaps a tomato thrown in to be the vegetable!! It's good to use up all the leftovers isn't it, sounds like you did well, will you ever be able to recreate though?! :D x

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  15. My wife has said in the past she could created meals from our pantry for a week or more. Yet she never has done so. Perhaps I'll show her this post?!

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    1. On the other hand try it on the proviso you eat with relish (and with many compliments to the chef) everything she produces. We tried it once. We didn't starve but it got a bit tedious.

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  16. I once broke my arm and couldn't drive for a few weeks and relied upon my family to drive me to work and pick me up, a huge burden on them with their own work nowhere near where I worked, and then I was also reliant upon them to take me shopping. I felt so guilty that for about 9 weeks I lived on almost nothing but what was in my store cupboard, tins and dried goods. It worked ok and I had some tasty meals out of it and learned to make do. There were many things like I did not want to be seen buying with my family so I preferred to just buy nothing. Crazy isn't it but I think you will understand Jaycee. xx

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    1. Nine weeks being inapacitated sounds horrible Rachel.
      We have enough tinned, packet and frozen foods to last a few weeks and could rustle up some passable meals but I would really miss fresh fruit, milk and bread if we couldn't visit a shop regularly.

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    2. I bought a few fresh things but mostly I survived on the things in the cupboard. My family were always impatient with me to hurry up sitting outside in the car waiting for me. My arm healed without plaster but I was unable to drive because I couldn't change gear. My elbow was broken and so they didn't plastercast it.

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