Christmas Cooking

Hello Everyone. Hope you all had a fantastic Christmas with lots of lovely food and drink. I did and I have some good news to tell you as well. Stuart and I are now engaged. He proposed to me on Christmas morning. We are going out tonight for a meal at The Fountain At Clent (where I went a couple of weeks ago with the girls) to celebrate it. We have not set a date or anything yet but I will keep you all informed, I promise.

Anyway, back to the food. This year, I did not have to cook Christmas dinner which was a relief. We all went round to my Auntie Ann’s and she did a fantastic job. Well done Ann and thank you for your hard work. Christmas dinner was great! :-) Instead, we had everyone round to ours on Boxing Day and I did Hot Roast Pork sandwiches, with stuffing, homemade apple sauce and gravy. I did not take any pictures of the main event, I am afraid, it was a bit crazy, however, I have some pictures of other things I made to go with the pork sandwiches.

I have a confession to make: I did not make the pastry and the mincemeat for the mince pies. I did not have the time to make either. Its awful I know. Pastry and I do not get on. It is the one thing I cannot make. If you have any tips, please let me know!

I have blogged about Rocky Road and Toffee on here before. Please find the posts here and here. They are great for parties and loved by kids and adults alike.

Do you still have leftovers from Christmas? I do. Here is  a couple of ways that I have used to get rid of them. First of all, is pizza. Pizza is great for using up leftover cooked meat and cheese. Just make the pizza dough (my recipe is here), put on a tomato sauce and the toppings that you want and you have a reasonably quick and simple meal for all the family.

My second way of using up leftovers is curry. In this case, I had leftover pork from Boxing Day but any leftover cooked meat will do. Just follow my recipe from here. However, when you make the curry using already cooked meat, do not add it in at the same time as you do the uncooked meat, otherwise it will fall apart and you will have no chunks of meat left in the sauce when you come to eat it. Add the meat in after you have added the tinned tomatoes and stock. Meat that has been left in the fridge can go dry (Jamie Oliver told me that on his Christmas show), however, by reheating it in the curry sauce, the meat will go moist again. I have also started cooking my curry in the oven as it requires less stirring and you don’t need to watch it as much. It is up to you though – whatever you want is fine with me.

Do you have any ideas what I can do with leftover mincemeat? What else can you do with leftovers? I would love to know.

I will be back early in the New Year with a post about my foodie goals for 2010 as there are a few thimgs I would like to learn/do.  See you next year.

Happy New Year! :-)

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6 Responses to Christmas Cooking

  1. Great idea to use curry and pizza for the leftovers. Sandwiches are getting old :-) xx

  2. Congratulations!

    Leftover mincemeat can go in ice cream or with chocolate to make truffles or brownies.

    As for pastry, I didn’t use to be very good at it, but I just got on with it and practice makes perfect! It’s easier now as you can keep the kitchen colder than in summer.

  3. Congratulations on your engagement – exciting news!!

    Making pizza with leftovers is a corking idea. Thats tonights dinner sorted!

    Have a fantastic New Year !

  4. My sister made pastry for the first time this year. My 3 year old niece wanted to help so apart from getting the quantities right everything else happened in the wrong order. It was lovely! (and dare I say it better than my mum’s who uses the same recipe but without the 3yo assistant!)

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