Friday, 29 November 2013

Love Food Hate Waste at Aberdeen Forward

I'm a big supporter of the Love Food Hate Waste campaign. Many of my best meals have been recreated from leftovers and my Meal Planning Mondays certainly help to keep food wastage to a minimum. I was delighted to be asked by Aberdeen Forward to do a Love Leftovers demo at their HQ as part of European Week of Waste Reduction. Here's what we cooked up on the day
TUNA FISHCAKES
Leftover Mashed Potato
Tin of Tuna
Large Squirt of Ketchup
Herbs (whatever is just about to go slimy in the bottom of the fridge)
Salt & Pepper
Breadcrumbs (made from stale bread/wraps/buns/pita bread)
Flour
Egg
Oil

Mix together the mash, tuna, herbs, S&P & Ketchup in a bowl
Form into balls and flatten
Dip each fishcake into seasoned flour, then egg, then breadcrumbs
Fry in oil until golden brown on each side

Variations
use any type of fish or corned beef or make a veggie version with pulses
leftover veggies can be added to the mix, sweetcorn works well
instead of breadcrums used crushed savoury biscuits like cream crackers

COLA CHICKEN
Oil
Onion
6 Tbsp Passata
Handful of Mushrooms
1 Pepper
1 Tsp Worcestershire Sauce
1 Tsp Chinese 5 Spice
2 Chicken Breasts
250ml Flat Coke
Tin of Pineapple Slices

Chop onion and fry in oil. Add chopped mushrooms and peppers. Add chicken and brown. Pour in coke, passata and add spices. Leave to simmer until the sauce reduces and gets sticky. Aprox 20-25 minutes. Add pineapple towards the end. Serve with rice or noodles.


Variations
use pork or beef instead of chicken or omit entirely and bulk up with veggies
experiment with different flavours of soft drinks
spice it up with garlic and chillies
LAYERED FRUIT CRUNCH
Natural Greek Yoghurt
Honey
Gingernuts
Breakfast Cereal (Special K)
Fruit (Apple, Pears, Strawberries)
Cinnamon
Sugar

Prepare (peel and chop) the fruit then stew in a small pan with a little water adding sugar and spices if desired. Leave to cool.
Crush the biscuits and cereal in a bag using a rolling pin
Layer up fruit, ceral/biscuit mix and yoghurt and repeat in a glass.
Chill until required
Drizzle with honey before serving.

Variations
ring the changes with different flavours of yoghurt
any fresh, frozen or tinned fruit works well
use your favourite biscuits and cereal

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