Debi's Recipe Pages


 5. Waste Not Want Not

... or, What To Do With Leftovers.

Not just leftover recycling though! I've also made suggestions on how to make the most of your ingredients, like a thrifty '50s housewife! I've yet to discover a proper butcher's shop in LA, so all our meat is prepackaged from the supermarket :-( Rarely do I find anything that is just the right size for one meal for two people, so I learned to juggle. OK, not literally, but by throwing the little bits leftover from too-large packs together to make a new and different meal. Da Da!



Leftover boiled potatoes

Leftover cooked vegetables, roughly chopped - any of the following:

Carrots, Cabbage, Sprouts, Broccoli, Parsnips, etc

Onion, roughly chopped

Olive oil



Heat a little olive oil in a large frying pan. Put everything in and "stunch" it all together, stirring occasionally until golden brown crispy bits form.


A Lumley-Davies recipe, usually made after a roast dinner and served with the leftover meat.


Lamb Hash (For Two)

Leftover Roast Lamb, shredded (a good double handful)

1 small onion, roughly chopped

2 medium potatoes, boiled and chopped

1/2 pint low salt beef stock

1 tblsp plain flour

Butter for frying

Salt and freshly ground pepper


In a large frying pan, fry the onion in a knob of butter until golden. Stir in the flour and add the lamb and potatoes. Season to taste and stir in the stock. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir well, cover and simmer for another 10 minutes. Repeat until the liquid has disappeared and it all looks a bit crusty.


In fact, it looks pretty awful ,but tastes delicious!


Chicken and Ham Pie

Leftover roast chicken, shredded

Leftover cooked gammon ham, chopped

1/2 pint milk

1 oz butter

1 heaped tblsp plain flour

Salt & freshly ground black pepper

2 frozen 8" pastry pie cases



Melt the butter in a large saucepan and stir in the flour to form a roux. Add the milk, stirring vigorously and simer for a few minutes to thicken. Mix in the chicken and ham and season to taste. Tip the mixture into a frozen pie crust and top with the second crust. Crimp the edges to seal and cut some slits in the top. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 350ºF, 180ºC for 45 minutes or until the pastry is golden.


You can add a handful of frozen petit pois to the mixture if there isn't quite enough meat to fill the pie!


Coronation Chicken Salad

Leftover roast chicken, in chunks, good double handful

1/2 cup raisins

1 cup mayonnaise

1 tblsp sour cream

1 tblsp mango chutney

2 tsp curry powder


Mix together mayonnaise, sour cream, mango chutney and curry powder. Add the raisins and chicken and mix together.



Note on Chicken Breasts







I find that a chicken breast with the fillet attached is too large a helping for one person, when accompanied by sauce, potatoes, veg, etc.

So, when I buy a pack of four chicken breasts I remove the fillets from each and cut them into strips. Put the strips from all four into a polythene bag in the freezer until needed. There's just the right amount for a chicken stir fry or pasta topping for two people.

Note on Mince





I can never find packs of minced meats (beef, lamb or pork) that are the right size for exactly 1 or 2 meals. Whatever is leftover I freeze (raw) in a polythene bag until I have enough accumulated mince to turn into a whole meal. Meatballs are made by mixing different types of mince or you can make a selection of burgers for a grill or BBQ.


Sausage & Herb Stuffing Balls

Leftover cooked sausages


Fresh bread, torn into small pieces

Onion, finely chopped

Fresh herbs, finely chopped




Chop the sausage up into tiny little bits, add some of all the other ingredients and mix together. Squish into balls1/1/2 to 2" in diameter and place in a lightly oiled baking dish. Cook for about 3/4 hour on whatever heat your roast is on!


I invented this with some leftover cocktail sausages from a picnic - they come in such huge packets. Also good for those packets of five large sausages so there's always one left over. Choose herbs appropriate for the sausage.


Apple Snow

Leftover apple sauce

Fresh cream




Mix cream into apple sauce :-)


This was my special treat after a roast pork dinner at home!