~ Menu ~
Lovely Summery Soup
White Wine Spritzer
½ a Pastry Thing with Clotted Cream & Fresh Fruit
This lovely summery meal was made entirely of leftovers most of which a lesser woman than I may well have thrown away! They comprised:
~ A few stalks of asparagus (I’d eaten the tips)
~ Some really old baby leeks that we bought cheap as they were out of date about a month ago (seriously!) which were fine after I pulled off the outer leaves.
~ A mislaid mystery potato which my friend Jenny from Jenny Eatwell's Rhubarb & Ginger thinks is an Apache Potato and I think she is right.
~ Some leftover peas from last night’s dinner.
~ Ham stock after cooking a ham – obviously!
~ The stale end crust off my real man’s loaf of bread (yes we eat different breads most of the time too!)
~ A pastry trimming which I cooked alongside my manly man’s pie for dinner but had no particular plans for it.
~ The last one of my doughnut peaches.
~ Half a punnet of blueberries I stuck in the freezer the other day as I couldn’t think what to do with them. When I thawed them this morning were all mushy and wet.
~ Two days out of date clotted cream.
Even the wine was the very end of a bottle.
Some specifics …
~ I coarsely chopped the leeks and cooked them as I would onions – see here.
~ When they were buttery tender I peeled and sliced the potato and added it to the leeks.
~ I poured enough ham stock to just cover the potato, brought to a boil, turned down the heat, covered and simmered till almost tender.
~ Coarsely chopped the asparagus (discarding the woody ends) and added to the soup for the last few minutes of cooking.
~ When all was tender I mashed it with my grumpy potato masher and then stirred in the peas and enough cream to make a soupy consistency.
Croutons – see here for my Crouton Philosophy, in this case I left out the balsamic vinegar.
After making my real man his second pie of the week (!) I had just a small square of leftover, (and yes – bought in) puff pastry so I bunged it in the oven alongside the pie. No skin off my nose after all! It has been sitting around for a couple of days and came in handy as a vehicle for my leftover fruits. The blueberries were terribly mushy so I cooked them with a spoonful of sugar till they burst and then strained them through a nylon sieve. The peach was just a peach. The clotted cream tasted fine when I stuck my finger in it. I am not a great adherent of best before dates except where raw meat is concerned. And just look at this …
… not bad for Leftovers! The reason I only had half is that this is the sort of food we both like.