So it might be a bit random to be writing about Christmas dinner leftovers in February but I wanted to make some notes for next [this] year as I was pleased with how Christmas cooking went last Christmas.
First up was that I went for the very easy option with the turkey. And also did a tiny head count and realised that with only 2.5 people actually eating it in our house at Christmas, there was no point getting anything any bigger. This is a very very easy M and S turkey breast, which you just stick in the oven in the tray it comes in. It was perfect. It did Christmas dinner, and then I turned the remains into turkey pie on Boxing Day. And that was it. No turkey hanging around for days and days and days. Yes, per kg it’s more expensive than buying a turkey sized turkey but there was no waste at all so it felt like value for money.
I got the big bags of “a little less than perfect” carrots and parsnips and am still none the wiser about why they’re considered a little less than perfect. Definitely getting them again. They were also incredibly cheap AND on special offer with sprouts and potatoes so even cheaper – it was something like all your Christmas veg for £2, and that was enough to last us a week! Our online shopping is with Ocado, hence the Waitrose products.
Then there was the trifle, which was extremely yummy. I used up the leftover glacé cherries from the Christmas cake on top of it. I had half a pack of sponge fingers leftover from making the trifle, so I made a sort-of trifle in early January, involving soaking them in a bit of orange juice, adding some frozen blueberries and some custard on top. This was also very tasy!
Finally, the Christmas cake. I decided to make mini ones, based on this Lakeland recipe, mainly because, with hardly any of us here to eat it, it ended up hanging around for ages. Last year I ended up eating about two thirds of it myself, which isn’t ideal as I have to go for a diabetic blood test in January to get a profile of my blood sugar control over the last three months (I’m not diabetic, but I did have Gestational Diabetes, which puts me at much higher risk of developing diabetes in the future, hence the annual blood test).
Another short cut I did was buying ready-made brandy sauce, having discovered its existence last year. I’m trying to maintain traditions from both my family and the OH’s, who had custard with their Christmas pudding, whereas we always had brandy sauce, and I couldn’t be bothered to make both on the day!
What do you make with your Christmas leftovers and what shortcuts do you use for Christmas cooking?