Love Your Leftovers: #CookBlogShare 2020 Wk 1
Love Your Leftovers & the Linky for #CookBlogShare 2020 week 1. Four great ways to use up those bendy veg, neglected store cupboard staples and Sunday Roast leftovers. That will save your overstretched January budget and a little time during the week too!
Happy New Year from Peachick HQ!
And, I’m excited to say, welcome to a New Year of CookBlogShare! Thank you to Jacqui, Michelle and Lesley for letting us guest host again, its always a highlight! Hope you’ve all had a good festive season and that 2020 is treating you well so far!
We are pleased to say that after being glad to see the back of 2019, this one has turned out to be ok so far. Christmas was a total write off with pretty much everyone in this house suffering from some kind of illness. But the first few days of 2020 were exactly what we all needed! Elodie is still not 100% but determined to go to gymnastics training tonight so reckon she’s on the mend too.
On the other hand, 2019 was a pretty good year for the website. Despite being neglected a fair bit, visitors were up 38% on last year to just under 40,000. And our recipes showed up in Google search results 1 million times! Nothing compared to some, but its alright for something I started 8 years ago to stop arguments between The Peas later on!
If you’ve been following my Instagram, then you may have seen that Peachick HQ has some new residents. These are Millie’s Christmas present, her baby Giant African Land Snails. And while we know they are not everyone’s idea of a pet, we like them!
We always spend New Year’s day on the beach, and this year we went to Lyme Regis. The Peas are all little bit obsessed with fossil hunting and so we went adventuring in search of the Ammonite Pavement down on Monmouth Beach. Honestly its amazing but I’m glad we didn’t have any tiny Peas with us as it would have been too much. The rocks we clambered over were HUGE – That’s hubby’s size 11 feet in the photo so you can see how big the ammonites and rocks were! Fortunately, I had made up a batch of my Sausage Rolls and double wrapped them in foil. So after all that exploring we sat down to a warm pastry & hot chocolates!
We’ve also had a few days out with friends, stomping around Sir Harold Hillier Gardens near us and then some lazy duvet & film days. All in all its been a great start to 2020 and long may it continue. Mind you we’ve only been back at work & school for one day so there is still time LOL!
Love Your Leftovers: #COOKBLOGSHARE Week 52 ROUND UP…
It was so hard to choose the theme for this week’s round up. Between treats using all your favourite chocolates (Galaxy, Bueno, Chocolate Orange & Kit Kat), several bliss ball recipes and a host of savoury options, it took me a while to decide.
BUT if there is one thing I know about January, its that budgets are tight. Often people get paid well in advance of Christmas, which is great, but it can mean 6 weeks between pay packets.
And as we all know, January basically lasts forever.
Sadly while I don’t have a magic wand to make that money tree last just that little bit longer, I do know a thing or two about feeding ravenous small people on a very tight budget…
So here are four great ways to minimise food waste and Love your Leftovers!
1. Use Those Veggies Lurking in the Back of the Fridge: Easy Carrot Loaf Cake with Pecans
You know the ones. The blotchy carrots that bend. You take them out to cook dinner with, bend them into pretty rainbow shapes then think better of it. But rather than bin them, you put them back vowing to use them. Well look no further because this beautiful carrot loaf from A Baking Journey, is a tasty alternative to chucking them on the compost! And I reckon it would work with bendy parsnips too! For a vegan alternative, replace the eggs with 2tbsp of chia seeds and 1.5 cups of dairyfree milk.
2. Use the random ingredients you’ve bought but never used: Roasted Hazelnut Bliss Balls (Vegan)
We all have them, those weird elongated oval packets of dates, stuffed right at the back of the store cupboard. We all buy them (or get given them) for Christmas. But does anyone actually eat them? I bet they would sat on the plate in the form of these bliss balls from Tin & Thyme. Also a great recipe for using up those leftover bags of nuts or dried fruit from all the Christmas cake you were definitely going to make last year but didn’t!
3. Transform your Sunday Roast Leftovers: Turkey & Chorizo Pot Pie
The beauty of this recipe from Jacqui over at Recipes Made Easy, is that you can basically put what you had left in it. AND it would be so easy to adapt for allergies, coeliacs or vegans.
Just use roasted cauliflower instead of Turkey. Add some smoky paprika to the sauce, to replace the chorizo. Then use a suitable pastry (asda’s freefrom is gluten free, vegan & contains no soya!). The sauce can be made with any milk and any flour and where the recipe calls for egg for the pastry, I use water or my normal dairy free milk. Stick it in the fridge – Monday night tea sorted!
4. Treat Yourself with Homemade treats: Galaxy Caramel Cheesecake
In this house?
Half the time its gone before we ever remembered it was there!
But if you are going to treat yourself to a sneaky bar, then why not turn it into something completely indulgent. A real treat like this Galaxy Caramel Cheesecake from Baking Explorer. Is perfect for any fellow January Birthday-ers out there too!
It needs a fair bit of tweaking to be dairy free or suitable for vegans but not impossible. Just before Xmas Galaxy launched vegan bars of chocolate [vegan but not dairy free 🙁 ] so that bit is sorted. Then for the topping,use a dairy free cream cheese alternative. For the cream, either use a soya based alternative or a chilled coconut cream and melted dairyfree white chocolate combination. You can even buy dairy free squirty cream too.
Then all that is left to do is hide somewhere so you don’t have to share!
And finally I had to mention, Cat’s fab selection of 10 Savoury Party Food Recipes, as amongst it are some great recipes for using up all those random foods that noone really uses outside of Christmas like sausage meat, dates and continental meat selections.
So there you have it – 4 (ish) great recipes to help you Love your Leftovers and give your overstretched budgets a little breather by minimising food waste & reducing your shopping bill!
#CookBlogShare Week 1 Linky
If you are just here for the yummy recipes and to find something delicious for dinner then feel free to scroll on past the entry rules and get right to the recipes – although if you do find something you like then social shares are always appreciated by us blogger types!
As well as commenting & Tweeting all the lovely recipes linked up this week, I will pin them all to the #CookBlogShare Pinterest Board (and one or two of my own!) but the social love doesn’t stop there.
Pin Love Your Leftovers for Later:
Don’t forget to:-
- TAG @Jacdotbee @lostinf00d on Twitter, using #CookBlogShare hashtag for retweets. AND If you tag @Peachicksbakery in any I will retweet them too!
- ADD #CookBlogShare to your Insta posts so we can all find you! And don’t forget you can also tag them (and me) in the Insta post to make it even easier to find (@lostinf00d @recipesmadeeasyblog & @Peachicksbakery)
- POST your recipes to the CookBlogShare Facebook Page
One last thing –
If search for #CookBlogShare across social media, you can see all the posts tagged with it. Why not spend a little time exploring & spread a little ‘like/retweet’ love around – but don’t forget some kind of snack while you do it, as it always makes me really hungry! There are nearly 4,000 amazing looking recipes to be discovered on Instagram alone!
Next Week’s #CookBlogShare can be found over at Lost In Food
I’m sure you’ve read them a few times but for anyone new to #CookBlogShare or those of us (like me) that love a reminder…
- You can link up any foodie posts you have. Both old and new posts are welcome as long as they have not been linked to #CookBlogShare before.
- Link up a recipe or foodie post by clicking the blue ‘add your link’ button below and following the instructions. You can link up to 4 posts. by linking you are giving permission for the photo to be used in a round up post.
- Add a link from your post back to this post (so everyone else can find it and link up too!)
- Add the #CookBlogShare badge to your post (Code below – for WordPress copy and paste the code below into the text view of your post).
- Comment on some of the other recipes linked up here (at least 2 for each link you added but the more you can the better) and generally share the love with a bit of social media action!
- Plus comment on either this post or one of the posts labelled HOST in the linky.
- Have fun and get ready to Cook Blog Share
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