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Post Christmas food feast. Or How to eat Christmas food afterwards without getting bored.

So Christmas has come and gone and there is all that food left over. Ham, Turkey, chicken, veges… what to do without eating the same thing for a week?

The first things to go would have to be any seafood. Of course depending on what you have, fish can be turned into a pie or utilised in pasta and rice recipes.
Smoked salmon (if you have any left you shouldn’t be allowed to buy it again. Smoked Salmom lovers will have it gone before the packet has finished being opened), should you have any let over can be mixed with cold mashed potato for fish cakes.
We had some prawns left over – I know, it’s shameful, see above for smoked salmon – so I started my second hand dinners with garlic prawn fried rice. Quick, easy and a little different.

Cooked veges are so versatile and can be used in all sorts of things, by adding just a few simple ingredients. Soup, pies, pasta, lasagne, fritatta, pizza, rice… almost limtless.
Salads can be added to or earten with any everyday meat for something different. Green salads can have egg and ham/chicken added to make a tasty but light meal, add them to wraps or rolls for picnics.

Other meats like chicken and turkey can be mixed with gravy or coleslaw and eaten in rolls for a quick dinner when you really can’t be bothered.

As for that huge ham that’s left in the fridge. You’re going to be sick of it before you’re finished, and if you don’t want to share… omelettes, pasta, and sandwiches will only get you so far.  Of course the classic Croque Monsieur has to be on the list. Never mind healthy when you’ve got all that delicious cheese, and I’d have to add some grain or dijon mustard into the mix.
Had enough of all those and there is still some left? Never fear. It can be frozen. Slice and wrap in cling wrap, sealing properly. Then put in a air proof container and freeze. Don’t forget to label with the date in case a few months go pass and you open the freezer and go “what is that, and how old is it?”
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Tomorrow night I’ll be seeing what I can do with all those potatoes.  Here are a few ideas… cheese, potato and herb filo parcels, vegetable curry, (tuna) fish cakes, spicy vegetarian patties, mini curried vege pies.
We’ll see how much time I have when I finally get home tomorrow.

Til then,
it’s fly out day tomorrow and the start of the holidays
Jennifer 🙂

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Food Friday – it’s Christmas!

So here I am again. Finished the last couple,of items on the to do list (I had two or some reason, both saying the same things) and am now chilling. Hubby is chilling with mindless tv (something I’m not fond of) and this is mine.
So I got baking again today. I miss days like this where I get to just play in the kitchen and have something cool to show at the end of it.
What was I baking today? The main plan was the triple layer stuffed-full-of-goodies ice cream cake.
That was fun, soft ice cream, bashing chocolate with the rolling pin and then hoping like hell it will all fit in the pan I had. Only just. A little deeper would have been nice, but I can’t own every pan there is, well, not just yet anyway.
I changed it a little, but the layers go like this, chocolate ice cream with Oreos, vanilla with honeycomb and strawberry withpink with strawberries in sauce. It mixed nicely, and is in the good fridge meaning it will actually be frozen.
The start of my cake – chocolate ice cream with Oreos.

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As I had to wait 30+ mins in between layers of ice cream I decided I would try something else. A sweet nibble for afterwards with coffee – if we have any room left.
My choice, an easy white Christmas tartlets.
Marshmallows, rice bubbles, coconut and melted chocolate in biscuits/cookies that have been softened and made into tart ‘cases’. Mine are not so cases as plates, but I tried one with the extra topping and it was pretty yummy!

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While I was at it, as if I didn’t have enough to do, I figured I should cook the rhubarb I was given during the week. I lurve rhubarb, and it will a tasty extra with my cereal and yoghurt for breakfasts. Rhubarb and apple, rhubarb and strawberries, stewed over ice cream, muffins, inside down cake… anything you can put fruit in really I spose.

Christmas in Australia. Christmas in summer. Some of you wouldn’t be able to envisage it, others have experienced it and now have winter Christmases (something I’d love to do one year), par for the course here. Hot, sticky, maybe wet and windy, but no snow. Although there was one year it was snowy, not the nice kind either.
Anyway, being summer the menu is usually pretty casual. Cold meats, seafood, bbqs. Some people love the whole hot food feast, and who knows what the other half do. We had an exchange student one year, and she was disappointed (and vocally critical) of our set up. There were no fancy Christmas foods, just everyday things. This is true. An a multicultural country we choose what we want to follow, but the climate dictates as well. Some foods we only ever eat at Christmas – like a full ham on the bone, and prawns (but that might just be us).

So what’s on our menu tomorrow. To share what is our typical Christmas meal.

Starters – cheese platter, cabana, stuffed peppers, pear slices and a dip or two. I’m making a pea, mint and feta dip. I found this the other day and it looks scrummy.
Mains – ham (glazed & cooked or sliced cold, we prefer cold) roast turkey breast, prawns au naturale, and a chook.
Then there’s a green salad and maybe another, new potatoes, (re fried with bacon, and boiled), runner & broad beans and snap pea salad. Cranberry, apple and tartare sauces, mustard (a nuts for ham), mayo and vinaigrette.
Desserts (the best bit) – my ice cream cake, trifle, fresh raspberries, a chocolate pudding (so far a rumour, but hubby has fingers crossed), custard and way too much cream (but that always happens doesn’t it?)
Afterwards when we really don’t feel like eating anymore, there’ll be slices of Christmas cake, and my tartlets with coffee (or tea).
Dinner, well, if anyone feels like it, take a pick from what’s left over from the above list.

On the 25th while hubby is fed at work, the kids and I will be at mr 17’s GF’s house. And because he has his licence I can take my bottle of wine. Don’t worry, I rarely get drunk but a few on occasion is nice.

Have a great weekend!
Jen 🙂

Food Friday – cafe review

Hubby arrived home yesterday and as is our ‘routine’ we went out for lunch.  I usually get to choose the place – he’s too tired from travelling and is happy to let me do it.

RedRed is a small cafe located in Salamanca Square. Salamanca Square is located behind (the world-renowned) Salamanca Place, a stones throw from the wharves and Hobart City.  It is located in a disused quarry which is now lined with a hotel and apartment complex. The ground level is occupied with eateries, clothing and gift shops.  There is plenty of room sit and enjoy the ambience and let the kid splay near the central fountain.

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It is understated and classy but not too pretentious. The decor is black and white with splashes of red. Black and white walls and singular tables while bright red booths that would seat about 8 line the walls.
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The pictures on the walls are plain but catch your eye – black and white with a splash of red.
The Paris scene, a couple, the lady in red. The Tower of London with a red double-decker. The Spanish bul fighter with his red cape. And the construction workers high above the city on a beam with a red lunch box (I’m not sure as I didn’t go to look closely)
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The red water bottle. Beautiful against the white table with expensive looking tumblers (I wouldn’t call these glasses)
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The menu us simple yet has a touch of elegance. A small selection of both entrees and mains with an equally small but impressive list of both alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages.
We shared the skewered mushrooms as an entree. Hubby went outside his comfort zone and tried a mushroom for the first time. While he didn’t dislike it, he wasn’t going back for more.
They were crumbed (really subtle flavours that complimented the mushroom beautifully) and fried to perfection.  It was served with a mesculen (the peppery lettuce) and a spicy creamy dipping sauce.
These were perfect for two to share, but a little much for me on my own at lunch time.

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Normally we would have separate items for the main, but yesterday we both chose the steak.  It arrived accompanied with the best chips, a little salad and a smoky bbq style sauce. We were told the sauce is the one they have with their sticky pork ribs but were playing switcheroo with the menu.  It would work better with the ribs.  As we chatted, I mentioned mustard, so he brought some out.  Clove Dijon.  Hmm. The dijon part was good, smooth and creamy but the clove aftertaste was not to my liking.  I kept on with the sauce instead.
We ordered our steak medium rare – as always – but given the thickness it could have been a little more on the medium side. Still full of flavour and very tender.

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We finished with a cappucino which had good flavour and (for me) strong enough, but it wasn’t very hot. I like to linger over a good coffee, not be able to gulp it down.
Even the cutlery was red. I would love to have these knives in my kitchen.

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The wait staff waiter was attentive and informative. Eager to make sure everything was good but not getting in the way. Turning up at the right times and always polite.

This is somewhere we will have to return to, but with so many cafes ans restaurants to choose from, who knows when it will be.
Jennifer 🙂

Steak. How do have yours?

Is hubby’s birthday so after dropping the eldest off at school opted for lunch out, pub meal style rather than take away.
Hotel Soho is renowned for its cheap but quality meals and close to the city making it convenient for workers.
Hubby chose his usual fare of parmigiana and knowing we were doing fish and chips for dinner I decided the steak would be it. I always have to rule deciding between a decent properly cooked steak or seafood when we go out. I say properly rather than well cooked – the only way to have a steak is medium rare.

The waiters next question was what sauce did I want.
“None thanks, but do you have any mustard”
And this is where I get confused. Does no one eat mustard with their steak anymore?
Every time I ask this question, I get the same response. A confused look as though I was talking Chinese.
“I will ask and if we have it I’ll bring it out”
Now seriously, what pub or restaurant doesn’t have mustard in their kitchen?
I like mustard with my steak with a hot mustard. Steak is best pure with one simple condiment, and not drenched in some kind of sauce. Yeah, I could ask for less or on the side, but I prefer none.
The steak was perfectly done and came with a lovely mild mustard.

Tell me, how do you like your steak, and does it need sauce (which one/s) or is mustard the only way to go.