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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Dinner Influenced by Bloggers

We had left overs in the fridge.
  • Bolognese sauce from Sundays spaghetti bolognese dinner.
  • Puff pastry and grated cheese from Mondays Spinach (from garden) Quiche dinner.
  • Steamed Potato, pumpkin, carrot and fried onions from Tuesdays dinner of kangaroo and veggies.
I was going to lay the table with some of the left overs but instead thought of some of the creative bloggers I read such as Frugal Queen and Premeditated Leftovers. So I recreated the left overs into a couple of Cottage Pies. I'd never made something like this before. It just took 5 minutes to prepare it and 30 minutes in the oven. I was delighted with the delicious result.

1st I placed my puff pastry down and layered the bolognese sauce.
Then I layered the vegetables that I mashed together.
Next sprinkled cheese.
Then ate! Yum!!!!
What have you done with your leftovers lately?


  1. Is kangaroo another name for something else, or did you actually eat kangaroo? Just curious!

  2. I had to smile when I read you ate kangaroo. I'm in the UK and it's not on the menu here! But I have my gran's Mrs Beeton cookbook and when I was a kid, it used to crack me up that the recipe for "Kangaroo Tail Soup" started "1 tail..."! Is that is your repertoire?
    Leftovers; we often have mash made from parsnips, squash, carrots, celeriac, sweet potatoes (hubby can't eat spuds, but of course it could be that) then the cold leftovers have flour added and I make them into patties and shallow fry. We had them yesterday with smoked mackerel and salad.

  3. Hi there,
    Yes I really did eat Kangaroo. It's a healthier choice of meat.
    They don't sell Kangaroo tail in the city supermarkets. However remote shops with lots of Inidgenous customers often sell whole tails as it's the best part of the Kangaroo.
    Politicians have also been known to visit Indigenous communities with kangaroo tails in their hands as gifts.
    The patties sound like something I should try.

  4. This leftover meal looks and sounds yum!

    I enjoy kangaroo too, especially like the kanga bangers...nice and healthy!

    We have quite a range of kangaroo meats in our local Coles and Woolworths. Our town has a lot of Indigenous people, so I guess that is the reason.


  5. Oh, OK! My husband is a hunter and we eat lots of wild game, too, like deer, turkey, and hogs. I think I'm a pretty adventurous eater, so I would try kangaroo if given the chance. I hope I didn't sound rude in asking---I just didn't realize that kangaroo was edible :-)

  6. What a delicious way to repurpose your leftovers! My leftover meal last night was not nearly as glamorous. I dumped all the leftovers in a pot and added cumin and cayenne pepper and called it chili. :)

    I would love for you to link this recipe to the Hearth and Soul Hop because I think repurposing leftovers to create a new meal is lovely ( and frugal) way to noursh your family: http://www.premeditatedleftovers.com/2011/03/hearth-and-soul-hop.html

  7. That pie looks really lovely and tasty. I last made gnocchi with some leftover mashed potato. I always make something up using any leftovers because I hate waste. I've eaten some right concoctions in my time.


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