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Planned Leftover

Yesterday, I wrote about Leftovers. Today, My Beloved used a pork chop I had barbecued a week or so ago, one of four which was not eaten: because they were 4cms thick.  One of us ate one, whereas My Beloved and I ate only most of each of ours. Probably, my doctor would have said, I should not have eaten as much as I did. 

So, today, My Beloved provided me with one of my favourite meals: stir fry. She used the chop which was not eaten to provide the basis for the stir fry, adding onion, red peppers, garlic, ginger, celery, carrots and mushrooms, all in a wonderful red spicy sauce.

So, I am using the term ‘Planned Leftovers’, since the unused chop was not, strictly speaking, left over from another meal. It was cooked, not to be eaten with the other three, but with another meal in sight. Whatever!

Anyway, it was delicious.Image


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Who hasn’t any leftovers in the fridge? Particularly after Christmas and New Year and after all those visitors have left.

My Beloved and I have been eating leftovers, it seems, for ever. Not really. It just seems that way. But today’s dinner was an example of leftovers:

  • We had leftover cheese-stuffed sausages from when we had grandchildren and some parents here over New Year – 2013, that is, not 2012!
  • We had leftover mashed roasted cauliflower and sweet potato from a dinner the other evening of huge barbecued pork chops.
  • We had leftover piece of sweet Mayan Onion from a couple of onion sandwiches I had made and eaten for a couple of lunches – oh, yes, not two sandwiches for one lunch. Have you ever had my onion sandwiches? They must be made with sweet Vidalia onions or the others which are nowadays available tasting even sweeter, with a fair amount of salt, a lot of pepper a little mayo spread on both pieces of bread, and sometimes a slice of Velveta cheese. Today, I sliced a jalapeno on it, too. Tonight, however, this leftover slice of onion was chopped up and mixed in with the mashed roasted cauliflower and sweet potato.
  • I’m not sure tomatoes can be considered leftovers when they have just been sitting on the shelf since we bought them a week ago, but, if they can be considered as such, then we also had leftover fried tomato halves.
  • And we had red wine. Not left over from anything, unless you consider the fact that if there is any wine in our house, it is left over and should be consumed.

So, the sausages were barbecued, the mash was fried up and crisped on one side, the tomato halves were also fried, all eaten while the red wine was drunk.

Then we sat down and watched the new young 19-year old American lass, Sloane Stephens, beat Serena Williams to gain the semis of the Australian Open Tennis and the Brit, [Scot] Andy Murray beat the Frenchman Jeremy Chardy.

All the while sipping some leftover red wine. Until it was bedtime.