I’m the Leftover Queen: Are you, too?


Fancy meals evolve from our out to dinner take home boxes. I doubt whether I would be able to come up with a tasty meal without the spices as well as gentle flavorings of our take home leftovers. When you doubt something, or shall I say when I doubt something, I try to prove myself right and if by chance I learn from the encounter, all the better.

Oh no, I have a refrigerator full of food and shall try to mix and match the ingredients from a number of days of collecting bits of leftover foods. So here we go to making a meal of mix and match.

First I grab the ingredients for a soup. The soup was going to be a medium to small size, but low and behold it became a bigger and bigger pot. This is a yummy sweet soup with a giant satisfying flavor.

Next a little side dish of old fruit that was going to perish if not cooked immediately. Cooked fruit is a delight as a side dish with a dollop of ice cream, yogurt, or sour cream on top.

Next is left over Pad Thai noodles and certainly enough for guests, so guests are invited. Added to the mix warming in an extra large frying pan are the noodles, parsley (fresh), extra seasonings, a tad of leftover rice cooked with onions, added curry seasonings, and 1/2 teaspoon of sugar, and finally add chopped up chicken from take out. Cover frying pan and cook until ingredients are cooked through and through. Then crack six whole eggs in order to decorate mixture with whole eggs all around the pan. Cover and cook until yolks have turned white. Add a little sprinkle of seasoned salt.

I know, where’s the bread? I have leftover bread and cookies from a Hawaiian Restaurant. I mixed biscuit flour, hammered a few leftover cookies, and the bread into a bowl, added Almond milk to desired thickness. Sweet dinner muffins popped out of the oven. Our guest had arrived, and were sipping wine and spreading cheese. The cheese leftover from over a week ago was still bright and cheerful looking.


Leftover Dinner Delight: Menu.



Cheese and Crackers

A yummy stew like soup is used as a starter

Cup of cooked fruit topped with Vanilla yogurt. The cup is made out of a small cabbage bowl. Looks lovely and is very filling.

RE-developed Pad Thai Noodles with Eggs and Chopped Chicken

Sweet Dinner Muffins


The meal for me was gratifying in the fact that leftovers can make such joyous eating, plus fulfill a nourishing need, and to have created a pleasing meal from leftovers.





10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Joyce
    Sep 20, 2016 @ 15:04:05

    I would much rather grow it than cook it, or have someone else cook it. The refer is full of mini farm veggies and leftovers from eating out twice a week. I admire you for spending so much time preparing your leftovers. We just heat ours up.


    • Sheila Clapkin
      Sep 21, 2016 @ 20:55:52

      Oh Joyce,
      We have tired and tried to grow our own but the birds, bunnies, squirrels, raccoons and other pests eat it all up in the tender leaf stage. I enjoy creating meals from things I hadn’t planned for, and it is because I have time these days.Oh, we did have a nice crop of basket grown tomatoes. Nice, plentiful and deliciously sweet.
      I’d love to see your garden…


  2. Dina Marshall
    Sep 20, 2016 @ 16:47:37

    You are an inspiration!


  3. Mona Gustafson Affinito
    Sep 21, 2016 @ 08:28:58

    Impressive! And a beautiful table setting


  4. Sheryl
    Sep 21, 2016 @ 21:12:50

    I enjoy thinking about ways to use various odds and ends in my refrigerator. I may just be justifying my natural propensity to throw away as little as possible, but I tend to think that good cooks seldom throw foods out because they can creatively use a wide range of ingredients.


  5. nuala ryan
    Oct 01, 2016 @ 10:29:59

    You are definitely the Leftover Queen…Jonathan Gold, our food critic par excellence needs to meet you.

    I love Thai food and their Pad Thai noodles et al.
    Savoring memories.


    • Sheila Clapkin
      Oct 04, 2016 @ 11:02:17

      Yummy thoughts. Just have to get more Thai food and positively their Pad Thai noodles are the best. Somehow that flavor is a soothing comfort. Be well my dear and eat well.


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