How often does your family have a few slices of bread or the end of a loaf hanging around.
Does it end up in the bin?
It can quickly be turned into other things even though it is not good to eat fresh.
Making use of leftovers is so important.
To reduce waste is SO important.
Our parents all did this- our grandparents all did it too.
They did it without thought...it was just done.
Just the way things were.
Partly out of necessity.
A lot out of making do with what was on hand.
A different way of looking at life.
Being more thankful perhaps.
Life was less about convenience.
I for one am glad to see the tide turning.
Yes, maybe it takes more effort but ......
Yes....it feels DAMN GOOD!
GOURMET GIRLFRIEND'S What's in the Fridge CAESAR SALAD (minus the boiled eggs):
I think it has been about ten years since I had a Caesar salad.
I have been craving one for days......
I was going to be meeting friends for a bite but had a late cancellation (ain't it the way with kids & busy lives).
I had the end of a good loaf sitting on the bench. No good to eat fresh but perfect to make into croutons.
And I had some Mayo that needed to be used! But NO EGGS!
So it seemed like the perfect opportunity to realise my craving & make the salad with what I had on hand!
(NB: the Dressing will keep for a couple of weeks in the fridge. ANd if you have eggs, boil them for exactly 4 minutes and then peel them and slice in half and serve on top of the leaves.)
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
- 1 cup of mayonnaise (my recipe is here) I used Dijon mustard in this batch NOT wholegrain
- 4 anchovy fillets
- 50g Parmesan (I used some Bruny Island Cheese Tom- it was the perfect substitute!)
- extra cheese to slice into the salad
- 3 slices of leftover bread, sliced into cubes
- 2 rashers of good quality free range Bacon
- Pepper (you probs won't need Salt as the anchovies and Bacon will provide enough)
- 1 cos lettuce, shredded & well washed
In a food processor blitz the parmesan, garlic & anchovy fillets till very fine.
Add the mayo and combine.
Using a little oil from the anchovy tin fry the bacon and croutons.
I like to do this as it adds all those DELICIOUS flavours from the anchovy & bacon into the bread.
Fry till the bacon is crunchy and the bread is brown & crunchy.
Set aside to cool a little.
On a plate scatter some Cos lettuce.
Now scatter the croutons & the bacon (place egg halves on top of the leaves if you have them available).
Slice as much cheese as you like over the top.
Drizzle with your freshly made Dressing!
Leftovers have never looked so well dressed!
Today's track is by Deer tick. I popped another of their songs on here a while back.