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Leftover Evolutions

So, I don’t have a lot of space to keep cooking ingredients and perishables. That’s why I ended up buy a lot of bottled, canned and dried goods food. And not being able to buy in small quantity means finding creative ways to deal with the inevitable leftovers. This week as quite an interesting one.

I started with … 10 eggs due to cravings for tamagoyaki (which I used 2 eggs to cook). Leftover 8 eggs were hard-boiled and stored in fridge. 2 eaten with soya sauce. 6 got mashed into egg mayonnaise sandwiches.

I bought 1 loaf of bread, 1 pack tomatoes, 2 romaine lettuce and 1 canned tuna. After 3 days, finished eggs and bread, left over lettuce, tomatoes and tuna.

Right … What next? Ah, need to finish cream cheese before it turns icky. Right … salad then. Bought 1 pack macaroni (400g) and 1 lime. So, here’s macaroni salad. I thought it turned out quite photogenic. Couldn’t resist taking pictures.

200g macaroni – boiled and drained
1/2 can tuna chunks in olive oil (drain oil, reserve a spoonful for dressing)
1 tomato – diced
1 tablespoon cream cheese
lime juice (1/5 wedge of lime)
— mix all above —
3 romaine leaves – use as wrap cum garnish
— spoon mixture above into romaine —
black sesame seed (sprinkle on top)
ground peanut (sprinkle on top)


Macaroni Salad


After that, I finished the tuna and lettuce. Leftover macaroni and tomatoes. I was craving soup and weekend was coming, so I decided to break out and do something bold! Bought 1kg potatoes, 1kg yellow onions, 1 carrot, 1 pack shitake mushrooms, 1 can sausages (can’t find chicken stock and I still don’t buy raw meat). Was sick of macaroni, so I focused on finishing tomatoes ala vegetable soup for lazy people with bare minimum kitchenware.

Recipe: Colourful vegetable soup
1 potato –¬† diced small
1 onion – julienne
1 tomato – diced
1/2 carrot – slice or dice small (adds sweetness)
6 cocktail hotdogs – quartered
4 shitake mushrooms – de-stemmed, sliced thickly
— throw everything in pot —
— add water till covered everything and not spill when boiling —
— boil for 20 minutes to 1 hour,
shorter for crunchy and clear soup,
longer for softer and thicker soup when potato breaks down —
salt – to taste
pepper – to taste


Veggie soup


Finished tomatoes, carrot and hotdogs. Leftover potato, onion, shitake. Oh… and macaroni. Too lazy to go out. What else can I do with these? No more meat, need something else to flavour soup, since I’m still in soup mode. Found 1 bottle spaghetti sauce. So how about a minestrone-like soup? Lightly tomato flavoured.

Recipe: Tomato potato soup (ala just winging it)
100g macaroni – boiled and drained
1 potato – diced
1 large onion – julienne or dice
6 shitake mushroom – de-stemmed, slice thickly
— throw everything in pot —
water – till covered everything and not spill when boiling
1/2 bottle pasta sauce (tomato and herbs)
3 shakes italian herbs
— boil for 30 minutes —
salt – to taste
— Works okay, but a bit unbalanced. Needs more zing! Scrounge around for more leftovers. —
1 pack chilli flakes from domino pizza 4 months back

Voila! Good soup. Quite pretty too.


Tomato wing soup


Finished macaroni and mushrooms. Leftover onion and potato and lime and half bottle of spaghetti sauce. Sigh … I knew 1 kg was too much. What to do? Supermarkets are not friendly to marital-challenged women. Guess I’ll be googling for something potato and onion tomorrow. Anybody have any idea what to do with potato, onion, lime, spaghetti sauce and possibly, toaster oven?

So, here is the chronicle of my leftover quests. I blame the tamagoyaki.



Leftover Evolutions Part 2: Mutation


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