A feast of football and leftovers!
So England are through to the quarter finals of Euro 2012 - hurrah! (Well, I'm pleased anyway...)
By half time I hate to admit it but we'd started to make other plans for Sunday evening but all of sudden England came back to life and ended the game having beaten a host nation for the first time since 1954, topped the group, avoided the reigning world and European champions, Spain, in the last eight and a growing belief that their challenge may not be as unlikely as first envisaged after all! Or am I deluding myself?
Anyway, why am I blogging on Love Food Hate Waste about football and what relevance does it have to leftovers and saving money?
It's this...you don't have to spend a fortune on snacks and food for Sunday night. Whoever you support (or don't!) simply make the most of the food you've already got:
- It's on a Sunday. There's bound to be leftovers from the roast at lunch. Make it roast chicken and turn those leftovers into tasty spicy chicken burgers
- If the family have insisted on roast lamb instead why not turn the leftovers into Greek lamb koftas - simple, easy, and popular all round
- If you are actually hosting your own Euro party Love Food Hate Waste's party portion planner can help. Making the right amount for extra guests can be tricky, this handy tool calculates how much party food you need depending on the number of guests you have
- Having a football barbeque? The best barbeques are the simplest. Plan your foods a few days in advance and keep any meat in the freezer, then just take out as and when needed.
- Make a theme of it and go Italian! Try our Italian mixed bruschetta recipe or quick pizza tortilla chips
- Celebrate great British food instead! Potato wedges are always a favourite of kids and adults alike, are easy to make and use up those extra potatoes at the bottom of the bag. Just chop some potatoes into wedges, add some oil and put into the oven for 25 mins. Cover with leftover cheese and strips of bacon if you wish. Try a drizzle of pesto or chilli sauce and serve!
- Only got new potatoes in the cupboard? How about loaded new potato bites- they can even be made in advance and frozen to free up time!
- Go local? Try a simple Ukrainian tomato salad donated to me by a friend; 4 medium tomatoes; 4 medium heirloom tomatoes if you can get them; 1 tablespoon fresh basil; 5 tablespoons mayonnaise; 1 tablespoon sunflower oil and salt and pepper to taste. Mix together mayonnaise and sunflower oil. Slice tomatoes and place on a small plate, and top with dressing and basil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Spare lemons in the fruit bowl? A few grapes about to turn? Frozen lemon slices and grapes can be used as refreshing fruity ice-cubes in cold drinks
- And at the end of the night, whatever the score and whatever the mood don't forget to put any leftovers in the fridge or freezer for another time.
I'm off for a couple of weeks now so the rest of the team will keep you up to date with the world of Love Food Hate Waste!
Here's looking forward to the Euro 2012 final???????? Enjoy!