Christmas lunch or dinner has come and gone and most of us are still staring at the left over turkey and ham and people are refusing to come to the table because they are tired of eating the same thing again and again. So here are a few recipes that will help you redo your leftover turkey or ham.
2 tbsp flour
250ml hot chicken stock
1 egg yolk , lightly beaten
1 tbsp dry sherry
3 tbsp single cream
300g cooked turkey , diced
200g chestnut mushrooms , sliced and fried in a little butter
200g spaghetti , cooked following the packet
4 tbsp grated Parmesan
1) Firstly make the white sauce by melting the butter in a pan. Stir in the flour and gradually whisk in the stock until the sauce is smooth. Add a few drops of Tabasco to the white sauce and whisk in the egg yolk, sherry and cream.
2) Stir in the turkey and mushrooms. Layer the spaghetti with the sauce in an ovenproof dish, sprinkle with Parmesan and grill until browned.
Ham, leek and potato pie
2 tbsp butter
1 large onion , finely chopped
3 leeks , finely sliced
2 large potatoes , cut into small cubes
2 tbsp plain flour , plus extra for dusting
300ml chicken or ham stock
100ml pot crème fraîche (or use leftover double cream)
2 tsp wholegrain mustard
200g cooked ham , shredded
4 bay leaves , optional
375g pack puff pastry
1 egg , beaten, to glaze (or use milk)
1) Heat a large frying pan, melt the butter, then add the onion and leeks. Cover, then very gently cook for 15 mins until soft. Add the potatoes after 5 mins cooking.
2) Stir in the flour, turn up the heat, then add the stock, stirring until the mix thickens a little. Take off the heat, then stir in the crème fraîche, mustard and ham. Season to taste, then cool, if you have time. Spoon the mix into a large pie dish, adding a couple of bay leaves. Heat oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7.
3) Roll out the pastry on a floured surface to the thickness of a £1 coin. Cut a pastry strip the same width as the lip of the dish, wet the edge of the dish with egg, then fix the strip around it.
Take a few minutes during this holiday to see what you should be thankful for this year and acknowledge the people, things etc that have made the year great for you. If you are still holding a grudge against someone, think about making amends and start the new year on a clean slate. I wish you all happy holidays and please whatever you do or whereever you are, please be safe and don't over do it too much.
Christmas shopping tip:
I used to love Christmas shopping as a child because I would be given money and then go picking gifts for everyone on my list. Why not grab the whole family and head to Village Market where you can do your shopping and then break for lunch. It is fun and has many shops for everyone. The best thing is that your young adults can wonder off and shop but still be in the same place.
Just like Gloucester Road:
Emirates have moved to Westlands' 9 West building. It's that new fancy building right by the Wetlands roundabout. I walked in and I instantly thought I was at the Gloucester Road branch in central London. I love the new office and I'm so happy they are now not in town, there's lots of parking. Well done to Emirates.