So, despite the weather, we're into the summer. No doubt we'll all be busy winding down the fridge and freezer before heading off on holiday so there may some great opportunities for a #KitchenClearout. Here's what we all came up with this month.
I kicked things off with a bit of a fail - my Tropical Crunch Cake which had a lovely mango and coconut flavour but totally sank in the middle.
Back to traditional British food but with a twist, Curried Mince & Veg Pie used up the leftover vegetables, potatoes and gravy from the Sunday roast.
Peas and Rice is a Turks and Caicos Islands-inspired dish that doesn't actually involve peas as we know them but did use up a pack of mini hotdog sausages that were lurking in the fridge.
Alison from Dragons & Fairydust came up with a lovely exotic dish - Coconutty Chicken with Sweet Potato Wedges - that inspired me to use up my own half bag of gado gado sauce mix.
Elaine at Fun As A Gran joined in with a Peanut Butter & Dried Fruit Cake which is a brilliant way of clearing out the dried fruit and seeds that I always have at the back of the cupboard.
Jane at Onions and Paper came up with Chipotle Burgers - the perfect way to use up those bottles of BBQ sauce or similar that I have lots of in the fridge
Galina at Chez Maximka always puts me to shame with her beautiful food that is even more beautifully presented and her coconut, banana and white chocolate cupcakes are no exception. As lovely to look at as they are to eat.
Proving that she can make just as impressive savoury as sweet options, she also linked up her Tomatoey Veal Stew - perfect for this weird winter/summer weather we're having at the moment.
Mashed Potato Bake is a simple way of jazzing up leftover mash and using up whatever you have in the fridge - cheese, bacon, leeks, mushrooms, tomatoes, ...
A pack of soup pasta that had been lurking in the cupboard for months after I received it in a cookery challenge hamper was turned into Minestrone Soup - a hearty and healthy option that the whole family enjoyed.
This one isn't a looker but it tasted amazing - a Puff Pastry Pizza Tart - perfect for using up squishy tomatoes and whatever else is in the fridge that could go on pizza (olives, goat's cheese, ham, etc)
I loved the sound of Jane from Onions and Paper's Sausages with Semi Dried Tomatoes, Pesto and Potatoes and that was even before I discovered that she made her own semi-dried tomatoes. The perfect way to wind down the fridge before going on holiday.
And finally for this month, Alison from Dragons and Fairydust made some Anzac biscuits - I love these and just happen to have everything I need in the cupboards so I may just have to make some of these this afternoon.
I never fail to be impressed at how inventive we are and how this all helps reduce food waste, as well as save wasting money on unused groceries. I can't wait to see what the summer edition will have to offer :)
Fancy joining in? Have a rummage through your kitchen cupboards, spice rack, freezer or fridge and see if there's anything that needs using up then come and share your creations with us. Or if it's way past its sell-by date, throw it in the bin and come and tell us what you found ! It would be great if you could add my badge and a link to this post for anyone else who wants to get involved.