Saturday 29 October 2016

#KitchenClearout October roundup and November linky

This month's roundup definitely has us moving towards some more autumnal dishes, so if you're looking for some winter warmers to clear out the odds-and-ends from your fridge and cupboards, look no further !

Kicking us off this month was an indulgent Chocolate Panforte, following a recipe by celeb chef Gino D'Acampo. This used up some Ready Brek and some egg white powder that was lurking at the back of the baking cupboard feeling unloved. Not something that I'll be using again because I didn't like the smell but you couldn't taste it in the finished dish.

Equally delicious were these Mini Baked Ring Donuts, which cleared out my odds and ends of cupcake sprinkles but also resurrected a bowl full of failed whoopie pie filling that was destined for the bin.

Galina over at Chez Maximka always makes such visually appealing food and this Mushroom & Chestnut Risotto is so stunning, it wouldn't look out of place in a posh restaurant.

Nowhere near as good-looking but delicious nevertheless was this Japanese-inspired dish, Pork Yakisoba. It used up the remains of the roast pork we'd had for Sunday lunch, as well as a long neglected pack of soba noodles lurking in the back of the cupboard.

Apple Jalousie was an intriguing #readcookeat recipe that disappointingly turned out to be just another name for apple strudel, but it was a quick and tasty way of using up some wrinkly apples that were lurking in the fruit bowl.

Alison at Dragons and Fairy Dust used up a pot of marigold petals in these savoury calendula muffins. I must admit, I'm still not sure about cooking with flowers, but these do look delicious.

Salisbury Steak was another #readcookeat inspired recipe. It's very similar to homemade beefburgers and the sauce used up a sachet of beef & pepper gravy granules and rescued a carton of crème fraîche that had touched the back of the fridge and frozen solid !

Over at Onions and Paper, Jane made a delicious Leftover Chicken Pie - perfect for Monday lunch after a Sunday roast.

As beautiful as they are delicious, Galina from Chez Maximka's Chocolate Shards get bonus points for requiring lots of things that need using up in my own cupboards !

This tropical banana and coconut cake finished off a half-used can of coconut milk, as well as various ingredients cluttering up my baking cupboard : coconut chips, coconut flour and the end of a jar of sesame seeds.

This Chocolate and Hazelnut Tart was a huge success, and started off as a way to use up a bag of hazelnuts.

Discovering that Girl Scout Cookies are mass produced and not homemade came as a huge shock, but I did manage to find a recipe that replicated one of the varieties. These Choc Chip Peanut Butter Cookies used up some of my porridge oats.

Egg and Bacon Pie was an intriguing recipe that caught my eye and used up some leftover baked potatoes.

Night Terror Torte was a delicious Chocolate Orange Torte that used up some chocolate Ready Brek in place of ground almonds. (If you like the look of the recipe book, don't miss out on my giveaway.)

And finally for this month, this quick and simple Creamy Cauliflower Soup used up half a cauliflower that was left over after making cauliflower cheese.

As usual, I think we've all done a great job of using up our leftovers that would have ended up in the bin and clearing out the ends of packets lurking in the cupboards. I'm predicting that the next roundup will include at least a few pumpkin recipes - let's see if I'm right !

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.


  1. Another great round-up, with a varied selection of seasonal recipes. So many tempting bakes too. Thank you for your kind words!

    1. It's always a very eclectic mix, which I love :)

  2. Lots of lovely ideas here - I'd never thought of replacing ground almonds with Ready Brek

    1. It's not quite the same but I have LOADS of ready brek in the cupboard so it's a good way to use it up ! :)

  3. Really well done! There are some great ideas here.

    1. I always love these round-ups - great to see how creative everyone can be with leftovers and odds and ends from the cupboards :)

  4. Morning Cheryl. In reply to your query, I only skin and/or seed the tomatoes where I think either the skin or seeds might affect the texture of the finished dish. Not if I'm making a sauce or a pizza topping, but if the skins might look like little red slugs or the seeds affect the balance of liquid then I remove them. If I'm using home grown tomatoes the skins tend to be more tender and there aren't as many seeds, so I wouldn't bother, but these were cheap bargain bag ones from Lidl


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