Monday, January 24, 2011

Keep those Leftovers

Leftover food -  is not only economical or practical but it stirs up creativity in me. I like to keep them since it is useful for me to discover new dishes and recipes. Even the water where I boiled my pasta I would keep it for  broth for my soup. It is starchy so it is good  for a thick soup.

But most of the time, I use tidbits and  pieces of leftovers for my fried rice. So I would always come up with unique tasting, fantastic colored and textured fried rice. I also make use of them for my soup and also to come up with other dishes. Also, toppings for bread and make your own canape or pizza, so make that mozarella and other cheese handy to cover and melt on the toppings..

Well since I do experiment I do not necessary get the best result most of the time. Sometimes the taste is too contrasting and not blending, but still edible. And every time I come up with a nice concoction, then I would be so happy to eat and  feast on it.

For lazy cooks - leftovers are valuable ingredients to come up with easy to prepare and fast meals...

Wikipedia says:

Leftovers are the uneaten edible remains of a meal after the dinner is over, and everyone has finished eating. Food scraps that are not considered edible (such asbones or the skins of some vegetables and fruits) are not regarded as leftovers, but rather as waste material; any remaining edible portions constitute the leftovers.

The ultimate fate of leftovers depends on where the meal was eaten, the preferences of the diner, and the prevailing social culture. Home cooking leftovers are often saved to be eaten later. This is facilitated by being in a private environment, with food preserving facilities such as airtight containers and refrigeration close at hand. Some leftover food can be eaten cold from the refrigerator, while others may be reheated in a microwave or a conventional oven, or mixed with additional ingredients and recooked to make a new dish such as bubble and squeak.

New dishes made from leftovers are quite common in world cuisine, and many were created in the days before refrigeration and reliable airtight containers existed. Besides capturing nutrition from otherwise inedible bones, stocks and broths make an excellent base for adding leftover morsels too small to be a meal themselves. Casseroles,[1] paellafried rice,[2] and pizza can also be used for this purpose, and may even have been invented as a means of reusing leftovers. Among American university students, leftover pizza itself has acquired particular in-group significance, to the extent that the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service offers, as its first tip under "Food Safety Tips for College Students",[3] a discussion of the risks of eating unrefrigerated pizza, which are considerable.[4]

Leftovers from a restaurant meal may either be left behind to be discarded by the restaurant, or taken away by the diner for later consumption. In order to take the food away, the diner may make a request for it to be packaged. The container used for such leftovers is commonly called a doggy bag or doggie bag; the name comes from the euphemistic pretense that the food will be given to the diner'spet, rather than eaten by a person.[5] The term doggy bag is preferred over take away or take home bag as it was popularized in the 1970's etiquette columns of many newspapers.[6] Doggy bags are most common in restaurants that offer a take-out food service as well as sit-down meals, and their prevalence as an accepted social custom varies widely by location. In some countries, like France, people would frown upon a diner asking for a doggy bag.

At some holiday meals, such as Christmas in Western countries and Thanksgiving in the USA, it is customary for the host to prepare much more food than can be eaten, specifically in order to send leftovers home with the guests. Cold turkey is archetypal in the United States as a Thanksgiving leftover, with turkey meat often reappearing in sandwichessoups, and casseroles for several days after the feast.

The word "ort", meaning a small scrap of food left after a meal is completed, is not commonly heard in conversation, but is frequently encountered in crossword puzzles.


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