Leftovers & Jane Eyre

I can’t believe it is only the end of the second week back at work since Christmas, it seems such a distant memory.

I’m quite excited as this week I booked tickets for myself and five others to go see the Northern Ballet’s interpretation of one of my favourite books – Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre – at Cast in Doncaster. This performance is to coincide with the fact that this year is the 200th anniversary of Brontë’s birth.

I’ve had a week of using up odds and ends from the freezer and pantry this week. Sunday was a big mistake. Crispy fish wraps sounded better than the battered convenience fodder with a bit of salad in tortilla wraps. I stumbled on Monday and ordered a takeaway of pizza for me and kebab for Mr S.

On Tuesday I wanted to use up some pearl barley so I made a chorizo and sprout pearl barley ‘risotto’ which turned out to be very mediocre.


So it’s coming to something when the best meal of the week (excluding Saturday when we made the beef) is fishcakes. I put together cod cakes (shop-bought) with roasted balsamic shallots, rocket and cheese sauce (frozen – home made) and it was delicious.

On Thursday, using up some basil and mozzarella tortellini (from a previous 2 for 3 quid offer), I made a quick fresh tomato sauce and toasted some pine nuts. This was also a good one.

On the subject of leftovers, over Christmas I cooked a ham and had loads left over. We made this delicious chicken and ham pie. We poached a chicken, quartered and fried some mushrooms, made a cheese and wholegrain mustard sauce and then put the chicken, mushrooms and ham in the cheese sauce, let it cool and froze it.

When we were ready, we defrosted it along with some peas then, and I have to say this as it is really well done, Mr S put it in a pie dish and added the shortcrust pastry. (If I use pastry it always looks like I threw it on!).

Cook it for about 20-25 minutes and serve.

TWD_PieTWD_Pie 2Here’s Walter firing up the computer to let me thank all of his well wishers and to show you that his curls are coming back.

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I’ve decided that I’m going to note down the books I read this year. I’m interested to see how many it will be. I read an article somewhere that someone had read 300 books last year. That’s nothing! I reckon my sister reads that a month! 😉 She can read in her sleep I’m sure. If you see her out and about she still has a book in here hand.

2 thoughts on “Leftovers & Jane Eyre

  1. I’ve never cooked with pearl barley and wonder what you recommend it to be used with most, having noticed you mention it here? And please do check out my odds and ends pie from this week, any feedback on the alternative crust would be much appreciated!

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