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Leftover can be the main ingredients for your next fabulous meal!

January 5, 2017

Ahhhhwwwww, turkey dinner was awesome, but what do I do with leftover turkey?

Turkey meat is surprisingly versatile.  Here is one of the suggestions of what you can do with leftover turkey meat.

First thing you have to do is to make them into bite size.  If the turkey are still attached to bones, remove them.

Tips: It's so much easier to do by hand, using surgical glove.  

One of the simple dish is creamy pasta sauce.  I add chick...

November 29, 2016

Banana used to be very expensive - when my mother was growing up in Japan, that is... (Now, you can buy bananas almost anywhere in the world, and they are not exactly super expensive fruits.)  She had to get sick so that her parents feel sorry and buy her a banana.  It was so exotic, exclusive, and she didn't mind getting sick, because of banana... - I don't think my grandma would have approved that, but at least, that was my...

October 26, 2016

My mother used to make this soup.  It really makes you warm, and great soup when you are having cold!  My mother used to add root vegetable (whatever she had) but the few of them are fundamental: chicken, ginger, dried Shiitake mushroom, and Edamame (fresh soy beans without pods).

You can make your own variation, but here is the basic recipe:

Ingredients:

2 chicken breast - chop into bite size

1 onion - chop into cubes

1...

October 11, 2016

I asked myself a question, "We make pizza at home, so why not Calzone?"  To me, it sounded logical enough, but I was afraid of ending up with soggy, half baked dough.  I have heard of recipe with braided dough so that air circulates better within the dough, thus better baked Calzone.  So I wanted to test them.  Traditional half moon calzone vs. braided calzone!

For the dough, I usually make with bread machine.  I...

September 20, 2016

This is an accidental recipe.  

We had leftover pizza sauce from the day before, no idea what to cook for dinner, and the clock was ticking.

Pizza sauce does not have to be used only for Pizza.  So I made them into filling for wrap.

Frozen bean came in handy (in this case, I used Azuki beans.  They are much smaller than kidney beans = almost invisible with ground beef, and has the red color = easy to blend in.)

Ingredients: 

c...

September 20, 2016

I really mean it.  Don't underestimate beans. 

They are among the oldest foods known to humanity.  Dried beans are rich in protein, calcium, phosphorus, and iron.  Some parts of the world where protein is scarce or expensive, beans are the lifesaver.

In Norway, the most known and common beans are kidney beans, chic peas, and of course, Navy beans in canned "baked beans." 

They (kidney beans or chic peas) are usually sol...

September 20, 2016

"OK, so I made fried rice, but couldn't finish eating them.  What shall I do?" a friend of mine asked me.

"Well, make it as an omelett." was my answer.

This is what my mother used to do.  It was one of my favorites.  The trick is to write kids' (or anyone's) name with ketchup.   

Ingredients:

Leftover fried rice

2 eggs per omelett.

Directions:

1) Whisk eggs lightly with folk.

2) Grease the frying pan, and pour the egg a...

September 20, 2016

There are over 40,000 different types on rice in the world, but in Japan, medium grain rice (in Norway, it is known as Sushi rice) is the most common. We hardly see/find Basmati or Jasmine rice in Japan.  Please note that almost all Japanese people use "rice cooker". 

I grew up with rice.  And I love rice.  

So when my friend asked me, "OK, so I made rice, but what am I going to do with leftover rice?" I coul...

September 20, 2016

Growing up in Japan, I am used to eat fish, and I intend to encourage my family to enjoy sea food.  My husband tells me that it's dangerous to go to aquarium with me, because everything looks delicious to me.  (Yes, I know that they are there for education... but still....)

Anyway, if/when have leftover fish meat, you can dismantle fish meat (separate from skin and bone - very wise to use surgical glove!) put them in...

September 20, 2016

Leftover shouldn't be something sad.  There are so many ways to create a brand-new dish by using leftovers.

Here is a suggestion on what to do with leftovers.

My husband BBQ-ed pork chop, and we had 2 slices left.

So, I added what I had in fridge and freezer and made them into Wok!

Ingredients:

2 pieces leftover BBQ-ed pork chop - sliced into strips

1 Paprika 

2 carrots

handful of sugar peas

1 piece ginger - finely chopped

1 bag of froz...

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