Friday, February 17, 2012

A Prison of Leftovers

Today could have been a great day for new culinary adventures at home. It could have been a great night for having dinner out on the town. Instead we are trapped, trapped in a prison of our own design. This, my friends, is my tale and it is called:

A Prison of Leftovers!

Beef Tenderloin Sandwich with Provolone, Roasted Red Peppers, Mashed Potato, and Tarragon Mustard

It's hard to justify making something new or going out for dinner when you are swimming in leftovers. So it was that I made this sandwich for lunch out of leftover beef tenderloin and mashed potatoes from Valentine's Day, provolone from the super bowl, roasted red peppers from the pineapple salsa the other night, leftover baguette, and tarragon mustard.

Maraschino Cherry Cake

Later on I settled down with some tea and the remainder of a maraschino cherry cake Jen had made last week. I expected it to be stale after all that time but it was actually delightful.

Butter Lettuce and Arugula Salad with Radishes, Roasted Red Pepper, Roasted Almonds, and Dill

After Jen returned home from work I took advantage of our remaining butter lettuce from Valentine's Day, arugula, roasted almonds, radish, roasted red pepper, and some more of Jen's homemade vinaigrette with fresh dill.

Shrimp and Potato Stew

Next I made this shrimp and potato stew. First I rendered two strips of bacon in a pan then added some crushed garlic, chopped onion, and Russett potato. I cooked these down then added some of the leftover seafood broth, continued to cook it down, and finished it by tossing in some shrimp, leftover peas from Valeninte's Day, arugula, and fresh dill. Finally I thickened it with a small amount of roux and served it with some sliced baguette.

Ommegang Seduction Cheesecake with Chocolate Sauce

For dessert I tried to dress up some of the leftover cheesecake from Valentine's Day. This may have been the best tasting cheesecake I've ever made but what it had in flavor it lacked in structural integrity. Unfortunately it was nearly impossible to get it to look at all as intended. Chocolate sauce, I find, is a good way to try to mask poor dessert appearance.

Ommegang Seduction

And, finally, it was time to settle down with the remaining Ommegang Seduction porter. As it was the end of the bottle this meant I got a good amount of the sediment but I was happy with how well my champagne stopper preserved the beer over the past few days as I settled in for a relaxing evening.

Prison life, it turns out, isn't all that bad.


Diane said...

Amazing what you can do with leftovers! So creative!

Diane said...

Amazing what you can do with leftovers! So creative!