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perfect left overs

February 16, 2013

The beloved has a thing for coconut milk. He came home with another tin of it today – that’s 4 in the pantry,  plus the jar of leftover stuff in the fridge (which I fear has gone off). He’s obviously trying to tell me something.

So today I bought some Thai green curry paste. I thought it would go with the coconut milk, but I think it needs something like fish – prawns maybe – to do it justice. Perhaps that’s the hint I was supposed to get.  So I was back to using up leftovers for dinner. There was some mashed potato which is almost the perfect ingredient to find left in the fridge because it has so many possibilities. The last time I turned left over mash into bean burgers, but this time I did potato balls.mashed-potato

You need some leftover mashed potato which has already had salt, pepper, butter, or whatever, in it and just add some dried herbs, and a teaspoonful of English mustard,  mix it really well, shape it into balls, put on a well oiled baking tray and sling in a hot oven for 20 minutes or so  – while you’re cooking something else. They work well in an Aga, but you could do them in a pan on the top of the stove. I suppose you could also deep fry them.


They don’t stay spherical – they flatten, but not totally and they’re crispy on the bottom. You have to take their photo quickly as they get eaten – fast. There are never enough.



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  1. February 16, 2013 9:25 pm

    That’s a great idea, I often have left-over potato.

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