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Paris Kitchen: Spice Up Your Leftovers

If you’re anything like our family, you get to the end of a week and the vegetable tray of the fridge is left with some sad looking strays. A bunch of coriander you only needed a couple of stems from, an ambitious aubergine not yet used, some slightly wilty spinach, an extra avocado, you get my drift. For us it varies from week to week but there’ll generally always be some spare veg lying around. 

For this exact situation, I always keep various things in my freezer and cupboards to transform sad, wilty leftover veg into sexy, healthy bowls of goodness. It obviously depends on your taste, but I like to keep around:

Freezer

  • Beef, Chicken and mushroom broth, frozen in portioned baggies
  • Seven veg tomato sauce, frozen in portioned baggies
  • Pesto, chilled, rolled into sausages and frozen in parchment paper
  • Herbs, diced, frozen on a baking sheet & then put into paper bags or boxes

Cupboard

  • Soy sauce
  • Tahini
  • Sesame oil
  • Miso paste
  • Olive oil & balsamic vinegar
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Herbs and spices (Turmeric, coriander, fennel seeds, paprika, chilli flakes, cumin, masala etc)
  • Buckwheat noodles, egg noodles, rice noodles etc
  • Couscous (so quick!)
  • Brown Rice and risotto rice

With a decent stock of flavourful ingredients on hand, it’s possible to make a delicious; healthy meal out of the very dregs of the veg drawer – no meat needed! The bowl pictured above was a sweet potato, spinach, coriander and a slightly over ripe avocado that got roasted, sliced and sautéed in sesame oil, turmeric and chilli flakes and popped in a bowl of mushroom broth miso and buckwheat noodles. Today’s bowl is going to involve some kind of roasted turmeric cauliflower, sweet potato, red and yellow peppers and whatever else I can find! Cooking like this turns me into a braver cook, trying more varied flavours and combinations of ingredients that I would normally overlook. Give it a go & see what you come up with! 

PS. For the Parisian cook; I get all of my soy, tahini, sesame, miso & seaweed at the Japanese supermarket on Rue Levis 75017. xx

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