I am always trying to keep things interesting when cooking at home by using up leftovers bits of this and that, and doing fresh things with yesterdays meals. Sometimes I give a fun little leftovers test to prospective kitchen workers to see if they indeed 'think like a chef'. I am curious to see the creative ideas that may come out of this thread just by looking in your refrigerator and putting up a short list of ingredients for others to conceive dishes from....no measurements allowed, and no assumptions of having anything else in the kitchen but what is on the list presented.
Last night my list was: Zucchini, some furry carrots, a parsnip, pesto, garlic, shallot, leftover roast chicken, vermouth and some aging cream....
It was perfect for a pasta topping, but my wife is on the Atkins diet. I cut the zucchini, carrot and parsnip into pasta-like ribbons, blanched and refreshed them. Sauteed the shallot and garlic in a bit of olive oil quickly, stirred in the pesto, deglazed with some wine, added the cream and reduced slightly to thicken. Chicken got trimmed, and a nice reheat, heh. Reheated the veggie ribbons in the finished sauce, put on a plate, and topped with nice slices of the chicken. Looked great and tasted great, so this is what we are going for
Post a list of stuff in your fridge, lets see what other people would do with it, just for fun! Good cooking!