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Lovely Leftovers for the Festive Season

As we dive headfirst into the Christmas Season there is still time to think about all things eco.

Each year British households create about 7 million tonnes of food waste. With food prices increasing all the time (up by 3.5% in October 2017 alone) we should all be doing more to avoid waste and to make the most of our leftovers

If you invent any amazing dishes from leftovers this Christmas make sure you share them on social media to inspire others...and we would love to see your creations too!

Here are a few lovely leftover ideas to get you started;

Boxing Day Salad; Mix shredded turkey with salad leaves, crispy bacon and some crumbled blue cheese.  Add nuts, toasted seeds, a poached egg and a zesty vinaigrette.

Thai-style noodles; Stir-fry shredded turkey with red onion, chilli and garlic, sliced brussels, carrots (and any other left over vegetables).  Add a splash of Thai fish sauce, soy sauce, a few sesame seeds and serve over cooked rice noodles.  Top with mint and coriander.

Turkey Burritos; Pile hot shredded turkey, sweetcorn, spring onions, black beans,sauteed peppers, chilli sauce and cooked rice in wraps with avocado and grated feta cheese.  Add a dollop of creme fraiche on the side with some chopped coriander.

Boxing Day Makeover; Fry small bites of pudding in butter until hot and crispy and serve with brandy butter or custard.

Put warm crumbled Christmas Pudding into the bottom of a sundae glass, add a scoop of vanilla ice cream, pour a tablespoon of sweet sherry (or tia maria, or baileys) over the top and finish with melted chocolate and chopped pecans, walnuts or hazelnuts.

Truffles; Blitz slices of Chrismtas Pudding in a food processor until crumbled, then stir in melted chocolate and roll it into balls.  Finish by rolling in coco powder so they look like mini Christmas Puddings.

Brioche or Croissant Bread & Butter Pudding; Make a 'sandwich' by slicing the brioche or croissants and filling with marmalade. Layer into a baking dish and pour over a custard over the top (preferably home made of course).  Sprinkle with candied fruit and vine fruit and bake.

Quick Chocolate Milk; Blitz a selection of filled chocolates in a blender with milk, a few drops of vanilla essence, a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a dash of honey for a deliciously moreish milkshake.

Rocky Road; Melt any leftover dark or milk chocolate in a heatproof bowl and stir in crushed sweet biscuits (digestives work well), chopped leftover nuts and mini marshmallows, then chill for a really easy rocky road.