From sprouts to Stilton, the saintly ways to enjoy YOUR Christmas leftovers! We take hours to shop and prepare for Xmas dinner. We gorge ourselves till we can’t anymore. According to one newspaper report
We may stuff ourselves silly at Christmas, but a shocking amount of festive food still ends up in the bin.
On Christmas Day alone, British households throw away the equivalent of 4.2 million dinners — including 263,000 turkeys, 17.2 million Brussels sprouts and 11.3 million roast potatoes — a survey in 2014 found.
However, there are innovative and tasty ways to use your leftovers that will also boost your health. Here’s how to put them to the best nutritional use… Read more …
From turkey to Christmas pudding, check out these recipe ideas from Love Food Hate Waste for creative ways to use up your Christmas meal leftovers.
Leftover poultry such as turkey, goose, chicken or duck can be used in a variety of ways, from sandwiches and stir fries to soups and salads.
- speedy stir fry
- turkey and chickpea coconut curry
- duck, broad bean and beetroot salad
- chicken and vegetable brothturkey,
- ham and leek pieIf you don’t think you’ll eat your leftover turkey before it goes off, you can always slice it and freeze it for another time. When you’re ready to use it, defrost it in the fridge and eat it within 24 hours of defrosting.
Roast beef leftovers
- Beef hotpot
Try combining leftover roast beef with leftover gravy and vegetables from the Christmas dinner, top with a layer of sliced cooked potatoes and you’ll have a hearty hotpot ready to go on Boxing Day.
- Yorkshire pudding nibbles
You could also try serving roast beef topped Yorkshire puddings –place slices of roast beef inside mini Yorkshire puds with a bit of English mustard or horseradish. They can be served hot with gravy, or cold.
- Mince beef
Beef can also be minced and used as a filling for cottage pie or a bolognese sauce.
Leftover stuffing will combine perfectly with leftover cooked vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, carrots, parsnips and potatoes to make bubble and squeak.
Potatoes, carrots and parsnips combine wonderfully with stock to make a warming root vegetable soup. You can also chop them up into cubes and add some herbs, fry them in a little olive oil and serve with cold leftover meats.
Leftover Christmas pudding
Christmas pudding keeps very well, but once opened it is best stored in the fridge. If you have some left over, why not try making a Christmas pudding strudel.
You can also reheat pudding and serve it warmed with ice cream or custard. Or if you want a taste of Christmas even after the holiday ends, you can make Christmas pudding muffins.
Using leftovers safely:
- cool leftovers as quickly as possible, ideally within 90 minutes (splitting into smaller portions can help), then cover and refrigerate
- use leftovers within two days and reheat until steaming hot
- don’t reheat leftovers more than once
For more information, read How to use leftovers safely
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In todays Daily Mail I read a very touching story of a little boy who received a life-saving heart transplant. It’s the best Xmas present they thought they would never have with Elliott. He survived using a mechanical heart for more than a year before receiving the transplant.
The three-year-old had spent most of his life in hospital before the operation in April. The family are grateful for the transplant and are now looking forward to sharing a wonderful festive season with their son. Read more:
Elliott Livingstone, three, who received a life-saving heart transplant (Family Handout/PA)
Jane Griffith from NHS Blood and Transplant explains what happens when you join the NHS organ donation register, which is a confidential database that holds information about an organ donor’s wishes.
She also explains what information may be shared with family, and how to withdraw your consent if you’ve changed your mind about being a donor. You can ring the organ donor line on 0300 123 2323 or visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk for more information.
Organ Donation; How it Works
The NHS Organ Donation Register
The NHS Organ Donation Register is a confidential register where people are able to register their wishes to donate their organs and tissues after their death. They can specify on the Organ Donor Register which organs and tissues they do want to donate.
And when we discuss organ donation with the loved ones of the person who’s died, we give the families the option of which organs and tissues they would like their loved one to donate if their loved one’s wishes are not specifically known at that point.
We make sure the family understand those tests will be undertaken. If you change your mind, then, of course, you can remove your name from that register at any point.
The most important thing, whether someone registered on the Organ Donor Register or carries a donor card, is that also they make it clear to their family that they want to be a donor. Therefore, if there’s been a conversation between a patient and their family making it clear that they want to donate, then their family should be able to see that through for them.
The majority of organ transplants are carried out following patients who donate organs after their death. However, it is possible for some organs to be donated by people who are still living. There are a number of patients who receive kidney transplants.
It’s also possible, in a very small and rare number of cases, for somebody to donate part of their liver. All potential organ donors are screened for transmissible diseases such as HIV and hepatitis. At the time that we discuss organ donation with the family of the person who’s died, we make sure the family understand those tests will be undertaken.
NHS Blood and Transplant
Their name and details will only be used by NHS Blood and Transplant, and other healthcare professionals that are relevant to donation. Their details won’t be shared with any other organisations. We maintain the confidentiality of both the donor, their family,and the recipients.Until such time, if ever, that both parties would want to share information with each other.
There will always be a discussion had with their family at the time of their death to ensure their family understand what the deceased’s wishes were and to satisfy those wishes.The most important thing, whether someone registered on the Organ Donor Register or carries a donor card is that they make clear to their family that they want to be a donor.
Whether somebody registers their wish to be an organ donor after their death or not, the doctors and nurses caring for you in the hospital will always do their utmost to save your life and to ensure a dignified death.
The operation is carried out in the hospital in which the person has died. It’s carried out in the operating theatre under sterile conditions,as every other surgical procedure is carried out.
Every effort is made to maintain dignity and respect for the person who’s died. Following an organ donation operation, there is no reason for loved ones, relatives, friends not to come and see the patient who’s died and view the body.
If somebody wishes to be a donor after their death, and the family give their consent or authorisation to donation, the funeral will not be delayed. The costs associated with organ donation are borne by the NHS, both in terms of the retrieval operation and the transplantation. So there are no costs to the family.
About three weeks ago I wrote a blog on The Secret Life of Four Year Olds. Last night I watched another enjoyable episode The Secret Live of Six Year olds on Channel Four.
I connected with them immediately and imagined that I was the six-year-old kid. It’s a very liberating feeling reliving your childhood experiences.
‘I am happy as I am’: Little Daisy becomes the first child in a wheelchair to be featured on the Secret Life of Five Year Olds – as her mother insists her disability won’t hold her back.By NATALIE CORNER FOR MAILONLINE
- Daisy Mason, 5, from Norfolk, has spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy
- They had Daisy via IVF and she arrived 12 weeks prematurely
- Parents hope to raise awareness of her disability with help from Channel 4
- The experiment was well-received by the other children