Tuesday, 22 January 2013

The gift that keeps on giving

My husband is the king of roast dinners in our house and on Sunday he made us a gorgeous roast beef with all the trimmings including Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes, different vegetables and gravy.  De-li-cious!  So delicious in fact that I forgot to take a picture of it for the blog before diving in.  I'm afraid you are going to have to wait until next time for photographic evidence :-)

I have, however, taken photos of the dinner I made last night using the leftovers:  bubble & squeak cakes with cold cuts.  I had promised to show a few recipes using leftover mash or potatoes in my post a couple of days ago.  You can make these marvelous little cakes whenever you have some leftover potatoes and vegetables and they go with pretty much anything.  If you like, you can add fresh herbs or spices to change the flavour according to what you want to serve with them but the idea is to keep it simple and to use up the bits and pieces you have in your fridge or larder.
...to this!
From this...

Bubble & Squeak cakes


  • a small bowl of leftover potatoes (roast potatoes, mash, boiled - anything goes as long as they are cooked)
  • a small bowl of leftover vegetables (again, anything goes as long as it is cooked)
  • half an onion, chopped finely
  • 1 medium egg
  • seasoning
  • 1 tbsp oil for shallow frying
  1. In a bowl, roughly mash up the potatoes and vegetables and add the chopped onion.
  2. Add the egg to bind the mixture together and season according to taste.
  3. Divide the mixture into equal parts and - with wet hands - form into balls, then flatten into cakes before frying.
  4. Heat the oil in a pan and gently fry the cakes on both sides until golden brown and heated through.

Serve with slices of cold roast meat, ham or just with a simple salad as well as mustard, ketchup or any other condiment you fancy.


  1. Oh my those sound delicious. You have a very nice blog!

    1. Thank you so much - I am glad you like the blog! Hope you'll get to try the bubble & squeak cakes...please do let me know if the recipe needs tweaking! Have a lovely day! Kirsten

  2. You are very fortunate to have a hubby that makes more than peanut butter and jelly sandwiches .. the meal looks yummy!

    1. Thank you Mrs. Mac - I am glad you liked the picture & will let hubby know. Peanut butter & jelly sandwiches are very nice too though :-)