What do you call leftovers? I was just reading a food blog in the New York Times where the writer, Bitterman, asks his readers what they do with leftovers, what was their favorite thing to do with them. He called a plate of the resulting dish a garbage plate which is less than appetizing but I guess a common name in New York. One lady said she called it a plate of things which I liked. Most people ended up making either an egg dish, a stir fry type dish or mixing things and putting it on pasta.
We don’t have food left over that much. I try to cook so that we don’t as I always end up throwing it out most of the time after it has set in my refrigerator too long to be used without wondering about health risks. The other day I did have left over bean salad, polenta and some Italian ham. So I made a tomato sauce using the ham, grilled slices of polenta so they were crispy and brown and topped it with the sauce and served the bean salad along side. It wasn’t my greatest culinary moment but it is satisfying to use up everything. By the way, my son found out accidentally that if you have some cooked polenta, just off the stove, mix it with spices, butter and cheese and stick it in the oven, it will stay soft until you seve it without turning into that rather hard, rubbery substance too soon. It really works but does harden again once it cools off. Polenta is new on my cooking agenda but I like it. It’s something different from potatoes or rice. (I didn’t take any photos of my leftover meal so took two photos of plates I have)