Leftover Ham

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!

I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas weekend.

I certainly did.

We had a half day at work on Thursday and finished with lunch with everyone in the office which was nice.

B and I had dinner with his parents so we could swap presents. Then we FINALLY went and watched Star Wars : The Force Awakens.

I won’t post any spoilers but I will say I enjoyed the movie. I will probably go and see it again before it leaves cinemas.

Christmas morning B and I swapped present then we headed up to my parents for the day. We got to Skype my sister so we could se her opening her presents and just catch up. It was nice but also sad that she was so far away.

B’s parents came up to my parents house for Christmas lunch which was a 5 hour long, 10 course degustation menu. It was all very delicious.

Boxing day was a lazy day for us. We caught up on the second half of season 9 of Doctor Who, as we had missed it when it was on, then we watched the Christmas special. Once again no spoilers bit it was full of feels (as admittedly most of the Christmas specials are).

For the most part we have avoided the sales though I got some nice bath stuff on sale at Big W yesterday and I’m going out to go shopping for a new dinner set (a Christmas present from my mum and dad) tomorrow. I did also buy some planner stickers off Etsy.

Yesterday we went and watched Mockingjay: part 2 so we could escape the heat for a bit. I usually struggle with movies based on books I’ve read but I really enjoyed it. It wasn’t flawless but they did a really excellent job.

Todays recipe is less of a recipe and more of a collection of ideas around a theme:

Leftover Ham

We always have a ham at Christmas and after Christmas we always have a fair bit of leftover ham.

So I thought I would share some ideas of what you could do with your leftover ham. Most (if not all) of these ideas are not limited to ham. You could definitely use most meats and some vegetables in place of ham in these ideas.

Firstly there is no need to limit yourself to just plain ham (especially if you or someone you know is not a big fan of ham)

Try marinating some.

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So far this year I’ve tried a honey soy marinade (equal parts honey and soy sauce) which is wonderful as is or pan fried to warm the ham. I also marinated some ham in Thai seasoning mix then pan fried the pieces. It was delicious.

I also stewed some ham in apple cider with fennel seeds. Apple and ham are best friends and as I had some home brewed cider in the fridge I thought I’d give it a go. I was not disappointed. Well I was but only because I burnt the bottom so I was only able to eat half of what I made and that was disappointing.

Now for what you can do with the ham.

Toasties

My personal favourite. Ham cheese and tomato toastie are in my opinion the king of toasties and are only improved with ham off the bone. You can also use the marinated ham for extra flavour.

Quesadillas

Ok so they are sort of like Mexican toasties but how is that a bad thing. Not that I don’t believe you can’t use any flavours in a toastie but when you think quesadillas you think more of the Mexican flavours. Ham, Cheese, salsa, avo. All delicious.

Breakfast Bites

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I just chop up some ham, tomatoes and green onions and use that to half fill each section of a muffin tin then pour in some eggs that have been lightly beaten the bake for 10-20 mins at a low heat (until the egg is cooked). You could use whatever veg you have on hand and a sprinkle of cheese on top is a nice touch too.

Another breakfast option is what I call

(and B calls Crappy omelette.)

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Cut your ham into small pieces and fry in a pan until lightly brown with any veggies you might like to add. (I usually do this with tomato but mushrooms would be good to) add in two lightly beaten eggs and keep it all moving until the egg is just cooked then take of the heat. I like mine with some toast on the side.

Its essentially scrambled eggs with extra stuff or (as B’s title suggests) an omelette that fell apart.

So these are just a few of my easy ideas for your leftover ham.

Did you have a good Christmas?

Let me know what do you do to jazz up your leftover Christmas food.

That’s all for today

Lil

Friday Fast Five – Christmas Movies

This weeks it’s

Christmas Movies

I love Christmas movies. I have a reasonable collection that I add to each year.  These are a few of my personal favourites.

Love Actually

Usually the first movie I watch in December. Its got a lot of cool British actors in it and a lot of funny lines. Of course you can watch it any time of year but as it counts down to Christmas its definitely on my Christmas movie list.

Miracle on 24th street

The newer one. I have the old black and white version too but the 1994 version is my favourite.  It’s a lovely story about believing and it’s a must watch for me each year.

The Polar Express

A movie with charm. Beautifully drawn and with many lovely reminders about what the season is about. As someone who hopes they will always hear the bells ring this movie will always be a favourite of mine.

The Muppet A Christmas Carol

A fun twist on a classic story. Definitely my favourite version of A Christmas Carol. With some catchy songs and some of the usual Muppet shenanigans it’s one of my families favourites.

Arthur Christmas

A fantastic look at a modernised North Pole operation but still with a focus on the spirit of the season. I love the mix of old and new and how they show the generations of Santa.  I also like the ever prepared Mrs Claus, I want to be like her some day.

So these are five of my favourite Christmas movies. There are of course many more I could have talked about.  I’d love to hear what your favourites are.