As a child, I used to hate left-overs. Nothing compared to a fresh cooked meal, where all the items still had their vibrant color, nothing was sticking together, and the fat hadn’t hardened on top yet.
I suppose that’s still true today. But as an adult, I’ve grown to love left-overs. So much so, that I always make extra for dinner to ensure there’s enough for lunch the next day. Partly because of economic reasons, but partly because some meals actually taste better once they’ve had a chance to “sit” together, allowing all the flavors to blend and congeal.
Having said that, I can’t believe how many times a week I look at my husband and say “you’re gross.” He has absolutely no problem with left-overs. He also has no problem taking that delicious fish taco filling from last night and combining it with the pasta and peas from two nights ago. “Add a little salt and pepper,” he says “and you’ve got a brand new meal.” Yes, Tabasco is his best friend. And did I mention that he eats everything without warming it up? I’m grimacing. Can you see me grimacing?
But I know I shouldn’t complain. I’m actually quite lucky; he loves my cooking, will try anything, and has a pretty diverse palette. And I’ll tell you this – my grandmother, having experienced The Depression, would be proud knowing that nothing goes to waste in this house.
So, I say “friend.”
Do you have a favorite left-over meal? Or suggestions on how to utilize left-over ingredients and create a new meal?