Every kitchen has a cupboard containing ingredients that are either rarely used, or of such a small quantity that you are left wondering “what could I possibly make out of these?”. Before diving for that phone, or computer to order in takeaways, have a look through the following list for ideas on how to use up those odds and ends that are lurking in your kitchen cupboards!
1. Delicious Fruit Cake Serves 4
1 kg mixed fruit
2 cups fruit juice
2 cups self raising flour
Preheat oven to 125C. Soak fruit in juice for 2 hours. Stir flour into soaked fruit and mix well. Put into large lined baking tin. Bake for 2 hours in the bottom of your oven on 130C. Remove and leave to cool. Put into container or wrap in foil. Keep for 2-3 days before cutting.
2. Easy Pineapple Cake
2 cups self raising flour
1 cup sugar
450g can crushed pineapple
Sift flour into a mixing bowl and combine with sugar. Add pineapple and mix well. Pour into a greased cake tin and bake at 180C for 40 minutes.
(For best results bake in a ring cake tin.)
3. Scones Makes 12
4 cups self raising flour
1 can lemonade
Sift self raising flour into a bowl, make a well and pour in cream and lemonade. Mix to make a firm dough, roll out, cut with a scone cutter and bake in a hot oven until golden brown.
4. Mango, Avocado and Bacon Salad Serves 4
2 large mangoes
8 rashers of cooked, crispy bacon
Cube Mangoes and avocados, cut bacon in largish chunks and mix together in a small bowl.
5. Potato Bake Serves 6
300ml tub of cream
1 pkt French Onion Soup mix
Slice potatoes into 1cm thick slices, place into a baking dish. Combine cream and soup mix, pour over potatoes and bake in oven at 180C for 30 minutes.
6. Sweet and Spicy Chicken Serves 2
6 chicken legs
½ cup of orange marmalade
1-2 tsp chili powder
Preheat oven to 180C. Combine marmalade and chili powder in a plastic bag, add chicken legs and shake until evenly coated. Place chicken on foil on a baking tray and spoon any remaining marmalade/chili powder. Bake for 30 minutes or until done.
7. Baked Fish Serves 2
2 fresh white fish fillets
1 tsp butter
Coat fish with melted butter and then season with salt and pepper. Cut lemon and put slices on fish. Wrap fish in foil and cook in oven for 20 minutes at 180C.
8. Moroccan Salmon Serves 2
2 Salmon Steaks
Macadamia nut oil spray
Place Salmon on foil on a baking tray. Spray with cooking oil and coat thoroughly with Moroccan Seasoning. Bake at 160C for 15 minutes.
9. Apple Turnovers Serves 8
2 sheets of puff pastry
1 tin pie apple with cinnamon
2 tbs milk
Cut the pastry in quarters. Fill one side of the quarter with pie apple, and then fold into turnovers. Glaze with milk for a golden finish and bake in a hot oven for 10 minutes.
10. Mini Muffins Makes 12
1 cup self raising flour sifted
1 cup thickened cream, not whipped
3 tbs raw sugar
Combine all ingredients and mix well. Pour into mini muffin tray. Bake for 10 minutes at 180C.
Contributor: Maman, Typist: Catriona