IMG_6233It is hard to believe in nine days we will be finished with Christmas Day. All that preparation, all that anticipation and now all you have left are memories and leftovers!

I’ve mentioned before how I am the queen of leftovers and Christmas is no exception. Doesn’t matter if it’s ham, turkey or Christmas cake and pudding, they can all be put to good use and they won’t even look like leftovers.

One of the essentials for using up leftovers is pastry. You can make it from scratch or there are some great brands available, even gluten free. If you slice your ham and turkey into small pieces and add potato and other vegetables they will make wonderful pies and pasties for boxing day.

For those of you with too much Christmas pudding or cake I have a recipe that will turn the cake into lovely chocolates to give people for new years.

Here is the recipe

Chocolate fruit cake truffles

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Of course everyone will have different amounts of leftover cake so you might need more or less of these ingredients.

  • 1
  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 200 g dark chocolate for covering

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  1. Crumble the cake in a food processor or with your hands until fine crumbs form.

  2. Place the 100g dark chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl and melt, then combine with fruit cake until the mixture is moist and easy to roll into balls.

  3. Line a tray with non-stick baking paper. Roll 2 teaspoonfuls of cake mixture into a ball. Place on the prepared tray. Repeat with remaining cake mixture. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes or until firm.

  4. Meanwhile, place the rest of the dark chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan half-filled with simmering water (make sure the bowl doesn’t touch the water). Stir with a metal spoon until the chocolate melts and is smooth.

  5. When the fruit cake mixture is firm take out of the fridge and roll in the chocolate. Place these on another prepared tray. You can make the chocolate smooth, rough or decorate it with nuts or anything that you fancy.

I am speaking about using Christmas leftovers this Friday 18th around 1.30pm on 612 ABC so tune in if you need some more ideas. I will also be speaking about Hospitality with Heart this is a special evening that people from the food industry have teamed up with Logan charity YSF to prepare a wonderful Christmas meal on Christmas eve. One hundred and fifty victims of domestic violence, homelessness, mental illness and children living in foster care will enjoy Christmas dinner with white table cloths, candles and fantastic food. Natascha Mirosch and Jerome Dalton started this idea and have a crowdfunding initiative to help fund the dinner the link is

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