1. Donate or Share it: if your excess food is non-perishable and still in unopened packaging, you can donate it! Salvation Army or your local Marae are two great options. Do you know your neighbours? Many people don’t have family nearby to celebrate the season with, so, build on that seasonal courage and pop next door with that leftover fruit cake and have a cuppa on Boxing Day.
2. Make a Quick Quiche: quiche is a superb way to bring out the best in your leftovers. Here's a very simple recipe for Ham & Cranberry quiche: in a bowl mix 1.5c leftover cheese, 3/4c ham/vege sausage, 1/2 a jar of cranberry sauce, a handful of chopped herbs or spring onions, 3 eggs, and 3/4c milk. Pour this into a 9-inch baking dish lined with pastry and bake at 180c for 40-45mins. Easy!
3. Christmas Ice Cream: Crumble up Christmas cake (or pudding), drizzle with some orange juice, cranberry juice, or a little sweet liquor, and stir into softened vanilla ice cream. Refreeze and it'll be ready and waiting to celebrate summer in a few weeks.
4. Bake up some Savoury Scrolls: scrolls are the perfect vehicle for using up leftover vegetables, sauces, meats and cheese. Just swap in your leftovers of choice as the filling. You can also make a sweet version by subbing in leftover fruit mince or chocolate. Yum!
5. A Salad for Every Occasion: roast pumpkin and pistachio, ham and cranberry, turkey and avocado? Your favourite Christmas flavour combo is likely to work just as well in a salad.
6. The Christmas Sandwich: sandwiches are the classic way to use up excess ham, turkey, lettuce cranberries and cheese. The only limit? How big your mouth is.
7. Frozen Fruit Smoothie: freeze leftover berries, kiwis or plums and whip them up into cooling smoothies.
9. Eton Mess: Crush leftover pavlova or meringues into an Eton mess.
10. Christmas ice-cream pudding bites: A simple way to use up fruit cake/xmas pudding
11. Fruit mince pikelets: These little fruit mince pikelets are simply divine!
12. Make up frozen meals: Have ready to eat meals on hand over the summer by freezing your leftovers.