Resourceful recipes from around the globe
Some of the most popular dishes from around the world were born out of a need to save food from being wasted. Hopefully some of the dishes here will provide inspiration for a fridge-clean-out meal or two. Do you have a global go-to dish for using up your staples? Email us at email@example.com – we’d love to hear from you.
Klatkager are pancakes made from leftover Danish rice pudding (risengrød) mixed with eggs, sugar, flour and vanilla and fried in butter.
Leftover risotto? Experiment with a savoury klatkager.
This hearty Tuscan soup of veges, herbs and bread is thought to have got its name from the process of ‘reboiling’ lunch leftovers from the day before to make soup for dinner. Even if you don’t have typical ribollita
ingredients, you can add pieces of old bread to soups to thicken them up.
PAIN PERDU (FRENCH TOAST), FRANCE
Pain perdu literally translates to ‘lost bread’ or ‘waste bread’ as the recipe was invented to give stale bread a new lease on life.
Leftover cakes, sliced muffins, bagels and banana loaf can all be cooked in French toast-style.
Crispy fried tortillas covered in spicy sauce form the base of this delicious dish invented to save stale tortillas.
You could use fridge-lurking wraps or pitas in place of tortillas for your own spin on chilaquiles.
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