My mum has a policy when it comes to stews. You don’t add old stew to freshly prepared stew, for no reason. Neither are you allowed to start on freshly prepared stew, when there were still leftovers in the fridge or freezer. This policy applied to all, even guests. She had a zero tolerance for wasting food, and always reminded us that somewhere in the world, a child will go to bed hungry and we should be grateful for what we have. This is a policy that has stayed with me, even though I have a slight tendency to throw away food, especially when I forget it in the fridge for longer than necessary.
One of the interesting ways to breathe new life to old stew is to mix it up with a flavour packed ingredient. Options are Instant noodles, Corned beef, Sardines and freshly beaten eggs. In our household many a breakfast or quick Lunch was made from leftover stews. Today, I am utilising noodles for my leftover Buka Stew. Who knew palm oil goes so well with Indomie. Here’s how
You will need
2 packets of Instant noodles
1/2 small red onion
teaspoon of dry pepper
Leftover stew and meat
1. Place enough water to cook the noodles in a pot, add chopped onions, a teaspoon of dry pepper, the 2 packets of instant noodles and their seasoning. Dooney’s Kitchen Tip: i prefer to season and cook instant noodles from cold, rather than dunking them into hot boiling water. I just believe it tastes better.
2. Allow the instant noodles to cook until it has softened enough to eat, but not cooked thoroughly. At this stage, there should also still be some liquid in the pot.
3. Add the stew, about 3 – 4 tablespoonful with the meat and stir carefully. Lower the heat, to allow the noodles cook slowly in the stew, and let it cook till the noodles have absorbed the stew, and taken on the colour of Jollof rice. Serve immediately.
5 minutes tops, and voila, that’s a quick Lunch. I just had mine now and it was deeeeeelicious. Sorry, I forgot to take pictures while i was cooking. It all happened so fast.
Garnish with chopped chilli and spring onions
practising my eating with Chopsticks skills. Not much success yet. Lol