Pytt i Panna – Scandinavian Hash

Pytt i Panna, Swedish for “small pieces in pan”, is one of the ultimate fridge cleaners. Often abbreviated to hänt i veckan (“happened this past week”), the dish has become synonymous with leftovers across Scandinavia, where pyttipanne (Norway) and pyttipannu (Finland) are household dishes. Like most hash recipes there are countless versions of it, but the basic principle…

Danish Biksemad

Biksemad is a portmanteau of Bikse (to throw together) and Mad (food) which is a homely Danish dish once popular amongst the merchant sailors when they came off night watch. Like British hash potatoes and leftover veg forms the basis of the dish, but in true Danish fashion pork is the staple, perfect for cleaning…

Leftover Rice Bake

Leftover rice bake is by far the most versatile dish on this blog, and it is a real cupboard cleaner. Take the basic ingredients – rice, sauce and a crispy topping – and sculpt your own dish around whatever leftovers you have to hand. You are left with a wonderful one-pot dish that transforms a…

Hayashi Rice Hash

Hiyashi Rice, or Hayashi Raisu, is a Japanese-style Hashed Beef. Along with Kerei Raisu (curry rice) it is a staple in Japanese households, where families use instant roux blocks to create a thick tomato-based sauce that can blanket a plethora of leftovers. It is thought that Hayashi derives from the English ‘hashed beef’, and although the dishes…

Mushroom Hash

Mushroom hash is a classic end-of-the-week clear out dish. Take a look in the cupboard and pull out old bags of crisps, stale bread and your old potatoes and turn them into a lovely, stodgy meal that will leave your housemates utterly dumbfounded. INGREDIENTS From the fridge: Mushrooms, Asparagus, Cheese, Spinach, Eggs. From the cupboard: Potatoes, Crisps,…