Top tips for leftovers by Seumas McInnes, owner of Café Gandolfi

Posted by admin on 27th March 2014

Most of us waste food without thinking, but there’s a few simple recipes you can keep up your sleeve to help use up your leftovers.  Ever wondered what to do with the remains of your Sunday roast? It needn’t go to waste after you’ve enjoyed it with all the trimmings.

Here’s how to make use of these leftovers by making my favourite chicken soup with oatmeal using home-made chicken stock – just like my mum used to make – a healthy homemade meal that won’t break the bank!

Chicken Soup with oatmeal

(Serves 4)


  • 1 litre chicken stock*
  • 50g butter
  • 2 medium onions
  • 3 medium sized leeks
  • 2 tablespoons pinhead oatmeal
  • Salt and pepper

*First make your chicken stock by boiling the leftover chicken bones in 1.5 litres of water along with a chopped onion, carrot and stick of celery for an hour on a low simmer and then drain. You should have about 1 litre of chicken stock after this.


  1. Gently sauté the finely chopped onions in the butter.
  2. When they are transparent, add the leeks, which have been cleaned and finely shredded, and continue cooking for 15-20 minutes, watching not to colour.
  3. Add the chicken stock to the pan and continue cooking for 10 minutes.
  4. Soak the oatmeal in 4 tablespoons of water then add it to the rest of the ingredients and allow it to cook for 20 minutes, stirring from time to time.
  5. Serve, and garnish with parsley, although my Mum always used young nettles. Don’t worry, they don’t sting!

Food waste tips from Seumas:

  • Start recycling your food waste. This will not only draw your attention to what foods you are regularly throwing away, but it will help the environment too.
  • Reduce your food waste by planning your meals for the week. Make two or three trips to the supermarket instead of just one, and never shop when you’re hungry.
  • Remember that soups are a great way to use your leftovers as they can be made with almost anything. If you want to jazz them up add cheese or mustard, garlic or chilli for a tasty meal that won’t cost the earth.

Check out Greener Scotland for more greener recipes and tips on reducing your food waste.