Boxing Day Bubbles! (and squeak)

Hello! It’s been a while since my last post, so I thought I’d do something festive! Hence the impressively basic photoshopping skills you see before you!


Anyway, as one of the lucky Brits whose home was not flooded or without power, I was feeling very grateful earlier on today. And even more grateful when my lovely mother decided to mush up our  Christmas leftovers into one of my favourite festive dishes…Bubble and Squeak!



My mother, as pictured below, is a brilliant cook, cooks for 10 people every Christmas Day and really should have her own show by now.  But until then she’ll have to settle with appearing here. Hi Mum!

Anyhoo, I decided to stalk her this year to see how she does it. It changes every year depending on whats left, and there really wasn’t much to work with this year!

What we had left:

  • Some roast potatoes about 10
  • About 6 roasted parsnips
  • Spring Greens
  • Some spare gravy
  • 1 turnip
  • Pancetta (left over from pigs in blankets)
  • Garlic, and Rosemary (had this generally around- so excellent being home with a well stocked fridge)
Best Chef in County Durham. Fact.

Best Chef in County Durham. Fact.

What she did!

  1. Sliced up the remaining potatoes and parsnips and put in a hot oven to “crisp up a bit”. Put  about 4 whole garlic cloves and rosemary sprigs on the tray too.
  2. Meanwhile fry the spring greens in some butter.
  3. Chop up the pancetta and fry until very crisp. Then chuck in the turnip and greens pan. My big sister Rachael will only eat charred bacon, but it really works in this dish. Gives it some good crunch.
  4. Added mashed up turnip to cooked greens, added pepper and salt and mix over heat
  5. Once everything in the oven is sufficiently “crisp” according to Mum- mix it in with the rest, and allow to fry so that the whole mixture starts to go a little crispy. But don’t let it dry out.
  6. DONE
Everything into the pan

Everything into the pan

This dish can literally use anything, and it’s not exactly a traditional recipe. My mum was making it up as she went along. But she always does, and it’s delicious.

Would have been great with some charred up sprouts, left over turkey and even some spring onions. Anything goes really.

It may not be the most presentable looking dish- but it’s comfort food at it’s best! And thanks  again for letting me annoy you today Mum!

The verdict:

Me: “tastes like home- yey”

Dad: “Aye it’s great”

Little sister Amy: “yeah it was nice!” Please note- Amy had all of the elements to this dish separately on the plate, so didn’t technically have this dish, but it felt wrong to leave her out 🙂


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