Thursday, June 16, 2011

Vintage Recipe Thursday: Leftovers

Here's a menu from Modern Meal Maker (from 1935), to help use up leftovers from the roast beef from my last post.

Minced Beef Sandwich
Raw Vegetable Salad
Fresh Cherries
Coffee, Tea or Milk

My "raw vegetable" was lettuce, because that's what I had.  With only two people in our house, we often have to eat the same vegetable several meals in a row to use it up before it goes bad!  The original recipe uses cabbage, carrots and celery and I'll have to try it soon.  The vinaigrette is adapted from the one in Mastering the Art of French Cooking: 3 parts olive oil, 1 part white wine vinegar, salt and pepper, a bit of Dijon mustard and a sprinkling of fresh or dried herbs.  It's important to use good olive oil and good vinegar, which cost significantly more than their cheap counterparts, but the taste is worth it.

To make the Minced Beef Sandwich, just toast one thick slice of good white bread per person and top with beef in gravy:

Make the gravy by melting 2 teaspoons of leftover beef drippings with 1 teaspoon of butter over low heat in a saucepan.  Then, whisk in 1 tablespoon of all-purpose flour (plus a pinch of salt and pepper) and cook over low heat two minutes.  Take off the heat and gradually whisk in 1 1/2 cups beef stock and return to the heat.  Bring to a boil, boil one minute, add the chopped beef (1/4 to 1/3 lb) and turn heat down so mixture simmers 5 to 10 minutes to heat the beef and reduce the gravy.  Serves 2.

Sorry there's no photo.  I didn't get a good one!

Because I'm not the biggest fan of cherries and I had a punnet of past-it strawberries, I adapted two recipes* from BBC Good Food for Strawberry Jellies.  What could be more vintage meal appropriate than something with gelatin in it?  I ended up using Simply Lemonade instead of apple juice, because our grocery store didn't have any small bottles of apple juice.  If you would like to use homemade lemonade, I would be really excited about that.

Strawberry-Lemonade Jellies

The leftover cooked strawberries don't look very pretty (they'll be quite mushy and drained of color), but they taste pretty darn good.

Eddie Condon playing at his eponymous club in New York, 1946

I've been listening to Eddie Condon this week.  I have a soft spot for Dixieland jazz.  I really don't know why, unless it was all that Lawrence Welk viewing at an impressionable age.

An Eddie Condon playlist from

This post is linked to Vintage Recipe Thursday.  Be sure to check it out--just click on the image.

*Strawberry Jellies recipe 1, Strawberry Jellies recipe 2

Very Good RecipesVery Good Recipes tags: beef, bread, lettuce, strawberry, lemonade, gelatin


  1. That strawberry lemonade jelly looks so refreshing served in that frosted glass!

  2. Great, ideas for leftovers. I eat a lot of them ( :

    Cool Dixieland jazz.

  3. I love the strawberry jellies - I think they would be sublime in the summer. Eddie Condon is a new name for me - so many stars from the past, so little time!

  4. Oh I know what you mean about having two people in the house. Seems like we are in a constant struggle to get things eaten before they go bad, especially vegetables.

    That strawberry-lemonade jelly looks delicious!!

  5. even worse for us spinsters! I love the look of your jelly in that elegant glass. At first I thought it might be a watermelon martini (a new obsession) but jelly is just as nice x

  6. I love the strawberry lemonade jellies recipe.So pretty!

  7. Mmm I've never heard of a strawberry lemonade jelly! I've gotta try it :)

    sorelle in style

  8. Mmmm, the jelly sounds like it would be good! And I loved the Eddie Condon, thanks for sharing!
    - Emily

  9. Oh, the lemonade jellies sound fabulous! And I think my hubby would be thrilled with a mince beef sandwich :)

  10. It's all good, and your jelly is even served in a vintage champagne glass, which is a nice touch. I'm so glad you are participating in Vintage Recipe Thursday. :-)

  11. I love red drinks : so stylished and this one is certainly very tasty. And I must tell you that I really really appreciated Eddie Condon. it is so good to hear jazz on a blog!

  12. that strawberry jelly thing sounds really good :)

  13. I have a feeling that Lawrence Welk is responsible for a lot of things! The Strawberry Jellies sound wonderfully cool. Which is much needed this weekend...103 in June...what's going on and when will it stop?

  14. That strawberry lemonade jelly looks SUPER YUMMY!! going to try it out :)

    <3 Belly B

  15. Your Strawberry Jelly reminds me of this divine Champagne Strawberry Jelly I had in Hong Kong...

    Feel inspired by your post to try making that. ;)

    The Cat Hag


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