How you loved your leftovers

Throughout May, you saved your scraps and scoured your kitchens for past-their-best ingredients all in the name of reducing food waste. To every single person who took part in our Love Your Leftovers campaign, thank you.

We’ve loved everyone’s ingenuity and seeing so many students and staff members share creative ways to take their leftovers from drab to fab. While the campaign may now be over, the food waste revolution has only just begun. Check out some of our favourite recipes below to inspire you in the kitchen.

You'll not want to miss the recipe for banana skin bacon, created by second-year history student and Love Your Leftovers winner, Olivia. 

A Tupperware container filled with colourful egg and vegetable fried rice

Chinese fried rice

Cooked too much rice? Fry it up with leftover veggies and egg for a comforting, cheap, and easy meal. Student Kaixuan shows you how.


  • Leftover cooked white rice*
  • Two whole eggs
  • A handful of spring onions
  • Light soy sauce
  • White pepper
  • Chicken powder (dried stock) – substitute with veggie stock to make vegetarian
  • Leftover veggies – peas, sweetcorn, and peppers work well


1. Separate the egg yolks from the whites and mix the yolk into the rice

2. Finely chop the spring onions, separating the green from the white part (bulb)

3. Heat vegetable oil in a pan before frying the egg whites and onion bulbs

4. Add the rice, soy sauce, white pepper, and chicken powder. Stir until the rice looks separated.

5. Continue to fry, adding the remaining spring onion, plus any additional vegetables or leftover cooked protein

6. Stir fry until everything is piping hot. Add extra soy sauce or stock to prevent the rice drying out. 

*Make sure to cool rice down quickly after cooking. Cover and keep in the fridge and consume within 24 hours, making sure it’s thoroughly reheated.  

A bowl of tom kha soup

Tom yum soup 

We’re travelling across the seas for this recipe from staff member, Leanne. Discovered on a recent trip to Thailand, this comforting tom yum soup is packed with leftover veggies and is great for using up leftover tofu. Double up on ingredients if you want to make two or more people.


  • Leftover veggies – mushrooms, baby corn, cabbage
  • Tofu, chopped (proportionate to leftover vegetables)
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp red curry Thai paste
  • 1 tbsp coconut milk (or a small can for a creamier taste)
  • 2 spring onions, chopped
  • Handful of coriander

If you want a more traditional tom yum, use carrot, onion, tomato, mushrooms, baby corn and cabbage. 


1. Boil some water in a medium-sized saucepan, enough to cover the ingredients you're using

2. Add the tofu and leftover veggies, followed by the soy sauce and brown sugar

3. Boil for five minutes before adding the lime juice, Thai paste and coconut milk

4. Simmer for five minutes or until everything is cooked

5. Garnish with chopped spring onion and coriander. Serve.

A bowl of Katsu curry with a full spoon of rice and sauce being lifted from the bowl

Katsu-style kidney bean curry

An easy and versatile way to use up leftovers, student Sarah’s Katsu-inspired curry serves two and is perfect for all Japanese food lovers out there.


  • 2 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • Soy sauce, to taste
  • 1 tsp tomato puree
  • White rice (75g per person)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Cooked leftover vegetables or meat


1. Lightly rinse the rice before adding to a saucepan. Cover the rice with water so there’s good clearance between the rice and surface of the water.

2. Bring to a boil then turn down to medium heat and let simmer until the water is opaque.

3.  Add ½ tbsp of oil or butter to a pan on medium. Once hot, add the tomato puree and fry for about a minute before adding the garlic.

4. Fry for about 20 seconds, then add the curry powder. Fry until the ingredients clump into a paste, then add a little water.

5. Using a sieve, drain the rice water into the paste and mix well. Return the undercooked rice to its pan with just enough water to cover and allow to cook.

6. On a high heat, stir the rice water-paste mixture until completely combined. Add the drained beans and pour water into the can to unstick any beans and slurry. Top the pan up with the water.

 7. Add any cooked leftover vegetables or meat. Chicken and grilled bacon work well, as do onions, carrots, and courgettes. Add soy sauce to taste and season.

8. Drop the heat to medium and allow to simmer. Let the sauce reduce until thick and smooth. If the rice is near-enough cooked, you can remove it from the heat and cover with a lid/foil. It’ll steam in there until you’re ready to serve the curry.

9. Serve the curry over the rice. If you allow it to cool slightly, it will become thicker.