The Challenges were to make Jamie's Corn Chowder and to make something from leftovers so I made a Grilled Cheese with all the little bits of leftover stuff I had in the fridge.
First off the Corn Chowder, I used Jamie's Comfort Food Cookbook Recipe to start with, You can find it here: http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/vegetables-recipes/corn-chowder/.
I then added a few of my own things to it like a bit of Smoked Paprika, some Garlic Croutons I had on hand and some chives and green onion for garnish. I probably would have added a bit of bacon if I had some on hand.
Today I tackled the leftover challenge by accident I was watching someone make grilled cheese on television and I thought I should use up the dried bread I had on hand and I knew I had lots of cheese in the fridge and a few other things so it seemed like a good way to make breakfast and use up what I had before it got wasted... so the leftover challenge and no waste challenge in one.
I went to an event the other night where there were two full tables of cheese. I couldn't finish all the cheese I had on my plate so I took the rest home. It was an assortment of little bits of very high quality cheeses. I also had some red onion that I had finely sliced on a mandolin that was left over in the fridge and a bit of leftover cranberry sauce from Thanksgiving. I put it all together in a sandwich and even added a bit of fig jam to cut the cranberry tartness. I did the typical thing of buttering the outside of the bread and fried it up. I got a beautiful melding of a bunch of great cheeses like goat cheese, Morbier, and hard cheese. It turned out to be a great combination that worked with the sweetness of the jam and cranberry sauce and the sweet red onion. Voila, kicked up gourmet leftover GRILLED CHEESE. It's not a fancy dish but it does taste gourmet.
These two recipes together would probably make the perfect Fall/Winter lunch. You might not be able to see the cheese oozing but it was melty in there and all you need to know is that the combination of a mix of cheeses plus leftover jam and onion mixed up makes a great grilled cheese sandwich.
So GO FOR IT... make some Grilled Cheese and Chowder and "Tuck In" as Jamie Oliver says.