Christmas Wrap Up and Boxing Day Leftovers

Merry Christmas everyone.  I hope you had a wonderful Christmas Day and have been able to have an enjoyable long weekend (apart from those enormous hailstones and storms in Melbourne).

Our Christmas Day was very enjoyablel.   Our Oscar-friendly menu went down very well, with the only things not suitable being the prawns (sulphates) and the salads and desserts that other family members provided.   Having gone to all that effort, however, all Oscar had for lunch was bread rolls and butter!  He did at least eat the cheese cake for dessert.

Here’s how our Christmas day went….

Breakfast - Buckwheat pancakes with ricotta, pancakes and fried bananas

Christmas Nibbles

BBQ Scallops

BBQ Salmon

Bacon, Egg and Potato Salad

Preservative-free Ham Nugget

Cold Roast Chicken with Sweet Potato Stuffing


Chocolate Cashew Butter Cheesecake with Sarah Lee Honeycomb and Butterscotch Icecream


Oscar's Christmas Cake

Christmas dinner was left overs (we always over cater!) and there was still more leftover on Boxing Day, so I made a Boxing Day Paella and we had it with the last of the salads – this Oscar ate!


Boxing Day Paella

Serves 4-6
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 35 minutes
Total time 50 minutes
Allergy / Intolerance Amines, Artificial Addititives, Artificial Colours, Dairy, Egg, Glutamates, Preservatives, Salicylates, Wheat
Suitable for Amines Challenge, RPAH Elimination Diet - Low Chemical / Failsafe
Meal type Main Dish
Misc Freezable, Pre-preparable, Serve Hot
Region Spanish
An easy low chemical paella recipe to use up left over meat and vegetables.


  • 1 tablespoon Sunflower Oil
  • 500g Cooked meat diced (chicken, salmon, scallops, sausages, etc.)
  • 4 Spring onions (finely chopped)
  • 3 Cooked sausages (chopped)
  • 1 cup white rice
  • 1 pinch Saffron threads
  • 2 Garlic clove (crushed)
  • 500ml Home made chicken or vegetable stock (refer to basics page)
  • salt


  • Vegetables (add any left over cooked or salad vegetables at step 6)


Prepare all the ingredients before starting to cook.
Ingredietns for Boxing Day Paella
Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the spring onion and sausages and cook for 1 to 2 minutes until the sausages start to become crispy.
Cooking Boxing Day Paella
Add the rice and safron threads and cook for another 2 minutes.
Cooking Boxing Day Paella
Add the stock and garlic.
Cooking Boxing Day Paella
Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes until all the liquid has been absorbed.
Cooking Boxing Day Paella
Add the cooked meat (and vegetables if using)to the pan and stir through until heated. Season with salt. Serve.
Cooking Boxing Day Paella


This recipe is low chemical / failsafe depending on the meat and vegetables used.  In this version I used salmon which contains Amines.

Paella is a great way to use up left over meat and vegetables, and can be made with almost any ingredients.  The above ingredients list is based on what I had left over at the time.  You can use any left over meat or vegetables in this recipe.

Refer to the Basics page for home made chicken or vegetable stock.


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