Cooking whatever I have in the cupboards: part 2

In my last post “Cooking with whatever I have in the cupboard”, I attempted to make spicy tomato baked eggs using whatever I already had knocking around the kitchen, trying to follow a recipe, but ending up pretty much making it up with the ingredients I had to hand.

I’d got a few comments on it linking me through to some other seriously tasty looking recipes that I wanted to try out… so this is my second attempt at cooking something half decent with the random food I already had at home.

I was inspired to make some veggie rice and chickpea patties after seeing a recipe over on and needless to say it ended up being pretty much totally different to the recipe that I saw, although it kept some key components and ended up tasting a LOT better than it looked!

For this recipe I found the following items that needed using up:

  • lime
  • eggs
  • mozzarella cheese
  • Mexican rice
  • organic chickpeas
  • Sriracha sauce
  • sour cream with chives
  • garlic
  • onion
  • chilli
  • wholemeal pitta breads


cooking with whatever i hace in the cupboard part 2 ingredientsI crushed the chickpeas until they were a little more malleable and then mixed in some rice, chilli, garlic, half the onion, Sriracha, eggs, half the lime and half the mozzarella.

Once this was all mixed together I formed the mixture into patties and fried in a sizzling hot pan with some hot olive oil, carefully flipping them over once i was confident they had cooked enough to stabilise.

After about 5 /7 minutes cooking on each side they were hot, golden and the mozzarella had totally melted – it was time to serve them up.


I sliced up the rest of the onion, thinly sliced the remaining mozzarella, and put them in the pitta along with the patties. I added a generous helping of Sriracha sauce and plenty of sour cream and a big squeeze of lime too.

cooking with whatever i have in the cupboards part 2…and that’s it – my boyfriend cleared his entire plate (and went for seconds) which tells me I’m not the only one who thought it tasted pretty good (honest!!)

What’s the weirdest creation you’ve come up with when you’ve been trying to use up what you already have in the cupboards?