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    • caronc
    • By caronc 13th Jan 17, 7:32 PM
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    Cooking for one
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    Cooking for one 13th Jan 17 at 7:32 PM
    ****There is now a new thread "Cooking for one (Mark Two)" which can be found here http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5680849

    Hi, newbie poster though long time lurker trying to adjust to being an empty-nester and due to some substantial changes income-wise in the next couple of months trying to cut my costs and adjust my shopping to mainly solo dining. I abhor waste so good that way and do cook from scratch/batch cook the vast majority of the time. I do "sort of" meal plan but it can be a bit hit or miss depending on my health is on any given day. I'm reliant on on-line shopping so can't take advanage of aldi/Lidl etc. What (if any) changes did you make when changing to a single-person household?



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    • pollyanna 26
    • By pollyanna 26 13th Jan 17, 7:52 PM
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    Hi have you ever heard of Shirley Goode ? She wrote 3 books and also co- wrote another back in the eighties . I still own all the originals because I can't bear to let them go . Goode for one may be very useful for you . She scales down cooking and baking ingredients to one or two portions and shows some variations on one ste of ingredients cooked in different ways to avoid eating the same thing day after day .
    There are recipes for if you have company for tea .
    It is all done to a tight budget .
    Sadly Shirley died last year but she left a legacy for generations and her books helped me raise my children through tough times back then .
    Just checked Amazon and there are copies from sellers on there for pennies plus postage .
    Good luck
    polly
    • caronc
    • By caronc 13th Jan 17, 9:00 PM
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    Hi have you ever heard of Shirley Goode ? She wrote 3 books and also co- wrote another back in the eighties . I still own all the originals because I can't bear to let them go . Goode for one may be very useful for you . She scales down cooking and baking ingredients to one or two portions and shows some variations on one ste of ingredients cooked in different ways to avoid eating the same thing day after day .
    There are recipes for if you have company for tea .
    It is all done to a tight budget .
    Sadly Shirley died last year but she left a legacy for generations and her books helped me raise my children through tough times back then .
    Just checked Amazon and there are copies from sellers on there for pennies plus postage .
    Good luck
    polly
    Originally posted by pollyanna 26
    Thanks have heard of Shirley Goode but don't have any of her books (surprising as I'm a bit of a cookbook collector will have a look on Amazon
    • monnagran
    • By monnagran 13th Jan 17, 10:00 PM
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    I'll be watching this thread closely.

    I have always cooked for a largish family and friends and can produce a two-course meal for 70 without turning a hair but I am hopeful this year of moving into a bungalow on my own so have to learn to scale down considerably.
    I think that the freezer is going to be my best friend.

    I have 2 Shirley Goode books but not the Cooking for One. I remember her on TV in the 70s.
    Delia did a One is Fun book too. I might try to track down one of those. Apart from that it will be cooking the usual amounts and freezing in portions.

    My real problem is going to be just not bothering and living on soup. salads and sandwiches.

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    • caronc
    • By caronc 13th Jan 17, 10:07 PM
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    I'll be watching this thread closely.

    I have always cooked for a largish family and friends and can produce a two-course meal for 70 without turning a hair but I am hopeful this year of moving into a bungalow on my own so have to learn to scale down considerably.
    I think that the freezer is going to be my best friend.

    I have 2 Shirley Goode books but not the Cooking for One. I remember her on TV in the 70s.
    Delia did a One is Fun book too. I might try to track down one of those. Apart from that it will be cooking the usual amounts and freezing in portions.

    My real problem is going to be just not bothering and living on soup. salads and sandwiches.

    x
    Originally posted by monnagran
    I love my freezers (probably a bit too much)- though having 2 is probably a bit excessive for 1 person but do want to still have my favourite casseroles, currys etc, which work best as multiple portions. The thing I struggle with is fresh veg such as cabbage, I love savoy cabbage but find it doesn't freeze great so end up eating it with every main meal if I buy one
    • monnagran
    • By monnagran 13th Jan 17, 10:48 PM
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    I love my freezers (probably a bit too much)- though having 2 is probably a bit excessive for 1 person but do want to still have my favourite casseroles, currys etc, which work best as multiple portions. The thing I struggle with is fresh veg such as cabbage, I love savoy cabbage but find it doesn't freeze great so end up eating it with every main meal if I buy one
    Originally posted by caronc
    I know. I love cucumber but there is only so much you can use at one time. Even buying a half is often too much.
    I love Savoy cabbage too.
    Perhaps we could take it in turns to buy a cabbage and then post half of it to each other!

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    • iammumtoone
    • By iammumtoone 14th Jan 17, 9:30 AM
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    I cook for one (i dont count my son as he eats different meals) It is difficult, too easy to get ready meals as they dont work out that expensive when just buying for one.

    I need to get back on track and focus on cooking properly again.

    I know what you mean about the veg I only buy fresh veg that you can buy small amounts of like carrots/courgettes etc. Any other veg I buy frozen as no waste and I dont have to eat the same thing every night.

    I like the sound of the book which lists one set of ingredients and different variations of meals, does anyone know which out of the three that is?

    I love the sound of two freezers you can never have too many as far as I am concerned! Mine is only tiny by the time I have my veg in there (why do they sell it in so big bags ) I dont have the space for much else
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 14th Jan 17, 9:50 AM
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    Glad I'm not the only one with the fresh veg challenge - I do use a fair bit of frozen veg but not keen on frozen cabbage so just tend to have spells where I eat lots of it. The freezers are a god send in many ways I can still take advantage of family pack offers and like to get a butchers order from time to time so maybe having two isn't so silly after all
    • pollyanna 26
    • By pollyanna 26 14th Jan 17, 11:16 AM
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    Mum to one the book is Goode for one by Shirley Goode . It's pretty dated in some ways , the cost of ingredients seem so little compared to now but when I remember what earnings were back then it's all of it's time .
    I'm not a fan of savoy cabbage - my 50s childhood with the family allotments was top heavy with certain veg and left me so over some of them . I find white cabbage very useful , I love it steamed and served with butter and white pepper . It lasts well in the fridge and can be used in coleslaw and many other dishes . I've seen it frozen in supermarkets but have never looked for savoy .
    Spring cabbage is my favourite . Obviously no use to the original poster who shops on line but my local veg shop and lots of others sell spring cabbage loose so you buy what you need .
    I think frozen veg is very useful when mainly catering for one . Chosen wisely the quality can be higher than fresh in supermarkets . There is no waste as you use the amount you need .
    As OP is restricted by ill health any shortcuts which can be used within her budget are the way to go .

    Monna There is no way we'll let you fade away on soup and sandwiches - you've fed the world with love and we'll make darn sure you do the same for yourself . The bungalow vibes are aimed in your direction
    polly x
    • meg72
    • By meg72 14th Jan 17, 11:28 AM
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    Thanks have heard of Shirley Goode but don't have any of her books (surprising as I'm a bit of a cookbook collector will have a look on Amazon
    Originally posted by caronc
    There are some listed on Ebay, I have just bought one for £2.10 including postage, cheaper than Amazon as there is a standard charge of 2,98 postage.
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    • pollyanna 26
    • By pollyanna 26 14th Jan 17, 12:56 PM
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    I've been thinking as I've been doing a bit of the dreaded housework . Some on the forums may remember Memory Girl - Elaine Collier who used to post on the forums .
    She had a blog , Mortgage free in three . I've just checked and although as I knew she stopped about a year ago when real life became became very busy , all her posts are still online if you google the title .
    She is a mum of two growing lads so a lot was cooking for three but one of the most useful things I read there was My secret box of soup .
    Prepping and freezing veg ready to throw into meals . No blanching involved . Adding the last few veg in the fridge on an ongoing basis so no waste and ready chopped veg always to hand for quick soups , stews and other meals .
    For those with a gadget which slices , dices and shreds it takes all the physical graft out of constantly doing the prep for meals .
    I've recommended her blog many times on forum and real life and many of my shortcuts came from there .
    There's an explore at the top of the blog you can click on recipes , make do and mend and other sections . There are quick scarves , hats , blankets , christmas decorations etc to craft . Home decor on next to nothing and also veg growing and motivational posts which used to get us all doing - I miss her gentle kick up the backside She was doing everything on the tightest budget and it helped me a great deal .
    Sorry to the original poster for slightly derailing her thread but when you face a new challenge little tips and shortcuts can smooth the path .
    Take care all
    polly
    • caronc
    • By caronc 14th Jan 17, 2:12 PM
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    Thanks for the ebay tip meg72 and blog pointer pollyanna 26. Hopefully by Spring my mobility will be more manageable and I can get back into my garden. I usually grow toms, cucumber, courgettes and various beans and love the fresh taste of homegrown veggies
    • meg72
    • By meg72 14th Jan 17, 2:41 PM
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    I've been thinking as I've been doing a bit of the dreaded housework . Some on the forums may remember Memory Girl - Elaine Collier who used to post on the forums .
    She had a blog , Mortgage free in three . I've just checked and although as I knew she stopped about a year ago when real life became became very busy , all her posts are still online if you google the title .
    She is a mum of two growing lads so a lot was cooking for three but one of the most useful things I read there was My secret box of soup .
    Prepping and freezing veg ready to throw into meals . No blanching involved . Adding the last few veg in the fridge on an ongoing basis so no waste and ready chopped veg always to hand for quick soups , stews and other meals .
    For those with a gadget which slices , dices and shreds it takes all the physical graft out of constantly doing the prep for meals .
    I've recommended her blog many times on forum and real life and many of my shortcuts came from there .
    There's an explore at the top of the blog you can click on recipes , make do and mend and other sections . There are quick scarves , hats , blankets , christmas decorations etc to craft . Home decor on next to nothing and also veg growing and motivational posts which used to get us all doing - I miss her gentle kick up the backside She was doing everything on the tightest budget and it helped me a great deal .
    Sorry to the original poster for slightly derailing her thread but when you face a new challenge little tips and shortcuts can smooth the path .
    Take care all
    polly
    Originally posted by pollyanna 26

    Thank for this a really interesting blog, heres the link if anyone wants a have a look.

    http://mortgagefreeinthree.com/
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    • pollyanna 26
    • By pollyanna 26 14th Jan 17, 3:06 PM
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    Thank you so much Meg for posting the link . Many on OS are aware I was dragged kicking and screaming into the digital age from my lurker comfort zone . Haven't yet mastered links , editing posts etc . One day I'll do it , just not today
    polly
    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 14th Jan 17, 4:25 PM
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    Re the cabbage I live alone and enjoy steamed cabbage .What I do with it, also with celery is wrap the whole cabbage (minus the grotty outside leaves ) in tinfoil, and keep in the bottom of the fridge.Then when I want some I just cut enough off to steam for myself, and rewrap in the foil.Keeps really well this way. I like the sweetheart cabbage, and a quarter at a time is more than enough for perhaps two portions ,one to eat straight away and the other goes already cooked into a small lidded take-away box, once cold and bunged in the fridge for next days meal.

    If you don't fancy it microwaved for dinner then some diced onion and cooked cabbage fried up with some diced straky bacon for a tasty bubble and squeak with a poached or fried egg on top makes a nice change for lunch or if you are having a soup starter an evening meal.
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    • LameWolf
    • By LameWolf 14th Jan 17, 5:19 PM
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    My real problem is going to be just not bothering and living on soup. salads and sandwiches.
    Originally posted by monnagran
    That's always the danger - you can get into the mindset of "it's not worth the effort of cooking, it's only for me" specially if, like me, you loathe cooking.
    When I split from the XH, I was eating roughly every 2nd day, and then just what I could grab out of the fridge and scarper with, because we were still living in the same house, just living totally separately, and I didn't dare go in the kitchen if he was in there.

    Interesting about keeping celery - I love celery but Mr LW doesn't care for it at all, so I never buy it cos it's "not worth it just for me" and I've always felt I'd never get through it before it went off (I don't love it enough to eat it for breakfast, lunch and dins!)
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 14th Jan 17, 5:25 PM
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    Re the cabbage I live alone and enjoy steamed cabbage .What I do with it, also with celery is wrap the whole cabbage (minus the grotty outside leaves ) in tinfoil, and keep in the bottom of the fridge.Then when I want some I just cut enough off to steam for myself, and rewrap in the foil.Keeps really well this way. I like the sweetheart cabbage, and a quarter at a time is more than enough for perhaps two portions ,one to eat straight away and the other goes already cooked into a small lidded take-away box, once cold and bunged in the fridge for next days meal.

    If you don't fancy it microwaved for dinner then some diced onion and cooked cabbage fried up with some diced straky bacon for a tasty bubble and squeak with a poached or fried egg on top makes a nice change for lunch or if you are having a soup starter an evening meal.
    Originally posted by JackieO
    Thanks for the foil tip will give that a go. I tend to plonk my celery in a glass of water for a couple of days if it starts to go bendy and find it really perks up. Luckily I love celery so it finds it's way into the base for most dishes so getting through a head is generally ok. When I get some freezer space I must start dicing up some veggies - hopefully joining the storecupboard/freezer challenge help me make some headway with that
    • meg72
    • By meg72 14th Jan 17, 5:35 PM
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    Interesting posts re keeping cabbage and celery. I don't cut my cabbage and just take off a few leaves at a time, wrap in foil and keep in an outside meter cupboard. I find its can last two or three weeks like this.

    Celery I keep in a vase with a bit of water on the windowsill where it grows roots and keep growing, providing I remember to top the water up that is, again this lasts for weeks.
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    • By caronc 14th Jan 17, 8:57 PM
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    Tonight on "Cooking for one" - it's jerk chicken thighs, roasted veg and sweet potato wedges. Minimal prep, one tray though not very MSE putting the oven on for it. Was lovely though and it is Saturday,,,,,, I do find I use the oven more than I should but struggle to fill it should think about a halogen oven but have heard mixed reports they seem to be a bit "marmite"
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    • By Upsidedown Bear 14th Jan 17, 9:16 PM
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    Worth checking AbeBooks for both Delia and Shirley's books.
    Copies from £2.04 including postage
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