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    • caronc
    • By caronc 13th Jan 17, 7:32 PM
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    Cooking for one
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    • 13th Jan 17, 7:32 PM
    Cooking for one 13th Jan 17 at 7:32 PM
    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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    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 10th Mar 17, 3:05 PM
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    I like fermented foods. My Mum made her own yogurt in the 50s, 60s and 70s. I love sauerkraut, but it can really move things along on the digestive front. Kimchee I have tried as well.
    Today I fancy a savoury pancake or two, I have bacon in the fridge so it may well be one of those.

    I have lots of energy today and I wish I knew where it had come from.
    I have cerebral palsy (just my leg, really) and associated severe arthritis in my hip, so fatigue and tiredness are constant,.
    I slept very well in my chair last night so it could be that.
    It could be the vitamin supplements I was sent to review by Amazon.
    It could be the lengthening days.
    I have no idea, but I'm grateful!
    Erma Bombeck, American writer: "If I had my life to live over again... I would have burned the pink candle, sculptured like a rose, that melted in storage." Don't keep things 'for best' - that day never comes. Use them and enjoy them now.
    • Ames
    • By Ames 10th Mar 17, 3:39 PM
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    I keep thinking about growing some veg. I did some research into what can grow in tubs but then remembered I'm scared of slugs and snails so decided it wasn't a good idea.

    I saw the specialist today and he put my mind at rest regarding some symptoms and abnormal test results I've been having. Mainly the liver function tests which he says are abnormal because there's a problem with the new machine they've used.

    Something seems to have 'clicked' and I'm feeling a lot brighter now.

    Breakfast was an avocado and two chocolate bars. Lunch was a toasted teacake and latte.

    Tea will be fishcakes and a pile of veg.
    Unless I say otherwise 'you' means the general you not you specifically.

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    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 10th Mar 17, 4:01 PM
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    Oh lawks, I think I'll give it a miss, then. Lupus has done some weird and extremely unpleasant things to my digestive system, so I have to be quite careful these days. So anything that's supposed to "do something" to that area of the anatomy is something I'll treat with extreme caution.
    Originally posted by LameWolf
    Kefir can have a virtually instant effect on someone that normally eats junk food I do know. I don't know whether it would do so on someone that normally eats more healthily and suspect they would "adapt" to it much more readily.

    So far today - groundhog day at lunchtime = the rest of the sorta ratatouille with cheese sauce/topped by mashed potato. Nowt special. Felt so virtuous about having a "groundhog day" that I'm now noshing a little snack of medjool dates filled with almond butter. Not often I fancy something a little sweet - and its nom. Done them filled with tahini before now - and thats nom too. A glass of rice milk to wash them down I think.
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 10th Mar 17, 4:30 PM
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    "They" who are righteous tell us that fruit is cheaper than junk food.

    I challenge them to replace my 24p bourbons

    Yesterday, in addition to dismissing grapes at 1.85 I also eyed up apples (I was thinking about baked apples with mixed fruit in the middle/similar. A single apple's about 64p (A1d1) and even the L1d1 offer of the week brings them in at 64p for 4 (from memory).... I only wanted one.

    Bourbons at 24p would trump both those....

    Medium bananas come in at about 11-12p, but you get fed up of those (I've still got one in the kitchen).

    Who doesn't like a little pawful of 2-3 biscuits

    17 biscuits in the bourbons (yes, I did count as I was intrigued as to how many to grab when I opened them, so thought I'd start by understanding the pack size).
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    • meg72
    • By meg72 10th Mar 17, 4:31 PM
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    I keep thinking about growing some veg. I did some research into what can grow in tubs but then remembered I'm scared of slugs and snails so decided it wasn't a good idea.

    I saw the specialist today and he put my mind at rest regarding some symptoms and abnormal test results I've been having. Mainly the liver function tests which he says are abnormal because there's a problem with the new machine they've used.

    Something seems to have 'clicked' and I'm feeling a lot brighter now.

    Breakfast was an avocado and two chocolate bars. Lunch was a toasted teacake and latte.

    Tea will be fishcakes and a pile of veg.
    Originally posted by Ames
    Lol I seem to wage a permanent war against slugs and snails here and carry a salt pot in my pocket when working on the garden, that fixes em.

    So pleased your mind is at rest now it must have been a real relief to know it was the machine.
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 10th Mar 17, 4:34 PM
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    I keep thinking about growing some veg..... I'm scared of slugs and snails so decided it wasn't a good idea.
    Originally posted by Ames
    Me too. I can't bear to touch soil - and the thought of slimy things puts me off - there are a LOT of slugs in my garden in general.... although I've not seen many recently there've been some MONSTERS out there many a night! There are also centipedes and worms to think about ... and other creepy crawlies that are gross.

    I'd also perpetually fret that I was doing the wrong thing and it'd all turn out to be a waste of money .... so many foods that you can grow yourself turn out to be more expensive than buying them.

    .... medjool dates .... almond butter.....tahini ... rice milk
    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention
    More alien foods - never had any of those ... and never seen them either.
    Last edited by PasturesNew; 10-03-2017 at 4:37 PM.
    • Ames
    • By Ames 10th Mar 17, 4:44 PM
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    Lol I seem to wage a permanent war against slugs and snails here and carry a salt pot in my pocket when working on the garden, that fixes em.

    So pleased your mind is at rest now it must have been a real relief to know it was the machine.
    Originally posted by meg72
    Thanks. I didn't feel especially worried - I have various health conditions that cause a variety of 'interesting' test results, and it wasn't hugely out. The relief when I found out it wasn't a problem came as a surprise though, so I must have been.
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    • kittie
    • By kittie 10th Mar 17, 4:53 PM
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    [QUOTE=mcculloch29;72232077]I like fermented foods. My Mum made her own yogurt in the 50s, 60s and 70s. I love sauerkraut![/QUOTE

    ]I am glad you are feeling better mcc. Trouble is that people don`t start slowly with fermented food, digestve tract has to get used to it ie be colonised with the good bacteria and slowly. My husband had ulcerative colitis in his 30s and was hospitalised several times, I eventually weaned him off medication and onto fermented foods. He never looked back, even making his own kefir. I do make my owm sauerkraut too, in a large stone vessel

    I have met people who don`t like to touch soil and I always wear gloves. Been up there all afternoon and have prepped and washed a very large lot of leeks for the freezer

    I am sorry, I do realise that I have opened up a can of worms re food. Never forget that it is each to their own. I did start this way of eating young and love it I keep thinking tbh, now I am older and in my last quarter that really there are no more second chances re my health

    Don`t tell me off LW for spouting facts but yoghurt is lactobacillus bulgaricus and streptococcus thermophilus and kefir is a long string of other, much more beneficial bacteria. Anyway I am not selling anyone anything, that is just how I eat and how I look after my health
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 10th Mar 17, 4:57 PM
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    Today I think I've had:

    2 small fruit scones + 2 teaspoons marmalade.
    pasty, instant mash, peas, gravy (look!! 1/10)
    2 chocolates, 2 bourbons
    2 faux Weetabix, 90ml milk, 2 level teaspoons sugar.

    Had to eat that Weetabix just now as the last of the milk needed using up as it had today's date on it...although it might be OK after today, my head would be thinking "gross" so it'd have made me gag to try it.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 10th Mar 17, 5:31 PM
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    Evening everyone

    Ended up having a cheese and beetroot sandwich and a mug of soup at lunchtime - quick and easy, and just had a pear and the last plum a wee while ago Still no idea what to have for dinner.

    I always wear latex gloves when I'm gardening as I'm not keen on touching slugs and being all pots my garden is rife with them and some of them are huge
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 10th Mar 17, 5:33 PM
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    Today I think I've had:

    2 small fruit scones + 2 teaspoons marmalade.
    pasty, instant mash, peas, gravy (look!! 1/10)
    2 chocolates, 2 bourbons
    2 faux Weetabix, 90ml milk, 2 level teaspoons sugar.

    Had to eat that Weetabix just now as the last of the milk needed using up as it had today's date on it...although it might be OK after today, my head would be thinking "gross" so it'd have made me gag to try it.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    PN I just finished a carton of milk yeserday that was use by 02/03 - it was absolutely fine. I only noticed the date when I was popping the empty in the recycling!
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    • Ames
    • By Ames 10th Mar 17, 5:50 PM
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    I don't think I could even touch slugs and snails with gloves on. Last year there was a problem with my front door and I couldn't lock it from the inside so I was using the back door. One night there were loads of slugs on the back door and I couldn't bring myself to use it - I ended up leaving the front door unlocked overnight.
    Unless I say otherwise 'you' means the general you not you specifically.

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    • caronc
    • By caronc 10th Mar 17, 5:54 PM
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    I don't think I could even touch slugs and snails with gloves on. Last year there was a problem with my front door and I couldn't lock it from the inside so I was using the back door. One night there were loads of slugs on the back door and I couldn't bring myself to use it - I ended up leaving the front door unlocked overnight.
    Originally posted by Ames
    Sprinkle them with salt - leave for a few minutes and brush up no need to touch them. If you're worried about them coming back a line of salt at the doorway should hopefully deter them.
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 10th Mar 17, 5:55 PM
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    I don't think I could even touch slugs and snails with gloves on. Last year there was a problem with my front door and I couldn't lock it from the inside so I was using the back door. One night there were loads of slugs on the back door and I couldn't bring myself to use it - I ended up leaving the front door unlocked overnight.
    Originally posted by Ames
    A cheap kids' beach plastic spade's a good flicker.... or poundland currently has some large spatulas they call pancake flippers ... you need something you can easily scoop them up with ... then walk to the bottom of the garden and lob as far away as possible without danger of ever touching them. Two are better as you've then got something to push them onto the first one with.

    I've heard they drown in saucers of beer - but I had a mini pot in the garden, ex mini cheesecake I'd used to scoop fertiliser into a small pot ... and left in the garden as it might come in useful again - the rain filled it with water and I found a couple of dead slugs in that too, so it's not just beer, any puddle seems good enough.
    • karcher
    • By karcher 10th Mar 17, 6:13 PM
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    I hate slugs and snails too...htf do people eat snails!

    I've just been googling mushroom omelette recipes...found one on an Australian website and it listed all the nutritional info. It says it has 1005 kj energy in it. Didn't know what that was, so googled again..apparently it's 240 calories!!

    Anyways, I was googling because whilst I'm not at all hungry after my blow out at lunchtime, I have some mushrooms that desperately need cooking and eggs and also a big bowl of mixed leaf green salad that I must eat tonight.

    I know if i don't cook now, I won't bother later..so was contemplating cooking the omelette now then reheating it later when I do feel hungry? Not sure if that would work?
    Please excuse the occasional absence of capital letters in my posts. My left shift key seems to only work when if feels like it and i often cba to go back and edit
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 10th Mar 17, 6:16 PM
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    Confesses to keeping in a packet of the cheapest salt I can get - slugs for the use of. I'd rather they didnt sort of blow up and explode rather the second I throw a heap of salt on them - but if it's them on the one hand or me and the food I'm growing on the other hand = salt it is then.

    Grins at Pastures New - as it was another "new" food at dinner tonight. I was in CBA mode - so it was sourdough bread (I cheated and bought it), with creme fraiche made of oats (the "Oatly" brand one) and some tomatoes. Followed by a handful of cashew nuts, an apple and some more rice milk. That's my definition par excellance of CBA - it took only a few minutes to do it.

    So - on the "10 a day" front - that equals the stewed rhubarb I had with morning porridge/the veggies in lunchtime sorta ratatouille and I had a bit of sauerkraut with it and an easypeeler orange afterwards/the tomatoes and an apple. Guess it probably comes to around 10...

    Actually I've found that "my" sort of foods have become a lot easier to get over the last couple of years. Thank goodness they are becoming fashionable. Roll on even more of it becoming available...
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 10th Mar 17, 6:21 PM
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    I hate slugs and snails too...htf do people eat snails!

    I've just been googling mushroom omelette recipes...found one on an Australian website and it listed all the nutritional info. It says it has 1005 kj energy in it. Didn't know what that was, so googled again..apparently it's 240 calories!!

    Anyways, I was googling because whilst I'm not at all hungry after my blow out at lunchtime, I have some mushrooms that desperately need cooking and eggs and also a big bowl of mixed leaf green salad that I must eat tonight.

    I know if i don't cook now, I won't bother later..so was contemplating cooking the omelette now then reheating it later when I do feel hungry? Not sure if that would work?
    Originally posted by karcher
    Could you not make a spanish type omelette - it's nice cold and would keep for a few days in the fridge
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 10th Mar 17, 6:35 PM
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    Actually I've found that "my" sort of foods have become a lot easier to get over the last couple of years. Thank goodness they are becoming fashionable. Roll on even more of it becoming available...
    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention
    Yes in someways but round here in both supermarkets and independants it's very much traditional on the F&V front even things like chard which is pretty mainstream now and no local asian grocers etc. which tend to hold a more varied range of things. Chard is one of the things I make a point of growing every year as it's a great veg for picking just what you need ideal for solo cooks
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    • karcher
    • By karcher 10th Mar 17, 6:38 PM
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    Could you not make a spanish type omelette - it's nice cold and would keep for a few days in the fridge
    Originally posted by caronc

    Trying to avoid the carbs after the OD at lunchtime, also no potatoes anyway.

    Now thinking a crustless quiche with mushrooms which I can put the mixed leaf salad in as it is rocket, baby chard etc.. covers all bases
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 10th Mar 17, 6:39 PM
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    Trying to avoid the carbs after the OD at lunchtime, also no potatoes anyway.

    Now thinking a crustless quiche with mushrooms which I can put the mixed leaf salad in as it is rocket, baby chard etc.. covers all bases
    Originally posted by karcher
    That'll do nicely yum
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