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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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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 14th Mar 17, 6:46 AM
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    I did something wrong and paid the price.

    I fancied a nibble last night and went to the kitchen to toast a muffin - but between here and there I changed my mind and thought "toast" - but then I saw the scones in the freezer and got out two pieces of bread and two scones. Cooked/ate both ... and then realised I'd eaten too much and so had not enjoyed both.

    Then, as I'd over-eaten I fell asleep...and only just woke up
    • karcher
    • By karcher 14th Mar 17, 7:20 AM
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    I did something wrong and paid the price.

    I fancied a nibble last night and went to the kitchen to toast a muffin - but between here and there I changed my mind and thought "toast" - but then I saw the scones in the freezer and got out two pieces of bread and two scones. Cooked/ate both ... and then realised I'd eaten too much and so had not enjoyed both.

    Then, as I'd over-eaten I fell asleep...and only just woke up
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    Sleep and toast are never a bad thing PN ...personally I can't get enough of either!
    • kittie
    • By kittie 14th Mar 17, 7:24 AM
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    I am making a mutton casserole today, planning in advance and also making a few ready meals from it. Got all the ingredients in thankfully and adding wine etc will take three hours to gently cook. I haven`t made any ready meals for ages and do miss them for those cba days. I just have to get the berry mix out of the freezer to defrost, add a few nuts and seeds and that is my third meal done. Got to plan in advance or I`ll grab anything, hence me not having crisps and biscuits in
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 14th Mar 17, 9:23 AM
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    Egg/soldiers for breakfast. So quick/tasty, but after today I've probably had that enough times this week ... nice though, so not a chore to eat it.
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 14th Mar 17, 9:29 AM
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    Warning alert of food that is just too "grabbable" - as I've discovered that I can manage to eat chocolate straight out of the freezer.

    Hence these days I find that if I feel I simply "must" have some chocolate - then I'll just buy one of those tiny 1/2 mouthfuls size luxury choccies from the health food store (Booja Booja ??) and thats that. I'd never have the self-discipline some people do - and ration myself to two squares a day..

    I know my weaknesses and with some things it's a case of "If it's there - then I'll have it and keep on having it until it's gone".
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 14th Mar 17, 11:33 AM
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    I'll just buy one of those tiny 1/2 mouthfuls size luxury choccies from the health food store (Booja Booja ??) and thats that.
    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention
    It's a different world!


    My choc-scoff is the 30p bars at L1dl/A1d1.


    It'll take 2-3 days if I hide it.

    Else, I buy 250 gram bags of "chocolates seconds" at poundland. They're my favourite, I think they're disguised Cadburys. So they are a big treat really.... I ration myself for buying the bags, then 2-3 days max is how long they last once open.

    I looked up BB who I've never heard of. 2 truffles £1.19. Blimey.
    I'd rather go without!
    http://www.boojabooja.com/chocolate-truffles/collections/two-truffles-packs/
    Last edited by PasturesNew; 14-03-2017 at 11:38 AM.
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 14th Mar 17, 12:35 PM
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    They are gorgeous imo Pastures...and a rare treat (ie I've maybe bought them twice this year to date??).

    Meanwhile - back at the ranch and I've just been mending a jumper (which I think was probably a pass-on from my mother in the first place) to make it last a bit longer and googling as to whether I need to dryclean a coat I bought yesterday from a charity shop (as they tell me they "steam clean" all donations - but I don't know if that's as good as drycleaning iyswim).

    Healthy food is a huge priority to me - as I'm so aware of the health problems so many people have and determined to avoid any I possibly can. When you know your normal mood is permanently slightly depressed - you aint gonna to add to it with the extra "downer" poor health would give if you can possibly help it....
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    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 14th Mar 17, 1:00 PM
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    They are gorgeous imo Pastures...and a rare treat (ie I've maybe bought them twice this year to date??).

    Meanwhile - back at the ranch and I've just been mending a jumper (which I think was probably a pass-on from my mother in the first place) to make it last a bit longer and googling as to whether I need to dryclean a coat I bought yesterday from a charity shop (as they tell me they "steam clean" all donations - but I don't know if that's as good as drycleaning iyswim).
    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention
    Steam cleaning probably just means passing a vertical iron over it so that the creases drop out.
    I either wash my dry clean only articles in the machine on a wool/delicates wash, with Stardrops, or use those dry cleaning sheets in the tumble dryer.

    Yesterday was a 69p macaroni cheese with bacon ready meal from Heron, as I went shopping. It was lovely- unlike at least 50% of ready meals I try.

    A new pizza shop opened in my town, part of a national chain. They were offering 7" pizzas for a quid, two toppings, and the queue was out of the door at both 4.45 and 7 pm. I can do a 9" pizza with five toppings for a quid...
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    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 14th Mar 17, 1:08 PM
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    Thanks for that mcCulloch - as I'm still tossing up re whether "steam cleaning" isnt as good v. chemicals are used for drycleaning.

    Sounds like I'd better add to the cost of that charity shop coat and have it drycleaned then....

    EDIT; That's about £15 extra then - minus maybe 20% for this cheaper area I now live in. Total cost of coat = £13 + £12? = £25 then....
    Last edited by moneyistooshorttomention; 14-03-2017 at 1:10 PM.
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    • LameWolf
    • By LameWolf 14th Mar 17, 1:38 PM
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    As an honoury ex single I reckon it's fine to pass by and maybe troll you all a little
    Originally posted by katkin
    They haven't kicked me out yet - and I'm an honorary ex-single like you.
    Do you not think some of us are blessed with being extra hungry and having a different "full up" indicator? I'm positive it's something in the brain not the stomach because I've been given medicines before that turned me into a complete hunger monster, craving sugar and carbs more than I usually do. The minute I stopped them, it reduced.
    Originally posted by katkin
    You're right; prednisolone had me eating anything that wasn't nailed down, whereas my "default" position is making myself eat at least something because it's necessary to do so to continue breathing!
    And gabapentin put 5lb on me in 2 weeks even though I barely ate.

    I filled up on rice cakes (couldn't be bothered to do onigiri - time factor)
    Originally posted by Doom_and_Gloom
    I had to Google onigiri - looks really nice, but OMG what a lot of faffing about!
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 14th Mar 17, 2:37 PM
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    Lunch was a quick/tiny little marmalade pudding and some custard
    • meg72
    • By meg72 14th Mar 17, 2:38 PM
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    I had to google origiri too, deffo too much faffing about for me but have ade a note to make them for DGD sometime.
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    • Farway
    • By Farway 14th Mar 17, 3:00 PM
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    It's a different world!


    My choc-scoff is the 30p bars at L1dl/A1d1.


    It'll take 2-3 days if I hide it.

    Else, I buy 250 gram bags of "chocolates seconds" at poundland. They're my favourite, I think they're disguised Cadburys. So they are a big treat really.... I ration myself for buying the bags, then 2-3 days max is how long they last once open.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    I love the 30p Lidl choc, mine is the dark choc one, red label, tried the others but always go back to plain dark

    Never thought of £land for chocs, will have peek next time if not a huge queue, just CBA to queue for what is just discretionary spending anyway

    No breakfast today, just never fancied it, so doubled up on biscuits at Age Concern
    Found YS Broccoli & Tomato mini quiche in Lidl, two, so one today with LO instant mash + LO baked beans, and one for tomorrow with ???

    I did splash out yesterday, 50p YS punnet of strawberries in Asda, had to have them even though I just knew deep down they would be disappointing, and they were, but were my first this year, had them with thick cream, lashed out a quid on that, honey and sliced banana

    Alos cracked open the cream crackers bought at the weekend after the idea was put in my head by reading it here, they are Morrison fake ones, not really as nice as the Jacobs IMO but then not the same price point either
    • Doom_and_Gloom
    • By Doom_and_Gloom 14th Mar 17, 3:14 PM
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    They haven't kicked me out yet - and I'm an honorary ex-single like you. You're right; prednisolone had me eating anything that wasn't nailed down, whereas my "default" position is making myself eat at least something because it's necessary to do so to continue breathing!
    And gabapentin put 5lb on me in 2 weeks even though I barely ate.


    I had to Google onigiri - looks really nice, but OMG what a lot of faffing about!
    Originally posted by LameWolf
    I had to google origiri too, deffo too much faffing about for me but have ade a note to make them for DGD sometime.
    Originally posted by meg72
    Lol they haven't kicked me out either and I have an OH. We eat different most of the time though even if he does do most my food (I help out/do things when I can).

    Mm onigiri is lovely, nothing else quite like it but it is very time consuming. That's why the rice cakes won, they were just sat there ready to eat as was.

    Again all I have had so far is coffee. Not a good example at all.
    28 year old vegan woman. My OH is a lovely omni guy
    • karcher
    • By karcher 14th Mar 17, 4:14 PM
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    It's a different world!


    My choc-scoff is the 30p bars at L1dl/A1d1.


    It'll take 2-3 days if I hide it.


    Else, I buy 250 gram bags of "chocolates seconds" at poundland. They're my favourite, I think they're disguised Cadburys. So they are a big treat really.... I ration myself for buying the bags, then 2-3 days max is how long they last once open.

    I looked up BB who I've never heard of. 2 truffles £1.19. Blimey.
    I'd rather go without!
    http://www.boojabooja.com/chocolate-truffles/collections/two-truffles-packs/
    Originally posted by PasturesNew

    I hide my chocolate from myself too..glad I'm not alone

    I'd never heard of it either...no wonder at that price
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 14th Mar 17, 4:45 PM
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    I've just got an early start .... just had one of those 8 spuds - 5 left now I think .... cheese and baked beans.

    Quick/easy, tasty/filling, one of my "go to" meals if I've got spuds in (I've always got cheese and beans).
    • caronc
    • By caronc 14th Mar 17, 6:05 PM
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    Evening everyone

    What's all this about "flinging folk out" - we have manners on here thank you very much

    Tinned tomatoes on toast with L&P and a runny fried egg on top - breakfast heaven to me

    Chocolate - I'm not a big chocolate fan but with exception of Flakes and Malteasers it has to be dark and very bitter - don't care which brand though I'll not knock back a bit of "Green & Black's" if it is going spare

    Meat order arrived so once I've sorted out my Dad's stuff it will be freezer tetris........ Put this way apart from the odd pack of bacon or chicken thighs I should be ok meat wise until Christmas (not saying which year) I got a couple of big brisket joints which are ear marked for Easter etc. but apart from that it's all going to be frozen in CFO suitable proportions. It's really quality stuff and even including delivery works out around 1/3 cheaper than supermarkets and less than half what I'd pay at the local butchers. I do like support local trade but the cash saving is just too big to ignore.

    While I had the oven on last night I was very MSE (that's what having a smart meter is doing for me ) and made up a potato, mushroom & courgette bake for tonight while I was cooking my chicken. I'm having some tonight with a couple of lovely bangers and LOs will be lunch tomorrow
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 14th Mar 17, 6:21 PM
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    .... CFO ....
    Originally posted by caronc
    I've finally snapped....I've seen this here (for the first time ever) and just didn't ask wtf it is ...but now I have to ask:

    WTF is CFO?

    • caronc
    • By caronc 14th Mar 17, 6:25 PM
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    I've finally snapped....I've seen this here (for the first time ever) and just didn't ask wtf it is ...but now I have to ask:

    WTF is CFO?

    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    Cooking for one .........
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    • Willowx
    • By Willowx 14th Mar 17, 6:44 PM
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    A rather fruit heavy day for me lunch was a pack of ready salted crisps with a banana, an orange, a tomato, a plum and an apple and a cup of tea. Afternoon snack was a cuppa and two chocolate malted milks. Dinner I've just had a steak sandwich, those really thin ones, 30 seconds on each side with some asparagus, broccoli and another tomato plus a glass of red.
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