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    • caronc
    • By caronc 13th Jan 17, 6:32 PM
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    Cooking for one
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    • 13th Jan 17, 6:32 PM
    Cooking for one 13th Jan 17 at 6:32 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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    • Willowx
    • By Willowx 14th Mar 17, 5:44 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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    • caronc
    • By caronc 14th Mar 17, 5:48 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.
    Originally posted by Willowx
    Oh I do love a steak sandwich in really crusty bread with lots of mustard and onions
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    • Nelski
    • By Nelski 14th Mar 17, 5:49 PM
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    Whilst I hate to repeat myself (after posting in the 'What's for dinner' thread...I've just CFO

    Aubergine, broccoli, carrot, green pepper, mushrooms, onion, garlic and chilli in a spicy HM tomato sauce...to be served with flatbreads

    That's gotta be 7/10 added to my melon makes it 8/10....I mustn't gloat

    Well I had to make up for yesterdays blow out somehow
    Originally posted by karcher
    Hey buddies

    Back home after the Fireman Sam adventures.

    Had a few nice hotel meals cooked for me including a lovely kofta and pitta last night and a very sticky toffee pudding.

    home for one night then back away again tomorrow so its back to me cooking tonight for a change tonight It will definitely be something very very simple ...I'm thinking a jacket spud and cheese maybe.

    Just to vote in the poll........I think tinned tomatoes are disgusting little animals and in fact if I could send tomatoes as a whole to room 101 I would I like ketchup though

    Good to see all this healthy stuff being eaten .......I will be honest I have no idea how some of you physically eat that much food in a day I really don't you must be stuffed by the night. Anyway I ate 2 apples today so I am pleased with that

    Early night in my own bed for me then up to head off on the road again
    • caronc
    • By caronc 14th Mar 17, 5:55 PM
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    Hey buddies

    Back home after the Fireman Sam adventures.

    Had a few nice hotel meals cooked for me including a lovely kofta and pitta last night and a very sticky toffee pudding.

    home for one night then back away again tomorrow so its back to me cooking tonight for a change tonight It will definitely be something very very simple ...I'm thinking a jacket spud and cheese maybe.

    Just to vote in the poll........I think tinned tomatoes are disgusting little animals and in fact if I could send tomatoes as a whole to room 101 I would I like ketchup though

    Good to see all this healthy stuff being eaten .......I will be honest I have no idea how some of you physically eat that much food in a day I really don't you must be stuffed by the night. Anyway I ate 2 apples today so I am pleased with that

    Early night in my own bed for me then up to head off on the road again
    Originally posted by Nelski
    Glad you all went well in the end Ketchup could be on my Room 101 list - abhor it as a "sauce" but do use it as an "ingredient" IFYSWIM
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    • karcher
    • By karcher 14th Mar 17, 6:34 PM
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    Evening everyone

    What's all this about "flinging folk out" - we have manners on here thank you very much
    Originally posted by caronc
    Quite right...all welcome here even if you were only single for a week back in primary school

    I was always single...they all preferred my best friend

    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
    Apologies...laziness on my behalf when I first abbreviated to CFO (Cooking For One)...typing was never my strong point

    You have no idea how long each of my posts takes to type
    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
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 14th Mar 17, 6:38 PM
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    Cooking for one .........
    Originally posted by caronc
    Oh really? What an odd tangent to take ... when did we start talking about that then?

    *hides with embarrassment* .... should've spotted that.


    You have no idea how long each of my posts takes to type
    Originally posted by karcher
    I was fully trained and got the "fastest" award in a 2 year full-time course about 30 years ago ...and then went on to do that as my job ... and then even taught the subject.

    So, I kind of do OK

    I'm completely in the dark here, no lights on - and the keyboard's all rubbed off I'm also lying on my side and not even looking at the keyboard, in fact I am always watching the telly at the same time as typing.
    Last edited by PasturesNew; 14-03-2017 at 6:41 PM.
    • karcher
    • By karcher 14th Mar 17, 6:47 PM
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    Hey buddies

    Back home after the Fireman Sam adventures.

    Had a few nice hotel meals cooked for me including a lovely kofta and pitta last night and a very sticky toffee pudding.

    home for one night then back away again tomorrow so its back to me cooking tonight for a change tonight It will definitely be something very very simple ...I'm thinking a jacket spud and cheese maybe.

    Just to vote in the poll........I think tinned tomatoes are disgusting little animals and in fact if I could send tomatoes as a whole to room 101 I would I like ketchup though

    Good to see all this healthy stuff being eaten .......I will be honest I have no idea how some of you physically eat that much food in a day I really don't you must be stuffed by the night. Anyway I ate 2 apples today so I am pleased with that

    Early night in my own bed for me then up to head off on the road again
    Originally posted by Nelski
    Evening Nelski, glad you survived your early morning alarm call

    How nice to be cooked for. I know living out of hotel rooms isn't always all it's cracked up to be..for example, when you really just want a nice cuppa and a slice of toast at 10pm at night, but good for a change. No cooking, washing up, cleaning the bathroom or vacuuming required.

    Always good to return to the simple stuff and your own bed

    Safe travels tomorrow
    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
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 14th Mar 17, 6:56 PM
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    Had a few nice hotel meals cooked for me
    Originally posted by Nelski
    Jammy. When I've been away I've usually scrubbed around local supermarkets/garages for a cheap sandwich to eat in my room, then skipped the breakfast too. Even though I was booked into dives any expenses (which you had to pay out up front yourself before you could claim it back) were never enough to include eating at any hotel.

    I used to HATE going away because of the dodgy hotels and shyte food availability.

    .... again tomorrow ....
    Originally posted by Nelski
    Gaddabout.


    I think tinned tomatoes are disgusting little animals and in fact if I could send tomatoes as a whole to room 101 I would I like ketchup though
    Originally posted by Nelski
    I've never got on with actual real fried tomatoes - they always seemed gross to me. Also, tomatoes these days don't really taste of anything (neither do most veg though). Stuff like that was definitely better in the 60/70s when my parents were growing it.

    I have no idea how some of you physically eat that much food in a day
    Originally posted by Nelski
    It's a hard job, but somebody's got to do it
    • karcher
    • By karcher 14th Mar 17, 7:13 PM
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    Jammy. When I've been away I've usually scrubbed around local supermarkets/garages for a cheap sandwich to eat in my room, then skipped the breakfast too. Even though I was booked into dives any expenses (which you had to pay out up front yourself before you could claim it back) were never enough to include eating at any hotel.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    I got fed up buying ready made sandwiches so I used to take a plate, knife and fork with me and buy baguette/cheese/hummus/crisps/salad and other snack type stuff from the SM and had it in my room. Also, if a kettle was available I had a stash of teabags, coffee and a pint of milk ...Essential items no matter where you are imo
    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
    • caronc
    • By caronc 14th Mar 17, 7:17 PM
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    I got fed up buying ready made sandwiches so I used to take a plate, knife and fork with me and buy baguette/cheese/hummus/crisps/salad and other snack type stuff from the SM and had it in my room. Also, if a kettle was available I had a stash of teabags, coffee and a pint of milk ...Essential items no matter where you are imo
    Originally posted by karcher
    Snap ........... and in the winter my hot water bottle
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 14th Mar 17, 7:20 PM
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    I got fed up buying ready made sandwiches so I used to take a plate, knife and fork with me and buy baguette/cheese/hummus/crisps/salad and other snack type stuff from the SM and had it in my room. Also, if a kettle was available I had a stash of teabags, coffee and a pint of milk ...Essential items no matter where you are imo
    Originally posted by karcher
    Once I had one night away in London. I had to be in two different places, so I travelled light. I figured nobody on Day 1 would see me on Day 2 as I was at some exhibition (where nobody at all knew me).... so all I took in my handbag was: pair of knickers, underarm deodorant, toothbrush/toothpaste - and I wore the same dress/tights/bra two days running
    • Nelski
    • By Nelski 14th Mar 17, 7:20 PM
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    Evening Nelski, glad you survived your early morning alarm call

    How nice to be cooked for. I know living out of hotel rooms isn't always all it's cracked up to be..for example, when you really just want a nice cuppa and a slice of toast at 10pm at night, but good for a change. No cooking, washing up, cleaning the bathroom or vacuuming required.

    Always good to return to the simple stuff and your own bed

    Safe travels tomorrow
    Originally posted by karcher
    thank you karcher ....hotel living has its strange side but over the years I have learned to have plenty of supplies in my car Wine is far too expensive by the glass so there is always a bag of that and a spare in the boot Also a zip loc bag of tea sugars coffees etc biscuits maybe whatever fancy really its always better to do that other than order from the hotel


    Jammy. When I've been away I've usually scrubbed around local supermarkets/garages for a cheap sandwich to eat in my room, then skipped the breakfast too. Even though I was booked into dives any expenses (which you had to pay out up front yourself before you could claim it back) were never enough to include eating at any hotel.

    I used to HATE going away because of the dodgy hotels and shyte food availability.


    Gaddabout.



    I've never got on with actual real fried tomatoes - they always seemed gross to me. Also, tomatoes these days don't really taste of anything (neither do most veg though). Stuff like that was definitely better in the 60/70s when my parents were growing it.


    It's a hard job, but somebody's got to do it
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    Thats no way to hotel live PN ...I may moan a bit (well a lot when alarms go off lol ) but i am actually really lucky and stay in some very nice hotels that I can eat well most times Always nice to be home though eh so after my escapade tomorrow I am back for a few days
    • caronc
    • By caronc 14th Mar 17, 7:21 PM
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    and not forgetting the mini bottle of red or a can of ready mixed G&T
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    • Nelski
    • By Nelski 14th Mar 17, 7:23 PM
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    Once I had one night away in London. I had to be in two different places, so I travelled light. I figured nobody on Day 1 would see me on Day 2 as I was at some exhibition (where nobody at all knew me).... so all I took in my handbag was: pair of knickers, underarm deodorant, toothbrush/toothpaste - and I wore the same dress/tights/bra two days running
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    now that really is travelling light
    • caronc
    • By caronc 14th Mar 17, 7:25 PM
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    Once I had one night away in London. I had to be in two different places, so I travelled light. I figured nobody on Day 1 would see me on Day 2 as I was at some exhibition (where nobody at all knew me).... so all I took in my handbag was: pair of knickers, underarm deodorant, toothbrush/toothpaste - and I wore the same dress/tights/bra two days running
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    No I like my comforts - need my nice PJs (after all a fire alarm might go off......) and used to like to take a bath bomb or similiar so I could have a nice long soak in the bath..........
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    • Nelski
    • By Nelski 14th Mar 17, 7:26 PM
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    I got fed up buying ready made sandwiches so I used to take a plate, knife and fork with me and buy baguette/cheese/hummus/crisps/salad and other snack type stuff from the SM and had it in my room. Also, if a kettle was available I had a stash of teabags, coffee and a pint of milk ...Essential items no matter where you are imo
    Originally posted by karcher
    One time it was Sunday afternoon and I stopped to get some supplies from a morrisons. Well it was yellow sticker heaven and I ended up with pork pies, ham, beef, cheese, pickle ...you name it that was fun carpet buffet
    • The all new me
    • By The all new me 14th Mar 17, 7:33 PM
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    Wow, I reckon if you super glued the soles of your feel to the ceiling you could probably type upside down as well.
    Just wondering have you ever tried doing it? and if so how many tubes of super glue did you use? Also how did you unstick your feet once you'd finished typing? Bet you left some skin on the ceiling as super glue is really really strong. oouch!
    • karcher
    • By karcher 14th Mar 17, 7:33 PM
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    I'm completely in the dark here, no lights on - and the keyboard's all rubbed off I'm also lying on my side and not even looking at the keyboard, in fact I am always watching the telly at the same time as typing.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    You're just showing off now

    My one letter at a time, whilst looking at the keyboard, then looking at the screen to check my words, grammar and spelling, is a cross I will always have to bear/bare?

    ...Such is life. I see it as a challenge
    Last edited by karcher; 14-03-2017 at 7:43 PM.
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 14th Mar 17, 7:36 PM
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    Wow, I reckon if you super glued the soles of your feel to the ceiling you could probably type upside down as well.
    Just wondering have you ever tried doing it? and if so how many tubes of super glue did you use? Also how did you unstick your feet once you'd finished typing? Bet you left some skin on the ceiling as super glue is really really strong. oouch!
    Originally posted by The all new me
    I've been informed that No Nails is quite strong... maybe I should try it, just for the LOLZ. If I find the right nautical knots I could probably winch myself up to the ceiling upside down and tie a final securing knot. If I wear wellies I can slide out.

    If I'm not posting within an hour ..... there's a problem. Please call for help.

    • karcher
    • By karcher 14th Mar 17, 7:37 PM
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    thank you karcher ....hotel living has its strange side but over the years I have learned to have plenty of supplies in my car Wine is far too expensive by the glass so there is always a bag of that and a spare in the boot
    Originally posted by Nelski
    Goes without saying

    Buying a bag of ice if necessary
    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
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