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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
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    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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    • Nelski
    • By Nelski 14th Mar 17, 9:09 PM
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    ITV have an odd programme on: Secret Chef.

    Some woman who usually buys frozen ready meals is secretly learning to cook a meal and will then surprise her family/friends by cooking them the meal.

    It's "restaurant quality" .... so she's going from frozen dinners to "restaurant quality" ... I'm quite confident in my physical cooking abilities, my issues are entirely mental issues that prevent me cooking/touching food ... and CFO issues re range/varying ingredients and ever trying anything new.

    I wonder if she's ever HAD "restaurant quality" food.... I know I've not. I've never eaten in the sort of restaurant that would serve the sort of food he's making her cook! One item is making some goop, then piping it into a large flower head, then coating the entire flower head and stem in a coating (think fine flavoured breadcrumbs) and then deepfrying that before putting it on a plate of mixed/finely sliced tomatoes with some stuff sprinkled on it.... long posh names all round.

    Bit of a cr4p programme really.... I'm waiting for Mutiny at 9pm on 4. Part III tonight.

    Mutiny Precis: True story, mutiny on the bounty - the Captain and his mates were chucked onto a tiny rowing boat and left at sea (to die) ...they rowed to a couple of islands and found cannibals and ended up, without real provisions/food or any maps whatsoever, to row 4000 miles home to safety. The Captain (Bligh) kept a daily log, so they're following his actual journey.

    There's already one "loose cannon" in the "team" - a gobby scouse ne'er do well who thinks he knows everything and is a tw4t and liability. Last episode they wanted him to be turfed off the programme/boat and as they were voting/deciding a really nice carpenter had an injury that had him boated out and away to Hospital.... OH NOES.... "it's all real - and they could all die" (except for the fact they actually have support boats and helicopters loitering just round each headland "in case").
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    I have all the mutiny's on planner looking forward to an afternnon with a glass of wine and a box of popcorn
    • karcher
    • By karcher 14th Mar 17, 9:21 PM
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    I once managed to superglue a large piece of cardboard, my thumb and finger together trying to make a fancy dress costume for one of my boys, ex-OH was very amused until despite our best efforts we couldn't get it to unstick - one trip to A&E and the very painful loss of skin later...........
    Originally posted by caronc
    Brings to mind the time I got my mouth stuck on the metal ice cube tray. I was young, it was hot...thought it might cool me down.

    Needless to say I ripped the skin off my mouth rather than make a fuss...blimey that hurt!
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 14th Mar 17, 9:26 PM
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    I have all the mutiny's on planner
    Originally posted by Nelski
    I've no idea what that is, I'm assuming it's some modern recording system.

    I've got a tiny portable running on an internal aerial. Telly donated to me 4 years ago, aerial from Asda and a £15 Asda freeview box.

    Life's ... a bit basic chez moi, in all aspects

    I've got a little whiteboard from Poundland beside me - and I try to scribble down programmes to not miss ... if I miss something that's my lot, I've missed it and there's no going back. I miss a lot of things simply for having no idea when/which channel they're on.

    I also "lose" channels when the telly re-scans the freeview stuff .... I've lost the Yesterday channel this week, which is a nuisance I'll have to fix at some point.
    Last edited by PasturesNew; 14-03-2017 at 9:28 PM.
    • Nelski
    • By Nelski 14th Mar 17, 9:52 PM
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    I've no idea what that is, I'm assuming it's some modern recording system.

    I've got a tiny portable running on an internal aerial. Telly donated to me 4 years ago, aerial from Asda and a £15 Asda freeview box.

    Life's ... a bit basic chez moi, in all aspects

    I've got a little whiteboard from Poundland beside me - and I try to scribble down programmes to not miss ... if I miss something that's my lot, I've missed it and there's no going back. I miss a lot of things simply for having no idea when/which channel they're on.

    I also "lose" channels when the telly re-scans the freeview stuff .... I've lost the Yesterday channel this week, which is a nuisance I'll have to fix at some point.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    oh its nothing special and yet a godsend just a button that keeps the stuff I want somewhere ...goodness knows where...which means I can watch it when I am not stuck in a hotel or on the road somewhere. Just catching up now on Broadchurch and the the Replacement
    • meg72
    • By meg72 15th Mar 17, 6:23 AM
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    Been up for an hour not eating yet just two cups black coffee. Cod Loin out of freezer will have it baked in foil with wedges peas and carrots.
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    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 15th Mar 17, 7:34 AM
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    I've no idea what that is, I'm assuming it's some modern recording system.

    I've got a tiny portable running on an internal aerial. Telly donated to me 4 years ago, aerial from Asda and a £15 Asda freeview box.

    Life's ... a bit basic chez moi, in all aspects

    I've got a little whiteboard from Poundland beside me - and I try to scribble down programmes to not miss ... if I miss something that's my lot, I've missed it and there's no going back. I miss a lot of things simply for having no idea when/which channel they're on.

    I also "lose" channels when the telly re-scans the freeview stuff .... I've lost the Yesterday channel this week, which is a nuisance I'll have to fix at some point.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    TV re-scanning Freeview at intervals. I didnt know that happened - I wondered where some of my channels had gone (ie after the tv got set up by a friend when I moved here). I think I'm going to have to get to be a bit more tv-literate...ahem.... How often would you say they re-scan like that?

    Re missed tv programmes - ahem....and I've still not got my video fixed-up since moving here (my excuse yer honour is I've been doing all sorts else - like gutting the house whilst still attempting to live here). So - I've discovered the tv companies are a lot better than they used to be at sticking a wide range of their programmes up on Iplayer or the ITV equivalent and I often watch programmes that way if I've missed them "in person".

    NB; Don't anyone tell me what the latest episode of The Replacement is like - I've yet to watch it. I think it's her with the starey eyes (aka the replacement) "wot done it" and she's mad (but hiding it well - except from poor original woman). But - don't anyone tell me - I'll probably watch it this afternoon....
    Last edited by moneyistooshorttomention; 15-03-2017 at 7:37 AM.
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 15th Mar 17, 12:44 PM
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    TV re-scanning Freeview at intervals. I didnt know that happened

    How often would you say they re-scan like that?
    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention
    Mine autoscans at 3am every night (bl00dy annoying when I'm watching something!) - I've been meaning to google to see if I can change that.

    Also, when the aerial loses signal it'll also retune - and I moved the aerial the other day to watch another channel and after that when I was flicking round my usual channels it'd lost signal on some channels so it auto-retuned itself immediately and now I'm missing some channels (including Yesterday which I watch a lot).

    I've not eaten today, I'm in the middle of going through some old recipe books and sticking stickers on pages where photos look nice
    That's as far as most of those will get - I do like looking at pictures of food.

    I stick the stickers on to remind me to "eat something like this" rather than denoting "follow this recipe".

    To me, photos and recipes are just "general ideas of types of food to rustle up". After that I wing it.
    Last edited by PasturesNew; 15-03-2017 at 12:48 PM.
    • Nelski
    • By Nelski 15th Mar 17, 1:00 PM
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    Mine autoscans at 3am every night (bl00dy annoying when I'm watching something!) - I've been meaning to google to see if I can change that.

    Also, when the aerial loses signal it'll also retune - and I moved the aerial the other day to watch another channel and after that when I was flicking round my usual channels it'd lost signal on some channels so it auto-retuned itself immediately and now I'm missing some channels (including Yesterday which I watch a lot).
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    you can do it no problem just go to menu and settings and auto tune and un check it then you can just tune every now and then if a new channel comes along or whatever. I have the tv in the bedroom on manual retune only too thanks to the fact it usually turned itself on to do its stuff about 3am Let me know if you struggle for some reason I do know how to do this if needed

    Afternoon buddies hope everyone is well I am just getting ready for my trip to Nottingham tonight but did manage a cheese on toast

    no spoilers from me moneystooshorttoomention that would just be cruel

    Gorgeous day here today and if it wasnt for my trip I think I would be heading into the garden for some Vit D and maybe a first tan of the year. Hopefully this bodes well for the rest of the year as I am all for upping my 200 a day (or whatever it is today) with some fruit in Pimms

    Have a great day everyone and catcha all later
    • LameWolf
    • By LameWolf 15th Mar 17, 1:03 PM
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    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..........
    Originally posted by caronc
    I keep telling Mr LW we need to take our dressing gowns when we stay at hotels, but he won't listen. Just in case of a 4am fire alarm; rushing outside skyclad is not something I want to have to do!
    and not forgetting the mini bottle of red or a can of ready mixed G&T
    Originally posted by caronc
    When we stayed in Brugge for our honeymoon we decided we wanted champagne to have in our room - hotel was charging 66 euros a bottle (sorry can't quickly find the euro symbol on the netbook) so we went to the local Sp@r, bought a bottle for 15 euros, and snuck it up to the room.
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    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 15th Mar 17, 1:25 PM
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    Its okay Nelski - I've now watched it. Oooh...she's pure evil isnt she? I was literally holding my breath hoping things would work out okay...

    Re the Freeview retuning - I'm now wondering if my friend that set it up originally for me when I moved here put it on manual returning and that's why I've not got some of the channels. I know there's one error there in the way he set it up - ie putting it on Channel 4 brings up the Welsh tv channel, rather than Channel 4. So it's got the main stations still and all logical, ie BBC1 is on 1, BBC2 is on 2, ITV - on 3 and then he went wrong and I have to go to Channel 7 to get Channel 4. As the handset has given up working anyway - I think I need a tv repair shop to come in anyway now (ie to give me a new handset). So I'll get them to put the channels right for me whilst they're here.
    Last edited by moneyistooshorttomention; 15-03-2017 at 1:29 PM.
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    • Farway
    • By Farway 15th Mar 17, 2:54 PM
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    oh its nothing special and yet a godsend just a button that keeps the stuff I want somewhere ...goodness knows where...which means I can watch it when I am not stuck in a hotel or on the road somewhere. Just catching up now on Broadchurch and the the Replacement
    Originally posted by Nelski
    The best bit I find is the pure joy of whizzing through all & every ad break on playback, must add years to my useful life by removing the boring bits, cuts a one hour ITV programme to about 45 mins, great stuff & worth every quid for one

    I never watch live TV now I find I an record and skip all the junk, including the "previously on XXXXX" and "coming next"

    Back to CFO, fried egg sarnie again for breakfast, getting to be a habit, I do that sometimes, go mad for one thing, then go off it for ages

    Lunch was cheese toasted in a toasty pocket, an impulse buy, never had them before, and never will again, that's me done on them

    Dinner is the other Broc & tom mini quiche, probaly with oven chips 'cos they can both go in the oven together, may bung some halved fresh, but slightly wrinkly, toms in at same time

    Now sun is out and like spring, so off into garden for a spot of very light gardening
    • Ames
    • By Ames 15th Mar 17, 3:20 PM
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    I like no adverts too. I've got sky and I've just discovered that for bbc and channel four programmes (maybe more channels) if you watch one on catch up it automatically plays the next episode. I keep meaning to get rid though and switch to Now TV and Amazon Prime.

    I didn't sleep well at all last night so I'm only just eating. Some smoked salmon and an avocado, and I've used my new nutri ninja to make a beetroot, celery and strawberry smoothie. It's ok but a bit bland, I think I'll chuck in some ginger next time.

    I'm working on my shopping list now and I think I'm going to get some dates and almond butter, after reading about them on here, but how do I get the butter inside the dates?
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    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 15th Mar 17, 3:31 PM
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    Ames - I use medjool dates personally. I like them - but don't go for other types actually.

    Getting the nut butter or tahini inside the date is just a matter of getting one of my little sharp chopping knives and scoring down the line on the middle of them lengthwise. Take out the stone and insert nut butter/tahini in instead. I tend to use about a teaspoon worth.

    Press both halves together. Eaten in two bites.
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    • karcher
    • By karcher 15th Mar 17, 4:38 PM
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    Hello all

    It's funny, someone was talking about Replacement yesterday but as I rarely watch TV I'd never heard of it. They said it was good so might see if there is a way I can watch it online..not sure if that's possible but I'll have a look.

    Just a couple of slices of cheese consumed here today and the usual teas and coffees with milk.

    Got a headache..think it's stress/tiredness...so not even thinking about food for tonight yet.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 15th Mar 17, 6:23 PM
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    Evening everyone

    Karcher - Replacement is in BBC I-Player, I have it on my "too watch" list.

    I seldom watch live TV - in fact I don't watch much live or otherwise. I do have a SMART TV (it's certainly smarter than me) but only really watch it when my son is home as it is in the lounge and I tend to live through the back as it's cosier so use my laptop

    Not CFO so far today - LO potato, mushroom and courgette bake nuked at lunch time and an apple. The bake was simple but really tasty, just layers of potato, mushrooms, onion, garlic and courgette baked in a white sauce with loads of black pepper. Would definitely make again Breakfast didn't happen just lots of cuppas but tonight I'm griddling a turkey steak with onions. mushrooms, peppers and a baby plum tomatoes - loads of garlic and herbs as well so should be tasty. I wrenched my back on Monday and it is fair giving me gip especially when I stand still so wanted something fairly quick & easy and might bung it in the oven (and ignore my smart meter) instead of griddling I'll see.

    Still trying to sort out my meat order but I think that'll mainly be tomorrow. As I said part of it is a pressie for my Dad and I had to laugh when my son asked how I was wrapping it. I now have visions of a haggis with a glittery bow Needless to say it's getting bunged neatly stacked in a gift bag
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    • Ames
    • By Ames 15th Mar 17, 6:33 PM
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    Ames - I use medjool dates personally. I like them - but don't go for other types actually.

    Getting the nut butter or tahini inside the date is just a matter of getting one of my little sharp chopping knives and scoring down the line on the middle of them lengthwise. Take out the stone and insert nut butter/tahini in instead. I tend to use about a teaspoon worth.

    Press both halves together. Eaten in two bites.
    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention
    Aaah, I was expecting some complicated process, involving specialist equipment that's probably only available from Lakeland.

    Cutting it in half, replacing the stone with butter and squidging back together, I think I can manage!
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    • karcher
    • By karcher 15th Mar 17, 7:02 PM
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    Aaah, I was expecting some complicated process, involving specialist equipment that's probably only available from Lakeland.

    Cutting it in half, replacing the stone with butter and squidging back together, I think I can manage!
    Originally posted by Ames
    Ames...which Nutri ninja did you buy please.

    I really want something I can make smoothies with. I only have a very cheap hand blitzer thingy which is ok for blitzing soup but no good for blending up fruit and veg for a smoothie.

    If anyone else can suggest one, I'd be grateful ...very MSE style obviously as funds are very limited
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 15th Mar 17, 7:53 PM
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    you can do it no problem just go to menu and settings and auto tune and un check it
    Originally posted by Nelski
    Mine's not that sophisticated.

    That is not an option. There are no settings to check/uncheck on my screen for anything.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 15th Mar 17, 7:57 PM
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    Today I've had:
    Fish fingers, chips, baked beans (1/10)
    Chicken Korma, Pilau Rice (0/10)
    Sweeties/pastilles (0/10).

    I popped up the shops for a food browse. I kicked myself for doing that as I've plenty of food here, I just didn't fancy it. I bought the korma/rice because I kind of fancied that and as I approached the shelf I didn't expect to see one marked at 30% off, so that sealed the deal when there was ONE with a sticker!

    Just inside the door there were some punnets of red plums, they appeared to be marked down to about half price, so 38p instead of 95p or something ... so I thought about the 10/day and got them. I'll probably eat a couple and make a crumble this week.

    I bought fizzy pop
    I bought sweeties

    I win!

    I did pick up a 1 pint of milk, even though I'd not intended to, because the date marked on it said 25 March and so many recipes I fancy need milk, so this week I've no excuse not to make something different.
    Last edited by PasturesNew; 16-03-2017 at 9:10 AM.
    • Ames
    • By Ames 15th Mar 17, 8:37 PM
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    Ames...which Nutri ninja did you buy please.

    I really want something I can make smoothies with. I only have a very cheap hand blitzer thingy which is ok for blitzing soup but no good for blending up fruit and veg for a smoothie.

    If anyone else can suggest one, I'd be grateful ...very MSE style obviously as funds are very limited
    Originally posted by karcher
    It's this one:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01B9ZB1LG/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    It has good reviews, including on some MSE threads (I searched the forum for nutri). I had one that operated in the same way but it was 230w instead of 900 and struggled with apples, let alone anything frozen.

    I've only used it once (I've only had it a day), but it worked fine with strawberries, celery and frozen beetroot. It's got a 'pulse' function that helps with the frozen stuff. You put the stuff into a cup (in a particular order, which might have been what killed my other one because I just shoved it all in) then the blades screw onto the cup, you push it into the base and turn it on. The actual blending took a minute or two. All the recipes that came with it were for about five minutes including prep time.

    I'm not keen on the drinking lids though, they're a bit awkward and the flap kept hitting my nose. So I'll probably decant into a proper glass or water bottle.

    The blades only need a quick rinse to get all the gunk off so you can chuck it in with the rest of the washing later in the day if you're lazy like me. And it's all dishwasher safe.

    It only came with two cups, which is fine for CFO, but for a family or even a couple it'd be a bit of a pain, you'd have to do each one individually.

    If there's anything else you want to know just ask.
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