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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
    ****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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    • caronc
    • By caronc 18th Mar 17, 8:23 PM
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    I'm not really a biscuit lover, to be honest.... I buy/eat them as "it's easier than actually cooking" - and they're always seconds/cheapo and I'm usually disappointed

    I've never been much a fan of shortbread. At school it used to be a dessert, with crushed pineapple on it ... that's almost the only time I've ever eaten any. I've certainly never bought a packet... they used to be the sort of biscuits old ladies would give to your mum for Xmas.

    I like the IDEA of biscuits, but few are good when it comes to the eating bit.

    As you've kindly typed that up .... I'll add it to my list of things to get round to

    I don't like touching pastry, so I'll change the word "rub" to be "fork" and change the word "knead" to be "back of a big spoon"
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    That'd work
    For those wondering about the flour ... for the tiny quantities involved... why not just give it a go.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    If I was going to do that I'd use the SR flour you'd get something edible anyway. Bread flour I think would give you a "hockey puck" LOL
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 18th Mar 17, 8:34 PM
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    Bread flour I think would give you a "hockey puck" LOL
    Originally posted by caronc
    Yeah, but it's Saturday night .... and experimenting for 5 minutes might be the best bit of fun any single's had this year!



    Think of the excitement of the "reveal" !!

    If I won big on the lottery (not that I ever do it) .... I KNOW I'd NEVER, EVER, cook for the rest of my life.

    I'd hire in, buy in, get deliveries ... or go without.

    But I'd never shop/prepare/cook/wash up a single thing ever again.

    Fact.

    Last edited by PasturesNew; 19-03-2017 at 10:36 AM.
    • Ames
    • By Ames 18th Mar 17, 8:39 PM
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    If I won big on the lottery (not that I ever do it) .... I KNOW I'd NEVER, EVER, cook for the rest of my life.

    I'd hire in, buy in, get deliveries ... or go without.

    But I'd never shop/prepare/cook/wash up a single thing ever again.

    Fact.

    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    I agree, apart from bacon sandwiches. No-one can ever get them just the way I like them.
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 18th Mar 17, 8:50 PM
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    If I won big on the lottery (not that I ever do it) .... I KNOW I'd NEVER, EVER, cook for the rest of my life.

    I'd hire in, buy in, get deliveries ... or go without.

    But I'd never shop/prepare/cook/wash up a single thing ever again.

    Fact.

    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    Nope I'd cook but have someone to prep under my instructions and clear up
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    • karcher
    • By karcher 18th Mar 17, 9:04 PM
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    Call my paranoid but the neighbours from hell haven't made a noise since the neighbours below them arrived back late this afternoon. They are two couples and their elderly mum.

    On the CFO front..my Pizza is cooked and ready to scoff
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 18th Mar 17, 9:07 PM
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    I had a plum. Those "ripen at home" ones.... still a bit tough going - I ended up eating it over the sink, slurping and dribbling... then I dropped the stone in the washing up bowl (rather than tossing it into the bin to go off) and washed my hands as they were sticky from plum juice.

    They're not an elegant and lady-like scoff are they!
    • Ames
    • By Ames 18th Mar 17, 9:26 PM
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    Well, tea was pan fried (in oil!) sea bass, with a Waitrose prepared tenderstem and butternut layered veg microwave thingy. They're on the pricey side, but it's nice to have a wide range of veg without having to eat it every day for a week to use it up. All very nice, and I've got jelly setting in the fridge to have with some cream. Whether there's any left by tomorrow is still up in the air.

    I did end up having both sea bass fillets though, partly because they went OOD yesterday, but largely because there wasn't really much meat on each one.
    Unless I say otherwise 'you' means the general you not you specifically.

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    • jellie
    • By jellie 18th Mar 17, 11:57 PM
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    I had a plum. Those "ripen at home" ones.... still a bit tough going - I ended up eating it over the sink, slurping and dribbling... then I dropped the stone in the washing up bowl (rather than tossing it into the bin to go off) and washed my hands as they were sticky from plum juice.

    They're not an elegant and lady-like scoff are they!
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    I have plums quite a bit, hate having sticky fingers so had to find a way to eat them without making a mess. I have a bite of the flesh down to the stone and then I can usually get my teeth round the back of the stone and just bite it out and bung it straight in the bin. I'm then left with the rest of the flesh with no stone and no sticky fingers.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 19th Mar 17, 12:01 AM
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    I have plums quite a bit, hate having sticky fingers so had to find a way to eat them without making a mess. I have a bite of the flesh down to the stone and then I can usually get my teeth round the back of the stone and just bite it out and bung it straight in the bin. I'm then left with the rest of the flesh with no stone and no sticky fingers.
    Originally posted by jellie
    I'm a bit of a wuss about seeing what I'm eating when it comes to soft fruits and anything a creepy crawly could've decided to live in. If I ate a lot I'd cut it in half with a knife and have a really good look before binning the stone
    • kittie
    • By kittie 19th Mar 17, 6:52 AM
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    very full day yesterday, all day crafting in a group, away from home.

    Warning bells ringing in my mind when I called in to sainsburys on the way home, wanted some milk but I also started looking at cakes, biscuits and sweets. I ignored almost all, could not believe me and just bought a pack of 4 crunchies and a pot of thick double cream. DC with my berries and scones for a few days, will give me the treats that I crave. I could have bought and eaten my way through all sorts of gunk, if I had bought them but stuck with the one crunchie after my meal.

    Today just two small pieces of sd toast with peanut butter for breakfast, a one pot fish meal is planned for lunch. I have a good rice cooker and will put in basmati, herbs, water, frozen fish and various veg and set it on the timer, I don`t have to think about it then and all the veg goodness stays in the pot. For me is a good CBA meal. Sometime today will also have my berries and a cream jam scone as my treat, probably mid afternoon. Fiveish, probably some goats cheese and cracker and small slice of hm cake.

    Going to make time for a cycle ride if it dries up and also have to put my tools away
    • karcher
    • By karcher 19th Mar 17, 8:37 AM
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    Breakfast: Final quarter of the pizza I cooked last night...regretting it already!
    • Nelski
    • By Nelski 19th Mar 17, 9:24 AM
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    Breakfast: Final quarter of the pizza I cooked last night...regretting it already!
    Originally posted by karcher
    How come? breakfast pizza always tastes nicer that original
    • karcher
    • By karcher 19th Mar 17, 9:29 AM
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    How come? breakfast pizza always tastes nicer that original
    Originally posted by Nelski
    Because when I eat first thing in the morning, I tend to carry on eating all day...I'm already packing too much excess weight, don't need to add to it
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 19th Mar 17, 9:44 AM
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    Because when I eat first thing in the morning, I tend to carry on eating all day...I'm already packing too much excess weight, don't need to add to it
    Originally posted by karcher
    I'll have a decent kitchen at last any minute now - and therefore be able to really focus on food - and, more to the point, dieting back down to normal size at last.

    Meanwhile - I'm my own strictest disciplinarian I guess you could say. I really need some new clothes now - and cant fit into most of my existing ones. However - I refuse to spend what to me is a "normal" amount of money on any item of size-dependant clothing until I am back to normal. So size label 16 me has allowed myself a £7.50 + £9 repair charity shop raincoat. I also allowed myself a £12.99 + drycleaning costs coat from a charity shop the other day and a pair of £3.99 trousers.

    Whilst I know very well that I'm perfectly prepared to spend £250 on a coat or raincoat or £30-£50 for a pair of trousers for size label 10-12 me (ie normal size)..

    But I simply won't allow myself to spend good money on size label 16 clothing - as it will be a lot of money to throw away for clothes that will be too big for me at my normal size iyswim.

    So - unless I want to go round looking semi-scruffy permanently - I have no option but to get a handle on it when I've got my kitchen "good to go" at last.

    Don't know if that's a thought for you?

    I do know that I'm capable of being extremely harsh on myself in some ways - but can't speak for anyone else obviously on this...

    My own trigger factor for being harsh with myself is my attitude to money - I will tend to function very "logically" when it comes to how I allow myself to spend my money. Other people might have other trigger factors that mean logic will take priority over emotion in their thinking.
    Last edited by moneyistooshorttomention; 19-03-2017 at 9:49 AM.
    New Year's Resolution already made -

    Don't get mad....get firm ...
    • Nelski
    • By Nelski 19th Mar 17, 9:49 AM
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    Morning onesters

    My stomach thinks my throat has been cut this morning...should have had something to eat last night but never got round to it although there was a fair few empty alcohol calories The Thriller show was good but Im not convinced it was worth the ticket price. Just buy the CD and play it loud whilst dancing

    Got some pulled pork and bubble and squeak out of the freezer for today (random I know) Freezer actually starting to show signs of gaps now which is amazing ...still a long long way to go and soon I may end up with stuff I either have no idea of its age, origins or have no desire to eat but will have to do it so could well be a good diet

    Cleaning day today in between watching my favourite boys on Sunday brunch and doing some prep for work tomorrow. Gotta love Sundays Enjoy your day everyone cooking for one
    • Nelski
    • By Nelski 19th Mar 17, 9:57 AM
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    I'll have a decent kitchen at last any minute now - and therefore be able to really focus on food - and, more to the point, dieting back down to normal size at last.

    Meanwhile - I'm my own strictest disciplinarian I guess you could say. I really need some new clothes now - and cant fit into most of my existing ones. However - I refuse to spend what to me is a "normal" amount of money on any item of size-dependant clothing until I am back to normal. So size label 16 me has allowed myself a £7.50 + £9 repair charity shop raincoat. I also allowed myself a £12.99 + drycleaning costs coat from a charity shop the other day and a pair of £3.99 trousers.

    Whilst I know very well that I'm perfectly prepared to spend £250 on a coat or raincoat or £30-£50 for a pair of trousers for size label 10-12 me (ie normal size)..

    But I simply won't allow myself to spend good money on size label 16 clothing - as it will be a lot of money to throw away for clothes that will be too big for me at my normal size iyswim.

    So - unless I want to go round looking semi-scruffy permanently - I have no option but to get a handle on it when I've got my kitchen "good to go" at last.

    Don't know if that's a thought for you?

    I do know that I'm capable of being extremely harsh on myself in some ways - but can't speak for anyone else obviously on this...

    My own trigger factor for being harsh with myself is my attitude to money - I will tend to function very "logically" when it comes to how I allow myself to spend my money. Other people might have other trigger factors that mean logic will take priority over emotion in their thinking.
    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention
    Totally understand your thinking and I know for me if I start on the bigger clothes buying it soon becomes the norm then what size is next?? Having said that I think you have got some good bargains there and when you do get back to your fighting weight you can happily donate to the charity shop again for the next person in the same position

    How long before kitchen is ready?
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 19th Mar 17, 10:03 AM
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    Up, bath and out to the launderette; home and everything pinned on the line.

    Breakfast: I decided that toast, scrambled eggs, beans was THE best breakfast ever as it really sets me up for the day - so I made/ate that, with a splash of HP and some black coffee.

    Got Sunday Brunch on, hate it really.... 101 ingredients to make something simple, just because he has to "do something a bit different" every time - even though most dishes are quite happy as they are. It's not a food programme, it's a restaurant/book pushing programme, using ingredients only found in huge cities at high end shops, certainly not in my small town at L1dl

    Calligraphy woman ...what an air of assumption. How did you start doing calligraphy? "Like we all did really - at school with the blah blah blah set" (No idea what she said as I've never heard of anybody ever learning any calligraphy at school, so have no idea what any kit's called)

    She must've gone to a posh school and thinks everybody does these posh things
    • karcher
    • By karcher 19th Mar 17, 10:04 AM
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    MITSTM Absolutely does. I have a wardrobe of clothes most of which I can no longer wear. I certainly don't have the money to replace them with a bigger size and have absolutely no intention of doing so!

    I have one pair of jeans I can just about do up other than that I have cheap baggy jogging bottoms and am mainly to be seen in what i call my bag lady look...ie big, baggy, unflattering scruffy clothes.. My work issued uniform is unbelievably uncomfortable so something has to be done about this unnecessary and excessive weight gain since the beginning of 2017
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 19th Mar 17, 10:08 AM
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    I've perfected the bag lady look
    I buy at the CS, but they've gone up in price in recent years horrendously since the middle classes see it as eco-friendly/recycling and "socially OK", so most of the time I'll just browse .... I'm in there to look for the £1 rail, but being a size 10 petite it's rare there's anything even on those that'd fit ... never mind suit me and be my "style" or colour or match anything else I've got.

    Right now I am wearing some £3 CS jeans, where the button broke over a year ago so I've been using a kilt pin instead of a button - and in the week I realised the 4rse section's become so thin I really will have to bin them in the next month or so. My top's CS, £1. Socks were a Xmas present. Bra Matalan £3. Knicks were probably a pack of "6 for £5" a few years ago.
    • Nelski
    • By Nelski 19th Mar 17, 10:10 AM
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    Up, bath and out to the launderette; home and everything pinned on the line.

    Breakfast: I decided that toast, scrambled eggs, beans was THE best breakfast ever as it really sets me up for the day - so I made/ate that, with a splash of HP and some black coffee.

    Got Sunday Brunch on, hate it really.... 101 ingredients to make something simple, just because he has to "do something a bit different" every time - even though most dishes are quite happy as they are. It's not a food programme, it's a restaurant/book pushing programme, using ingredients only found in huge cities at high end shops, certainly not in my small town at L1dl

    Calligraphy woman ...what an air of assumption. How did you start doing calligraphy? "Like we all did really - at school with the blah blah blah set" (No idea what she said as I've never heard of anybody ever learning any calligraphy at school, so have no idea what any kit's called)

    She must've gone to a posh school and thinks everybody does these posh things
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    those ingredient lists increase everytime you have a strop about it ....think we must watch different programmes

    Sorry though PN i did have a calligraphy pen when I was a kid (a berol one) and my school could not be accused of being posh ...rough yes but not posh ..... used to write all my friends cards with it different lives eh
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