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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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    • 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
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 19th Mar 17, 10:12 AM
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    .... i did have a calligraphy pen when I was a kid (a berol one) ...
    Originally posted by Nelski
    That sounds like you had one - but did your school do lessons/classes in it? As part of the regular curriculum? That's what hers did!

    Or maybe it's a "city" thing .... I grew up in a tiny village.
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 19th Mar 17, 10:13 AM
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    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?
    Originally posted by Nelski
    Not counting the re-painting afterwards - I'm expecting 3-4 weeks. Am not looking forward to making do till its done. Have now emptied out my cabinets and so am "good to go" on it. It will have more worksurface space/more storage space/be designed in a "time and motion" conscious way (things like worksurface either side of the cooker hotplate). It will just "work" way better...

    Yep....as you say.....and those clothes can go back into the system for "re-cycling" onto another owner come the time.
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    • karcher
    • By karcher 19th Mar 17, 10:15 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
    Originally posted by karcher
    Just to add, the bag lady look is all well and good in winter when you can cover up and pretend it is excess layers of clothes not fat underneath. Doesn't work as well in summer when you're sweltering in jogging bottoms and a big baggy jumper
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    • Nelski
    • By Nelski 19th Mar 17, 10:15 AM
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    That sounds like you had one - but did your school do lessons/classes in it? As part of the regular curriculum? That's what hers did!

    Or maybe it's a "city" thing .... I grew up in a tiny village.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    God no (didnt hear her say that lol ) You would have ended up with a serious bullying problem if you did your homework in olde worlde script
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 19th Mar 17, 10:24 AM
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    God no (didnt hear her say that lol ) You would have ended up with a serious bullying problem if you did your homework in olde worlde script
    Originally posted by Nelski

    As Pastures has a very logical mind - then I'm guessing it would be "I'm too logical to bully someone for that" and maybe wouldnt realise as a child that others arent so logical often.

    It certainly never occurred to me as a child that it was probably a combination of head "stuck permanently in a book" and speaking in "received pronunciation" might cause bullying. Logic would just have said "I'm doing nothing wrong. That's just how it is.....".

    Some of us just don't do "fitting in". If what we are doing is perfectly okay/logical/not doing anyone any harm - then why wouldnt one do it?

    Cynics conclusion for the day - doing a deliberate attempt to "fit in" seems to equate to working out who thinks they are "in charge"/the opinion former and brown-nosing to them (regardless of whether they are right/wrong/what they are). I can't be doing with telling someone they are right personally - unless they actually are....
    Last edited by moneyistooshorttomention; 19-03-2017 at 10:27 AM.
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    • Nelski
    • By Nelski 19th Mar 17, 10:30 AM
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    As Pastures has a very logical mind - then I'm guessing it would be "I'm too logical to bully someone for that" and maybe wouldnt realise as a child that others arent so logical often.

    It certainly never occurred to me as a child that it was probably a combination of head "stuck permanently in a book" and speaking in "received pronunciation" might cause bullying. Logic would just have said "I'm doing nothing wrong. That's just how it is.....".

    Some of us just don't do "fitting in". If what we are doing is perfectly okay/logical/not doing anyone any harm - then why wouldnt one do it?
    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention
    I was the ugly kid at school and when I look a pictures now I cringe ,,,I was really really ugly Anyway that meant no chance of fitting in with any popular kids (you know the ones who often got pregnant at 15 because they were so pretty ) I went down the book route too and ended up with a shed load of qualifications thanks to my unpopularity lol ....shame I use none of them now
    • karcher
    • By karcher 19th Mar 17, 10:40 AM
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    I was bullied at school. I always felt like such an outsider.
    The group of girls who were sort of friends and I sort of hung round with spent their time gossiping and collapsing into fits of giggles...I never understood what they were laughing at. I just didn't 'get' it!

    Some things might mildly amuse me but very very rarely bring me to laughter, whereas they were seemingly always hysterical with laughter? I've carried on feeling like an outsider ever since. Never tried and never will try to 'fit in'..it just isn't me!
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    • Nelski
    • By Nelski 19th Mar 17, 11:10 AM
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    I was bullied at school. I always felt like such an outsider.
    The group of girls who were sort of friends and I sort of hung round with spent their time gossiping and collapsing into fits of giggles...I never understood what they were laughing at. I just didn't 'get' it!

    Some things might mildly amuse me but very very rarely bring me to laughter, whereas they were seemingly always hysterical with laughter? I've carried on feeling like an outsider ever since. Never tried and never will try to 'fit in'..it just isn't me!
    Originally posted by karcher
    You fit in great here
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 19th Mar 17, 11:30 AM
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    I don't get the overdoing emotions bit - eg loads of hysterical laughter - and so tend to wonder if its "real".

    Things will amuse me and cause LOLs - and sometimes it can be conventional ones - eg I'll have a little giggle sometimes at the antics cats can get up to. They can be right little "personalities" some of them - so I do laugh when they are acting just like humans and you can see exactly what they're thinking...
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    • karcher
    • By karcher 19th Mar 17, 11:43 AM
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    You fit in great here
    Originally posted by Nelski


    First time for everything
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    • karcher
    • By karcher 19th Mar 17, 11:46 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
    ......just had a cheese toasty followed by a slice of toast, butter and marmalade... Someone ban me from the kitchen till tomorrow
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    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 19th Mar 17, 11:58 AM
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    Consider that kitchen door locked - and key pocketed.

    Last of kitchen clearing now done. Someone please explain to me why I accummulated 5 rolls of kitchen paper! I'd like an explanation too as to how come I've got clingfilm and silverfoil - when I dont even use them.

    Followed by an explanation as to why some people design/fit kitchens with a "dead corner" in there - that is capable of having stuff pushed back into that half cupboard worth of space - for one to then forget all about it for evermore afterwards. That does puzzle me - as the cheapie kitchen my father installed in my starter house didnt have a "dead corner" (ie because my father fitted a carousel in there). My new one won't have a "dead corner" (ie because I'm going to put a carousel in there). So - duh??

    I just hope all the cleaning materials that were "hidden" away there are still usable. I can tell just how old some of them are by the fact that some of the bleach is from Waitrose. I havent been anywhere near Waitrose since moving - as there isn't one anywhere near me now.
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 19th Mar 17, 12:27 PM
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    ... why some people design/fit kitchens with a "dead corner"
    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention
    This is one of my HUGE bug bears - and you're the first that seems to "get it"!

    It's dark, nasty, inaccessible and stuff's just stuffed there.

    I dislike the concept of carousels too though, I figure anything you own will never fit and stuff will drop off the back and be tricky to extract.

    My desired kitchen design has a simple corner piece of this, with two doors:

    http://www.homebase.co.uk/en/homebaseuk/simply-hygena-southfield---oak---935mm-highline-corner-base-unit-235080

    What's not to like about that? You can see what you've got, reach it, nothing's tricky or hidden and nothing that'll break over time

    In short: Corner, shelves, two doors opening it all out.

    I think it should be the cornerstone of any kitchen design!

    I had one kitchen where there was no corner... the corner was simply non existent as they'd put two single units together and "boxed in" the corner ... I used to have nightmares about what might be happening in there, unseen! It was an old/damp house.
    • kittie
    • By kittie 19th Mar 17, 12:35 PM
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    That one pot rice meal was delicious, amazing what a bit of himalayan salt and pepper will do and also got through 3 of my veg. It would work in a normal pan too, I am sure, as long as the amount of water to rice is correct and the heat goes right down after coming to a simmer. I just put the rice in, water herbs and then two small pieces of partially de-frosted and skinned cod, topped with frozen leeks, frozen green beans and fresh purple sprouting. Could have added a tomato. I would certainly try it in one pan, with a good lid on, if I didn`t have my rice cooker. I feel pleasantly full and will now have my g & t soon Don`t drink often but was tired after yesterday and am relaxing today. making a needle felted fox from scraps of fleece. That meal eas so mouth satisfying that I don`t feel like a crunchie
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 19th Mar 17, 12:38 PM
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    I did think about whether to have one like that Pastures and went for a carousel in the event because I figured I could pull it out easily and get at whatever is on it (in my case - I'm planning on putting my saucepans on it). The carousel in my last kitchen broke after a while - but then it was a cheapie kitchen and bits were breaking anyway over the years.

    This is a rather better quality kitchen - with a lot better quality carousel. So I'm hoping it's going to be fine over the years.
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    • Ames
    • By Ames 19th Mar 17, 12:55 PM
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    I'm another one who's never fit in, I just don't seem to understand the 'rules' of social interaction. Things like why the 'popular' one can exagerrate to the point of lying and everyone loves her, but the unpopular one (me) can exagerrate to simplify things and everyone jumps on it and gets huffy.

    I think it's why I do a lot of creative writing, it helps me make sense of the world by having to look at something from all angles, but at the same time everything has rules that need sticking to andd all the 'people' around me (ie my characters) have to behave logically and do as I want.

    On the CFO front, breakfast was cereal, a banana and a third of a tin of breakfast apricots. I've taken a thin 'Louisiana inspired' steak out of the freezer to defrost, I think I'll have it with one of the Waitrose rainbow layers thingys.
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 19th Mar 17, 1:13 PM
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    I tried that biscuit ...twice. Just to make ONE.

    First time I thought I'd nuke it for 1 minute, but it clearly burnt!
    2nd time I did it on low power for under 1 minute and it was fine.

    Just ate it

    Did 4g, 8g, 12g, which ends up as a heaped tablespoon full.
    • Nelski
    • By Nelski 19th Mar 17, 1:18 PM
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    I did think about whether to have one like that Pastures and went for a carousel in the event because I figured I could pull it out easily and get at whatever is on it (in my case - I'm planning on putting my saucepans on it). The carousel in my last kitchen broke after a while - but then it was a cheapie kitchen and bits were breaking anyway over the years.

    This is a rather better quality kitchen - with a lot better quality carousel. So I'm hoping it's going to be fine over the years.
    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention
    Im gettng kitchen envy....it may be the biggest nightmare when you are having it put in but how lovely to everything shiny and new
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 19th Mar 17, 1:40 PM
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    I'm another one who's never fit in, I just don't seem to understand the 'rules' of social interaction. Things like why the 'popular' one can exagerrate to the point of lying and everyone loves her, but the unpopular one (me) can exagerrate to simplify things and everyone jumps on it and gets huffy.

    I think it's why I do a lot of creative writing, it helps me make sense of the world by having to look at something from all angles, but at the same time everything has rules that need sticking to andd all the 'people' around me (ie my characters) have to behave logically and do as I want.

    On the CFO front, breakfast was cereal, a banana and a third of a tin of breakfast apricots. I've taken a thin 'Louisiana inspired' steak out of the freezer to defrost, I think I'll have it with one of the Waitrose rainbow layers thingys.
    Originally posted by Ames
    I know what you mean. I've seen myself and one of the "queen bees" do exactly the same thing in the last week. It was accepted from her/no-one thought anything of "protecting" what she wanted. But I had to "have a word or two" to get the exact same treatment for the exact same thing. Huh??

    How does that work? My father brought me up to think people should regard fairness/equal treatment between different people as an extremely important value to have and hence I try to be scrupulously "equal" in my treatment of everyone (as that's how I think people should be) - and he was inclined to "say his piece" if he didnt think something was fair.
    Last edited by moneyistooshorttomention; 19-03-2017 at 1:46 PM.
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