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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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    • SunnyGirl
    • By SunnyGirl 10th Jun 17, 1:48 PM
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    I'm a fellow crumpet lover and particularly like them with beans on or with honey. Yummy
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 10th Jun 17, 2:06 PM
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    For lunch, instead of crumpets, I had a sudden "great idea" of using up some big seashell pasta I was "gifted". I got the portions wrong and there was a lot of pasta... then I added the veggie/quorn thing I made 2 days ago and .... I struggled to get through it.

    It was half exciting the first day, but now I'm nearly choking on it. I might just say "s0d it, life's too short" and bin the final portion.

    Crumpets later, to cheer myself up a bit
    • Farway
    • By Farway 10th Jun 17, 3:31 PM
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    I go to the one near me about 9.00am in the morning. They open at 8.00am and start doing their yellow stickers so by 9.00 most of them are out. I find that their y/s reductions are good. Sometimes their offers make something a lot cheaper than the other supermarkets.
    Originally posted by Hollyharvey
    Have to agree, it is a misconception IMO that Waitrose is always expensive, you do have to watch though, but I find some things are cheaper, especially if on offer. Recently for instance it was Heck bangers, £2 a pack.

    HH "Lunch was a cheese and pickle sandwich with some salad. I decided to give the tuna a miss today. I am really sick of it at the moment but will probably have it tomorrow for lunch just to use it up" Yep, reckon we have all been there on that fed up with it food wagon

    Weather started fine & sunny, now grey but will get out and do some watering later

    The loaded skins I tried yesterday fall into the "interesting but CBA if I never eat them again" category, plus they also tick my angry box about naff names for the common place, what's wrong with stuffed baked potato?
    Nil breakfast
    Lunch was a cheese salady sarnie again

    Tonight's dinner is more experimenting, it is "dirty cheesy chips" from M & S, and I will bung a couple of Waitrose, on offer a while back & now defrosting, bangers in the oven with them. Luckily same gas 6 and same time required to cook

    I like cucumbers as well, sliced or diced, in a sarnie on it's own, or salad, or with anything really. I have two growing at the front up the curly railings, no fruit yet

    For those with sunny weather and fancy a Pimms, here is some borage to plop in it, in flower in the garden and bees loving it

    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 10th Jun 17, 4:22 PM
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    The loaded skins I tried yesterday fall into the "interesting but CBA if I never eat them again" category, plus they also tick my angry box about naff names for the common place, what's wrong with stuffed baked potato?

    Originally posted by Farway

    But stuffed baked potato doesn't sound as exciting as loaded skins, even though that's what they are, so you may not buy them...they've got to temp you somehow (I'm not cynical at all
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 10th Jun 17, 4:41 PM
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    Have to agree, it is a misconception IMO that Waitrose is always expensive, you do have to watch though, but I find some things are cheaper, especially if on offer. Recently for instance it was Heck bangers, £2 a pack.
    Originally posted by Farway
    I think it's where you're looking from. Looking from the viewpoint of somebody who never buys expensive stuff and always buys the cheapest of everything (80p ready meals, 36p loaves) - it's expensive.

    It's only "not expensive" if you're the sort of person who will shell out £1 for a loaf and £3 for a ready meal.

    I looked at the Waitrose offers earlier this morning - "3 for £10" ready meals.... big variety, sounded nice .... but I could get 6 for £10 at L1dl/4ldi and about seven of the 80p meals.

    ... loaded skins I tried yesterday fall into the "interesting but CBA if I never eat them again" category, plus they also tick my angry box about naff names for the common place, what's wrong with stuffed baked potato?
    Originally posted by Farway
    Yeah, I don't get it ... just a made up name for cutting a jacket spud a different way and dolloping fillings in a different way.

    I've never bothered.

    .... "dirty cheesy chips"
    Originally posted by Farway
    I nuke some chips and toss grated cheddar on


    I only ever tried a tiny Pimms about 2 years ago, just because I'd never had it and was offered it in a house, so could have a small taster without buying one .... wasn't impressed. Won't bother with that.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 10th Jun 17, 8:30 PM
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    Noisy kids non stop for 5+ hours got me to breaking point .... so tea was crisps and ...my favourite choccies. I had to leave the house as they were doing my head in, so I headed for the shop .... that sold sweeties.

    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 10th Jun 17, 9:17 PM
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    Noisy kids non stop for 5+ hours got me to breaking point .... so tea was crisps and ...my favourite choccies. I had to leave the house as they were doing my head in, so I headed for the shop .... that sold sweeties.

    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    Sounds like you deserved crisps and favourite choccies for tea. I think that noisy kids non stop for that long would have sent me reaching for far more than crisps and choccies You could always have a crumpet for supper


    Is it like this whenever the weather is good, or was this a one off?
    • Farway
    • By Farway 11th Jun 17, 8:57 AM
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    Wow, aren't I the early bird? Morning all

    Only early because I will be MIA, had sudden invite to go up to RHS Wisley fort he day, no CFO today unless I bung in the pizza later when I get home

    Sun's out & forecast is OK ish

    PN, neighbours not got pampas grass in front have they?
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 11th Jun 17, 9:03 AM
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    PN, neighbours not got pampas grass in front have they?
    Originally posted by Farway
    LOL. There are no "fronts" to speak of ... doors/windows directly onto access path.

    If they did ... at least THOSE balls would be a darned sight quieter
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 11th Jun 17, 9:48 AM
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    On the fruit wastage prevention today.

    I'm picking a lot of strawberries from the garden at the moment - cue for lots getting sliced and stuck in the freezer. Got a pineapple and it's about to "go" - cue for that getting sliced and most of it stuck in the freezer. Bought some blackberries Friday - so they should be fine - but I can see some of them are about to "go" (T*sco I'm looking at you...) and that's some more fruit going in the freezer.

    If all else fails as to how to use frozen fruit - I can always shove some in my heavy-duty blender with some yogurt and/or milk and a bit of "sweetening" and just blitz and drink.

    Personally - I'd find it a lot harder avoiding waste if I didnt have my freezer and blender and it gives me some time to "wait it out" and not get fed-up with that bane of life for us singles = repetitive eating.

    Been sitting here trying to "encourage myself" this morning - otherwise known as watching a suitable cookery programme on tv. That's a Hemsley and Hemsley episode watched and I'm being reminded of recipes I've not tried yet. Looking at the canned coconut milk they're using in a couple of recipes - and that's another problem for singles (ie never wanting a whole can of it - so what to do with the rest?). I found a packet of coconut milk powder the other day in a health food shop - so bought it and will see how it comes out (as I figured I would be able to make up exactly the quantity I want with that).
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 11th Jun 17, 9:53 AM
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    the canned coconut milk they're using in a couple of recipes - and that's another problem for singles (ie never wanting a whole can of it - so what to do with the rest?). I found a packet of coconut milk powder the other day in a health food shop - so bought it and will see how it comes out (as I figured I would be able to make up exactly the quantity I want with that).
    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention
    The alternatives are the powder and the smaller sachets of goo. I've tried/failed to find the powder when I've gone out specifically looking for it. I do own a box of the sachets of goo now though (a gifted item from a sibling's cupboard chuck out)! I've also got a tin for 50p from Home Bargains ... just in case I ever decide to make a whole thing with it in the slow cooker.

    But, in the main, many ingredients do stop you starting to cook nice looking things because 2-3 ingredients generate huge leftovers. So if it's not something you regularly use, but "just for this type of recipe" then, over the years, you stop bothering to even think about it and just write those recipes off.

    Your thinking about making up how much you want is correct... and that's precisely why I went out looking for the powder about 3 years ago. 4sda allegedly stocked it, but my very largest 4sda didn't - I even asked a staff member.
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 11th Jun 17, 9:58 AM
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    I think I have a strange rogue batch of crumpets..... from l1dl they call themselves thick/fluffy - and by god they are. Super thick/fluffy. I've bought those packs before and there's been nothing different about them really.... but this specific pack seems to have super-puffed. The colour's a little odd (whiter/lighter and the edges of the holes are black, so they almost look 'mouldy') .... but they're huge and fluffy

    Just ONE crumpet for breakfast as it's so big. With marg.
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 11th Jun 17, 10:25 AM
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    Pleasing thought for the day - and I've just found an organic online shop within delivery distance of me.

    Chances are I'll continue to "do the best I can" with T*sco and the nearby health food shops. But it's always handy to know there is a "one stop shop" doing deliveries if need be - if single/no car/poor bus service. Contact details for them duly noted - in case of need ever.

    Thankthelawd people have stopped describing the local bus service as "good" to me - I think they've finally realised it's my definition of blimmin' awful.....
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    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 11th Jun 17, 10:44 AM
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    I think I have a strange rogue batch of crumpets..... from l1dl they call themselves thick/fluffy - and by god they are. Super thick/fluffy. I've bought those packs before and there's been nothing different about them really.... but this specific pack seems to have super-puffed. The colour's a little odd (whiter/lighter and the edges of the holes are black, so they almost look 'mouldy') .... but they're huge and fluffy

    Just ONE crumpet for breakfast as it's so big. With marg.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew

    They sound lovely. Like you I've tried the super thick/fluffy ones in the past and not found them any different. You will have to keep going back to Lidl now and stand there studying all of the packets of crumpets looking for some that look the same as this packet. I can just imagine the looks that you would get
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 11th Jun 17, 10:57 AM
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    .... deliveries if need be - if single/no car/poor bus service. ...
    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention
    For "if need be" it's worth checking if "milk and more" deliver in your area. Not organic, but they do deliver the basics without a delivery charge (when I used them for my old mum).

    It's like a milkman, but they also drop off other food. Handy between big shops where there are minimum deliveries, if all you want is a pint of fresh milk twice a week and a weekly loaf.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 11th Jun 17, 10:58 AM
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    Good morning everyone,
    Thankfully after what has been a pretty stressful few days my Dad is now back up and running with a fridge/freezer and all his food has been returned to him this morning...... I'm for a quiet day, as they say about managing a long term condition I've used up all my "spoons" so need to watch what I'm doing for a day or so or I'll knock things back.
    I had a nice evening yesterday, my son cooked steaks with salad and jersey royals for us and my sister and we had a good chat and some wine afterwards. It was nice to have company and chill out for a bit.
    I'm back to CFO today but not sure yet what I'm having tonight. Bacon and egg for brunch I think. The forcast is lousy for the next 24 hours so a good excuse not to do too much ......
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 11th Jun 17, 11:02 AM
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    For "if need be" it's worth checking if "milk and more" deliver in your area. Not organic, but they do deliver the basics without a delivery charge (when I used them for my old mum).

    It's like a milkman, but they also drop off other food. Handy between big shops where there are minimum deliveries, if all you want is a pint of fresh milk twice a week and a weekly loaf.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    Just had a look at the site and unfortunately not in my area as could be handy for the bits I need other folk to get for me.
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    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 11th Jun 17, 11:58 AM
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    Little thought for the day yur - and in case any singles are having difficulty finding suitable size freezer containers for us.

    That being the "stack a boxes" that Lakeland does - at £8.69 for a pack of 10 of them.

    I find them endlessly useful for a variety of things - having just been using them again this morning for small amounts of fruit to go in the freezer and hauled out another one that I'd put half a can of tomatoes in for the freezer.
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    • SunnyGirl
    • By SunnyGirl 11th Jun 17, 12:40 PM
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    Just had a look at the site and unfortunately not in my area as could be handy for the bits I need other folk to get for me.
    Originally posted by caronc
    Nor mine as I was thinking it would be useful for my parents too.

    Good afternoon everyone. Well my son is currently flying at 36,000ft at 626mph having set off from Heathrow at 9am this morning. I don't like flying, I'll do it but I'm not keen, so I'm impressed at him. Especially as he's got another flight from Atlanta to Pittsburgh once he lands.

    I am at work again so lunch is a chicken and stuffing sandwich that I liberated from my Mum's fridge last night plus some fruit and a yoghurt. Tea is spag bol and supper will be cornflakes or Weetabix as I have boxes of both in. I don't do breakfast

    I have plasterers coming tomorrow and Tuesday to strip back and then re-plaster the kitchen wall so that's going to be messy and dusty. I suspect that the dog, the cat and I will retreat to either the living room or a bedroom Must clear the kitchen worktops and table this evening when I get home in preparation.

    MITSTM Would the blocks of coconut butter work? I remember my Mum years ago used to mix them with hot water but may be completely wrong.

    PN I have been giggling at the thought of you - with trolley - closely perusing the Lidl crumpets for extra thick ones!

    HH I am going to check Asda this week for loose produce but think, like you said, that it will be fairly universal.

    Faraway The flower is gorgeous it really made me smile!

    Caronc Take it easy for a day or two and recoup your energy

    That's about it for me today, I don't really do much at weekends with work but at least its an easy job I do.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 11th Jun 17, 1:00 PM
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    .... plasterers .... I will retreat .... Must clear the kitchen worktops and table this evening when I get home in preparation.
    Originally posted by SunnyGirl
    I'll just add... NEVER underestimate a workman's sudden need to go somewhere you hadn't even thought of ... with their mucky boots and/or to require a brush/broom/ old plastic bucket, cloth etc.

    So try to be prepared for this type of unexpected query too.

    There's nothing worse than a workman grabbing Aunty Mary's valuable and genuine Ming vase as they "needed something to catch the dripping water and it looked old". They'll also probably want to poke about anywhere where there's water to be turned off/checked and/or any other piping anywhere .... and they'll want to use your loo (so remove the good towels and stick the cat's towel in there).

    I've been 'gardening'. Now, I should explain this activity as it's not like any gardening you've ever seen before. I have loppers, so I cut off a length of bush - that I then drop into a big bucket. Then, I use the loppers to snip every bit of it into tiny pieces, say every 1" of every bit.

    I do this because - it means I am then transferring small pieces into rubble sacks, to take to the tip ... and you can get more into the sacks and there are fewer chances for it to get snagged up on other bits if they've all been "hand shredded".

    It's a very slow process too as I get dizzy if I bend/stand too much etc.

    I've not done much .... but every little helps.

    I then had a big fat crumpet - topped with a whole cheese triangle for lunch! I normally split one triangle across two crumpets.
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