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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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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 11th Jun 17, 4:13 PM
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    I've been doing that gardening malarky again ... I've now got 3 small rubble sacks of leaves/etc ... that's only taken about 5 hours' work

    Resting now with a coffee, sit down .... and four choccies.

    It's been sunny today, but VERY breezy ...
    Last edited by PasturesNew; 11-06-2017 at 4:16 PM.
    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 11th Jun 17, 4:56 PM
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    I've been doing that gardening malarky again ... I've now got 3 small rubble sacks of leaves/etc ... that's only taken about 5 hours' work

    It's been sunny today, but VERY breezy ...
    Originally posted by PasturesNew

    Please come and do mine as well


    It's breezy here as well but it is nice and sunny.


    Are the choccies your tea, or a treat for having done all that work in the garden?
    • caronc
    • By caronc 11th Jun 17, 5:32 PM
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    Good afternoon everyone,

    I think I managed about 3 pages of my Kindle before I fell asleep and that was me out for the count for a couple of hours . Just had a cuppa, a natter and some crisps with my sister who popped round to collect her car en route to the SM.

    Planned brunch of bacon & egg on toast was tasty but consequently I'm a bit lacking in the F&V department today. I've taken a portion of chicken wings out to defrost so will cook these with some jerk spice, mushrooms and a corn cob and use up the LO salad from last night. If CBA I'll make a dip to go with them with some of the smoked stilton lurking in the fridge.
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 11th Jun 17, 5:39 PM
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    Please come and do mine as well
    Originally posted by Hollyharvey
    I hate it, I'm rubbish at it. I was just hacking at random "pieces that were sticking out a bit more than the others" ... still needs more work, but it's a good start...

    I "hate" the outdoors. I love the fact it's there to sit in ... but I don't do manual labour and I don't do hard things and I don't like the idea of muck/mud and creepy crawlies. And there are thistles and brambles to watch out for.



    Are the choccies your tea, or a treat for having done all that work in the garden?
    Originally posted by Hollyharvey
    Well... I don't know. If I call them my treat for having done all that work, then I can legitimately say to myself "I need tea now - and I DESERVE to go and get another of those great chinese takeaways I discovered the other week"

    Got to google streetview the road to get it's name to call it though.

    So, sitting here umming and aaah-ing as to whether I should get a chinese - and, I think I should. I've been doing that "get outdoors" thing all day ... that cr4ppy and slack gardening could legitimately count as exercise.... and if I died tomorrow I'd regret not having the chinese.

    So I think ... tonight .... tea is "S0d that awful muck you cooked 3 days ago .... that's lurking in the fridge. BUY a Chinese takeaway ... scoff it all ... enjoy every bit of it"

    It's a biggun, well it was last time I bought from there (first time so I've no idea if what I got served was better/worse/the same as usual).

    I'll now go and grope around in the trolley to see if I can rustle up £6-7 or so. I can't remember how much it was and they're not online.
    • poppystar
    • By poppystar 11th Jun 17, 5:48 PM
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    Having a bad health day today - think drunken zombie (sadly without touching alcohol )

    So breakfast was burnt toast and an avocado with a life of its own - I'd just scooped it all out when the biggest bit decided to leap floorwards - hah! I caught it …by stopping its fall with my body and the cupboard door. So then had to wash the latter and will have to wash the dressing gown I was wearing too grrrrrh!

    Then zombie walked to the shops to get something healthy. Nice pieces of chicken bought which I'm really not now sure I'm safe cooking. Oh and two YS sponge puddings at 80p for 2 …which of course must be eaten today

    PN what a productive day, well done!
    • Farway
    • By Farway 11th Jun 17, 5:53 PM
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    Afternoon folks, back from a sunny day at Wisley, lovley as usual. I used the Help desk this time, and now I know I have Enchanters Nightshade running wild in my garden. Bummer. Seems I may be able to make magic spells with it somehow, could add new depth to CFO

    Ate out at Wisley, poncey sarnie style, not all that nice as I found the only bit of gristle in the sliced chicken . I'll take my own sarnies next time and jsut buy a cuppa

    Popped into Morrisons just as chucking out time, wholemeal loaf for 15p, cheers, bread sorted for the week now

    Used that to make a tuna / mayo sarnie, then made a cheese & cuc one just because I could, that should do me unless I have a banana later
    • caronc
    • By caronc 11th Jun 17, 6:06 PM
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    PN - chinese takeaway definitely deserved after all that gardening
    Poppystar - can completely relate, go for an easy option tonight and rest up
    Farway - meant to say your Borage is beautiful, did you grow it from seed? I have ongoing problems with bindweed and horsetail though not in all of the garden so can sympathise re the nightshade hopefully it's not got too much of a grip..
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 11th Jun 17, 6:17 PM
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    When I make a decision, I don't hang about. I've found them, phoned, ordered, got in the car and driven there (2.8 miles or so), gone in, collected, driven back, served up and eaten it already

    There's still more than half left .... I'll have that tomorrow.

    Tried their egg fried rice this time, not impressed, I could make that....

    Total cost £7.30 for the main course + rice. And they give you a gazillion free prawn crackers! That's something I'd never order.... but I do like them.

    The chicken bit wasn't as nice as last time - it's as if the dish were pulled from the pan JUST as the chicken was cooked, so it's entirely white, but had a slightly "not quite there" texture. Still scoffed it though.
    Last edited by PasturesNew; 11-06-2017 at 6:22 PM.
    • poppystar
    • By poppystar 11th Jun 17, 6:35 PM
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    PN -
    Poppystar - can completely relate, go for an easy option tonight and rest up
    Originally posted by caronc
    Thank you, sometimes I do need telling

    Decided that is the best option as just went to dry up my favourite dish and found myself holding just the tea towel and looking at a floor covered in bits of nice white china

    Clumsy zombie … really mad at myself

    So here's hoping I can safely eat a banana and some cooked meat and microwave a sponge pud!!
    • candygirl
    • By candygirl 11th Jun 17, 6:38 PM
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    Just made a red lentil dahl, with a garlic wrap n salad, as am skint till Tues.It was fab though
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 11th Jun 17, 6:56 PM
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    When I make a decision, I don't hang about. I've found them, phoned, ordered, got in the car and driven there (2.8 miles or so), gone in, collected, driven back, served up and eaten it already

    There's still more than half left .... I'll have that tomorrow.

    Tried their egg fried rice this time, not impressed, I could make that....

    Total cost £7.30 for the main course + rice. And they give you a gazillion free prawn crackers! That's something I'd never order.... but I do like them.

    The chicken bit wasn't as nice as last time - it's as if the dish were pulled from the pan JUST as the chicken was cooked, so it's entirely white, but had a slightly "not quite there" texture. Still scoffed it though.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    Och that a shame that it wasn't as good as the last time
    Thank you, sometimes I do need telling

    Decided that is the best option as just went to dry up my favourite dish and found myself holding just the tea towel and looking at a floor covered in bits of nice white china

    Clumsy zombie … really mad at myself

    So here's hoping I can safely eat a banana and some cooked meat and microwave a sponge pud!!
    Originally posted by poppystar
    Just do what you can - I call mine "brain fog" days - it's like being very drunk and very hungover at the same time Hopefully you'll feel more like it tomorrow.
    Just made a red lentil dahl, with a garlic wrap n salad, as am skint till Tues.It was fab though
    Originally posted by candygirl
    Oh I love dahl drool
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 11th Jun 17, 7:00 PM
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    .... Tea towel and looking at a floor covered in bits of nice white china
    Originally posted by poppystar


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    • elona
    • By elona 11th Jun 17, 7:32 PM
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    If it helps any - I have just dropped a bag full of rubbish on the kitchen floor as it split.

    Giving myself a few minutes before I tackle the mess and then reload the dishwasher!

    Looks as if dds will be here this coming weekend as well which will be lovely but quite looking forward to the idea of pleasing myself for the next few days. The amount of dirty dishes and pots a few meals for six or seven of us can generate is scary. It is lovely to have them around and great to have the spare rooms so they can stay whenever they want.

    Having a quiet evening before tackling my bedroom tomorrow as stuff is piled all over the place while work was being done upstairs.
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 11th Jun 17, 7:39 PM
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    If it helps any - I have just dropped a bag full of rubbish on the kitchen floor as it split.

    Giving myself a few minutes before I tackle the mess and then reload the dishwasher!

    Looks as if dds will be here this coming weekend as well which will be lovely but quite looking forward to the idea of pleasing myself for the next few days. The amount of dirty dishes and pots a few meals for six or seven of us can generate is scary. It is lovely to have them around and great to have the spare rooms so they can stay whenever they want.

    Having a quiet evening before tackling my bedroom tomorrow as stuff is piled all over the place while work was being done upstairs.
    Originally posted by elona
    While it is lovely to have company I think you do quite quickly get used to "mess for one" as well as CFO. I was delighted that my son cooked dinner last night but he is a messy cook and foolishly I said I'd clear up this morning. My sister did rinse & stack everything last night but it was still daunting LOL
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 11th Jun 17, 7:44 PM
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    One New Year I wore some boots .... when I came home I popped them by the side table in the living room.

    The following New Year I wanted to wear the same outfit - and there were the boots, right where I'd left them
    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 11th Jun 17, 8:13 PM
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    Having a bad health day today - think drunken zombie (sadly without touching alcohol )
    Originally posted by poppystar
    I'm sorry to hear this. I hope that you feel better tomorrow and that you have a better day than you have today.
    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 11th Jun 17, 8:17 PM
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    When I make a decision, I don't hang about. I've found them, phoned, ordered, got in the car and driven there (2.8 miles or so), gone in, collected, driven back, served up and eaten it already

    There's still more than half left .... I'll have that tomorrow.

    Tried their egg fried rice this time, not impressed, I could make that....

    Total cost £7.30 for the main course + rice. And they give you a gazillion free prawn crackers! That's something I'd never order.... but I do like them.

    The chicken bit wasn't as nice as last time - it's as if the dish were pulled from the pan JUST as the chicken was cooked, so it's entirely white, but had a slightly "not quite there" texture. Still scoffed it though.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew

    Gosh, you didn't hang about Shame it wasn't as nice as last time though, but at least there is some left. So now you don't have to think about what you are going to have tomorrow
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 11th Jun 17, 10:27 PM
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    I grinned in recognition PN - re the "not hanging about" once a decision has been made.

    That's how I operate. I can/will do a lot of research on something first - if it's a major issue that is. But - tiny or huge - the second I've made up my mind for sure = expect instant action.

    Does tend to lead to waiters/waitresses in restaurants etc having to be "waved at" to attract attention - as I've looked straight down the menu (these days with just one thought in mind of "What havent I tried yet - that's within my food parameters?") and identified my choice I want in about 2 minutes flat

    I'm working out how to do the equivalent for clothes, furniture, etc.
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    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 12th Jun 17, 11:02 AM
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    I decided have a large breakfast this morning to sustain me as I am starting to paint the internal doors today. I'm hoping to slowly get them all done over the next few weeks.


    So to keep me going I made some porridge and stirred in some cream that I had in the fridge, then had two slices of toast as well.


    I started about 9.00am and two hours later have just got one door done both sides, so I am pleased with that, and it looks ok. I stopped for a cup of tea and had a couple of chocolate biscuits with that and now I'm just having a banana. This decorating is hungry work


    Lunch will be a cheese and pickle sandwich with salad. Dinner is a lamb rump steak with some mash potatoes and veg. I thought I had got two sausages wrapped up out of the freezer this morning because that was what I fancied for dinner, but it has turned out to be the lamb, so lamb for dinner it is
    • caronc
    • By caronc 12th Jun 17, 12:58 PM
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    Good afternoon everyone,
    Another grey and miserable day here, however as I'm still not up for doing anything too much another "duvet-type" day won't go amiss. Toast with cheese spread and baby toms for breakfast and I'm just making broccoli soup for lunch which I'll have with a poached duck egg in it. I didn't have the salad last night but did make the dip using smoked stilton which of course made more than one portion so it will be something with salad and dip tonight not sure what the "something" will be yet.

    Good luck with the painting Holly - one of these jobs that seems to take forever but great when it's done.
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