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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 16th Jun 17, 6:55 PM
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    I don't do much tidying because to tidy up everything needs to have a place to be put.... and I'm a bit short on suitable furniture, cupboards etc.

    Also, if I might want the thing again soon, why go to the trouble of tidying it away when I can just put it down here - so that when I want it next time I can see it - and don't have to second guess where I put it.

    I bought an electric screwdriver.... I've tidied it away and not seen it for months. Looked for it too! A few times. I've only got a small 2-up-2-down, no garage, it's not in the shed (as it's "electrical" so I'd have not put it in there).
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 16th Jun 17, 7:00 PM
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    As I've eaten a whole 250 gram bag of choccies - and a packet of crisps, and I can't think what to eat .... I've not had "a meal" as such yet.

    A cheese/pickle sandwich is the quickest/easiest - and then the remainder of the bread needs to go into the freezer.... *sighs* ... filling the freezer with unexciting things again/still.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 16th Jun 17, 7:08 PM
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    I don't do much tidying because to tidy up everything needs to have a place to be put.... and I'm a bit short on suitable furniture, cupboards etc.

    Also, if I might want the thing again soon, why go to the trouble of tidying it away when I can just put it down here - so that when I want it next time I can see it - and don't have to second guess where I put it.

    I bought an electric screwdriver.... I've tidied it away and not seen it for months. Looked for it too! A few times. I've only got a small 2-up-2-down, no garage, it's not in the shed (as it's "electrical" so I'd have not put it in there).
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    LOL I know what you meanI should in theory have enough space for "stuff" but my bedroom had become a bit of a dumping ground not helped by 15 years of financial stuff for a voluntary group I'm the treasurer of taking up most of a wardrobe. I've culled what I can of the old stuff which is currently steeping in a bucket of water to obliterate info before it goes in the recycling and have persuaded the group to buy lockable storage for the club so it should be gone soon. I've transferred it to big shopping bags ready for removal
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 16th Jun 17, 7:09 PM
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    As I've eaten a whole 250 gram bag of choccies - and a packet of crisps, and I can't think what to eat .... I've not had "a meal" as such yet.

    A cheese/pickle sandwich is the quickest/easiest - and then the remainder of the bread needs to go into the freezer.... *sighs* ... filling the freezer with unexciting things again/still.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    Well you'll need to get some interesting things to put in it as well......
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    • kittie
    • By kittie 16th Jun 17, 7:15 PM
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    I have a weeks worth of posts to read, only read this page so far and now have a real yearning for worcester sauce on cheese on toast. Had a visitor staying and also had to do some travelling, so I was shattered when it was over. I must say that I have become used to being alone, doing what I want when I want. Shutting the door, coming home to my cosy nest

    Allotment has taken up quite some time but food is now becoming available so it is greens with everything. I sorted the freezer today because I am going to have a panic as the blackcurrants are getting black and I pick enough to freeze for the whole year. Don`t know why I bought all those bulky croissants from costco, I am going to have to have one a day and a ready meal a day and GnTs to use up some ice cubes. I`ll have to eat this stuff faster than I can pick the currants

    I have picked a small cabbage that I won`t waste but who on earth wants cabbage in this weather? Oh well, perhaps I will remember not to grow any next year. Today I had the frozen fish fingers that I had put away for the grandchildren, that gave me a few cubic inches of room. Had that with a large green salad. This evening was a turkey/chorizo hm ready meal with chopped greens and a GnT and ice cream on blackcurrant crumble from the freezer

    Tomorrow will be a pot luck unlabelled ready meal and greens with some pizza and salad. Same the next day and the day after, although the pizza will be finished by then, phew. I forgot about the lovely plain yoghurts so they will have to be washed away down the sink tonight, much too much out of date

    After the weekend I will not be travelling anywhere for the full week, glasto horrendous traffic. Furthest I`ll be going is to the village allotment and back. I am well stocked up, even bought antihistamine in case I get stung by anything

    I`ll be catching up with the posts in a mo and have to say verbal thank yous as it will take too long, knowing the rate at which you all post
    • caronc
    • By caronc 16th Jun 17, 7:21 PM
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    Hi Kittie,
    Sounds as though you've had a busy week these G&Ts will be well-deserved.
    Home grown cabbage - I'd happily eat that any time of the year but if there's surplus what about pickling or fermenting it?
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    • kittie
    • By kittie 16th Jun 17, 7:26 PM
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    Hi Kittie,
    Sounds as though you've had a busy week these G&Ts will be well-deserved.
    Home grown cabbage - I'd happily eat that any time of the year but if there's surplus what about pickling or fermenting it?
    Originally posted by caronc
    good idea but I already have six large jars of hm sauerkraut to eat, arghhh I forgot about them. They will be fine, kept cool and dark here. Got to go or the sink area won`t be cleaned, I like to get it all done before I get dozy. I plan to watch versailles cosy in bed tonight

    Money, re the soya, which is very dark and may not come out. Your contents insurance may well kick in re the carpet
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 16th Jun 17, 8:40 PM
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    Your contents insurance may well kick in re the carpet
    Originally posted by kittie
    I'd never consider using insurance for something that's "my own stupid fault" ... not to mention the fact your file'd be marked. I'd go out and buy a cheery rug if I couldn't get a stain out. Cheaper, job done.
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 16th Jun 17, 9:05 PM
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    Have now had several goes at the carpet with detergent/water.

    Will go back and take another look to see how its going.

    Errrm...one teensy problem re any claiming off insurance would be I've not had "accidental damage" cover included for many a long year. I had some way back when I bought my first house to start with - just in case (ie because my father was helping me out with a lot of work on the house). After that was done - I've never taken that out again - as I'm a pretty careful person myself. So I have my "quota" of accidentally breaking the occasional glass or bit of crockery - but that's about it normally. So I leave it - figuring that if any accidental damage is done it will likely be by someone else (ie not myself) and it would be down to the "someone else" to cover the cost one way or another. I just wasnt going to expect it from my own family obviously - but workmen/lodgers I've had in the past/etc - yes it would be down to them.

    Off for another check then....fingers crossed....I think it will be okay.
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 16th Jun 17, 9:19 PM
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    Have now had several goes at the carpet with detergent/water.

    Will go back and take another look to see how its going.

    Errrm...one teensy problem re any claiming off insurance would be I've not had "accidental damage" cover included for many a long year. I had some way back when I bought my first house to start with - just in case (ie because my father was helping me out with a lot of work on the house). After that was done - I've never taken that out again - as I'm a pretty careful person myself. So I have my "quota" of accidentally breaking the occasional glass or bit of crockery - but that's about it normally. So I leave it - figuring that if any accidental damage is done it will likely be by someone else (ie not myself) and it would be down to the "someone else" to cover the cost one way or another. I just wasnt going to expect it from my own family obviously - but workmen/lodgers I've had in the past/etc - yes it would be down to them.

    Off for another check then....fingers crossed....I think it will be okay.
    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention
    Fingers crossed - it might take a few days to get it all but detergent usually works. Just don't scrub- clean and then let it rise and repeat..... With two boys I have had my share of things spilt - raspberry puree on a pale grey carpet was the worst but it did eventually come out. (BTW - we were given the carpet not a natural choice with a young family )
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    • karcher
    • By karcher 16th Jun 17, 10:14 PM
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    Good Evenin' Oneskis

    I've been rather 'good' the last couple of days actually eating salad type stuff with one thing or another.

    Went and did a big shop the other evening as the cupboards were bare and treated myself to some fresh fish . I didn't buy anything sweet other than yoghurts so I am a chocolate/biscuit/cake etc free zone. If a sweet craving hits me I have wholemeal bread, unsalted butter and marmalade to see me through

    I haven't read the last page/s of this thread but hope all is well with you all
    • Anne_Marie
    • By Anne_Marie 17th Jun 17, 3:37 AM
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    MITSTM - Some tips for your carpet on this link. Hope that you manage to get it out.
    https://www.wolfeflooring.com/maintenance/carpet-stain-removal-guide/how-to-remove-soy-sauce-stain-from-carpet-or-a-rug/
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 17th Jun 17, 7:53 AM
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    L1dl and 4ldi both open at 8.
    I want to go to L1dl .... but I'd also like to go to 4ldi.
    Having been to one, I won't fancy going into a 2nd shop.

    First world problems.

    L1dl weekend offer has 1Kg spuds and 1Kg onions that I might as well pick up .... but I still can't decide if I need spuds at all (not spud weather) ... but the onions will keep for weeks and/or freeze so they're worth getting as I "ran out of" onions the last 3-4 weeks trying to empty the freezer so have definitely missed them.

    4ldi have tomatoes (for the whole fortnight though, so no rush) and I "ran out of" tomatoes this week. They do keep well and it is "tomato sandwich weather".

    I also need a loaf as I shoved the last half a loaf in the freezer and I don't fancy that for sandwiches, I'd like a fresh loaf... but then I don't want a whole loaf, so that lands me back at 4ldi wanting their big bread rolls.

    *taps fingers* decisions ... decisions.

    I feel a sausage roll (well, a whole pack) coming on ...
    • Anne_Marie
    • By Anne_Marie 17th Jun 17, 8:17 AM
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    L1dl and 4ldi both open at 8.
    I want to go to L1dl .... but I'd also like to go to 4ldi.
    Having been to one, I won't fancy going into a 2nd shop.

    First world problems.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    Know exactly where you are coming from. Can't be doing with trailing around shops, it's one of those things that you have to do.

    Not been on much this past week as had loads to do, am shattered and sleeping badly. Will catch up, hopefully, over the next few days.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 17th Jun 17, 8:46 AM
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    Shopping fail. I chose L1dl ... and am now sitting here quite "angry"

    It was mobbed! Utterly mobbed. The onions are an offer all week long (so I needn't have rushed) ... and they were unappetising to look at, so I didn't get those.

    Grabbed 2 cans of fizzy pop (overpriced imho, but they were there and I was there and I'd rather pay extra and know I have something I like, that spend the rest of the day trying to access the best price).

    Got a pack of 4 muffins, 39p but with a 30% off sticker.

    Then I hit the queues for the till. I was determined to wait it out, but went into auto-mode and was grateful when it was my turn and did it on autopilot. Got half way home and thought "Hang on, I didn't give him enough money", so I thought about it and I'd given him £1.07. Receipt said £1.17.

    I thought I'd pop back with the 10p later .... then I realised - he'd not knocked off the 30% - so I was robbed of tuppence! Feeling pretty miffed at that... so I'm GLAD I "short-changed" him.

    Breakfast was: one toasted muffin & 2 scrambled eggs, brown sauce. Black coffee.
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 17th Jun 17, 9:07 AM
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    ..and I'm just grinning ruefully thinking "I wish I'd known about caron's idea of soaking paper before disposing of it - ie to obliterate the text on it". That would be before I painstakingly shredded absolutely loads of paperwork with a little manual shredder

    I'm now frequently using the tips from here of putting something to defrost on metal and it defrosts much quicker. Also the idea of cutting cheese into 1" chunks (before putting in box in freezer). I found those cheese chunks do defrost very quickly anyway. Also been doing the grating the Parmesan straight from the freezer one.

    So it's all proving useful to know.
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 17th Jun 17, 9:15 AM
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    I'm now frequently using the tips from here
    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention
    Something else I always do when opening a bag of muffins or bread rolls is to slice the whole lot in one go. It's madness to open the bag, cut one, make a mess, clear up the mess, put the knife away.... repeat for the remaining 5 items in the bag over the coming days ... when you can simply make the mess once and slice the lot in that first session.

    Also, ready sliced, they're immediately ready to toss into the freezer if you run out of time to eat them... it's easier, if sliced, when you take one out and nuke it to defrost it as it can be impossible to slice it without squashing it once nuked.
    Last edited by PasturesNew; 17-06-2017 at 9:21 AM.
    • SunnyGirl
    • By SunnyGirl 17th Jun 17, 10:17 AM
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    Morning all

    MITSTM I have used so many tips from here now that I'm CFO and love the cheese tip.

    I'm at work right now and am glad of them having air con as it's very warm and muggy today. Cloudy here in Blackburn although it was sunny when I left home which is a half hours drive away. I didn't think weather changed that much over 15 miles

    I have made a cheese and onion chutney sandwich for lunch with a yoghurt, some cherry tomatoes and a biscuit and have a spag bol from my homemade ready meal stash in the freezer for tea. Starting to think about July's menu planning and what I want to cook in bulk or just make one meal of. Cue lots of counting and working out things like how many chicken breasts I need to buy to make the required meals
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 17th Jun 17, 10:56 AM
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    [QUOTE=SunnyGirl;72710739

    I'm at work right now and am glad of them having air con as it's very warm and muggy today. Cloudy here in Blackburn although it was sunny when I left home which is a half hours drive away. I didn't think weather changed that much over 15 miles

    [/QUOTE]

    Oh it can.

    It's a bit of a lifesaver to me - coming from somewhere with better weather than here.

    I know I can travel to somewhere else (ie a location I like anyway) that's only about 2 miles away from here and chances are that the weather will be a bit better than here. There's also a location a 20 minute bus trip from here where the weather tends to be that bit better too (ditto a location I prefer to here).

    On the other side is a local friend who also moved here and I have a "standing joke" comment about "Oh - that house is at ****** location. That explains why it's cheaper" and we both groan at just how bad the weather is known to be there. Also another location walking distance from my house has weather so bad that it's the unwary incomer that would buy a place there in the summer - as everyone lays bets as to whether they will put the place on the market again after their first winter there.

    It's surprising just how there can be a different micro-climate not that far away. Mind you there are those of us that never really believed weather could be that different elsewhere in the country - until we moved elsewhere in it.....ahem....cough....Just thankthelawd I didnt pick ******* location my friend and I joke about (though it's too remote for me to have considered anyway) and the walking distance worse location would be possible but more hassle than where I am.

    *************

    Oh well - at least the stain in carpet came up okay thankfully. I did manage to finish sorting out all my food supplies and they are now SO logically laid-out - vinegars all together, oils all together, grains all together and in alphabetical order, etc, etc. Pasturesnew would be proud of the logical thinking here - before she started telling me it was too "modern food" for her taste LOL.
    Last edited by moneyistooshorttomention; 17-06-2017 at 11:03 AM.
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    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 17th Jun 17, 11:21 AM
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    I wish Pastures - I wish......

    I've planned that storage space extremely carefully - literally going for every single square inch of extra storage I could manage to cram in basically. It's shelves more than cupboards iyswim that I've got for my storage space.

    Hence 4 oils and 5 vinegars etc etc.
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