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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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    • meg72
    • By meg72 18th Jun 17, 12:09 PM
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    Have decided theres not going to be much cooking here for a while as have finally commited to a massive declutter on my house. Ive so much stuff of my Sons and Mum and Dads that Ive hung onto since they passed 5 years ago . It just makes me sad to see it So out its going and anything else I find I don't need or use.

    So foodwise I picked up 4 of the £3 prepared packs in Asda ys at £1.30 each.

    I have gammon and pineapple, chicken with ham and mushrooms, smokey bbq chicken and sweet chilli chicken. Each one is two portions and just needs MV or popping in the oven. Not bad at £5.20 for 8 meals but wouldn't buy at full price Got a huge bag of new pots 2kg at the Taste not Waste shop for 50p and have prepared a load of throw in the airfryer wedges and boiled a few. have got loads of salady stuff in fridge, so think I am sorted and ready to get stuck in to the declutter
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 18th Jun 17, 12:13 PM
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    So foodwise I picked up 4 of the £3 prepared packs in Asda ys at £1.30 each.

    I have gammon and pineapple, chicken with ham and mushrooms, smokey bbq chicken and sweet chilli chicken. Each one is two portions and just needs MV or popping in the oven. Not bad at £5.20 for 8 meals but wouldn't buy at full price Got a huge bag of new pots 2kg at the Taste not Waste shop for 50p and have prepared a load of throw in the airfryer wedges and boiled a few. have got loads of salady stuff in fridge, so think I am sorted and ready to get stuck in to the declutter
    Originally posted by meg72
    This post shows what you can do with the right shops, shops that YS and the right gadgets

    I'm tempted by an airfrier .... it's on my "think about that" list for late 2018.... when I'll have room to house it.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 18th Jun 17, 1:17 PM
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    Good afternoon,

    My sister is picking me up in a bit and we will visit our Dad. I've got him a chamomile plant for his door step it smells lovely and should look pretty when it flowers.

    I was going to make a thai red curry in the SC but the meat hasn't defrosted yet so that's getting bumped until tomorrow. Breakfast was toast & cheese spread, a couple of small flat peaches and a glass of tomato juice. These peaches weren't as nice as the last pack, ok but the last lot were especially good. Lunch was a quick plate of mini pork pies and salad. No idea what I'll have for dinner now.
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 18th Jun 17, 1:50 PM
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    .... a glass of tomato juice....
    Originally posted by caronc
    I've never had tomato juice as a drink. I've been aware of it forever ... but never seen anybody drink any - and the idea grosses me out as I'd imagine it'd be like opening a tin of tomatoes and drinking the juice in that. Is that what it's like? If so, ewwwwwwwwwwww.
    • meg72
    • By meg72 18th Jun 17, 1:59 PM
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    This post shows what you can do with the right shops, shops that YS and the right gadgets

    I'm tempted by an airfrier .... it's on my "think about that" list for late 2018.... when I'll have room to house it.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    Airfryers are so good, I originally bought mine as I wanted to lose weight, I got it cheap on ebay as was local collection and I paid £20 it was almost brand new. Since Ive had it its saved me a fortune in oil, helped me get to target with slimming world but most of all its so safe compared to deep fat fryer and much less faff to clean. Definetely one of my better buys.
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    • Farway
    • By Farway 18th Jun 17, 4:15 PM
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    PN Tomato juice is like the stuff out of tinned toms, depending on quality of course. I do not buy it as such but do use the thick juice from the tins. It goes well, cold from 'fridge, with Worcester sauce

    Airfyers, I have one and love it but probably will not replace when it breaks. May not suit you given your "things" about fire / electricity etc. Not to be left unattended, which is same as deep fat fryer or any pan on the hob of course

    Hot wilting here, had to pop out this morning on emergency buy in. Grandchildren were coming over for Father's day, and I wanted to get some biscuits etc in. I never have then in the house, 'cos greedy guts scoffs them once opened

    Nil breakfast as per normal
    Lunch was last of the bake yourself baguette & bangers, in sort of jumbo hot dog, but far nicer

    Dinner was going to be a baked spud / cheese filling with salad. But it is melting and just too hot to have an oven on. I could nuke the spud but it is just not the same taste / texture to me, thus it will be cheese salady sarnies, with maybe toast & ginger marmalade later if peckish

    Only garden effort was a bit of watering and looking at the ripening cherries, I can actually smell them now when near the tree, must be ready to chomp any day now
    • caronc
    • By caronc 18th Jun 17, 4:55 PM
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    I've never had tomato juice as a drink. I've been aware of it forever ... but never seen anybody drink any - and the idea grosses me out as I'd imagine it'd be like opening a tin of tomatoes and drinking the juice in that. Is that what it's like? If so, ewwwwwwwwwwww.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    I suppose it is but thicker, I do like it with some pepper and a dash of Lea & Perrins or as is our family tradition as "Bloody Mary" on Christmas Eve, for a number of years Christmas starts for us at 6pm on Christmas Eve with a jug of Bloody Marys followed by steak and baked potatoes. It is very "savoury" though which I prefer to sweet. The current carton is a LO from Christmas which I found hiding in a cupboard along with a carton of orange juice and one of cranberry so I'll work my way through them.
    PN Tomato juice is like the stuff out of tinned toms, depending on quality of course. I do not buy it as such but do use the thick juice from the tins. It goes well, cold from 'fridge, with Worcester sauce

    Airfyers, I have one and love it but probably will not replace when it breaks. May not suit you given your "things" about fire / electricity etc. Not to be left unattended, which is same as deep fat fryer or any pan on the hob of course

    Hot wilting here, had to pop out this morning on emergency buy in. Grandchildren were coming over for Father's day, and I wanted to get some biscuits etc in. I never have then in the house, 'cos greedy guts scoffs them once opened

    Nil breakfast as per normal
    Lunch was last of the bake yourself baguette & bangers, in sort of jumbo hot dog, but far nicer

    Dinner was going to be a baked spud / cheese filling with salad. But it is melting and just too hot to have an oven on. I could nuke the spud but it is just not the same taste / texture to me, thus it will be cheese salady sarnies, with maybe toast & ginger marmalade later if peckish

    Only garden effort was a bit of watering and looking at the ripening cherries, I can actually smell them now when near the tree, must be ready to chomp any day now
    Originally posted by Farway
    Oh fresh cherries lucky you , one my favourite fruits but they are so expensive in the SM that they are a rare treat

    I've ended up taking a piece of steak out for tonight which I'll have with steamed charlottes, green beans and a mushroom/red wine sauce . It's been lovely and sunny here this afternoon and got quite hot (though only about 19C in the sun) for a bit but is cooling now. My Dad gave some marigolds from his garden to replace my ones that got munched so now that bit of the garen's not in full sun I'll get them planted and make sure they are well sprinkled with slug killer.
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 18th Jun 17, 5:18 PM
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    It was too hot to contemplate leaving the house - as I had no masterplan.

    Lunch was the other half of the pizza I bought yesterday, it was as tasty as yesterday

    I'm glad I bought the choc ices yesterday, four eaten since they entered the house.

    I've also eaten a jam sandwich (didn't want to eat the sandwiches I'd made in case I went out ....in case I went out). Then I realised I wasn't going out, so ate the cheese/pickle sandwich (least interesting one).

    Still three rounds of sandwiches made up ...

    Yesterday I randomly boiled 3 eggs and mixed with salad cream and then potted up in case I fancied an egg/salad cream sandwich, but I haven't done, so that needs using up in the next day or so. I boiled the eggs intending to keep them in the fridge in their shells ... but in the event I half boiled them and forgot I'd done that, so an hour or so later I did them a bit more, hoping it'd be OK... so then I had to break them open to check/smell that half cooking them and leaving them an hour and then finishing cooking them hadn't done something nasty ...so then I had to mash them up really.

    Loving this 45p loaf compared to the 36p loaf ... I might convert, I can afford an extra 9p a fortnight
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    • meg72
    • By meg72 18th Jun 17, 8:15 PM
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    I suppose it is but thicker, I do like it with some pepper and a dash of Lea & Perrins or as is our family tradition as "Bloody Mary" on Christmas Eve, for a number of years Christmas starts for us at 6pm on Christmas Eve with a jug of Bloody Marys followed by steak and baked potatoes. It is very "savoury" though which I prefer to sweet. The current carton is a LO from Christmas which I found hiding in a cupboard along with a carton of orange juice and one of cranberry so I'll work my way through them.

    Oh fresh cherries lucky you , one my favourite fruits but they are so expensive in the SM that they are a rare treat

    I've ended up taking a piece of steak out for tonight which I'll have with steamed charlottes, green beans and a mushroom/red wine sauce . It's been lovely and sunny here this afternoon and got quite hot (though only about 19C in the sun) for a bit but is cooling now. My Dad gave some marigolds from his garden to replace my ones that got munched so now that bit of the garen's not in full sun I'll get them planted and make sure they are well sprinkled with slug killer.
    Originally posted by caronc
    Iceland have 250g Cherries as their 7 day deal £1 really big and juicy. Think deals on til Tuesday.
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 18th Jun 17, 9:35 PM
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    Loving this 45p loaf compared to the 36p loaf ... I might convert, I can afford an extra 9p a fortnight
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    Sometimes that little bit extra is so worth it....
    Iceland have 250g Cherries as their 7 day deal £1 really big and juicy. Think deals on til Tuesday.
    Originally posted by meg72
    Thanks just wish I had a way of getting to one still hopefully that will mean the other SMs will soon follow suit
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    • karcher
    • By karcher 18th Jun 17, 9:46 PM
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    I've never had tomato juice as a drink. I've been aware of it forever ... but never seen anybody drink any - and the idea grosses me out as I'd imagine it'd be like opening a tin of tomatoes and drinking the juice in that. Is that what it's like? If so, ewwwwwwwwwwww.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    I only drink it with vodka, a squeeze of lemon, a glug of Lee & Perrins, a splash of Tabasco and a grind of black pepper

    Can't beat a well made Bloody Mary

    ETA just as good without the vodka if alcohol isn't your thing
    • caronc
    • By caronc 18th Jun 17, 10:08 PM
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    I only drink it with vodka, a squeeze of lemon, a glug of Lee & Perrins, a splash of Tabasco and a grind of black pepper

    Can't beat a well made Bloody Mary

    ETA just as good without the vodka if alcohol isn't your thing
    Originally posted by karcher
    With you on this one though lots of ice in the ones I make - a pinch of celery salt is a nice addition...... I'm not a cocktail fan but a good Bloody Mary, a G&T (Hendricks or Bombay Sapphire please) or a "dirty" martini and I can be persuaded otherwise
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    • karcher
    • By karcher 18th Jun 17, 10:16 PM
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    With you on this one though lots of ice in the ones I make - a pinch of celery salt is a nice addition...... I'm not a cocktail fan but a good Bloody Mary, a G&T (Hendricks or Bombay Sapphire please) or a "dirty" martini and I can be persuaded otherwise
    Originally posted by caronc
    Oh yes a cube of ice: maximum two though, as you don't want to dilute the flavour

    Ideally the Vodka will have been in the freezer and the tomato juice in the fridge...so cold enough already methinks

    Agree with the Bombay Sapphire G&T, poured over a slice and some ice


    (Not that I'm an expert or indulge in such things often..... mores the pity! )
    • caronc
    • By caronc 18th Jun 17, 10:20 PM
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    Oh yes a cube of ice: maximum two though, as you don't want to dilute the flavour

    Ideally the Vodka will have been in the freezer and the tomato juice in the fridge...so cold enough already methinks

    Agree with the Bombay Sapphire G&T, poured over a slice and some ice


    (Not that I'm an expert or indulge in such things often..... mores the pity! )
    Originally posted by karcher
    TBH me neither but do enjoy when I do. G&T - ice and slice is hard to beat but a couple of slices of cucumber works well too. I freeze lemon and lime slices as I find it hard to use them up and they work well in drinks
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 19th Jun 17, 7:32 AM
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    I don't bother drinking. I've never had a cocktail and haven't tried many drinks. If I popped round and you asked "would you like a G&T?" I'd say yes - although I've not had one for about 40 years .. because, while it's a nice enough drink, I'd only fancy/want one a year so there's no point buying a whole bottle.

    I am also the only driver, ever .... so I need to remain sober in case I want/need to drive anywhere. Therefore, I don't bother drinking booze.

    Even Xmas Day I had Schloer apple juice because there's no way I could drink a whole bottle of anything, even if it was Xmas!
    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 19th Jun 17, 7:42 AM
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    Morning all,


    My cousin and his wife are going to London today to stay with friends so today will be my last day of not cooking for a while. I am meeting my cousin for lunch before they go, so that will be my main meal for the day I will have a cheese and salad sandwich if I want anything else to eat later.


    I need to get myself some breakfast, and I am just going to have a Greek yoghurt and some berries because it is easy.


    I haven't eaten at home at all since they arrived and now have a lot of salad bits and some veg that needs eating up - story of my life.
    • meg72
    • By meg72 19th Jun 17, 7:48 AM
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    Gin? Noooooooooo, having got drunk as a skunk on this over 50 years ago. Lol parents away, teenage party, havent touched it since, cannot bear the smell even.
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    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 19th Jun 17, 8:51 AM
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    Can I join you.....

    Now that my son has more or less moved out I will be pretty much cooking for one.

    I will go back to the beginning of the thread and learn all your tips and wheezes.

    I have already done a kitchen declutter and am currently working my way through the food stash. I am trying to lose weight and eat for health so try to avoid too many starchy carbs. So things like dried pasta, rice, cereals etc will only get used when my kids come to visit.

    I was thinking about getting a mini oven for my solo meals and save the big oven for family gatherings. I won't be using it for baking etc.

    Anyway DS2 will be her for dinner tonight, not sure what we are having but as it's going to be a scorcher, probably something with a salad.

    Although I have loved living with my son and enjoyed cooking for him it will be nice to see the food bill go down.......
    • meg72
    • By meg72 19th Jun 17, 9:11 AM
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    Having been up since 4am and made a start on my declutter I have four carrier bags of books and clothes and five large zigsaws to take to CS.

    Had my breakfast ys banana , raspberries out of garden and yogurt and umpteen coffees.

    Cant use my bus pass till 9.30 to go to CS so killing time on here. I need to take it as I do it to have space to sort some more.
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