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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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    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 19th Jun 17, 10:55 PM
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    My house is 24.5 degrees currently.

    . My own definition of heatwave probably starts at around 26C. - and stays that bit cooler in summer.

    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention

    My house got up to 29.9C throughout this afternoon. Far too hot for me, it has made me feel quite ill


    It is currently 27.5C in this room and I think it is about the same througout. That's with all of the windows open.


    As it's a bungalow I can't leave the windows open all night.


    The forecast is for it to get hotter tomorrow and Wednesday, which is not good for me. I also have a hospital appointment with a cardiologist on Wednesday and outpatients is really hot.
    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 19th Jun 17, 10:59 PM
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    I don't know about the rest of you, but I don't think I will feel like cooking anything in this heat.
    I think I will just get some bread out of the freezer and live on sandwiches for the next few days. I have enough salad bits in to last until Thursday so should be ok. I may go up to Aldi or Sainsburys tomorrow and get a few things like pork pies, and quiche to have cold, if it isn't too hot when they open at 8.00am.


    I would quite like some choc ices or something like that. I have ice cream but it is a tub. I quite fancy some scones as well and if I go out I will probably get some. I don't want to make them myself because it is too hot to put the oven on.


    This heat sure will change my meal plan for this week
    • Doom_and_Gloom
    • By Doom_and_Gloom 19th Jun 17, 11:17 PM
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    About to go to bed, just read the temperature and it's 27.9C! This is a heatwave. I am not giving much hope for a good sleep tonight. If I have time before work in morning I'll see what the temp is before I go. Hoping not to high, I got early shifts to help as I know heat doesn't help me.
    Caronc I do okay in those kind of temperatures, these ones are making me want to give up.
    28 year old vegan woman. My OH is a lovely omni guy
    • Anne_Marie
    • By Anne_Marie 20th Jun 17, 4:42 AM
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    Sorry for all of you who are suffering from the heat. It's hot here, but am bracing myself for really hot in July and August, so trying to do without the air conditioning on, although had to put it on in the bedroom one night last week, as it was so still and humid. Great yesterday as it was pretty windy, which brought down the heat, and even had a few spots of rain. Unfortunately, I was driving at the time, or would have gone outside to enjoy it!
    I keep curtains closed during the day, one side of the house in the morning, other side early afternoon, and completely if I am going out, so that the dog doesn't suffer. Really makes a big difference. It's nice to have a through draught too, so I have windows on opposite sides of the house opened. Not always practical for everyone I know.
    Ceiling fans help a lot, have them in all bedrooms and living room, and invested in one for the kitchen last year.....was fed up using a floor standing one in there, as it's another hazard for me to trip over. Have also got a table top one, which I can use on the worktop if I am standing at the cooker, which is as little as possible just now. This does me at the moment, until I have to use the air conditioning.....it's expensive to run in the summer months, so try to put off using it until absolutely necessary. If I can make it without for another week or so, I will be quite happy.

    Been having a few G&T's of late, was about time that I cracked open a bottle of gin that had been lying for way over 5 years! Been having it with chunks of cucumber. Also drinking lots of water, slugging it back, but for just sitting having a drink, like soda water with cucumber and ice in, it's very refreshing. Peppermint tea is back on the menu again, seem to only drink it in the summer, very refreshing. A friend suggested having iced peppermint tea, so will give that a go at some point.

    Strawberries - season is over here, but I bought extra and blitzed them with a little bit of icing sugar and put in small containers and froze. Will be nice later in some yoghurt or a drizzle over a lemon cheesecake....that's if it's not used up when DD and family come over next month. I might even try growing my own next year, if I remember to plant in time.
    My rocket and salad leaves that I planted are coming through nicely, won't be long until I can be munching away. Must get some more on the go this week, so that I have a continuous supply.

    Can't be bothered cooking at the moment. Past two nights I've had hard boiled egg, bit of grated cheese, some olives and a bit of salad with a slice of home made tomato and olive bread, and a dipping oil (olive oil and balsamic or pomegranate vinegar). I'm a bit limited as not really buying anything, as the fridge/freezer has still not been repaired....I'd forgotten that I had to do residency stuff last week, which is a right pain in the toenails, but has to be done, and a lot of faffing about. Anyway, will call the repair people today, and hopefully get it sorted this week. Had brunch out yesterday, was lovely - toasted cheese, tomato and pesto panini with some salad, and a few chips which were thrown on to my plate - friend had far too big a portion with her burger.

    Only time I have bought bags of ice is when we have had a crowd round, and the FF is not big enough to store loads of ice. No crowds round any more since hubby died, can't cope with that these days, just a few people is good. However, I may have to buy some for cool box this week to keep food cold. Have a couple of 5 litre containers filled with water in the freezer just now, as well as a load of those thingies you get for keeping food cool in cool box.

    Half strimmed the dog on Sunday, until she got fed up and wouldn't stay at peace any more. Was going to finish her off yesterday, but it was too windy, and didn't want to be running about picking up hair all over the garden. Hopefully will manage to finish the job today. At least she will be a lot cooler without that thick coat.

    PN...You mentioned slicing scones before freezing, great idea, as sometimes they are so big, you just want half. I cut pitta bread in two before freezing. Sometimes I just want a half, and also because halves fit nicely into my toaster, rather than flopping over.

    Love Caronc's tip about soaking waste documents to obliterate writing....genius!
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 20th Jun 17, 5:56 AM
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    PN...You mentioned slicing scones before freezing, great idea, as sometimes they are so big, you just want half.
    Originally posted by Anne_Marie
    LOL... they're not big when the ones you buy are 10 for 50p at 4ldi

    I just do it because things get floppy/uncuttable directly after nuking, so it makes sense to me to slice anything that's going to need slicing at the point of eating.

    I've been up since 4.30 this morning, it's lovely and cool. Just 70°F/21°C.
    Last edited by PasturesNew; 20-06-2017 at 6:00 AM.
    • Doom_and_Gloom
    • By Doom_and_Gloom 20th Jun 17, 6:03 AM
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    Breakfast was crispy rice, a kind of cereal, with chia seeds and almond milk. Soaked it over night in the fridge. Reminded me of cold rice pudding so very nice.
    Temperature is reading at 26.6C. It's 6am for crying out loud, this would be why I kept waking up during the night. All the windows in the place are on latch too. Gah, air conditioning at work, air conditioning at work...
    28 year old vegan woman. My OH is a lovely omni guy
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 20th Jun 17, 6:06 AM
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    I probably need to plan an 8am to 9am "raid" on shops. As early as possible for the closest shops, then just after 9am for those on commuter routes to avoid the traffic.

    Choc ices, fizzy pop .... and I think a quiche would go down a treat. Stock up so I don't end up sweaty, with tap water and nothing tasty to eat.

    Yesterday I quite fancied a burger in a bread roll... so maybe some bread rolls and a pack of burgers.

    EDIT: 8.05am and I've made a list, intending to go to 4sda (16 mile round trip) ...but now it's warming up .... and I've not made a start ....and ....meh ...do you think I'll do it? Not sure.
    Last edited by PasturesNew; 20-06-2017 at 8:04 AM.
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 20th Jun 17, 6:24 AM
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    23.5C here at the moment in the house. Cool outside right now - but a sort of refreshing cool. Can tell its going to be another hot day. Thankfully no hanging round on workmen doing things today - some weeks before it's next tranche of work to be done - so I think I'll probably head for the coast.

    I know what you mean re comment about being wary of opening windows because of it being a bungalow (as mine is). Thankfully - it's a pretty safe location I'm in in a variety of ways - so I'm prepared to open most windows (provided I'm up). This is where I wish previous owners of house had done the windows the way I would have - which would include being able to open every bit of window (rather than just 1-2 side windows and 1-2 small top windows - but much of the window is a big pane of glass that can't be opened). I'm just not prepared to go to that extra hassle/expense to swop to those - unless I ever find I have to replace a window anyway (in which case - full window opening it is).

    Just checked outside temperature projected - sounds about ideal for me - at mid-20sC. I find I start wilting and wanting to know where cold drinks/fans or air conditioning etc are when outdoor temperature is 30C plus. Maybe that's partly down to a bit of time living in hot climates as a child. Crikey - just checked my Home City and it's going to be several degrees extra there- I think I might find that a bit hot....

    EDIT; That's had me googling around - 18C in Edinburgh! 20C in York! I knew I didn't want to move north - I'd even be cold to standard in height of summer personally.
    Last edited by moneyistooshorttomention; 20-06-2017 at 6:43 AM.
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    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 20th Jun 17, 8:05 AM
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    I probably need to plan an 8am to 9am "raid" on shops. As early as possible for the closest shops, then just after 9am for those on commuter routes to avoid the traffic.

    Choc ices, fizzy pop .... and I think a quiche would go down a treat. Stock up so I don't end up sweaty, with tap water and nothing tasty to eat.

    Yesterday I quite fancied a burger in a bread roll... so maybe some bread rolls and a pack of burgers.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    I'm off out to the shops now same as you. I'm even going for much the same things
    Hope we both get back home before it's too hot!
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 20th Jun 17, 8:14 AM
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    I'm off out to the shops now same as you. I'm even going for much the same things
    Hope we both get back home before it's too hot!
    Originally posted by Hollyharvey
    I'm too undecided... I've got a list in two columns, one means "buy" the other means "look at/check out".

    On it so far are: chocolate spread, 83p quiche, grapes, squash drink, 49p scones, pineapple/coconut fruit juice, quarterpounder burgers, veggie burgers, onions. 2nd shop: bread rolls and choc ices. 3rd shop: fizzy pop.

    And to look at: pitta, cheesecake, crab pate.

    The trouble I have is that when I put an item on the list I then start pontificating about whether I could/should make it myself (and then to which recipe/ingredients) ... and I "get stuck" with indecision and uncertainty. e.g. that quiche..... I could just knock one up, or a crustless one (save calories) ... but it's only 83p and if I buy it, then it's there/available/instant....

    Also - the overall volume issues.... I could add more things, but the more you buy, the more you have to "get through before it goes off" So a lot never makes the list, even though I fancy/want it.

    I also wonder about taking the hit of higher prices to reduce the number of shops, but there's a "round robin" route I can take.

    I need to just DO this ... rather than sitting here, refreshing, "in case" somebody replies ... and time passes ... and then it's too late/hot/etc.

    I'm off! Bye.
    Last edited by PasturesNew; 20-06-2017 at 8:18 AM.
    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 20th Jun 17, 9:17 AM
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    The trouble I have is that when I put an item on the list I then start pontificating about whether I could/should make it myself (and then to which recipe/ingredients) ... and I "get stuck" with indecision and uncertainty. e.g. that quiche..... I could just knock one up, or a crustless one (save calories) ... but it's only 83p and if I buy it, then it's there/available/instant....

    I'm off! Bye.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew

    Hope you got off ok


    I know what you mean about you could make it yourself. I could/should/usually do make most of what I have bought this morning myself, but I just can't face the heat that having the cooker on would create at the moment. The forecast is for it to stay this hot here at least until Sunday and I'm already feeling ill because of it.


    I bought, a couple of quiches, sausage rolls, mini pork pies, some scones, two cheesecake slices, and topped up the salad/fruit. Then got some choc ices.


    I am just going to have picky meals and sandwiches for a few days. That's all I fancy eating at the moment.


    Hopefully this will last me for a few days.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 20th Jun 17, 11:45 AM
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    Hope you got off ok

    I bought, a couple of quiches, sausage rolls, mini pork pies, some scones, two cheesecake slices, and topped up the salad/fruit. Then got some choc ices.

    I am just going to have picky meals and sandwiches for a few days. That's all I fancy eating at the moment.
    Originally posted by Hollyharvey
    Yes, I went and I'm back. Three shops, £8, £12 and £8 spends.

    Phew, what a scorcher, as they say.

    I do envy you your "couple of quiches" because as I was waiting for the PC to fire up I thought "should've got two". I also envy you your sausage rolls.... because I didn't get any. I am not a fan of any pork pies. I looked at scones, but the shop didn't have the cheap ones, so I didn't get any. Cheesecake slices sound nice. I had "look at cheesecakes" on my list, but I'd lost the will to live by then!

    I've bought a random selection of foods.

    Shop 1/4ldi - I walked. Got the big bread rolls I like (intended for burgers), TWO packs of 8 choc ices (so I didn't run out), a bottle of Summer Fruits squash drink and some frozen lamb mince (cheaper than the fresh) which I bought to make kebabs with. Pint of milk, intended to make crustless quiches with, one red pepper (39p/one of this week's offer items), big bag of red onions and a big punnet of grapes (annoyed a bit later as 4sda were cheaper). I figured the onions and pepper and milk will make a quiche .... if I CBA.

    Shop 2/4sda I got: 3 litres of fruit juice, an 83p quiche, a 50p pasty, 4 frozen burgers, 18 packets of crisps (multibuy/cheaper/can only get those from 4sda), two jars of choccy spread, some pitta breads for those kebabs .... and some other more mundane/boring things.

    Shop 3 I only went in to get fizzy pop at a good price - walked out with 30 cans.

    So, overall, I've lots of different/varied food that can be picked from at random ....

    On the way back the car thermometer said 35C, the garden/in the shade thermometer said 35C and indoors here (kept the curtains shut while I was out) it's 26C.
    Last edited by PasturesNew; 20-06-2017 at 12:22 PM.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 20th Jun 17, 1:39 PM
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    Good afternoon,

    My thoughts are with everyone struggling in the heat, it's lovely here forecasted to reach 20C but there's a nice breeze so very pleasant. Rain coming back from tomorrow though.

    Today is the first day in about ten days that I've not felt really off-balance so I'm hoping this bout is eroding and I'll "just" be back at my usual level of dizzy/falling over . Consequently I've had a productive morning, sorted out a new mobile for my Dad as his has died, ordered more steak as it was on SO (£10 for 2kg) of rump steak and also some venison and did some other on-line adminy bits. I'm going to take a whole duck out of the freezer (SO in Lidl around Christma)to make room and will portion that roast the legs and sous vide the breasts so they can be re-frozen. The carcass will make lovely stock for noodle dishes. Breakfast was the usual toast with cheese spread, 2 small flat peaches and the last of the tomato juice. Lunch was crackers with hard boiled egg, coleslaw, rocket and radishes. The radishes have all been scoffed, I've been nibbling at them since they were picked and I gave some to my Dad. Tonight I'm having the pork cheek chilli with either pitta or rice.
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 20th Jun 17, 2:00 PM
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    I've faffed with the food stocks so I've got "instant food to eat" in the fridge.

    I've sliced the quiche, made a coleslaw, made a spud salad, grated a lot of cheese.... I was tempted to slice the red pepper, but ran out of steam.

    I've also got salad tomatoes I bought the other day and I've eggs I can boil at the drop of a hat. I've got bread, bread rolls, pitta breads. I've got more crisps than are necessary.

    I've got fruit juices and fruit squash that can make lollies; I've got tins of fruit and jellies and custard and dream whip so I could make trifles (won't though, but I could!).... and I've got 16 choc ices.

    So I've options ... of things that could go together on a plate .... and I won't go hungry

    So much food one could buy, so many variations of what to put on a plate, it's overwhelming most of the time.

    Today I've eaten an egg/salad cream sandwich earlier ... and a packet of crisps since I got back from the shops.

    I did bother to do all the washing up, which is a good thing
    Last edited by PasturesNew; 20-06-2017 at 2:05 PM.
    • meg72
    • By meg72 20th Jun 17, 2:08 PM
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    Just had one of the nicer trolley adventures. I had sorted a lot of clothes to go to charity shop but couldn't face going all that way on bus in this heat but wanted it out of way. I decided to just walk down to the colletion skip for the Salvation army that's on Asda Carpark.

    So coming back up the hill with, what must be a first for me, an empty trolley met a distraught young Mum with a laden pushchair an empty bag in her hand and shopping all over the floor. Loaded it all up and walked with her to her house, quite near to me. Had a chat and a cup of tea and a lovely cuddle of the baby, a gorgeous 14 month old. Quite made my day.
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 20th Jun 17, 2:24 PM
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    Loaded it all up ....a cup of tea and a lovely cuddle of the baby, a gorgeous 14 month old. Quite made my day.
    Originally posted by meg72
    Blimey .... I'd have done the same, but I'd have left her at the door .... I "don't do" "stickies"
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 20th Jun 17, 2:27 PM
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    Something I forgot in the list above .... I bought a bag of orzo. Just been peering into the cupboards trying to decide which way to turn it into a salad.... so many choices, I then closed the cupboard door and thought "something will come to me". I could just mix it with a chopped tomato and some chilli flakes .... if I get lazy. I did think tuna/sweetcorn would do well, but that involved opening two tins and I wasn't up to making that much effort right now. I also thought about using some of the red grapes I bought this morning to whip up a bit of a fruity salad. So, lots of thought, which is tiring... having a rest now with a can of fizzy pop.

    Outdoor thermometer in the shade, east-facing, so it lost all sun nearly 4 hours ago ...says 30C now. In this room, indoors, it's 26C.
    • meg72
    • By meg72 20th Jun 17, 2:41 PM
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    Blimey .... I'd have done the same, but I'd have left her at the door .... I "don't do" "stickies"
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    LOL haven't heard them called that before. Reminds me of a time a few years back I was on a bus when a young Mum got on with a pushchair but the driver said she had to fold it down. She unstrapped the baby and turned to a smartly dressed man who was seated and asked him to hold it while she folded the pushchair. Well you should have seen his face, sheer horror, he jumped up and said No I will do the pram. He then gave her his seat and went to the back of the bus, I presume as far away from the little dribbler that he ccould get. Was so funny.
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    • Farway
    • By Farway 20th Jun 17, 2:50 PM
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    Nothing is ever perfect........

    Just picked my first lot of radishes - I only plant a few at a time so I don't get overrun with them. I could have done with sowing batch 2 earlier as they've only just started to peek through.
    Originally posted by caronc
    Mine have gone to seed now, but I have read that the pods are nice & peppery tasting, so this year I will be leaving them to pod up & try some out raw in a salad. I don't do stir fry anymore but expect they would be fine in one.

    Good idea about just the T bit of G & T, will seek out a bottle of T maybe tomorrow

    Meg72 Your trolley has become very enabling, and just like a dog it can help break ice and meet new people. Very kind of you BTW, a nice Random Act of Kindness

    HH I'm with you, no cooking, not even boiled / fried egg, just sandwiches or something ready made from fridge, which in my case is s0d all in there except salad bits / pickles / jam / sauce / mustard and one half jar of sundried toms in oil LO from goodness knows when

    Melting again here, 29c with 47% humidity it says on the local weather site, phew it feels like it

    No breakfast again, into Lidl on way to volunteering, nothing YS worth bothering with. Did a recce of the crumpets checking for the fluffy ones as per PN and I think I have them , look plumper than usual. Will try later maybe when cooler

    I did get some SO baking spuds, but too hot to put oven on for that

    Lunch was cheese salad sarnie, and a Ferro [sp?] choccie, Father's day pressie

    Dinner, goodness knows, TBH not really hungry. I do not have ice cream / lollies etc. Not really a big fan of tha type of stuff, maybe one every 5 years if out with the grandchildren. I can't remember when last one was

    PS, just read post by Jackie O on hate waste thread. Pilchard or sardine sarnie. Sound like just the job, open tin, mash up contents, squidge between slices of bread, maybe add tomato or cuc. Eat, job done
    Last edited by Farway; 20-06-2017 at 3:01 PM.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 20th Jun 17, 3:24 PM
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    Just had one of the nicer trolley adventures. I had sorted a lot of clothes to go to charity shop but couldn't face going all that way on bus in this heat but wanted it out of way. I decided to just walk down to the colletion skip for the Salvation army that's on Asda Carpark.

    So coming back up the hill with, what must be a first for me, an empty trolley met a distraught young Mum with a laden pushchair an empty bag in her hand and shopping all over the floor. Loaded it all up and walked with her to her house, quite near to me. Had a chat and a cup of tea and a lovely cuddle of the baby, a gorgeous 14 month old. Quite made my day.
    Originally posted by meg72
    I'll bet it did - I've not had a baby cuddle in ages there's no wee ones in the family and neither my sister or I are in any hurry to become Grans LOL and friends seem to fall into three categories, haven't got kids, have school age grandchildren or have children just hitting secondary school so none from that source either.
    Something I forgot in the list above .... I bought a bag of orzo. Just been peering into the cupboards trying to decide which way to turn it into a salad.... so many choices, I then closed the cupboard door and thought "something will come to me". I could just mix it with a chopped tomato and some chilli flakes .... if I get lazy. I did think tuna/sweetcorn would do well, but that involved opening two tins and I wasn't up to making that much effort right now. I also thought about using some of the red grapes I bought this morning to whip up a bit of a fruity salad. So, lots of thought, which is tiring... having a rest now with a can of fizzy pop.

    Outdoor thermometer in the shade, east-facing, so it lost all sun nearly 4 hours ago ...says 30C now. In this room, indoors, it's 26C.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    I love orzo made into pasta salad. I like it mixed with some balsamic vinegar, chopped tomatoes, a wee bit of onion, chopped peppers, loads of mint and basil, feta cheese and a splosh of olive oil. Lots of nice bread to wipe the juice....
    Mine have gone to seed now, but I have read that the pods are nice & peppery tasting, so this year I will be leaving them to pod up & try some out raw in a salad. I don't do stir fry anymore but expect they would be fine in one.

    Good idea about just the T bit of G & T, will seek out a bottle of T maybe tomorrow
    Originally posted by Farway
    I find the radish pods very, very peppery - or maybe it was just the ones I tried

    If you fancy a treat the "fevertree" tonic is really rather good though pricey compared to other brands.
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