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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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    • gonebust
    • By gonebust 6th Jul 17, 3:28 PM
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    Faraway I'm just sitting reading through some old cook books and I've found a great recipe for runner beans for you

    It's two beans in tomato. The other beans being broad beans but hey if you don't have them ( mine aren't ready yet) then double up on the runners

    225gr of diced runners
    450gr broad beans
    Tin of toms
    Dessert spoon of sugar
    1 teaspoon of dried thyme or oregano
    Salt and pepper

    Make the tomato sauce, bring to the boil, add the beans, boil for 5 mins
    If you use the BB, blanch them first for 2 mins then pop them out of their skins then add for a minute at the end of cooking

    That would be lovely served Luke warm or even cold either as a side dish or stirred into pasta
    • meg72
    • By meg72 6th Jul 17, 3:38 PM
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    Fusspot, as others have pointed out, do waht suits you not what the latest health guru says, as others have also pointed out, next week / year / decade it will all reversed anyway, next will be beef dripping sandwiches with a crusting of salt are excellent for you

    Depending on your budget the ready meals in M & S, or Waitrose sometimes on offer, 3 for a tenner or less sort of thing i find are ideal if chosen carefully. I choose waht i would neve make myself, not because I can't but because the ingredients are not to hand, or obscure or just CBA. For instance both Liver & bacon and battered fish fall into this category for me

    Picked the runners, 600 grammes yesterday BTW, that's over a couple of saved quid right there, and far better quality than shop ones

    I steamed half yesterday and was going to use the rest today with my new steamer, but it is just too hot to even think about that, so salad it is tonight

    Breakfast was zero, but found YS digestive biscuit packet in asda, so despite my good intentions I now have biscuits in the house, and had some mid morning, dunked in my coffee of course

    Because of forthcoming break away I am trying to limit the perishable stuff I buy, my loaf is runing out but do not want to have most of a new one shoved in the fridge for 4 days while I am away, plan A is use ready to bake baguttes 'cos they will keep

    Thus it was bagutte for lunch, and because it is salad tonight, I opened up a tin of corned beef, some used in the baguette with spring onions & tomato, the rest of it will be for tonight's salad, which BTW will use up the LO potato salad made the other day

    Very heathy on the veg stakes today with all the salad, and may have a handful of freah gooseberries & red currants during my garden patrol

    Any ideas on using cold runner beans? They are fresh uncooked at the moment, it had crossed my mind to cook them & toss in mayo / salad cream when cool. Any one done this, or any other ideas?
    Originally posted by Farway
    Yes Runners in mayo work well I like to add sme chopped onion.Thisis a favourite ofmine too

    Runners with bacon - serves 4. Slice 400g runner beans. Boil for 3-4 minutes until just tender. Drain, refresh in cold water, drain again.Gently cook an onion in a little oil until soft. Remove from the pan, add more oil if needed and fry 4 slices chopped smoked streaky bacon until crispy. Add the onion and beans to the pan and warm through.

    I use cooking bacon for this.
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    • Anne_Marie
    • By Anne_Marie 6th Jul 17, 4:20 PM
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    Farway. I do a salad with runner beans, and any other kind of beans that I have, apart from baked, finely chopped onion and some sweetcorn. Either in a vinegar or mayo dressing, depending on my mood, and if anyone else is eating it too. I do like to add a bit of heat, perhaps smoked paprika, some finely chopped chilli, or a splash of some hot sauce. It's a meal in itself to me, with perhaps some grated cheese, halloumi cheese or some tofu, depending on what I have handy. Goes with anything really. Forgot to say that I cook the runner beans first and then plunge into icy water to keep the colour.
    • Anne_Marie
    • By Anne_Marie 6th Jul 17, 4:36 PM
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    Eventually had the soup for lunch around 4 pm. Rake around in the freezer, found some ice cream that I'd made not too long ago, so half of that and the rest of the fruit salad just polished off. That will probably do me for the day now.

    Found a container full of sliced tomatoes lurking at the bottom of the fridge. Vaguely remember doing them, but didn't want them added to the veggie salad. Woops! I've just been slicing up a tomato as needed. They look okay, as I'd given them a generous splash of pomegranate vinegar. Might make a gazpacho tomorrow with the remnants of the veg that I have left, as can't think what else to use them for now. What a total wally!
    • caronc
    • By caronc 6th Jul 17, 4:39 PM
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    Good afternoon everyone,

    Farway - cooked cold runners (or any green beans) are lovely in a salad with tuna, hard boiled eggs and spuds with the dressing of your choice.

    Weather looks as though it might stop raining so hoping to nip out and pick my dwarf beans. It doesn't look like a great crop so I want this batch harvested so I can use the tub for batch two.

    I thought I had finally managed to make only 2 portions of soup but no there is a small portion LO so depending on the weather tomorrow that's either lunch sorted or I'll freeze it. I decided on a turkey steak for tonight which I'll cook in foil with herbs, garlic, mushrooms, courgette and tomato and maybe a wee baked spud on the side for the juices.
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    • Anne_Marie
    • By Anne_Marie 6th Jul 17, 4:48 PM
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    Didn't get any bread rolls for the burgers though, I was in Aisle 1 when I chose to not buy any .... and, later, picked up the burgers in the furthest aisle from aisle 1.... so just headed for the till rather than trying to go to the far end of the shop just for some bread rolls. I didn't intend to eat a burger today so it wasn't important.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    Very like me, can't be bothered heading right back to where I started off. Ok if it's in a small shop, but a big supermarket, tough luck, do without, unless totally necessary. There's always other options. I keep pitta bread in the freezer, and always replace when used up. Use instead of chapatti or naan for a curry, use instead of bread for a toastie or a sandwich, use instead of a burger bun for a Portobello mushroom "burger". Best thing since sliced bread....sorry.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 6th Jul 17, 5:47 PM
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    I'm sitting here with a wet teatowel on my head, trying to bring my temperature down. It's way too hot to even think about any form of cooking!

    The quiche I'd planned ... most likely won't happen because by the time it's cool enough to think about cooking I'll feel it's too late to start/bother

    Will probably end up with chips .... that's easy, even though I don't really fancy them.

    Nothing for now .... see how it goes.
    Last edited by PasturesNew; 17-07-2017 at 6:56 PM.
    • Anne_Marie
    • By Anne_Marie 6th Jul 17, 6:24 PM
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    I do sympathise PN. We all cry out for the heat to come, but then there's a certain temp, that just doesn't need going above to get past your comfort zone.
    If you've got a water bottle, fill it with icy cold water, will help to keep you cool, and great for cooling down the bed/pillow. Unfortunately, I don't have one, but it's on my list. My brother raves about a stoneware one I bought for him years and years ago....wish I had bought one for me too.

    Great breeze has whipped up here this evening, so have just darted upstairs and opened up the bedroom windows and curtains. Am hoping that I may be able to do without the air conditioning on tonight.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 6th Jul 17, 7:35 PM
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    Well, even though it was hot, the quiche got made.... I made two in individual pots - but when it came to fillings I realised if I was going to cut a tomato .... it'd be better to make them both the same and use up the whole tomato.

    Intended/thought of using other stuff...but in the end it's ended up as two simple cheese/tomato bakes. They're in the oven, "resting" .... and I'm now doing the chips

    EDIT 7.48: And it's eaten Ate one of the quiches.... other one will probably get scoffed later as I forgot how gorgeous they are

    I made it in the two pots, because I was trying the pots out for size as I'd not used these particular dishes in this way before (newly purchased this year) .... next time I'll just make it up in one dish as one pot's a nice snack/taster, but I felt a bit "cheated". I now know how those particular dishes work for capacity/satisfaction.... and I've got more suitable dishes in the cupboard.

    EDIT 7.57: Ah .... I realised that if I get a fork and a teatowel, I can hold the hot dish with the teatowel and scoff the contents with a fork.... and, having thought of it, that was it .... I ate the second dish! Oh well. It was very tasty.
    Last edited by PasturesNew; 06-07-2017 at 7:58 PM.
    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 6th Jul 17, 8:43 PM
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    Well, even though it was hot, the quiche got made.... I made two in individual pots - but when it came to fillings I realised if I was going to cut a tomato .... it'd be better to make them both the same and use up the whole tomato.

    Intended/thought of using other stuff...but in the end it's ended up as two simple cheese/tomato bakes. They're in the oven, "resting" .... and I'm now doing the chips

    EDIT 7.48: And it's eaten Ate one of the quiches.... other one will probably get scoffed later as I forgot how gorgeous they are

    I made it in the two pots, because I was trying the pots out for size as I'd not used these particular dishes in this way before (newly purchased this year) .... next time I'll just make it up in one dish as one pot's a nice snack/taster, but I felt a bit "cheated". I now know how those particular dishes work for capacity/satisfaction.... and I've got more suitable dishes in the cupboard.

    EDIT 7.57: Ah .... I realised that if I get a fork and a teatowel, I can hold the hot dish with the teatowel and scoff the contents with a fork.... and, having thought of it, that was it .... I ate the second dish! Oh well. It was very tasty.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew

    They sound lovely, I want quiche now


    Says the person who has been tucking into lemon tart and scones
    • caronc
    • By caronc 6th Jul 17, 8:51 PM
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    They sound lovely, I want quiche now


    Says the person who has been tucking into lemon tart and scones
    Originally posted by Hollyharvey
    Me too even though I've just had dinner
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    • gonebust
    • By gonebust 6th Jul 17, 9:02 PM
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    PN, not sure if you use a frying pan but how about this for using up spuds, and making something to stick your burgers between?

    POTATO BREAD

    easy peasey, boil and mash a pot of spuds. Add flour till you get a good firm dough. Roll out, cut into shapes and shallow fry in butter.

    Served fresh from the pan, heaven. Chill and warm under a grill with a spread of butter, to die for. On their own, with eggs, bacon or black pudding. Pure loveliness


    Saves buying bread
    • caronc
    • By caronc 6th Jul 17, 9:18 PM
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    PN, not sure if you use a frying pan but how about this for using up spuds, and making something to stick your burgers between?

    POTATO BREAD

    easy peasey, boil and mash a pot of spuds. Add flour till you get a good firm dough. Roll out, cut into shapes and shallow fry in butter.

    Served fresh from the pan, heaven. Chill and warm under a grill with a spread of butter, to die for. On their own, with eggs, bacon or black pudding. Pure loveliness


    Saves buying bread
    Originally posted by gonebust
    Yum "tattie scones" - work well with frozen mash too
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    • theatregirl4
    • By theatregirl4 7th Jul 17, 12:40 AM
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    Re the cooking for one, I eat different meals to my Mum, and so you could say that this household is more often than not a cooking for one at different times of the day lol.

    Mum has no problem making up a little roast for herself some nights- she makes a few roast potatoes, a little yorkshire (from scratch) and puts them into a foil baking dish inside of a oven proof metal dish, and it saves on the washing up (no dreaded scrubbing!) She usually has something like a lamb or pork chop, and whatever veg she fancies (usually cabbage, cauliflower or peas - frozen or tinned).
    Other small meals I've seen her make include mini shepherd's pie and veg (she makes enough for three portions) mini cornbeef pie (pastry from scratch, again enough for three portions) and her latest is yellow haddock (easy enough to freeze) with baby new potatoes and veg.
    she's also happy with a egg on toast - poached, scrambled, boiled, or fried, with beans or bacon, or on its own. She's very much traditional english.

    I'm a little different as I mention. For me, I work evenings/nights so I have to make sure I eat somewhat properly.
    I make lasagna from scratch, the only thing I use out of a jar is the red pasta sauce, I make my own cheese sauce, and portion it accordingly, then freeze when cool enough. I do the same with pasta bakes, when I make them.
    I've also found that the lidl ready to wok noodles freeze INCREDIBLY well, so I make big stirfries, and portion and freeze those as well.
    I eat tuna salad a lot in hotter weather (homemade without dressing or mayo) or wraps with chicken, a spoonful of mayo, and salad.
    I have ready meals on standby in the freezer (in case I CBA to cook at any point) and keep both healthy and unhealthy snacks in the cupboard. I am a chocoholic, that is my one big weakness; along with bread and cheese. I take after my maternal grandmother in that I can just eat bread and butter without thinking, I just love it!

    I have to want eggs to have eggs. Drives mum nuts. lol

    edit: just seen the quiche posts. My mum taught me how to make a lovely quiche, she got the recipe from slimming world, just make an egg base for the quiche as normal and add grated cheese, ham, and onion. Cook in oven for 30-45 minutes (until golden brown on top). Serve with salad on the side.
    Last edited by theatregirl4; 07-07-2017 at 12:46 AM.



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    • By theatregirl4 7th Jul 17, 12:47 AM
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    I've got a full/proper oven with (gas!!) hob .... too petrified to go near them. They scare me just because they exist in the house at all a lot of days.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    Gas hobs are best. Electric hobs I have never used and dont want to.



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    • By moneyistooshorttomention 7th Jul 17, 7:14 AM
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    Whereas I could have had either gas or electric hob in my new kitchen - and I've gone with electric (which is what I've been used to anyway).

    I've only ever used gas hobs in friends kitchens - never had one myself. To me - that's just as well - as I tend to get a bit nervous about the idea of flames and I havent got any "fears" as Pastures has. I'm not nervous enough I'd swop a perfectly good gas hob if the kitchen had been okay when I bought this house and that's what it had. But - as I've had the choice - then electric it is.

    I found I got an "extra" I hadnt been aware of on my new hob (compared to the freestanding cooker I had before). That being there is a red light for each hotplate I use on the hob that comes on when I switch them on. That light stays on afterwards until the thing has cooled down completely. I find that a useful safety thing and reminder. I have got worried when I found myself accidentally leaving a hotplate on after I'd finished using it. Cue for me asking myself every time "Did I use to do this? #worry worry I am over 60 now worry worry# ". Followed by thinking "I think I've always been slightly absentminded - and it aint incipient dementia".

    With those red lights - no risk of me standing by the cooker and absent-mindedly putting my hand down on the hob when it hasnt cooled down yet. Also I can just glance back as I leave the room - to check if there's any lights on on the cooker or no and I've not forgotten to switch off since I had this one.

    Pastures - would you find an electric hob "easier" to use?
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    • Anne_Marie
    • By Anne_Marie 7th Jul 17, 8:49 AM
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    With all this talk of quiche, am going to have a bash in the halogen today, will be cheese and onion, as well as make some gazpacho.

    I've got a gas hob and an electric oven here. Although I had a gas cooker for years before, this hob has taken a bit of getting used to, as it's bottled gas, and gives off a fiercer heat than what I was used to. I use a diffuser thing these days when things need to simmer for a bit. Ideally, I'd like a dual fuel hob. Need to have gas, as we do get power cuts from time to time, but really fancy induction.

    Needed air con on last night after all....breeze disappeared and couldn't sleep. No breakfast so far, only plenty of coffee, so will be brunch by the time I get round to eating.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 7th Jul 17, 9:45 AM
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    I liked the quiche so much yesterday I've just made another one... well, two.

    I made it, twice the size of yesterday's. But I didn't have the right sized dishes, so ended up having to split the mix across two when I wasn't happy that the mix came right to the top of the dish so would have overflowed. I've popped one in the fridge to cook later - the other one's already baked in the oven, it pinged just 2-3 minutes ago, so I'm just waiting a bit before I take that out. They're something best "left to sit and mellow", so I'll eat that in a bit... it might not get as far as lunchtime as I am one of those people who has to eat food when it's tempting

    This one's cheese, red onion, red pepper, oregano. The next one will be the same as it was all mixed up at the same time.

    Quick photo - you can see where I've filled the dish, then had to scoop some out to split it between two, so it's made a bit of a mess.

    https://s1.postimg.org/i8vxkmtdb/Quick_Quiche.jpg

    8ocaxr41c
    Last edited by PasturesNew; 07-07-2017 at 10:25 AM.
    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 7th Jul 17, 10:32 AM
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    I liked the quiche so much yesterday I've just made another one... well, two.

    I made it, twice the size of yesterday's. But I didn't have the right sized dishes, so ended up having to split the mix across two when I wasn't happy that the mix came right to the top of the dish so would have overflowed. I've popped one in the fridge to cook later - the other one's already baked in the oven, it pinged just 2-3 minutes ago, so I'm just waiting a bit before I take that out. They're something best "left to sit and mellow", so I'll eat that in a bit... it might not get as far as lunchtime as I am one of those people who has to eat food when it's tempting

    This one's cheese, red onion, red pepper, oregano. The next one will be the same as it was all mixed up at the same time.

    Quick photo - you can see where I've filled the dish, then had to scoop some out to split it between two, so it's made a bit of a mess.

    https://s1.postimg.org/i8vxkmtdb/Quick_Quiche.jpg

    8ocaxr41c
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    Ok, I have serious food envy now That looks lovely, and it has everything in that I really like. I may have to make one tomorrow. It won't be today now because I have got some lamb out of the freezer for dinner today.
    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 7th Jul 17, 10:37 AM
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    I can't use a gas cooker at all. I have a fear of the flames. I think it stems from when we had 'town gas' held in those massive storage tanks. I used to walk past one on the outskirts of the town where I lived and the smell of gas was terrible. I was always scared it would explode.


    Then when we changed over to north sea gas from town gas a fitter had to come and adapt all gas cookers to be able to use the north sea gas and I always thought that I could smell it.


    When I go to friends/family who use gas I can't smell anything anymore but I wouldn't cook on it. I am scared of catching a tea towel or clothing on the flame.


    I have all electric cooking and an induction hob which is great because you get the instant control that you get with a gas hob but there is no hot rings/plates so I feel really safe with it.
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