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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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    • caronc
    • By caronc 7th Jul 17, 9:51 PM
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    I do one day a week for a law/advice service. Although that has been half a day recently because I'm still having all sorts of tests to get to the bottom of my heart problem and I'm not up to doing a full day. Also they have been good and allowed me to be flexible in when I do go in. I'm really pleased about that, because usually we are all booked up with appointments for a few weeks in advance but what they are doing with me is giving me someone else's client and then the other volunteer is catching up on their paperwork so it is working out ok.


    At least I can still carry on this way because I do enjoy it.
    Originally posted by Hollyharvey
    You can only give what you can/ works for you...
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    • Anne_Marie
    • By Anne_Marie 8th Jul 17, 1:07 AM
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    Regarding voluntary things, it is supposed to be voluntary, not being pressurised into something that you don't really want to do.

    Am not knocking doing things for others, whether it be a charity, a total stranger, friends or family. That is something I believe strongly in, help out when you can, and put yourself out if someone is in need.

    There are things that I can and will do to help raise money for certain charities here in Cyprus. I can't help them all, it's just a case of doing what I am able to.

    I no longer give financial aid to any UK charities. I was totally sickened by the continuous asking for more, so cut it all off. Actually what was the worst was a childrens charity, which I had written to, saying that payments would be stopped in 3 months, as we were leaving the country. Got a hideous email saying that we were destroying a child's dream. It was a local charity, and it was doing good work. However, that email was pure blackmail, evil and totally wrong. I cut off all funds to that charity immediately, and then stopped other charity funding, without warning them too much in advance. Probably very wrong, morally, but when charities don't have many morals any more, I am not so inclined to care.

    My Mother-in-law died just over a year ago. Turns out she had been giving a lot of money to various "charities". When we lived near her, we kept an adept eye on things. Unfortunately, no idea of how much she paid out, but an eye-watering amount. I had already had a word with her, about being careful with online things/telephone calls, not a word did she mention. I do not for one minute think that she had forgotten. Seriously think that she was too embarrassed to mention that she had been conned. Why she did not go to the bank for help is beyond me, as she was quite capable....must have been too embarrassed to admit anything.

    Suppose that we all would say that we would do thing differently these days, and we probably would. It was totally different years ago, when a woman was just there, kept her mouth shut, suffered a beating.
    Unfortunately, the beating and the rape still happen, as some women do not have the freedom of getting out and about. Thing is, most of us don't don't know, as we keep ourselves to ourselves. We really should be a wee bit nosy if we hear odd things happening.
    My parents neighbours...I was a child and in bed early, so knew nothing really, but did hear the neighbour screaming. My Mum has told me that she heard the woman screaming, but didn't want to interfere. Flipping heck...I'd be interfering right away, and meanwhile shouting for someone to call the police.
    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 8th Jul 17, 9:34 AM
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    Morning everyone,


    I've just had my breakfast of Greek yoghurt and berries (no change there )


    Lunch will be an omelette (all this talk of quiche and omelettes has rubbed off ) I have some mushrooms and a red pepper in the fridge, amongst other things so I am going to use them up. It will make a change from a sandwich.


    Dinner will be a grilled salmon fillet with salad. I'm going to make a dressing for the salad but I haven't decided what type of dressing yet. I will see nearer the time, and have a look at what I need to use up.
    Last edited by Hollyharvey; 08-07-2017 at 9:37 AM. Reason: Missed off dinner.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 8th Jul 17, 10:22 AM
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    Today I am suffering one of the unnoticed/unspoken ways of "life for one".

    I am expecting a workman ... "mid morning". I can't afford to miss him, but my house is tricky to find/park/identify .... the work is essential. I therefore must not miss him - even though I can't see the approach route.

    So I will need to be super-aware and pacing about and running up/down the stairs to check out of the windows every time I think I hear the slightest squeak of a vehicle....

    And I therefore cannot eat. The closest I can get to eating is if I grab a bowl of nut cornflakes, and wander round with them. So that's what I'll do.

    I can't wait until he's arrived/started to cook a breakfast because, as we all know, you need to watch/check what somebody's doing and be available to answer any small/large/unimportant/important questions and then to inspect the work and make payment. More time that cooking can't occur....

    If I were not expecting a workman I'd definitely be having a nice, filling, cooked brekky of: hash browns, scrambled eggs, beans, sausages, brown sauce and a black coffee.

    So that might have to be lunch.

    EDIT 11.23: When is mid morning? I expected it before now!
    Last edited by PasturesNew; 08-07-2017 at 11:23 AM.
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 8th Jul 17, 12:16 PM
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    I can sympathise with that one PN. Know exactly what you mean.

    I never feel I can do anything very much at all when a workman is in/supposed to be in doing something and that includes eating.

    Throw in the unreliability factor I've had a lot of since moving... - so I'm always a bit on edge in case they are late or don't even turn up at all.

    When they are actually here - then I'm alternating between "being reasonable and that's what I hope for back then" and making endless drinks for them on the one hand and keeping an eye on how they are doing the job on the other hand (ie because long experience has taught me that if there's a wrong way to do a job = there's a good chance that's how they will do it otherwise). Also busily checking out each stage of the job for myself on the Internet to ensure that "that bit" they are currently doing is being done in accordance with "majority opinion" as to how it should be done (I learnt that lesson the hard way - after the awful standard more than one task was done to after I first moved here and I couldnt look up the Internet - as that was playing up too).

    The Internet is an absolute blessing for checking up for oneself how things "should be" done and making sure that's what happens.

    I've gathered by now that I'm probably regarded as that one that is rather "particular" about how work needs to be done and will tell others what standard you did the work to on the one hand (despite it being a small town) but you've got nothing to worry about if you do the work decently (ie as I pay very promptly for it) on the other hand.

    Definitely not much time for eating - in between making drinks for them/just popping out to check how they're doing/googling to see how they should be doing....
    If there's "4 tendencies" type of people (Gretchen Rubin) = yep....Questioner type here
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 8th Jul 17, 1:38 PM
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    Well, job done.... 3 men, 1½ hours.

    I can eat now!

    Cooked breakfast .... when I've got my breath back as I just went to the shops to get them a cold drink, thinking they'd be a lot longer, but there were HUGE holdups in the shop .... queue 20 deep ...and when I returned they'd finished, which is annoying as I was planning on asking them to do another couple of easy 2 minute jobs while they were here, but when I got back they were packed up and sitting in the van waiting to go!

    It was an outside job, fences etc.

    EDIT 1:57: Eating now

    EDIT 2:00: Finished!
    Last edited by PasturesNew; 08-07-2017 at 2:01 PM.
    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 8th Jul 17, 2:21 PM
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    Well, job done.... 3 men, 1½ hours.

    I can eat now!

    Cooked breakfast .... when I've got my breath back as I just went to the shops to get them a cold drink, thinking they'd be a lot longer, but there were HUGE holdups in the shop .... queue 20 deep ...and when I returned they'd finished, which is annoying as I was planning on asking them to do another couple of easy 2 minute jobs while they were here, but when I got back they were packed up and sitting in the van waiting to go!

    It was an outside job, fences etc.

    EDIT 1:57: Eating now

    EDIT 2:00: Finished!
    Originally posted by PasturesNew

    At least it is done now. Irritating that you didn't get the opportunity to ask them to do the other jobs though.


    I hate it when I have workmen here for any reason. I don't know why for sure but I think that it is because I feel that I can't get on with anything while they are here. I usually sit at the computer surfing the internet.


    At least you got your cooked breakfast in the end, even though it is well past breakfast time
    Did you have your crunchy nut cornflakes for breakfast in the end?
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 8th Jul 17, 2:28 PM
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    Did you have your crunchy nut cornflakes for breakfast in the end?
    Originally posted by Hollyharvey
    I did because I eat them as they are - no sugar/milk, just the cornflakes... so easy to walk around with a small pie dish in your hand scoffing with your fingers, which is how I did it

    Nothing to spoil if you just eat cereals dry
    • Farway
    • By Farway 8th Jul 17, 2:28 PM
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    At least the job's done now PN, and there no easy 2 minute jobs, I speak from decades of experience doing them. I passed this nugget of knowledge onto my son and he found out the hard way that in fact I did know what I was talking about for once. Never start a 2 minute job when the DIY / car shops are shut or darkness is nearing

    Another hotty today, finished up going to Morries, my "free" pub car park was full hence the change of plan. Nothing really needed just getting some bits in for tomorrow's trip down to Plymouth, crisps & sweets + water, just in case finish up queuing on the A35 / A30 as you do most sunny Sundays

    Breakfast was digestive biscuits dunked in tea, then had bowl of bran flakes + sliced banana & honey drizzled on

    Lunch back to use it it up loaf now, had cheese salad sarnie again, but now onto Red Leicester because I fancied a change for cheddar that's all. Now down to 4 slices left so that should just about work out before I go, or two bunged in freezer for toast on return

    Dinner must be a use it up one, runners and will pick the rest before I go, plus LO half a pointy cabbage & LO broccoli lump. Cleared the last of the Xmas 2015 3 bird roast out of the freezer, defrosted on worktop and ready for dinner

    I did pick the last of the gooseberries yesterday, had with ice cream & honey
    Tonight is probably same but with red currants. I will have to get my eating skates on because I notice there are gazillions of blackberries ripening now, but at least I can freeze them raw until the apples ripen

    After today, no more CFO in Plymouth, full English in the B & B, lunch out, dinner down the Barbican somewhere. No pasty or cream tea planned but who knows?
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 8th Jul 17, 2:32 PM
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    .... Plymouth...
    Originally posted by Farway
    Pick up some budgie smugglers and head for the Lido.


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tinside_Pool
    • Farway
    • By Farway 8th Jul 17, 2:41 PM
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    Pick up some budgie smugglers and head for the Lido.


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tinside_Pool
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    I think to save being arrested a burka would be better
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 8th Jul 17, 2:43 PM
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    I think to save being arrested a burka would be better
    Originally posted by Farway
    I've always wished women's regular/expected swimwear were shorts and a t shirt like blokes get away with.... so much pressure to squeeze into a suit, or bikini ... neither of which are flattering except if you're standing completely still and posing.
    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 8th Jul 17, 3:17 PM
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    After today, no more CFO in Plymouth, full English in the B & B, lunch out, dinner down the Barbican somewhere. No pasty or cream tea planned but who knows?
    Originally posted by Farway

    Sounds lovely. I think you need to have a pasty and most certainly a cream tea each day And of course your evening meal in a really nice restaurant, which it sounds like you have planned . Surely it's compulsory when on holiday.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 8th Jul 17, 4:33 PM
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    Good afternoon everyone,

    Farway - enjoy your holidays. I've only been to Plymouth once in the scorching first two weeks of July in 2006. We were staying at a wee place called Noss Mayo and were in Plymouth a fair bit. My boys fair loved the Lido

    The sun is actually shining here today , I'd like to say I got lots of gardening done but I'd be fibbing. First cucumber has been scoffed (though I was good and gave my Dad a bit) in wrap with ham & rocket at lunch time. I bought the wraps last weekend when the boys were home and they didn't get used so I'll need to use them up as I don't find they freeze well. Dinner tonight is a pork chop with steamed veg and spuds.
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    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 8th Jul 17, 4:44 PM
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    I've always wished women's regular/expected swimwear were shorts and a t shirt like blokes get away with.... so much pressure to squeeze into a suit, or bikini ... neither of which are flattering except if you're standing completely still and posing.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    Right - I'll challenge you then to do that.

    See if you can find suitable shorts and t shirt for swimming purposes. Believe me - you'll be doing the rest of us a favour if it becomes "normal" for women to go swimming like that.

    I know you're on the small side - but I'm reluctant to put myself into a bikini until I'm back to my normal size and just wish many people rather a lot bigger than myself were equally reluctant.......

    Until then - I'll spare everyone seeing size 18 me - that buys clothes that have a size 14 vanity-sizing label on them in the 2010's.

    Off to try on my size 14 jacket from decades ago to see how close I'm getting to being able to wear it again.....

    I'm a great fan of rational dressing personally - so it is rather time for the shorts/teeshirt swimwear imo.

    EDIT; Noss Mayo caron - is envious. Been there - like it.
    Last edited by moneyistooshorttomention; 08-07-2017 at 4:49 PM.
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 8th Jul 17, 6:41 PM
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    I've never been a bikini person even in my young and skinny days - I'm too top heavy to every felt secure in oneGive me a well supported cossie any day . That said I hate swimming and sunbathing......

    My summer wear consists of a "uniform" of cotton or linen trousers or cropped trousers with a top or t-shirt. Cardi added as required. I never replaced my shorts when they wore out - so few days here when you can wear them!

    Noss Mayo and Newton Ferris are just so beautiful would go back like a shot
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 8th Jul 17, 6:49 PM
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    I've been painting the fence wood.... there's quite a lot of it and I've never done it before and I am deliberately going slow (for reasons I won't divulge).

    So I was thinking I deserved a takeaway ... but I do not know of a good one round here. The one I had last time doesn't do good chow mein, nor good egg fried rice (I could equal their efforts myself using the nuker) ... and the first time I had their chicken balls they were magnificent, but the last time they were "only JUST cooked" so I felt the texture of the chicken was a little "undesirable". So I am loathe to go there again .... which is a shyte as I had high hopes after I'd been the first time.

    I have no knowledge of any others being any good - which leaves me all at sea and having to pick one at random that I haven't tried before, which means travelling further afield ...and I also don't know if I want indian or chinese ... or a kebab.

    So, all in all, I bet I end up not having a takeaway through complete indecision.

    So tough .... I've no food in the house I fancy at all.
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 8th Jul 17, 7:45 PM
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    My summer wear consists of a "uniform" of cotton or linen trousers or cropped trousers with a top or t-shirt. Cardi added as required. I never replaced my shorts when they wore out - so few days here when you can wear them!
    Originally posted by caronc
    Envy again. Cropped trousers are "my style" - and I haven't got a single pair and never have had. Reason being I've not got nicely-coloured skin to be on show in between the footwear and the bottom of the trousers. I'm pretty pale-skinned - not "pale and pasty" as I was whilst being fed the food I had whilst growing up. Once I started feeding myself the "pale and pasty" went thankfully and I was able to discover what colour my skin is actually supposed to be. The answer was, unfortunately = "still pretty pale". There is only about 1 shade of pale that is paler than mine and I just have to count my blessings I've not got that colouring. But - I'm only the next shade up and that means = no bare legs on show. Hmmm...wonder if I could wear tights underneath them - to hide that paleness.....(popsocks don't do it for me).
    If there's "4 tendencies" type of people (Gretchen Rubin) = yep....Questioner type here
    - Meets an expectation only if they believe it's justified and resists anything arbitrary or ineffective
    • caronc
    • By caronc 8th Jul 17, 7:46 PM
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    Oh I like fence painting find it quite relaxing and no need to be super tidy/careful. Hope you sorted out your dinner dilemma.
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    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 8th Jul 17, 7:56 PM
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    Me I'm betting the doing fence painting slowly is something to do with neighbours........
    If there's "4 tendencies" type of people (Gretchen Rubin) = yep....Questioner type here
    - Meets an expectation only if they believe it's justified and resists anything arbitrary or ineffective
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