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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
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    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 8th Jul 17, 8:24 PM
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    Right ... I went out for a random drive, perchance to randomly spot a random takeaway that happened to have a parking spot outside and didn't look grubby.... but I got 200 yards up the road and CBA.

    Instead of spending £7-8 in a random takeaway I'd probably regret I went to 4ldi to spend the money on "stuff you've not tried before".

    Tea tonight is: Basmati rice (from cupboard), 5 hot/spicy chicken strips in something (breadcrumbs I think, could be batter), and half a jar of sweet/sour sauce (with a spoon of added balsamic vinegar as it smelt too sickly sweet).

    It'll be served up in about 4 minutes' time.

    EDIT: Well, at a cost of £1.12, that was very edible ....if somewhat a large portion. I chose to do 5 chicken bits as there were 10 in the packet.... but 4 would've done. Rice I did by eye, so was generous. 1/2 a jar of s/s was a bit too much, 1/3rd would've done.
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    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 8th Jul 17, 10:30 PM
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    Right ... I went out for a random drive, perchance to randomly spot a random takeaway that happened to have a parking spot outside and didn't look grubby.... but I got 200 yards up the road and CBA.

    Instead of spending £7-8 in a random takeaway I'd probably regret I went to 4ldi to spend the money on "stuff you've not tried before".

    Tea tonight is: Basmati rice (from cupboard), 5 hot/spicy chicken strips in something (breadcrumbs I think, could be batter), and half a jar of sweet/sour sauce (with a spoon of added balsamic vinegar as it smelt too sickly sweet).

    It'll be served up in about 4 minutes' time.

    EDIT: Well, at a cost of £1.12, that was very edible ....if somewhat a large portion. I chose to do 5 chicken bits as there were 10 in the packet.... but 4 would've done. Rice I did by eye, so was generous. 1/2 a jar of s/s was a bit too much, 1/3rd would've done.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    That sounds like it was nice, and a lot cheaper than a take away.


    It makes me think that I should try once every couple of weeks to try something that I've never had before. Whether that be something shop bought or a new recipe.


    I think I will set myself a challenge to do this one day next week. I'll have a wander around and look at different things when I go to the shops next week. I usually go with a list, and just go and pick those items up. Apart from looking at the rtc stuff I don't usually have a wander around looking at things.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 9th Jul 17, 6:59 AM
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    I'll have a wander around and look at different things when I go to the shops next week. I usually go with a list, and just go and pick those items up. Apart from looking at the rtc stuff I don't usually have a wander around looking at things.
    Originally posted by Hollyharvey
    "Seeing what's there, seeing what's new and seeing what I fancy" is the way I've always shopped. While not "adventurous" and not looking for the latest fad/fashion, I will buy things that sound nice if the price is right. I'm not hooked to any one brand, but that's because I've never found "something that's out of this world, never to be replaced".

    I stick to "the same sort of food" - but just always scan the shelves for something a little different....

    4ldi is new to me as they only opened here recently, so I've not tried the majority of what they've got - and they seem to have a lot of potentially interesting things in the freezer.

    Chilled shelves, these days, give me fewer joys as the food in chillers have tended to go more with "trends" and away from pie varieties, quiche varieties.

    Some "finds" in the past have been such things as discovering in Sainsbobs tins in the soup aisle of "beef & dumplings", sold under a soup label. A handy "meal in a tin" find... or discovering the 15p spaghetti/hoops most supermarkets seem to sell (splash of balsamic vinegar and they're not so bland)..... or the L1dl/4ldi Frikadellen (meatballs or patties).

    If I had to put a figure to it I'd probably say that I try one new thing/month or so - not trying to find/try new things, so no pressure to discover them - but always got my eye out "in case" I discover something brilliant. The discovery rate is higher at the moment as I am still new to 4ldi and it's close by.

    It's how I discovered/used balsamic vinegar .... as I spotted it once in 4ldi at 59p and thought "I don't really know what that is, but it seems to be mentioned everywhere .... and at 59p I feel in a mood to give that a punt" - and now I use a splash of it here and there for a variety of reasons...eg. it improves 15p cans of spaghetti hoops from L1dl
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    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 9th Jul 17, 7:03 AM
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    It makes me think that I should try once every couple of weeks to try something that I've never had before. Whether that be something shop bought or a new recipe.


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    Originally posted by Hollyharvey
    My motto there is to look for something I havent tried before every time I go in a food shop. Living where I do now - then I'm not going to get overwhelmed by a constant stream of new things to try and so that means I'm maybe only getting something new, say, once a month or so. If I lived back in Home City - then I'd have to ration myself - or I'd be buying loadsa new things every time I went shopping.

    So it does depend a bit where one lives.

    Ditto to living where I do now - then, when I see an ingredient featuring noticeably often in my newest cookbooks - then I will specifically look for it here and, if I cant find it, I send off and buy it from Amazon. I wasn't able to find teff flour or even silken tofu here for instance - so had to send off for it. But I did have a result the other day and finally saw some panko breadcrumbs in a shop here - and promptly bought them.
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    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 9th Jul 17, 10:28 AM
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    4ldi is new to me as they only opened here recently, so I've not tried the majority of what they've got - and they seem to have a lot of potentially interesting things in the freezer.

    If I had to put a figure to it I'd probably say that I try one new thing/month or so ...[/I]

    It's how I discovered/used balsamic vinegar .... as I spotted it once in 4ldi at 59p and thought "I don't really know what that is, but it seems to be mentioned everywhere .... and at 59p I feel in a mood to give that a punt" - and now I use a splash of it here and there for a variety of reasons...eg. it improves 15p cans of spaghetti hoops from L1dl
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    Aldi will be one of the places that I will have a good look around. I may go there tomorrow. As you know I have also only just started discovering what is in Aldi, because although it has been in this town for years I couldn't use it until I had the trolley to get things home because of the distance. I will have a good look in the freezer, I haven't looked in the freezer there yet.


    I use balsamic vinegar to 'jazz' things up like you. I use Worcester sauce quite a lot as well for that sort of thing.
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    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 9th Jul 17, 10:30 AM
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    My motto there is to look for something I havent tried before every time I go in a food shop.


    I'm maybe only getting something new, say, once a month or so.

    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention

    Yes, I'm going to start looking for something new each time I go in a shop now, with the aim of trying something new once a month or so.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 9th Jul 17, 10:32 AM
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    I have no food I fancy ... how often does the day start like that?

    It's SCORCHIO!!!! and then some here today. Sun's blazing down .... hot, hot, hot, hot.....

    I'll probably have a cooked breakfast at some point (beans, eggs, sausages, hash browns) ... and there'll be some cornflakes at some point I bet.

    And I have crumpets.... overload of crumpets too - I picked up another pack of those last night as they had a 30% off sticker... so now I've two opened 6-packs in the freezer with two removed apiece.

    I've no bread else I'd have tomato sandwiches....I could go and get bread, but that means changing clothes as I am currently dressed for painting (been out and done a bit this morning) ... so might not bother.
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 9th Jul 17, 11:14 AM
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    ...and my thought for the day being I've been reading an online Guardian article by a chef (couldnt manage to type up a usable link to it on here) about not letting our confidence as a cook get undermined by recipes.

    That being feeling we should do everything exactly as per recipe. There is a happy medium between someone saying "I've just made x recipe - but I changed this/altered quantity of that/etc/etc" to which I think "Well - you havent made x recipe then have you?" and feeling it's okay to amend a bit and not lay claim to it being the original recipe.

    So - next time a recipe says that one needs to add 6 ingredients and it goes "first add this, then add that, then add something else" I shall do what he advocates and chuck all 6 ingredients in at once - unless there is a valid reason for separating out on that instruction.

    He also said about not being afraid to think of substituting or missing out ingredients (one of our singles particular problem - as we buy stuff specifically for recipes and then land up with those leftovers again). Have started thinking like that already. With my weakness for cookbooks and trying to learn a new way of cooking - then I've just had through "Vegan on the go" - and I wondered why they seem to add some sweetening of some description to the type of recipes I swear don't usually have it. This time - I looked at the photo of the two of them on the back (clue = they're not slim) and promptly decided to omit those sweetenings any time I try one of their recipes and I must generally take ideas from them and then add a virtual "pinch of salt".

    Now Deliciously Ella on the other hand - who has a figure similar to what I used to have/intend to have again - and I am much more likely to copy her recipes word for word

    EDIT; I saw a set of photos online (newspaper article?) recently showing plates of the same sort of foods. There were 3 plates - one modern day size (ie too big), one normal size, one diet size and you could see that you shouldnt eat the first size plate worth ever and should eat plate 2 size and that plate 3 size was perfectly adequate whilst losing weight. Does anyone know of somewhere I could get through a nice poster or the like with some "sets of 3 plates" on that I could put up in my kitchen as a reminder. It's proving useful to try and picture those plates - but I feel I could do with a copy of this right in front of me on a daily basis.
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    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 9th Jul 17, 1:18 PM
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    Well I have been solo cooking and eating for about three weeks now.....

    I'm loving it.......eating delicious healthy food and indulging in a few nice treats. I have lost 6 lbs and saved myself a fortune not having to feed My 6'3" son who has hollow legs what's not to like.....

    Re sticking to recipes.

    I can't remember which TV chef said it but he said that we shouldn't get too hung up on slavishly following recipes. He said we should improvise and experiment, that we need to trust our tastebuds and get to know which flavours we prefer and work from there.

    Was Interested to read your comments about swim cossies , bikinis etc.

    I think there is far too pressure. All these silly magazine articles about getting a "beach body". No wonder so many people feel so insecure about their bodies.

    Who cares, no one really looks at us that closely and if they do raise an eyebrow or make a nasty comment then so what. Ignore them. Do your own thing. Just don't frighten the horses.

    Guess what ........I have cellulite and thread veins on my legs and yes the knees are a bit tempremental these days but heres the thing.......my legs support me and carry me wherever I want, I can walk, run, skip and dance. They are perfect.

    My arms may not be sufficiently "toned" but they can lift, they can hold things, they can hug the people I care about. They serve me well.

    My belly is a bit flabby and does not conform to the "washboard stomach ideal". But.......it carried my two wonderful children for nine months.....so I wear my stretch marks with pride. They are my battle scars.

    I love the sun and the sea so I will strip off and lie on the beach or by the pool.

    However when I travel abroad I am very conscious to respect other cultures and take care not to offend my host nations sensibilities. When I leave the beach I cover up. When out sightseeing I dress modestly and demurely. I do not flaunt my body.

    I do think a lot of British women could learn a lot from our European sisters.....so many could do with a few lessons in "continental chic".

    I think wandering round resorts half naked, going into shops and restaurants in swimwear, or skimpy shorts and tops is totally inappropriate.

    Beach wear is not streetwear.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 9th Jul 17, 1:56 PM
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    I had to pop into Sainsbobs earlier - didn't intend to buy any food, but walked round anyway. Their £3.40 pizzas in the chiller are priced at £2, so I got one.... but I'll probably not cook it today.

    Then I found their 4-packs of beans were at £1 (reduced sugar/salt) and I like those, so got two 4-packs...but as I hadn't intended shopping my arms were full so I paid and left.

    Back home, not intending to cook the pizza, I had to choose something to eat, so made up a quick layered salad that used up the last bit of midget gem lettuce and a tomato - on top of which I plonked some tiny seashell pasta mixed with salad cream and grated cheese.

    Now scoffing a choc ice
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 9th Jul 17, 1:56 PM
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    I don't know about holidays or furreners.... I've never been abroad and don't have holidays. I always cover up, wherever I am.
    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 9th Jul 17, 1:59 PM
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    I'm having a nice easy not much CFO day today.
    I opened a youghurt and ate a banana with it for breakfast.
    For lunch I have just had a salad sandwich.
    Dinner will be lasagne that I found in the freezer with some salad. I think that is at least a year old from when I made it for my niece, but it has defrosted now and looks and smells ok so I shall eat it.


    Tomorrow I intend to make 'try something new day', so will see what I can find.


    I'm hungry again now, but don't want to eat the lasagne yet because it will be too much. I may need to go and get a crumpet out of the freezer
    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 9th Jul 17, 2:02 PM
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    Then I found their 4-packs of beans were at £1 (reduced sugar/salt) and I like those, so got two 4-packs...but as I hadn't intended shopping my arms were full so I paid and left.

    Now scoffing a choc ice
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    I like those beans as well. I will pop in there tomorrow and get some.


    A choc ice, now that I do fancy, cancel the crumpet idea off to get a choc ice out of the freezer
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 9th Jul 17, 2:16 PM
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    Tomorrow I intend to make 'try something new day', so will see what I can find.
    Originally posted by Hollyharvey
    Don't force it - just be aware and look.... you don't HAVE to buy something ... just embrace the freedom of perusing and choosing something new if it's what you fancy.



    If I go out looking for anything, even "something nice for tea" I never find it .... if I go out and just browse I randomly spot stuff sometimes. You never know when you'll be lucky.
    • SunnyGirl
    • By SunnyGirl 9th Jul 17, 3:36 PM
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    Oh no, I hope that you start to feel better soon and that it improves quickly. You have my sympathy, there is nothing worse than the pain of a tooth abscess.
    Originally posted by Hollyharvey

    SunnyGirl - oh dear, very nasty. Hope that you feel better asap.
    Originally posted by Anne_Marie
    Oh how horrible - hope you feel better soon x
    Originally posted by caronc
    Hellooooo!


    Thank you for all your good wishes and I can report that I'm finally on the mend but it culminated in a hospital stay and some looking after of me by my Mum. I ended up with an infection all through my jaw which was working dangerously close to my brain and something called dry socket where the tooth was taken out. All excruciatingly painful (and I've given birth 3 times!) Definitely on the mend now.


    You have all been springing to mind over the last 10 days or so as I have been recuperating and shopping and cooking for one.


    PN Having read your bits on Angel Delight I saw a tub of it in Home Bargains which can be added to milk to make anything from one or more servings at a time. That fell into my basket... I also bought a quiche in Aldi last week and had that for two nights tea. The other two portions are cling filmed and in the freezer for another hot day ;-)


    Caronc I have been drinking fruit juice with breakfast which put me in mind of you with your tomato juice. I bought some cartons of orange and some of apple and am alternating them for variety.


    HH Choc ices have been purchased.....


    Faraway Cherries have been purchased.....


    You are all such an influence haha.


    I've had the idea of writing the use by date on my cartons of fresh juice in the fridge which makes me drink them as I can be a bu$$er for opening them then forgetting so they end up being thrown away.


    I've had a couple of 'cooking days' and put 16 meals in the freezer - lasagnes, spag bols, chillis, keemas and curries - so half my month is sorted. Have also made a months worth of sandwiches for work either ham, cheese and onion chutney or tuna & sweetcorn mayo which I add sliced tomatoes or cucumber to if I fancy it.


    Apart from that I haven't really been up to much. Oh I cheated with the garden and invested in two big bottles of spray on weedkiller which has cured the weeds.


    Lunch today was a ham, cheese and onion chutney sandwich, crisps, a yoghurt and some cherries. Tea is my favourite quickie meal - boiled pasta mixed with butter, a good squirt of tomato puree, garlic, pepper and olives. I may or may not put some cheese on the top of it all depending how I'm feeling when dishing it up. The 'recipe' such as it is, is from a student cookbook that I bought my middle one when he went off to uni.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 9th Jul 17, 5:43 PM
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    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).
    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention
    Believe me I'm a red headed Scot so do pale...... Tbh for the small gap between the bottom of the cropped leg and my feet I don't care if my legs are white. When I was at work during the summer I used to use the Dove gradual self tan stuff. You use it like body lotion and over a few days it takes the edge of the paleness without looking false or streaky
    Hellooooo!


    Thank you for all your good wishes and I can report that I'm finally on the mend but it culminated in a hospital stay and some looking after of me by my Mum. I ended up with an infection all through my jaw which was working dangerously close to my brain and something called dry socket where the tooth was taken out. All excruciatingly painful (and I've given birth 3 times!) Definitely on the mend now.


    You have all been springing to mind over the last 10 days or so as I have been recuperating and shopping and cooking for one.


    PN Having read your bits on Angel Delight I saw a tub of it in Home Bargains which can be added to milk to make anything from one or more servings at a time. That fell into my basket... I also bought a quiche in Aldi last week and had that for two nights tea. The other two portions are cling filmed and in the freezer for another hot day ;-)


    Caronc I have been drinking fruit juice with breakfast which put me in mind of you with your tomato juice. I bought some cartons of orange and some of apple and am alternating them for variety.


    HH Choc ices have been purchased.....


    Faraway Cherries have been purchased.....


    You are all such an influence haha.


    I've had the idea of writing the use by date on my cartons of fresh juice in the fridge which makes me drink them as I can be a bu$$er for opening them then forgetting so they end up being thrown away.


    I've had a couple of 'cooking days' and put 16 meals in the freezer - lasagnes, spag bols, chillis, keemas and curries - so half my month is sorted. Have also made a months worth of sandwiches for work either ham, cheese and onion chutney or tuna & sweetcorn mayo which I add sliced tomatoes or cucumber to if I fancy it.


    Apart from that I haven't really been up to much. Oh I cheated with the garden and invested in two big bottles of spray on weedkiller which has cured the weeds.


    Lunch today was a ham, cheese and onion chutney sandwich, crisps, a yoghurt and some cherries. Tea is my favourite quickie meal - boiled pasta mixed with butter, a good squirt of tomato puree, garlic, pepper and olives. I may or may not put some cheese on the top of it all depending how I'm feeling when dishing it up. The 'recipe' such as it is, is from a student cookbook that I bought my middle one when he went off to uni.
    Originally posted by SunnyGirl
    Gee whizz you have been through the mill SG, glad you are back on your feet just don't over do it.

    lessonslearned - sounds as though you are finding what CFO way works for you, glad you are enjoying the freedom of not filling "hollow legs"


    It's wet, grey and none too warm here today and I've done very little. Brunch was bacon, egg and IKEA rostis (I had 2 left in a pack lurking in the freezer). The rostis were ok but more like potato pancakes but tasty enough, I wouldn't rush to buy them again.

    Tonight I'm having steak dinner and a couple of glasses of wine! I finished my antibiotic yesterday and start my new meds tomorrow which I can't drink with until they have bedded in so I may as well enjoy a glass.......

    ETA- I had one of my freebie rhubarb & custard ice cream cones. They were ok but a bit on the sweet side for my taste!
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 9th Jul 17, 5:57 PM
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    ...hospital stay and some looking after of me by my Mum. I ended up with an infection all through my jaw which was working dangerously close to my brain and something called dry socket where the tooth was taken out. All excruciatingly painful (and I've given birth 3 times!) Definitely on the mend now.
    Originally posted by SunnyGirl
    Blimey - that sounds scarey!

    I've never been in Hospital, wasn't even born in one!

    Glad you're back... you've missed...not a lot really
    • candygirl
    • By candygirl 9th Jul 17, 6:19 PM
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    OMG SG , I can vouch for how painful dry socket it, as I had it years ago Take it easy hun xxx
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    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 9th Jul 17, 6:41 PM
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    Hellooooo!


    Thank you for all your good wishes and I can report that I'm finally on the mend but it culminated in a hospital stay and some looking after of me by my Mum. I ended up with an infection all through my jaw which was working dangerously close to my brain and something called dry socket where the tooth was taken out. All excruciatingly painful (and I've given birth 3 times!) Definitely on the mend now.

    Originally posted by SunnyGirl
    Gosh, you have been through the mill. It sounds like it has been a really scary time for you, I'm glad to hear you're on the mend now.
    • SunnyGirl
    • By SunnyGirl 9th Jul 17, 7:23 PM
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    Thank you for all your good wishes I'm very touched I seem to have missed loads PN although no discussions of the pampas grass variety I note I am much better now and the hospital stay was mostly to get antibiotics into me quickly as the infection spread alarmingly over a day. It was scary and I couldn't have managed without my lovely Mum who is a real trooper despite being 77.

    My pasta meal has been consumed with indecent haste as I was starving once I got home from work and I'm contemplating some ice cream now too....

    ETA - I must be better as my appetite is back with a vengeance!!
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