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    • caronc
    • By caronc 17th Jul 17, 6:31 PM
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    Cooking for one (Mark Two)
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    • 17th Jul 17, 6:31 PM
    Cooking for one (Mark Two) 17th Jul 17 at 6:31 PM
    In view of the issue of longer threads being auto-deleted I thought wise to start a shiny new thread as we had got to over 5.5K posts.
    The original "Cooking for one" thread can be found here http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5585796

    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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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 17th Jul 17, 6:35 PM
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    • 17th Jul 17, 6:35 PM
    Good plan Batman.

    I had the chicken curry I made 2 days ago, so that's it, all gone, eaten in 3 portions over 3 days. Served this exactly the same as the last two portions, with long grain rice. It was fine... probably better than a ready meal and better than a lot of cheap pub meals, both of which tend to be a bit "claggy".

    Popped out earlier to stock up on the compulsory choc ices....

    So annoying when you're in a supermarket for one item and have the right money in your hand ...and the person in front of you has a LOT of stuff (£45's worth) and packs VERY slowly ... and doesn't have their payment method to hand at all... and still carries on packing ... and dithering.



    I even beat him to the door to get out!
    • caronc
    • By caronc 17th Jul 17, 6:38 PM
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    • 17th Jul 17, 6:38 PM
    Good evening everyone,
    It's been a lovely afternoon most of which I spent lazing in the sunshine with a little bit of gardening chucked in so I didn't feel completely idle.

    A cheeky wasp is trying to build a nest in my hose casing - I've filled any gaps with nest destroyer so fingers crossed.

    I had one of my HM frozen mango yoghurts it was tasty but I think it would have worked better as a lolly as it was pretty solid so hard to get out of the dish.

    Still going with the quiche and something option for dinner later.
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    • monnagran
    • By monnagran 17th Jul 17, 7:49 PM
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    I now feel qualified to join you. My house is on the market, my family, who have been living in it for the last 5 years have moved out and for the first time in my long life I am living alone. Until the house is sold and I am installed in a very suitable bungalow, I am Not only learning to live alone but am doing it on a state pension. Of course I can do it but there won't be one spare penny.
    Fortunately I am also determined to lose some more weight so will only be eating two meals a day, breakfast and lunch. I never mind eating the same meal several times and am fairly traditional in my tastes.
    All my life I have cooked for family and friends and also for various church functions. Cooking for 70 I take in my stride. Cooking for one is interesting.

    This hot weather I have been living on salad, which I love.

    I also have no stock cupboard so am starting from scratch.

    I'm loving being on my own and am happy to be joining in the second edition of this thread.
    I believe that friends are quiet angels
    Who lift us to our feet when our wings
    Have trouble remembering how to fly.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 17th Jul 17, 7:54 PM
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    • 17th Jul 17, 7:54 PM
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    • 17th Jul 17, 7:54 PM
    I now feel qualified to join you. My house is on the market, my family, who have been living in it for the last 5 years have moved out and for the first time in my long life I am living alone. Until the house is sold and I am installed in a very suitable bungalow, I am Not only learning to live alone but am doing it on a state pension. Of course I can do it but there won't be one spare penny.
    Fortunately I am also determined to lose some more weight so will only be eating two meals a day, breakfast and lunch. I never mind eating the same meal several times and am fairly traditional in my tastes.
    All my life I have cooked for family and friends and also for various church functions. Cooking for 70 I take in my stride. Cooking for one is interesting.

    This hot weather I have been living on salad, which I love.

    I also have no stock cupboard so am starting from scratch.

    I'm loving being on my own and am happy to be joining in the second edition of this thread.
    Originally posted by monnagran
    Welcome monnagran - like you I find cooking for many a skoosh but I do find cooking for one more challenging. How nice to have a completely fresh start, though I'd be twitchy without my stock cupboard especially my herbs & spices.
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    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 17th Jul 17, 8:03 PM
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    • 17th Jul 17, 8:03 PM
    As I said on the "Where've the two missing threads gone?" thread on Old Style - the longest-running thread I could think of straight off on the Forum as a whole is:

    - "The 'have a look at this' thread II" on the Housebuying sub-forum.

    - It started 5 August 2011.

    - Right at this moment - it has 1094 pages and is up to post 21,869.

    So there's summat more going on than "auto deletion" imo.

    But it's just as well to have a Mark 2 version of this thread - so there's no excuse for "losing" this one too.

    *****************

    Anyways - I've just finished dinner for the day. It was rather belatedly. Reason being that I had 4 (!!!) minor emergencies at once of the household variety. One involving calling in a plumber - who, at least, was with me about an hour later and dealt with that aspect of it (ie water going everywhere).

    I could have done with A.N. Other around - and we could have divvied them up between us. But, as it was just me having to cope with the lot and a **** spam phone-caller added to it by ringing up to spam me in the middle of it (phone answered in case it was plumber) - then I did my version of "cope with the lot at once" and have a mental picture of myself in a revolving gun turret in a tank and firing at this problem and firing at that problem and so on. Fortunately - I go into "fire at all angles quick sharp" mode if these multi-emergency situations happen and I just keep "shooting" until they're all lying on ground dead/resolved.

    Whew! - and hence dinner was later than planned and was pretty much as planned (and that cashew cheese was indeed nice) - but it was accompanied by me rewarding myself for the "shooting gallery episode" by accompanying it with a bottle of craft beer
    #MeToo
    • monnagran
    • By monnagran 17th Jul 17, 8:03 PM
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    • 17th Jul 17, 8:03 PM
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    Funny you should say that caronc, the one thing I do have is an odd selection of herbs and spices. Probably not very useful but it is a start!
    I believe that friends are quiet angels
    Who lift us to our feet when our wings
    Have trouble remembering how to fly.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 17th Jul 17, 8:15 PM
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    • 17th Jul 17, 8:15 PM
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    • 17th Jul 17, 8:15 PM
    As I said on the "Where've the two missing threads gone?" thread on Old Style - the longest-running thread I could think of straight off on the Forum as a whole is:

    - "The 'have a look at this' thread II" on the Housebuying sub-forum.

    - It started 5 August 2011.

    - Right at this moment - it has 1094 pages and is up to post 21,869.

    So there's summat more going on than "auto deletion" imo.

    But it's just as well to have a Mark 2 version of this thread - so there's no excuse for "losing" this one too.

    *****************

    Anyways - I've just finished dinner for the day. It was rather belatedly. Reason being that I had 4 (!!!) minor emergencies at once of the household variety. One involving calling in a plumber - who, at least, was with me about an hour later and dealt with that aspect of it (ie water going everywhere).

    I could have done with A.N. Other around - and we could have divvied them up between us. But, as it was just me having to cope with the lot and a **** spam phone-caller added to it by ringing up to spam me in the middle of it (phone answered in case it was plumber) - then I did my version of "cope with the lot at once" and have a mental picture of myself in a revolving gun turret in a tank and firing at this problem and firing at that problem and so on. Fortunately - I go into "fire at all angles quick sharp" mode if these multi-emergency situations happen and I just keep "shooting" until they're all lying on ground dead/resolved.

    Whew! - and hence dinner was later than planned and was pretty much as planned (and that cashew cheese was indeed nice) - but it was accompanied by me rewarding myself for the "shooting gallery episode" by accompanying it with a bottle of craft beer
    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention
    Whoops cross posted on the "missing threads" thread , glad you found us, sounds as though your beer was well deserved
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 17th Jul 17, 8:18 PM
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    Funny you should say that caronc, the one thing I do have is an odd selection of herbs and spices. Probably not very useful but it is a start!
    Originally posted by monnagran
    Phew...... I'd hate to think how much it would cost me to start my herb/spice collection from scratch again and I do use them so they're not just festering in the cupboard
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    • karcher
    • By karcher 17th Jul 17, 8:46 PM
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    caron It might be an idea to PM a BG to close/lock the old thread....just in case .

    I too don't buy the auto deletion thing, but that's just my cynical questioning nature coming in to play
    • karcher
    • By karcher 17th Jul 17, 8:56 PM
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    I now feel qualified to join you. My house is on the market, my family, who have been living in it for the last 5 years have moved out and for the first time in my long life I am living alone. Until the house is sold and I am installed in a very suitable bungalow, I am Not only learning to live alone but am doing it on a state pension. Of course I can do it but there won't be one spare penny.
    Fortunately I am also determined to lose some more weight so will only be eating two meals a day, breakfast and lunch. I never mind eating the same meal several times and am fairly traditional in my tastes.
    All my life I have cooked for family and friends and also for various church functions. Cooking for 70 I take in my stride. Cooking for one is interesting.

    This hot weather I have been living on salad, which I love.

    I also have no stock cupboard so am starting from scratch.

    I'm loving being on my own and am happy to be joining in the second edition of this thread.
    Originally posted by monnagran
    Welcome aboard Monna
    • caronc
    • By caronc 17th Jul 17, 9:12 PM
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    caron It might be an idea to PM a BG to close/lock the old thread....just in case .

    I too don't buy the auto deletion thing, but that's just my cynical questioning nature coming in to play
    Originally posted by karcher
    Thanks didn't know you could
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    • SquirrelSmall
    • By SquirrelSmall 17th Jul 17, 10:05 PM
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    In the spirit of introductions and new posters. Hello!

    I live on a boat in London - with two adorable/infuriating (in equal measures) felines.

    Whilst I mainly CFO, I often feed others on the pontoon who are less culinarily able.

    So. Tonight was Thai green chicken curry with rice. Just enough left over in to go in a Tupperware for work tomorrow. And now munching some cream crackers with butter, because that's luxury in my world.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 17th Jul 17, 10:17 PM
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    In the spirit of introductions and new posters. Hello!

    I live on a boat in London - with two adorable/infuriating (in equal measures) felines.

    Whilst I mainly CFO, I often feed others on the pontoon who are less culinarily able.

    So. Tonight was Thai green chicken curry with rice. Just enough left over in to go in a Tupperware for work tomorrow. And now munching some cream crackers with butter, because that's luxury in my world.
    Originally posted by SquirrelSmall
    Welcome SquirrelSmall must be fab to live on a houseboat with or without feline friends. Crackers and butter are definitely one of life's simple pleasures
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    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 17th Jul 17, 10:24 PM
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    Hello and welcome to SquirrelSmall and Monnagran

    SquirrelSmall It's nice of you to feed others. I notice that you are making good use of your leftovers by having them for lunch the next day. I wish I could do that, but for some reason I can eat the same meal two or three days running, but not in the evening as dinner and then again as lunch the next day. A bit strange I know


    Monnagran That's a big life change that you are going through, a whole new chapter. I'm sure that being on your own after all those years will take some adapting to, and be a fairly steep learning curve in a number of areas as well as CFO. I hope that you adapt to your new lifestyle quickly. I find that CFO on a budget can be quite difficult but I am reading a lot on here about how others do it and have learnt a lot.
    • SunnyGirl
    • By SunnyGirl 18th Jul 17, 12:12 PM
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    Hello everyone now that I've found the new thread


    Welcome to Monnagran and SquirrelSmall - there are lots of tips and advice to be picked up on here


    Work again today for me so a packed lunch of peanut butter and banana sandwich, a yoghurt and fruit. Tea this evening is smoked haddock, new potatoes, baked tomatoes and green beans. I'll deliberately cook extra new potatoes as I am making a frittata for tomorrow night.


    Good news so far on the cat front after her prolapse surgery. She had her stitches removed yesterday afternoon and answered a call of nature (shall we say!) and everything stayed where it was meant to thankfully. She hadn't answered that particular call of nature for a week so I was somewhat apprehensive. At nearly 14 she's proving to be a bit of a fighter. On the dog taking tablets front I must have been lucky as all of my dogs have always just woofed anything off with whatever hidden inside it! I have always had Labradors or Beagles though and both breeds are known for their love of food haha.
    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 18th Jul 17, 1:03 PM
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    Hello everyone,


    I had scrambled eggs on toast for breakfast this morning, I seem to have a lot of eggs at the moment. I think it is where I have been having the Greek yoghurt more than eggs for breakfast and didn't adjust my shopping accordingly.


    Lunch is a cheese salad sandwich and a hard boiled egg (to use up one more egg) which I am about to take to the park with a book to sit in the sun and people watch for a couple of hours as the weather is so nice.


    Dinner will be some oven baked haddock. I'm going to bake it in tinned tomatoes, some herbs, red and green peppers and melt some cheese over it, and have it with a salad. Just need to see what needs using up to make a dressing. I know that there is half a lemon lurking in the fridge so that will feature.


    I have been planning to do some batch cooking so that I have got some 'ready meals' but haven't done it yet because I thought I would prefer to make the most of the weather. If I do it tomorrow I will be able to use up the left over tinned tomatoes then, or may use them on toast for breakfast tomorrow.


    If I want pudding I will have some cake.
    • Doom_and_Gloom
    • By Doom_and_Gloom 18th Jul 17, 1:40 PM
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    Yesterday's dinner was 'left over' sweet and sour vegetables and veggie onigiri.
    OHs cooking for one was macaroni and cheese, out of a tin, with toast.
    That as always pretty much sums up the difference in eating habits we have and how even as a couple we've fallen into the cooking for one camp despite being a couple.

    Today dinner is likely to be vegetable curry for me. I have a third of a jar of sweet and sour sauce but I'll use that tomorrow or Thursday.
    28 year old vegan woman. My OH is a lovely omni guy
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 18th Jul 17, 2:07 PM
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    Today was a "random new buy" item selected from the highly regarded 4ldi freezers ...

    Lamb burger. VERY tasty.

    Served it with chips.

    It had a slightly minty taste - just enough.

    Topped with a blob of jalapeno relish because .... when you CFO you can't have "everything that matches" to hand - and I have a rule of only having a MAX of 1-2 jars of products open at a time, so only had two chutneys/relishes to choose from. They are both jars I was "gifted" by a sibling who over-buys then doesn't get through stuff or fancy it in time before sibling decides it's been kicking around long enough. I brought these home from a visit over a year ago.

    I do like it when food tastes nice.... but then you want to rush off and do it all again, which is a bad thing really

    3 more in the box to enjoy at random future dates! Although nearly out of chips now.
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 18th Jul 17, 2:15 PM
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    Lunch today was a tryout recipe - of vegan equivalent of tuna sandwich filler (canned chickpeas/celery/carrot/red onion/parsley/lemon juice) just eaten "as is" and with the rest of the "cashew cheese" I made yesterday (those infamous singles repeat foods again...).

    Also yet more plums, some melon and a glass of rice milk.

    It was nice

    Now trying to decide what to do with yet more of the infamous singles repeat foods - as I've got two of those large flat mushrooms left (having had to buy a pack of them to get the one I actually wanted).

    So - suitable healthy suggestions (and without using meat/fish) gratefully received as to what to do with them for dinner tonight
    #MeToo
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