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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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    • caronc
    • By caronc 1st Dec 17, 7:28 PM
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    Glad the recipe worked money, I can't say I'm adverse to vampire-repelling-quantities a bit of garlic in dishes.

    The soup is cooling and will get stuck back on for a couple of hours tomorrow to finish off.

    I managed to wrestle with Henry and get the floors mopped but my word my balance was protesting so the units remain unwiped and I had to slope off for a lie down this afternoon to settle things down. Still reasonable progress has been made this and I'm finding the re-arranged kitchen much better for me to work in. Tomorrow apart from cleaning the bathroom and giving the lounge a quick tidy I don't plan to do much so I'm not completely wabbit by the time folk arrive. I haven't seen "the girls" for a few months so I'm sure we will have lots to catch up on.

    I'm still swithering re dinner though I think sausage, mushrooms, gravy and root veg mash might hit the spot. I was thinking curry from the freezer earlier but have decided I don't really fancy that. We are back to sleety rain with flecks of snow here so I think the comfort of something with gravy beckons.
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    • poppystar
    • By poppystar 1st Dec 17, 7:43 PM
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    I've a "fear" of lentils. I remember as a child mum'd cook some orange ones and make a "broth" with a salty ham ... in the pressure cooker. Not for me! I don't like salty ham foods.... or briney looking liquid.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    It was always the pressure cooker that put the fear in me. i was terrified to be left in charge of it in case it exploded



    Using up things going out of date tonight. Cheese slices (why are there so many in a pack!!) in a YS croissant. To be followed at some point by expiring yoghurt with any of the bits of fruit that aren't too manky.

    Not exactly yum but will feel virtuous that not throwing too much away.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 1st Dec 17, 8:15 PM
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    It was always the pressure cooker that put the fear in me. i was terrified to be left in charge of it in case it exploded



    Using up things going out of date tonight. Cheese slices (why are there so many in a pack!!) in a YS croissant. To be followed at some point by expiring yoghurt with any of the bits of fruit that aren't too manky.

    Not exactly yum but will feel virtuous that not throwing too much away.
    Originally posted by poppystar
    I was just thinking last night that I hadn't had a croissant "stuffed" with something for years. Used to love them filled with mushrooms or ham or chicken in a cheesy sauce with a side salad and pickles. I've bought some for over the Christmas period so might make that one night.
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    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 1st Dec 17, 10:01 PM
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    I can't stop stuffing my face today, I blame the cold weather, lol!

    I have put a pile of fruit out on the kitchen counter to make a smoothie tomorrow morning as a penance.
    "It doesn't cost any more to dream big."
    • AndyCF
    • By AndyCF 1st Dec 17, 10:08 PM
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    I was just thinking last night that I hadn't had a croissant "stuffed" with something for years. Used to love them filled with mushrooms or ham or chicken in a cheesy sauce with a side salad and pickles. I've bought some for over the Christmas period so might make that one night.
    Originally posted by caronc
    I know what you mean. I still keep doing the 'dig a bit out of a baked potato half and stick something in the middle' thing, even though I know its a bit of a waste of time. but the 'removed potato' just gets scoffed as its only a spoonful while I'm finishing off the other bits for the plate anyway.

    I can't stop stuffing my face today, I blame the cold weather, lol!

    I have put a pile of fruit out on the kitchen counter to make a smoothie tomorrow morning as a penance.
    Originally posted by Wednesday2000
    I think it does sometimes do that, I keep drinking a lot of very weak coffee with a tiny spoon of hot choc in it, just enough to flavour the otherwise hot water. Food wise although I keep mentioning it in the summer I think I must of only had a baked spud once a month or so but now its turned cold I seem to be having quite a few of them. More a comfort thing maybe I guess. I think its 'waffle experiment day' tomorrow, or Sunday evening anyway one or the other.
    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 1st Dec 17, 10:14 PM
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    Food wise although I keep mentioning it in the summer I think I must of only had a baked spud once a month or so but now its turned cold I seem to be having quite a few of them. More a comfort thing maybe I guess.
    Originally posted by AndyCF
    I love baked potatoes! Delish.
    "It doesn't cost any more to dream big."
    • AndyCF
    • By AndyCF 1st Dec 17, 11:06 PM
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    I love baked potatoes! Delish.
    Originally posted by Wednesday2000
    I do want to experiment a little with different 'things with' them too again when I can.

    Oh I can confirm my 'micro potato holder' is erm, well not brilliant. It does work to be fair and it seems a bit better than the more commonly available type you see advertised in many places.

    My thoughts were actually turning towards potato croquettes as I see the local shop has some frozen ones in. I guess they will zap fine though. might make a nice change as I was looking for something like that or hashbrowns.


    I'm also now (hurrah!) the proud owner of a "decent branded" Microwave 'browning dish' too, although I have yet to try it out.

    It was quite difficult to find one small enough to fit in my micro due to the turntable only being 25cm or so and most of the decent-ish ones are larger. I half suspect some of the "bad" reviews for these are due to either misunderstanding how to use it or possibly (call me a cynic maybe!) a cheap 'clone' imported one that never would work. Time will tell.
    • poppystar
    • By poppystar 1st Dec 17, 11:31 PM
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    I was just thinking last night that I hadn't had a croissant "stuffed" with something for years. Used to love them filled with mushrooms or ham or chicken in a cheesy sauce with a side salad and pickles. I've bought some for over the Christmas period so might make that one night.
    Originally posted by caronc

    Wish I'd thought of eating pickles with it now

    It was a humungous M&S croissant so lots of room for filling and I did throw in some cranberry sauce to make it a bit festive it being 1st December and all that Actually much tastier than I was expecting.
    • Need2bthrifty
    • By Need2bthrifty 2nd Dec 17, 7:23 AM
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    Morning all. Think I might be getting free of this lurgy at long last. Woke very early 4am don't know why but feel quite energetic and have steam cleaned kitchen and had a freezer sort out.
    Originally posted by meg72
    I felt like that yesterday too and regretted it later, ended up going to bed at 8.00pm and slept through till 5.00am.

    I'll do a couple of chores this morning then feet up in front of the telly this afternoon - just cause I can

    I had cold rataouille with feta, sounds gross but was actually very tasty because of the herbs.
    Originally posted by kittie
    I much prefer it cold/room temp, I've got some in the freezer so must remember to pick up crusty bread this week and have some for lunch.
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    • Farway
    • By Farway 2nd Dec 17, 9:37 AM
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    Morning all, early start because I am being dragged out looking for "stuff" for the grandchildren, may not be too bad as target is a garden centre that sells plants as a sideline from selling "stuff". It also has an organic stuff shop, which would suit those on here of the "free from" persuasion.

    Depending what I find, hoping for perhaps tasty pork pie, organic or otherwise would do nicely for my dinner. I am also looking out for an apple tree, I've decided to dig up the gooseberry & replace with an apple,if I can find the right variety

    Because I was up, it was cuppa & toast with Mackay's ginger preserve. My first taste of that one, it is lovely stuff and will get it again

    Lunch, may be eating out at the GC cafe, posh cafe though, hand made scones you need a credit card for, 12 types of coffee type of place

    Dinner, not sure, see above re pork pie

    Lentils
    , urggh, used to like them until I puked them up, never had them again. No idea if it was intolerance to them or what it was, but far easier not to bother trying again

    Farway, good to know that it happens to others, a smaller appetite certainly keeps the mind focused ie on eating the right foods, so I chucked yesterdays soup away, all of it and also the extra potato that I had baked. There was potato in the soup and most times it would have been nice but I could not have faced the gloop today, no point beating myself up about it, it would just have been staring at me, a great big bowl of it.
    Originally posted by kittie
    We seem to be on similar trajectory, I binned a pan of soup about a month back, just could not face seeing it appear day after day
    • caronc
    • By caronc 2nd Dec 17, 10:07 AM
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    Good morning everyone
    Hope all the poorlies are on the road to recovery.

    It's back to grey & wet here but it is much milder.

    Usual toast for breakfast and lunch I think will be scrambled egg.

    Right I need to get my proverbial out and get the bathroom cleaned.

    Have a good day everyone.
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    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 2nd Dec 17, 10:32 AM
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    Binning soup (or anything else either) come to think of it is one of those "singles" things. Personally - I keep some of those largest size yogurt containers (ie those Yeo Valley straight-sided ones seem to be strong enough) and put extra soup portions in them and then into the freezer. This is the "singles need largest size freezers possible" argument - whereas couples/families not so much.

    Mind you - having gathered the Governments latest guidelines are its best to keep various fruits in the fridge = ditto to largest fridge we can manage to get in as well (space allowing). Even if one does find a tradesperson making a remark about what an enormous fridge that is for one person - as I've had
    New Year's Resolution already made -

    Don't get mad....get firm ...
    • caronc
    • By caronc 2nd Dec 17, 11:10 AM
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    Bathroom cleaned -check
    Lounge tidied - check
    Time for a cuppa - too right

    I've had a few comments from friends re not needing so much cupboard/fridge/freezer space now I'm an empty nester..... I just smile now and move swiftly on as I know there is no malice they just don't get the realities of CFO
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    • kittie
    • By kittie 2nd Dec 17, 1:29 PM
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    Yesterday was another day of lets say, wind, thats enough info . Something yet again upset my digestive system and I have reluctantly put it down to milk or rather, maybe, the protein in milk, I had porridge made with normal milk yesterday morning, when normally a pint lasts a whole week because I have previously been having plant based milks on cereals, then of course there are all the yogurts. I had to wash this weeks yogurts away because I need a new start, now that I have stopped the rumblings.

    I have stocked up with A2 milk, it is milk without the A1 proteins, which are much more likely to cause problems than lactose. I have frozen enough for over christmas and for hm yogurts and actually decanted so that I have separate pints rather than litres. Its definitely an experiment and I got the milk in morrisons, which I re-discovered today. Haven`t been to morrisons for quite a few years and to my delight, it is imo better than sainsburys in that the top shelf is lower plus it is nicer to shop in

    I started the day with two half slices of toast lightly spread with peanut butter. Lunch was a small cold pork pie with salad. Last meal will have to be something with the part roasted parsnips that I took out yesterday, probably fish from the freezer and peas. I made a small meat order for next week, nothing to be cooked in multiples, so am going to have to do a big freezer compression exercise this weekend. I also ordered more meat and nice bits for christmas/new year just for me, they will arrive a few days before christmas. I am still going to do hands and knees cleaning that week but probably only on 4 days
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 2nd Dec 17, 1:53 PM
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    Hate to say it Kittie - but there's an article in today's papers re just how many bits of plastic we are being (inadvertently) forced to consume alongside any fish we are eating these days.

    That was the reason I gave up eating it again personally - as I don't see why I should be forced to eat fish that isn't "just fish" iyswim.

    EDIT; Found it:

    www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3759269/Plastic-fish-caught-Britain-toxic-microbeads-used-shower-gels-toothpastes

    The odds are just way too high I'd be consuming plastic too inadvertently and it's an absolute certainty I'd be having a "dose of anger" going down my throat, along with my fish, that other people could expose me to that. Anger whilst eating a meal isnt a good sauce to season one's food with imo....
    Last edited by moneyistooshorttomention; 02-12-2017 at 1:58 PM.
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    • Farway
    • By Farway 2nd Dec 17, 2:39 PM
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    Back from garden centre centre, with farm shop, furniture store, book shop, Father Christmas & goodness knows what else attached. Gone are the days of just going for some compost

    But it was pleasant, I had a yummy scone + coffee for mid morning snack

    Then into the farm shop, except it is more than that, I suspect even Money could like some of it, loads of organic, local, free froms etc. There were samples out, I liked it all, including local, culled on the estate, venison. That could just be part of my CFO Granddad no mates Christmas meal instead of nut roast

    Dinner will now be a fresh, real, faggot, never had that before, trying something new. The butcher told me how to cook it, I'll have it with mash, nuked peas & gravy. Here's hoping the faggot is to my taste or the bin will have another customer

    Mind you - having gathered the Governments latest guidelines are its best to keep various fruits in the fridge = ditto to largest fridge we can manage to get in as well (space allowing). Even if one does find a tradesperson making a remark about what an enormous fridge that is for one person - as I've had
    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention
    Should just say it handy for keeping the body parts in
    • kittie
    • By kittie 2nd Dec 17, 3:01 PM
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    money, I don`t believe that fish actually digest plastic to turn it into flesh, so I feel that eating fish flesh is perfectly safe from plastic contamination. Pesticides and weedkillers are another matter entirely, those that are in the oceans and spread over non-organic vegetables and not counting all the chemicals and medications going into the sewerage system, which is also spread on arable farms. That is what limits my fish eating to max of twice a week. No fish can be organic, not like grass fed organic meat for example but it aint half expensive, that meat and good fish

    Farway I like a trip to a big garden centre now and then, it is a good half day out and I always stop in the cafe
    • Farway
    • By Farway 2nd Dec 17, 3:10 PM
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    Change of dinner menu, I have just cross checked faggot cooking, seems as many ways as there are to skin cats

    I'll stick to what the butcher told me, he makes them after all said & done

    Change is most seem to prefer mushy peas with them perhaps that is part of their chip shop heritage?

    Mushy peas it is then, tin opener is GO
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 2nd Dec 17, 4:32 PM
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    I am the new owner of a selection of L&L boxes. That didn't really work out quite as planned.

    I had a size in mind, but, standing in the shop it just seemed "a tad small" still. So I bought one anyway - and then another "random cheap brand" bucket box (why? ... god knows, but I appear to have taken it to the till and bought it).... I think I was thinking "This ... and if it doesn't fit in that then BOTH will fit in this bucket thing"

    Next shop .... had some larger L&L and they were quite a price! But I stood there and looked at them and thought "Go on, be reckless; you're here, they're here, if you walk away now you might just regret it" so bought two of the larger size anyway!

    At home I tried flour in the smaller one, once opened/used the flour bag would fit .... but, as I only bought one of that size I decided to plonk my bags of flour into the larger boxes anyway - I can always change my mind in the future and/or buy one more of the 1.8l when next passing that shop ... if they have stock at that random future point.

    I'd made sandwiches before I went out, so I immediately had food to eat when I got home .... but the long drive home forced my eyes to be drawn to every chinese takeaway between there and here.... so now I REALLY fancy a good chinese. Trouble is, my local "good one" doesn't do good chow mein or egg fried rice, it's just the main dish that's "good". So not sure what to do really ....

    And I fancy something sweet.... sweeties .... chocolate .... something.

    So I suspect I'll have to go out shortly.
    • kittie
    • By kittie 2nd Dec 17, 4:45 PM
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    ooh farway, faggots. They were such a tasty lifesaver when the children were young, we were skint and I was working. Yummy, faggots, normal peas, mashed potatoes and gravy. A feast fit for a king. A fantastic meal for a dreary night

    I`m looking forward to my christmas goodies tbh, had to make sure they were delivered in 20 days or I might be tempted too early. Booja booja amongst them and a fillet steak to eat between christmas and new year. I also ordered a small turkey crown and cranberries to make portions of sauce and a piece of ham. Well I will do the ham in january and will vac pack and freeze the cooked turkey slices and ham. I ordered stuffing too, real pork stuffing and I will make and freeze individual balls. I bought some sainsbury turkey slices the other day and they were floppy tasteless, skinny bits of something that was called turkey, I`ll never buy them again, hence the real turkey

    I think I am getting into the mood so will make shortbread biscuits in two weeks. I have a lovely mold and I`ll use butter from guernsey cows so it won`t spoil my A2 experiment. Just got to keep a list going now for the shops, lemonade to go with my port, a couple of lemons for my GnT and some turkey gravy granules so far and oh yes, some crisps

    I already have the dvds to watch, Ashes to ashes. There is alone and there is lonely and I am certainly planning for alone, never lonely

    plonked flour is good PN, stops pesky weavils getting in. I am always plonking my flours
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