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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 6th Dec 17, 6:29 PM
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    I came home with a doggy bag of mixed sarnies, sausage rolls, pizza triangle & a mince pie. No CFO tonight so a good food day all round, Shame about the calories
    Originally posted by Farway
    and s@d the calories it's due to get artic
    At the risk of sounding as tight as I am ....

    That's £10.75/Kg. My big bag was about £1.40-£1.50/Kg!

    It's always that balance isn't it, between having a manageable quantity... or a trough-full that'll last 10 years because "it's better value"
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    These wee bags convert into a lot of onions and they are really strongly flavoured so a little goes a long way so it doesn't feel hugely expensive IFYSWIM. It's not something I use a lot of so I'd never get through a huge bag. I do hope they don't discontinue them. I would dehydrate my own but can't face the fumes. I like to add a good pinch to stuffing mixes, dry BBQ rubs or HM onion soup.
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    • wort
    • By wort 6th Dec 17, 6:45 PM
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    Well it was Xmas lunch yesterday at work.so I had a g free blt, and crisp and mince pie. Only had it at 2 pm so I wasn't hungry when I got home, but had 2 fish fingers and cheese on a roll about 9 PM.
    That meant today was the chicken spicy thing I should have had yesterday. Boy was it spicy, had 2 slices bread with it to cool it down!
    Work let me bring home the 3 gfree mince pies that were left in the box.
    And won a bottle of prosecco!!
    I've had a Xmas clean today,skirting etc. Did windows Monday. Moved some furniture round to make room for the tree, and put lights outside round the porch, before weather gets bad.
    Dgson is going to help do tree on Sunday.

    Tomorrow is work ,the sandwich I took yesterday will still be in the fridge, so will take a muller rice. Then I'm out for a meal with all the girls in the family, sisters aunt,cousins,nieces etc. Which we do each year. I think I ordered mushrooms, salmon and pavlova. I will need to check as it was ages ago we ordered.!

    Caronc glad your son is safe and hope his girlfriend makes a speedy recovery.
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 6th Dec 17, 6:58 PM
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    Well it was Xmas lunch yesterday at work.so I had a g free blt, and crisp and mince pie. Only had it at 2 pm so I wasn't hungry when I got home, but had 2 fish fingers and cheese on a roll about 9 PM.
    That meant today was the chicken spicy thing I should have had yesterday. Boy was it spicy, had 2 slices bread with it to cool it down!
    Work let me bring home the 3 gfree mince pies that were left in the box.
    And won a bottle of prosecco!!
    I've had a Xmas clean today,skirting etc. Did windows Monday. Moved some furniture round to make room for the tree, and put lights outside round the porch, before weather gets bad.
    Dgson is going to help do tree on Sunday.

    Tomorrow is work ,the sandwich I took yesterday will still be in the fridge, so will take a muller rice. Then I'm out for a meal with all the girls in the family, sisters aunt,cousins,nieces etc. Which we do each year. I think I ordered mushrooms, salmon and pavlova. I will need to check as it was ages ago we ordered.!

    Caronc glad your son is safe and hope his girlfriend makes a speedy recovery.
    Originally posted by wort
    Enjoy your evening with your family tomorrow . I'll be pleased when they are both safely back in Cardiff
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    • meg72
    • By meg72 6th Dec 17, 8:09 PM
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    At the risk of sounding as tight as I am ....

    That's £10.75/Kg. My big bag was about £1.40-£1.50/Kg!

    It's always that balance isn't it, between having a manageable quantity... or a trough-full that'll last 10 years because "it's better value"
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    Lol I know I thought the same.I do my own but only when I can open the doors and windows otherwise the house reeks for days. Smells lovely at the moment though I`m drying orange slices for Christmas decorations.

    In fairness though these little boxes do go a long way and are very handy to keep in. They are dehydrated weight and do bulk out considerably when rehydrated. Must try to remember to see what a kg of onions ends up dried weight.
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    • meg72
    • By meg72 6th Dec 17, 8:21 PM
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    Enjoy your evening with your family tomorrow . I'll be pleased when they are both safely back in Cardiff
    Originally posted by caronc
    Its always an anxious tine till all back in the nest isn't it No matter how much to try not to worry you cant help it. My DD and DGD went touring in America I got a text to say they had missed a bus connection and were stuck in the station. Then nothing for 3 daysI was beside myself swear I aged 10 years and really ready to phone British embasy the FBI and the Pope if need be when DD texted to say sorry bus came and we ran out leaving mobile on the seat. Relief was short lived however cos she also sent a pic of DGD holding an alligator. Longest month of my life I tell you.
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    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 6th Dec 17, 8:24 PM
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    Baked beans on toast for dinner, yummy!

    I fancy something sweet.... but the kitchen is soooooo very dark in the evenings. I was going to knock up a quick flapjack, I have everything there .... but then I remembered how depressing and brown and dark the kitchen is and decided to go without.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    Why is your kitchen so dark? Our light kept going but then my nephew in law fixed the light fixture. I used to have to bring a lamp into the kitchen to plug in when the light kept going.

    I think I used LED battery candles at one point too. I have them all round the house as they are quite handy when you have to get up at night.
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 6th Dec 17, 8:56 PM
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    Why is your kitchen so dark?
    Originally posted by Wednesday2000
    It's quite brown ... including inside the carcasses (black holes of Calcutta in there! Can't see a thing even mid summer).

    On the ceiling there is a single short track of four small spotlights.... only two don't work - and I've not got round to getting the ladder out and getting up there to try to work out how to get them out, to then go down the shops to try to find replacements, to then get up the ladder again to replace them.

    So there are two tiny spotlights in a brown kitchen.

    There's probably some daft "energy saving" thing going on there .... it's about as bright in there as if I had an old-fashioned 40-60 watt lightbulb....and that's probably an over-estimate of the light emitted. It's....dark.
    Last edited by PasturesNew; 06-12-2017 at 8:58 PM.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 6th Dec 17, 8:58 PM
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    Its always an anxious tine till all back in the nest isn't it No matter how much to try not to worry you cant help it. My DD and DGD went touring in America I got a text to say they had missed a bus connection and were stuck in the station. Then nothing for 3 daysI was beside myself swear I aged 10 years and really ready to phone British embasy the FBI and the Pope if need be when DD texted to say sorry bus came and we ran out leaving mobile on the seat. Relief was short lived however cos she also sent a pic of DGD holding an alligator. Longest month of my life I tell you.
    Originally posted by meg72
    Goodness I'd of been frantic, just had nice Facetime chat with them both. Thankfully his gf is looking less battered today though still a bit tired and pale. Next challenge will be to translate the paperwork she got from the hospital as it's in Dutch which I didn't expect though a quick google shows that some Flemish dialects are a version of Dutch (I thought it was German-based) . I'm sure we will manage to work it out!

    Dinner ended up being chicken pie, roast spuds and baked mushrooms. Not healthy but what I fancied it's a wild and wet night here so that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 7th Dec 17, 9:35 AM
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    Good morning everyone,
    It's a wild one here, worst of the gales due to settle this afternoon in time for temperatures to plummet to freezing tonight, snow forecast for tomorrow but we don't tend to get much as we are so near the coast.
    I think I'll be taking the last portion of lentil soup out for lunch and I think tonight will either be pasta or some sort of one pot wonder.
    Thankfully the storm seems to mainly on the West so hopefully the Calais/Dover crossing won't be too bumpy, they are booked on the 1pm ferry so fingers crossed.
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 7th Dec 17, 9:53 AM
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    A motivated person would have beef in the SC that'd already been on for 1½ hours as the shop selling beef opened at 8am.

    Me .... I'm still not even dressed.



    No idea yet what I'll eat today, I'd like to get that beef, but it's not just today so there's no rush.

    NOTE: One of the "L" special offers for the next fortnight is celery at 39p. That's on my list to buy specifically for a nut roast. If you're somebody annoyed at finding celery in recipes as you don't like it .... at 39p this might be the ONE time to get some to make whatever that thing was....

    I begrudge spending good money on things I don't like, to add to a recipe I like, as I'm never sure if leaving it out would spoil the dish, or if it needs it - so I usually put those recipes to one side.... but there's quite a LOT of celery in this recipe, so it was a dominant part of the flavouring and I felt unable to proceed without it, but didn't want to spend a fortune on that bit.
    Last edited by PasturesNew; 07-12-2017 at 11:09 AM.
    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 7th Dec 17, 11:45 AM
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    I'm trying to lose weight so I have been more sensible with my eating the past couple of days. I got a takeaway about 4 times in the last week before that!

    Cup of tea and toast with Marmite for breakfast.

    I have the rest of my chickpea stew and a roll for lunch and a couple of pieces of fresh fruit.

    I am having a ready made veggie burger for dinner along with a baked potato and steamed carrots, parsnips and brussels with onion gravy. Yum.
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 7th Dec 17, 12:23 PM
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    Well, I went out to L1dl with a short list of "must haves" with an eye on Xmas in mind. I wanted to make sure that I had my fizzy pop in the house and jars of instant coffee. And I had some things that I've just about run out of.

    So .... a short list.... but I managed to exit from the till with a record breaking bill! I spent nigh on £20!! "On nothing in particular"

    I got the beef and 6x2 litres of fizzy pop and 2x200g jars of instant coffee.

    Then I got sausage rolls .... because I can/I like them

    Then it was off to cheese - I first grabbed some cheddar that was £4.71/Kg, but then spotted some that was £4.56 or so - but that came in BIG blocks, and "so I don't run out of this over Xmas/New Year/start of the year" I bought TWO blocks - they'll last me until March!

    Also got salad cream, for sandwich making - I do like a spot of salad cream with crisp/cheese sandwiches And I bought a tub of marg.

    But then, there were quiches reduced 30%, bringing them down to 95p each - so I got two. I'll cut those into very generous 1/3rds and pop in the freezer.

    It was the cheese I spent the most on - close to £8 for about 1.6Kg of cheddar. Then £2 on quiche and £3 on coffee. It soon adds up.

    For those people who like their Xmas dinner using "sprouts from a stalk" I noticed L1dl are selling sprouts on a stalk and they appear to be purple ones.... but not "fresh off our farm" as they are shrink-wrapped. £1.20-£1.30 a stalk from memory (I looked but wasn't actively remembering as I was also looking at the prices of many other items). In all honesty though - the brussels heads looked a bit thin and sparse, if I were looking for those I'd have left it today.

    Early Lunch: I had 2 hot sausage rolls.

    What about the beef?: That'll go in tomorrow, with some peppers from the freezer and an onion and a couple of spoons of curry paste (whatever is open).
    Last edited by PasturesNew; 07-12-2017 at 12:26 PM.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 7th Dec 17, 12:56 PM
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    I randomly picked up the L1dl Xmas offers leaflet on the way out - just opened it to spot that they've got special prices that week on:

    1.5Kg Mini Roasts (spuds) 29p; 1Kg carrots 29p; 500g brussels 29p; 500g parsnips 29p.

    So that's most of my Xmas Dinner sorted for £1.16!



    I'll do stuffings, maybe a nut roast, Yorkies and then I still can't decide between turkey (love it/compulsory, but larger quantities), or one of those frozen chicken breast joints (£2.49/small but large enough for 2 very generous portions).
    • AndyCF
    • By AndyCF 7th Dec 17, 1:36 PM
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    Not sure on lunch here yet.

    Weather is OK bit windy but nowhere near as much as I thought it would be, no doubt that is a 'treat' for later mind you it was quite strong last night. Snow likely tomorrow no doubt, I don't mind that.

    I'm so pleased that I did remove that Onion granule pot from the order following the excellent advice and thoughts here (thank you!) as when studying the items I realised I'd not added some veggie fingers that I wanted, a bonus as they were on offer too so a win/win.

    Lunch is highly likely to consist of a wholemeal cob or two (as their life is tomorrow) as freezing bread + me = something usually is not right. , and a hot sausage roll as I treated myself to "a large sausage roll by a famous 'pasty' maker", simply as I'd not had one for quite a few years so it may go well with the cob or I might just have a bit of 'mixi veg' with it as well on a plate, chopped up into a few bits I'm sure it will be nice.

    Talking very briefly of shopping well the 'Lid' shop there is one 20 mins away and there's soon to be the 'Ald' quite near that too, they were building something a few months ago but its not yet listed as 'opening soon' so at least I'll have a choice here of these two within sensible distance.

    Must post my other 'random questions' topics soon too as soon as I gather all the info and remember exactly them all.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 7th Dec 17, 2:03 PM
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    ... 'Lid' shop there is one 20 mins away and there's soon to be the 'Ald' quite near that too...
    Originally posted by AndyCF
    I had an Ald open a year ago, you had to go looking for the opening date/time. They had some giveaways so the queue was very very long .... and I wasn't "one of the first xxx customers" to get a ticket to win something. You'd have had to have been there super early for that, I rocked up 5 minutes before opening time. BUT .... they had a hotdog/burger stall alongside doling out freebies. I think I had two hot sausages in bread rolls on the way in ....and another as I left

    The two stores are very different -although they look the same at first glance. I've been slowly testing/comparing "identical" products from both to discover which I like the best - and there is a difference that can persuade you that something is better at one or the other. e.g. sausage rolls, I prefer the L to the A ones.

    A seems to have a cleaner/brighter experience where I live, but I believe there's a "makeover" coming to L soon and so I expect that to be cleaner/brighter after that. Apparently the makeover replaces freezers with upright freezers.

    A do huge/big bread roll baps I like; L don't do those at all.
    L does my favourite fizzy pop (own brand) http://www.mysupermarket.co.uk/lidl-price-comparison/Soft_Drinks/Freeway_Diet_Ginger_Beer_2L.html ; A doesn't have any own brand range of fizzy pop that I've spotted yet. Maybe I should look online to see if it exists in theory.
    L sells Bisto gravy; A doesn't.

    They both now stock "posh stuff" I don't buy
    Last edited by PasturesNew; 07-12-2017 at 2:06 PM.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 7th Dec 17, 2:29 PM
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    Good afternoon everyone,
    The gale has more or less settled but the sky is purple and the temperature has really dropped so I reckon there will be snow round about if not here.
    PN- I'd go for turkey

    Just having a late lunch of a HM sausage roll that has been lurking in the freezer since I made them last January to use up festive leftovers , with some beetroot. There is one let so I suspect that may be lunch tomorrow covered as well. I certainly don't want to hit Christmas 2017 with LOs from Christmas 2016......
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 7th Dec 17, 3:06 PM
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    PN- I'd go for turkey
    Originally posted by caronc
    Yes, I think I'd decided that an hour ago. I figured "It's Xmas, turkey is compulsory, no matter how large a breast you have to buy ...because it's Xmas - and chicken joints can be eaten every other week of the year.... so turkey it definitely is".



    ....a HM sausage roll that has been lurking in the freezer since I made them last January to use up festive leftovers ..
    Originally posted by caronc
    At least you know for sure you can cross that off your list of what to do this year then!

    I bought in 3x1 litre cartons of fruit juice last Christmas - still got two in the fridge unopened ... I like fruit juice, but there's a lot of calories in a carton to "just drink it all" - so it's quite a commitment to open one The one I did open, I ended up freezing over half of it into lollies .... then struggled to get round to eating those too!
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 7th Dec 17, 3:09 PM
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    The trouble with CFO and Xmas is .... you can't eat everything, you can't have everything ....

    Last year I thought I'd made a short list of "essentials & limited treats" but there are still some items that, come the day, I struggled to get through.

    This year I'll use fresh veg - last year's frozen 1Kg packs lurked for months.
    This year I'll not buy monkey nuts - they're not as good as they used to be and the packs are large.

    Trouble is, I'm struggling a bit between two small boxes of biscuits, I could just buy them both. One is £2.79 at L1dl; the other's 79p at Home Bargains. I should just treat myself really They'll get eaten all right.

    Fruit - I'd like a couple of satsumas ....not a whole net or box, so didn't buy them last year, but it is nice to have 1-2 max.
    • Farway
    • By Farway 7th Dec 17, 3:11 PM
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    Wet & wild this morning, but went out as I "needed" veg suet for the planned dumplings, and B1sto chicken granules, down to my last spoonful. But I forgot, again, the beans / sausages in a tin

    I have noted the DIY instant dumpling method and will do it for Saturday, which as well as forecast being Arctic will be stew day all being well

    Glad you got the Lid beef PN, my turn tomorrow, and i had already earmarked the celery, I usually add some to stews, a cheffy Holy Trinity thing I believe, celery, onion & carrot

    I think we are converging PN, cheese is on my list as well, either L or A$da, both same price per Kg in jumbo block size. I like taste of both so just convenience really

    I note stollen is on offer, half price, this weekend at L, I would like one but really don't think I could face the crush, just to find an empty shelf

    Oh, while on L subject, pull along trolleys are on from Sunday, mind you nearly £30, mine was nowhere near that price. The offer one seems better than mine, has separate compartment, including a cool bit [are you listening Andy?]
    Come in two options on wheels, the go up stairs type or bog standard

    Breakfast was a couple of ginger nuts & tea
    Lunch, cheese salad sarnie

    Dinner probably a Moroccan style lamb pie, from L, frozen, must have been on offer at some time because that type of pie, possibly spicy, is not normally one of my food types
    I'll have it with steamed frozen chunky mixed veg

    One LO mince pie from yesterday's doggy bag, will eat that later on
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 7th Dec 17, 3:17 PM
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    ....stollen is on offer, half price, this weekend at L, I would like one but really don't think I could face the crush, just to find an empty shelf
    Originally posted by Farway
    The word was unknown to me until MSE. It's not something I have ever eaten. I don't buy cakes etc at Xmas..... but I'm tempted to try that "at half price" - although L are currently selling their "small panetone" at 99p - and I've never had one of those either!

    In the past, although I've been aware of "a raft of German foods" for sale around Xmas, the few ginger cake/biscuits I'd tried from large bags have never been vaguely tasty in my book, so, while sibling/dad would always have a bag and tuck into them, I stayed well away.

    On the other hand.... if I buy one would I just be sucked into "buying stuff you'd have never thought of and don't need ....."


    .... trolleys are on from Sunday, mind you nearly £30, mine was nowhere near that price.
    Originally posted by Farway
    I'd missed that. I'll check them out. Mine cost me £4 (car boot) and has more than paid for itself from the few times it's been used by me walking instead of driving/parking.... it's OK, but I do plan to get another/better one at some future point.

    My next one will be based on how it opens/closes and the print on the outside.

    EDIT: Here's a link to the L one https://www.lidl.co.uk/en/Non-Food-Offers.htm?articleId=8821 - looks a bit large/chunky.
    It'd be worth it for the stair variety if you lived in a flat.
    The trolley clip looks handy.
    35Kg load bearing is "a bit good and hefty".

    It's not the replacement trolley I had in mind though...

    .... Moroccan style lamb pie, from L, frozen, must have been on offer at some time because that type of pie, possibly spicy, is not normally one of my food types
    Originally posted by Farway
    That'd be my food type ... price depending.
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