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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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    • Farway
    • By Farway 4th Sep 17, 7:01 PM
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    money, could it be because they think solo woman knows nothing ie condescending beahviour. Keep bringing `we` into the conversation, might help

    oh heck, got to empty the dishwasher now
    Originally posted by kittie
    A nice First World problem dishwasher emptying

    Not just solo women, how many MPS and TV pundits keep telling all of us that we just did not understand what we voted for, what a load of thickos we are, need educating and all decisions should really be to really clever people, like them, who know what is best for us numbnuts

    Climbs down from ceiling, dinner was just the cottage pie, followed by the last of the stewed apple & Greek yoghurt

    Out to lunch tomorrow so could be anything
    • caronc
    • By caronc 4th Sep 17, 7:17 PM
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    Tiring day. Off to Big Town, where I was busily assured that the conversation I had had with a "professional" last time I saw them was very different to what I actually had with them. Followed by pizza and glass of wine at lunchtime then cup of coffee and chocolate brownie out.

    Just got back. Had drink of milk. Shattered. Time for toast and I shall be googling for a replacement for "professional" with the convenient memory. Fed-up with all these conversations I've apparently had since moving where I've agreed with/suggested in the first place what the other person wanted me to have said - which is often very different to what I did actually say. In cynical frame of mind - and will be taking notebook with me in future to stop all this mis-remembering so many people do when I am "customer" - so the conversation was obviously as I remember it being - as I'd made up my mind in advance exactly what I wanted.

    In future - I will read my instructions direct from notes to whichever-workman-etc-etc it is this time and will probably get them to sign it too. Am sick of their convenient memories for the way they wanted things to be - but I had specified differently.

    Slammed foot down on floor very firmly with determination I am not going to have any more ***** mis-quoting of what I said......and heads for kitchen to get toast and fruit.
    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention
    MTMS - ever the cynic I try where ever possible if agreeing anything to create an email or Facebook message chain or if that's not possible a text one. It's handy if there is any dispute. I tend to go along the lines of "It was good to speak with you earlier re ....., can you confirm x,y.z. It was worth it's weight in gold when my council mixed up my kids and tried to make me/him jump hopes to prove he had moved out a few years before. Suddenly it was no longer "my fault" for not telling them....... (I had applied for a single adult household reduction which they awarded and then sent me a snotty demand for payment..... not helped that when I contacted them I was told I was lucky they weren't considering prosecution for fraud........)

    Anyway visitors enjoyed the shortbread and LOs have been safely dispatched with them to avoid me scoffing them . Breakfast was toast with pate and tomatoes, lunch a quick tin of soup and of course a piece of shortbread was had mid-afternoon. Tonight I'm having one of the turkey kievs I made a few weeks ago with a few HM wedges and runner/broad beans. I had defrosted the spare portion of pea & barley rissotto I made a while ago but it's looking really claggy so that will be getting turned into soup for lunches.

    I've started my salt pickled brisket experiment. most recipes on-line are for huge pieces but I think I've scaled the ingredients down ok. It wasn't too much of a faff to put together and just needs turned daily for the next 10 - 14 days. I'm hoping it turns out ok, I can't see why not but time will tell.
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    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 4th Sep 17, 7:56 PM
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    Good points Kittie and caron.

    Re today's mis-rememberer and I've done my googling and decided on someone different to them - and they duly have a Facebook page. They're going to know I've specifically dumped them and what that means

    Kittie - mea culpa I guess to assuming people will realise the fact that I've spent all my adult life being single should be interpreted by them as meaning "MITSTM must be a pretty capable sort of person then - to have managed on her own all these years". I guess they don't think that way then? Workmen will soon know there is no "we" - the second they come into my home and there isn't a "girly" thing in sight - but there's no man in sight either

    I'm going to have to give this further thought. Single women are very rare here as far as I can see (other than in the context of being widows) - so I guess they're not used to us and they're certainly not used to career women here (not that I ever was a career woman - as I've only ever had jobs - but I guess I was, all unknowingly, getting the benefit before moving of them knowing there were a lot of careerwoman around and just assumed I was one too and I got treated a bit more "seriously"). It was common for them to make an assumption that I had a career (rather than job) etc etc - unless I said otherwise. I hadnt realised how much easier it was making my life previously to have people just assume that. It seemed to be the case that people just assumed I was either a teacher or "something to do with the university" from what I could make out.
    Last edited by moneyistooshorttomention; 04-09-2017 at 8:01 PM.
    If there's "4 tendencies" type of people (Gretchen Rubin) = yep....Questioner type here
    - Meets an expectation only if they believe it's justified and resists anything arbitrary or ineffective
    • caronc
    • By caronc 4th Sep 17, 8:00 PM
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    Good points Kittie and caron.

    The decorator that had a different conversation with me to the one I actually took part in doesnt have email unfortunately (that shoulda been a warning sign - whoops.....).
    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention
    That's where a text chain can be handy most folk have a mobile phone these days . I also find it handy as there has been a genuine misunderstanding it gives folk the chance to come back to you to clarify

    ETA - The "we" can be quite vague and not necessarily someone who lives in.......
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    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 4th Sep 17, 8:02 PM
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    Right. Mobile phone texts - I hear you sister. Noted

    EDIT; and started as I mean to go on. I've just sent one to next workman confirming what I've already told him.
    Last edited by moneyistooshorttomention; 04-09-2017 at 8:21 PM.
    If there's "4 tendencies" type of people (Gretchen Rubin) = yep....Questioner type here
    - Meets an expectation only if they believe it's justified and resists anything arbitrary or ineffective
    • Farway
    • By Farway 5th Sep 17, 8:53 AM
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    Morning all

    Just a quickie before I go out

    Breakfast was porridge, remembered to put it in fridge last night, hooray

    Just been poking around Trip advisor for lunch, were we ate last time was OK, but a bit too muddled & Veganised for me, just don't fancy queuing then trying to decide on some food that I have never heard of let alone tasted

    So, either a cafe in the health centre which seems fine, or one near the boats. Choices are made a bit harder 'cos companion is a dairy intolerant veggie, bummer
    Last edited by Farway; 05-09-2017 at 8:58 AM.
    • meg72
    • By meg72 5th Sep 17, 9:13 AM
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    Another dismal grey wet morning. So pleased I`ve made my pot of beef stew as I`m going to be busy making Damson Jam with 3kg donated Damsons just a bit worried I am not going to have enough jars. I use the small mint sauce or mustard jars. Just a nice size for singles. Might have to post on our Free food site to see if anyone has some to spare.
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 5th Sep 17, 9:30 AM
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    I had toast late last night .... and toast for breakfast this morning.

    I'm working my way up to maybe making a Yorkshire later ... a Toadie

    But, it's one thing to dream of cooking/eating something - it's another to get off your butt and get round to it.
    • kittie
    • By kittie 5th Sep 17, 10:13 AM
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    early breakie, just spelt flakes and hemp milk. Car has gone to be `fixed` and I am twitchy, hope it is straightforward. Just had a piece of spelt toast with boiled egg and grapefruit. Later will have to use the rest of the salad stuff and beans.

    I hate these twitchy moods, hard to settle to anything, maybe I`ll have to do something straightforward, like polish my kitchen worktops, cleaning sinks and so on. Ooh yes, I lost another 1kg so it is very steady and slow weight loss, as it should be. I noticed that I am now wearing tops that make me look slinky, not bumpy. All down to omnivore food but plenty of vegetables rather than fruit and not much meat and no potatoes. I think my sugar free scones help tbh, they fill me up, get rid of mouth hunger and contain good stuff, like butter, chopped nuts and some berries. Or it could be the chocolate, only a small bit of 85% but enough of a % to satisfy any choc craving for the whole day

    Oh well, got to find something to do now
    • kittie
    • By kittie 5th Sep 17, 1:32 PM
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    I made hot cross buns without the cross or glaze so easy, a few minutes to load the bm, a few minutes to form buns at the end. Didn`t even have to grease the tray with silicone liners on it. Result 8 large puffy spicey currant buns. I used 1/2 00 flour and 1/2 strong white. Looks like a 10/10 in my little notebook, will have one later for my teatime treat. Would have cost £5 for 8 abel and cole organic buns and mine were 100% organic. Nice to keep track of what I am making, I want to make as many different things as I can in the bm. Looks as though I will be offering my panny to a dd in future

    I also have shiny counter tops and sparkling sink, other than that, just been faffing
    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 5th Sep 17, 1:45 PM
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    I decided to have toast this morning as there is quite a lot of bread in the freezer taking up space.


    I've defrosted a two portion packet of braising steak and have put that in the slow cooker with a selection of root veg to make a stew. Rather than freeze the second portion, I'll go for the CFO 'rinse and repeat' and have it tomorrow. I'll have it with mash tonight and will probably have it with a jacket potato tomorrow, so that it is slightly different .

    I haven't had any lunch as I'm not hungry and tonights dinner will be very filling.
    • Farway
    • By Farway 5th Sep 17, 4:18 PM
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    Another dismal grey wet morning. So pleased I`ve made my pot of beef stew as I`m going to be busy making Damson Jam with 3kg donated Damsons just a bit worried I am not going to have enough jars. I use the small mint sauce or mustard jars. Just a nice size for singles. Might have to post on our Free food site to see if anyone has some to spare.
    Originally posted by meg72
    I've got loads of jars, shame too far way, I just could use a pot of damson jam to add to my HM jam hoard

    The day turned out misty & drizzly, but travelling most of the time so no big problem

    Lunch in the end was in a pub near Newbury. The other options I looked at earlier were not ideal when actually eyeballed, either too cramped, full of kids or people in trackies with caps back to front

    The food was great, saying just a brisket sandwich does not do it justice. Very tasty, certainly nothing I could achieve, thick freshly cut white bread, stuffed to bursting with moist brisket. And a small portion of chips with bit of salad. Plenty for me at lunchtime
    • caronc
    • By caronc 5th Sep 17, 4:42 PM
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    Good afternoon everyone,

    Farway - a brisket sandwich one of my favourite I'm hoping my salt brisket turns out ok and I can get my gnashers around a similiar doorstep in a week or so.

    The defrosted barley rissotto had some more veg, chicken stock, chicken scraps and a smidge of LO leek & parsley sauce added to it and I have to say it made a really tasty (never to be replicated) pot of soup to the extent I had a second bowl at lunchtime.

    Tonight I making HM pizza using dough from the freezer, tomato sauce made using lovely homegrown marmande tomatoes, some salami , mozzarella cheese, a few olives and fresh basil. I was chatting to my son in Cardiff and he was making pizza and it gave me a real notion for one
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 5th Sep 17, 4:49 PM
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    Would have cost £5 for 8 abel and cole organic buns
    Originally posted by kittie
    Blimey ... that's 5 days' food!

    I've no idea what Abel and Cole is ... never heard of them. I think we can rest assured I won't ever be buying anything of theirs

    4ldi sell their "luxury" ones at 4 for 99p, which won a Good Housekeeping award in 2016 for their Taste Test among supermarkets.

    I have a gazillion things I COULD cook/make... but I CBA, so won't. No idea what I'll eat later... for now I've kept myself going by scoffing the "favourite choccies" I bought yesterday evening... whole bag's gone now
    Last edited by PasturesNew; 05-09-2017 at 4:51 PM.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 5th Sep 17, 5:42 PM
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    Decided to go for it. Made up the Yorkie mix. Can't find the old pie tin I was going to use, so going to make two separate yorkies instead, just because there's more mix than would be right for one tin - but as I'm using rectangular pie dishes I've no idea how that'll turn out. Also, cooking these in the tiny oven.

    Mix is now resting in the fridge and I've skinned/sliced the spuds and am half way through making mash. Once the mash is ready I'll put the Yorkies into the oven, with sausages.

    Then serve the lot with beans as I've a tin open.

    Dinner should be served by 6.15 at the latest.

    EDIT: Ended up serving it at 6.10 .... just one of the two Yorkies I made, then I realised I should also eat the 2nd one, so I did
    Last edited by PasturesNew; 05-09-2017 at 6:15 PM.
    • Farway
    • By Farway 5th Sep 17, 6:47 PM
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    After the large lunch it was a no cook or thought involved dinner / supper / snack of cheese on toast with glop of HM chutney x 2

    Followed by patisserie custard creme things YS from yesterday x 3
    • kittie
    • By kittie 6th Sep 17, 6:04 AM
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    yes about £1 dearer for 4 than waitrose but far nicer and better for health but my own are very much nicer again, ate one yesterday and froze 7. I use A&C when I need to or fancy some nice organic food, their brown cow yoghurts are to die for. I know it is all genuine organic and the cows are not indoors in a barn, like yeo. I`m not going to change a habit of a lifetime, especially living in an area where I see the tractors and sprayers trundling over the fields all through summer. I pay a lot more for my flours too all mail order from specialists, all stoneground in the old way but in the scheme of things, eating my way is very cheap for one, especially when I bake my own

    muesli and blackcurrants soaked in hm hemp milk overnight

    later a bowl of assorted veg as I still have allotment carrots, cabbage and green beans and I am getting an A&C delivery this morning with a few veg that I don`t grow. I`ll have that with mackerel. After will be raspberries and hm ice cream, it turned out very yummy and soft enough to scoop, its a recipe that I have put into my special book. All organic with a vanilla pod. Reminds me that I need to go and pick again, they ripen every day, about 200g every day for weeks now and weeks to go. I love melted frozen raspberries, when the juice runs out

    Later, a container of the ratatouille that I made, with grated parmesan on top. I have two pizza bases to use, must remember for tomorrow, think I will cut each in half and freeze, takes the pressure off. Got mozarella coming today and am going to slice and freeze in portions, hope it works
    • Farway
    • By Farway 6th Sep 17, 9:23 AM
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    Thanks Kittie, I often toyed with thoughts of getting A & C box delivered, but struggle to see me using it all before it goes manky, or finding pounds of kale in it that I would never use up. Plus unlike you I prefer organic for the same reasons as you, but sometimes often CBA to search it out

    Of to a funeral in a bit, seems more funerals attended than weddings lately, must be age thing No idea if it will be followed by tea & cake or whatever, so lunch is ?????

    Dinner is also ?????

    PS it was porridge for breakfast
    Last edited by Farway; 06-09-2017 at 9:24 AM. Reason: PS
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 6th Sep 17, 9:38 AM
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    Last night I took two biscuits from the packet ... and appear to have only eaten one. I don't have lights on here, so, in the dark, I'd overlooked the fact the 2nd one was still on the side table.

    This morning it was a little bit soft, but I still ate it. We'll call that breakfast
    • caronc
    • By caronc 6th Sep 17, 12:36 PM
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    Good afternoon everyone,

    I'd love to get a veg box delivered. A local grower used to do a great one and it was fab at getting the boys to try new veg you didn't usually see in the supermarkets. Unfortunately they only do wholesale/trade now and A&C etc. don't deliver here!

    Breakfast was toast with sliced tomatoes, my tomato crop is really getting going now, lunch some of the soup I made yesterday and dinner with be LO pizza toppings from last night with pasta or gnocchi or I might use up a small naan from the freezer and make another pizza I'm not sure yet.
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