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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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    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 6th Sep 17, 12:48 PM
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    Afternoon everyone,

    I've decided to dig a lightly dusted haddock fillet out of the freezer for dinner tonight. It won't make much of a gap in there but I have a craving for fish, chips and baked beans, so this is a bit more healthy than battered fish . I've also got half a tin of baked beans needing using up.

    I'm just about to have a cheese salad sandwich and then head out for a walk around the park as it's a lovely sunny afternoon here.

    I also need to replenish my crumpet stocks while out. I had the last one with scrambled eggs this morning for breakfast.

    I don't seem to be creating too many things that need to go in the freezer these days which is good.
    • Farway
    • By Farway 6th Sep 17, 2:08 PM
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    Afternoon everyone,

    I'm just about to have a cheese salad sandwich .
    Originally posted by Hollyharvey
    That is just what I had for lunch, got back from the funeral in plenty of time for lunch

    Dinner is now decided, there is a broccoli & cheese quiche defrosting as I type, probably have the LO boiled spuds sliced & gently fried, must be a cheffy name for that but it escapes me

    Perhaps open a tin of beans to go with it?
    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 6th Sep 17, 2:55 PM
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    probably have the LO boiled spuds sliced & gently fried, must be a cheffy name for that but it escapes me
    Originally posted by Farway
    I think the cheffy name is Saute Potatoes.

    To me it's using up left overs in a way that tastes nice
    Last edited by Hollyharvey; 06-09-2017 at 2:55 PM. Reason: Typo
    • Farway
    • By Farway 6th Sep 17, 4:21 PM
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    I think the cheffy name is Saute Potatoes.

    To me it's using up left overs in a way that tastes nice
    Originally posted by Hollyharvey
    Found an even more cheffy title

    pommes de terres sautees

    Yay
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 6th Sep 17, 6:48 PM
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    The thought of veg boxes is tempting - and I have managed to find one that will deliver here finally.

    Errrrm....but as one person I do wonder what wastage I might land up getting. Today's food from the garden incorporated into meals totals up to rhubarb, apples and tomatoes and I've barely started on that garden (courtesy of getting the house itself together) - so I dont know whether a veg box would be worth my while anyway once I'm fully "up and running" or even right now.

    I know I've still got strawberries and assorted berries stashed away in the freezer as well - so that's another two options if I want them.

    So every time the Guardian or someone goes "Brexit alarmist - us Brits may not be able to be the gourmets we are busily turning into the last few years" I start feeling rather cynical about that and think "Well - those of us that are doing our best to grow our own probably won't notice much/if anything anyway - IF they're right".
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    • candygirl
    • By candygirl 6th Sep 17, 7:08 PM
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    I'm addicted to cheese n onion pies at the mo.If I didn't know better, i'd think I was preggers
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 6th Sep 17, 7:27 PM
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    Ah cheese & onion pies - something you seldom see around here, cheese & onion pasties yes but seldom in a pie. When I lived in York many, many moons ago the local baker did a fab one with layers of cheese, potato and onion. They had a specific name but I can't remember what it was!

    I picked virtually the last of the broad beans and the runners are really slowing down too. I think I'll get a final courgette and that will be them over as well. Still the tomatoes are going strong, picked a good kilo plus today, still lots to ripen but no doubt as usual I'll end up with trays dotted around the conservatory "finishing off". Tomorrow I plan to make a bit batch of simple tomato sauce with the big ones and have a bash at semi-drying the cherry ones in the dehydrator. My plan is to not quite get them totally dry, vac pac & freeze them and then rehydrate in olive oil & herbs as I want to use them. I've still a good few lettuce going strong but my chard seem to have had it - too much rain. Apart from a tub of red brussel sprouts which hopefully will actually produce some sprouts this year - got none last year though manage to salvage the tops which were tasty.

    Decided it's gnocchi tonight with the LO pizza toppings. The weather is really closing in so I want food in a bowl though thankfully it's still warm enough not to put the heating on though going by the forecast thay could change over the next few days .
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    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 6th Sep 17, 7:45 PM
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    Been scanning the papers online and...Isis are thinking along lines of poisoning our food in our supermarkets before we get our little mitts on it.

    Discriminatory terrorism rearing its head then.....as some of us buy darn all supermarket food (whew! whew!) and thinking, with relief, "there are only 1 or 2 items I might still need to buy in supermarkets anyway - by the time most of mine doesnt come from there and I could refuse to buy the rest there too pro tem".

    Oh boy....and feeling sympathetic to those who can't just boycott supermarkets however long necessary until "life gets back to normal"....if it ever blimmin' does
    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 7th Sep 17, 12:54 PM
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    Good afternoon everyone,
    It's a horrible day weather wise so I'm glad I've soup left for lunch. I woke up really early feeling hungry which is really unlike me so scrambled eggs and mushrooms were had first thing!
    I've no idea what dinner will be.
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    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 7th Sep 17, 1:09 PM
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    Dinner undecided on as yet - but likely to include a glass (or two ahem...) of champagne. Courtesy of The House Is Finished - at long blimmin' last. That's it done. Now brought into the 21st century and working properly

    So I thought a little celebratory drink might just be in order...
    If there's "4 tendencies" type of people (Gretchen Rubin) = yep....Questioner type here
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 7th Sep 17, 1:27 PM
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    Dinner undecided on as yet - but likely to include a glass (or two ahem...) of champagne. Courtesy of The House Is Finished - at long blimmin' last. That's it done. Now brought into the 21st century and working properly

    So I thought a little celebratory drink might just be in order...
    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention
    you must be so pleased
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    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 7th Sep 17, 2:19 PM
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    Afternoon everyone

    I had Greek yoghurt and berries for breakfast again.

    Lunch was a toasted cheese and ham sandwich. I got some good y/s ham this morning so I thought it would be nice to have a ham and cheese toasty for a change . I'll probably use the rest of the ham with egg, chips and beans tomorrow. It's not something I have that often and I don't want to freeze the ham.

    Dinner is going to be a lamb rump steak and some steamed veg with new potatoes.

    I don't have anything in the fridge other than the ham that needs using up in the near future. This is a very rare occurrence!
    • Farway
    • By Farway 7th Sep 17, 2:51 PM
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    Been scanning the papers online and...Isis are thinking along lines of poisoning our food in our supermarkets before we get our little mitts on it.

    Discriminatory terrorism rearing its head then.....as some of us buy darn all supermarket food (whew! whew!) and thinking, with relief, "there are only 1 or 2 items I might still need to buy in supermarkets anyway - by the time most of mine doesnt come from there and I could refuse to buy the rest there too pro tem".

    Oh boy....and feeling sympathetic to those who can't just boycott supermarkets however long necessary until "life gets back to normal"....if it ever blimmin' does
    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention
    Back to the future then?

    Us really oldies remember when there was a spate of UK grown blackmailers injecting mercury in oranges, and slipping stuff into jars. That is why jars / bottles now have pop up buttons and tamper proof seals on screw tops. If broken it has been opened so don't buy them

    Breakfast was porridge again, getting into the habit now

    Not much on the YS mooch, packet of YS crumpets, rest of the stuff I bought was full price but needed, sort of, could have done without Greek yoghurt & broccoli if I had to

    Lunch was yet another cheese salad sandwich

    And dinner is more deja vu with LO quiche & LO beans, but will have to be frozen chips today not pommes de terres sautees

    I have pears available now, scrumped from neighbours who never pick them. I was looking for some type of pear jam but seems not a good "setter", CBA to poach them etc, either jam or raw, unless any other easy minimum faffing ideas?
    • Farway
    • By Farway 7th Sep 17, 6:31 PM
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    Dinner frozen chips were replaced by HM jumbo chips

    I forgot that I bought a 2kg bag of spuds, on weekly offer, from Iceland this morning, and that is far cheaper than theLild frozen chip price. I cook them the same way, in the Actifry

    A 2kg bag will probably see me through to Christmas near the time that kids look forward to a beardy bloke in red suit.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 7th Sep 17, 7:09 PM
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    Back to the future then?

    Us really oldies remember when there was a spate of UK grown blackmailers injecting mercury in oranges, and slipping stuff into jars. That is why jars / bottles now have pop up buttons and tamper proof seals on screw tops. If broken it has been opened so don't buy them
    Originally posted by Farway
    And anti freeze in wine I remember... although not sure if that was blackmailers or just dodgy dealers.

    Today I've had a real CBA day. It's included: toast, some honey nut cornflakes, a tomato sandwich, chips/sausages/beans and ... I went out and bought a pack of choccies

    I'm "too twitchy and unsettled" to concentrate on food... the weather's not good, there've been some unsettling outside world noises disrupting the usual quiet lifestyle I need... even as I type this a low flying solo aircraft just buzzed over...
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 7th Sep 17, 7:11 PM
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    ... beardy bloke....
    Originally posted by Farway
    £land are stocking their shelves with this year's selection of Halloween and Beardy Bloke Tat....
    • caronc
    • By caronc 7th Sep 17, 7:16 PM
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    Dinner frozen chips were replaced by HM jumbo chips

    I forgot that I bought a 2kg bag of spuds, on weekly offer, from Iceland this morning, and that is far cheaper than theLild frozen chip price. I cook them the same way, in the Actifry

    A 2kg bag will probably see me through to Christmas near the time that kids look forward to a beardy bloke in red suit.
    Originally posted by Farway
    Make a big batch of mash and freeze portions then you'll have lovely HM as a go to between now and the festive season rather than looking at a lurking bag of spuds.....

    Today has definitely been a munchy day and dinner will be on the same vein - I'm going to blame the weather rather than gluttony. Dinner will either be Scotch pie, beans and oven chips or HM wedges, chicken wings and runner beans, I suspect the pie may win and then I'll get back on track tomorrow.

    I had a lovely treat of a twix finger earlier must be well over a year since I had one, but as my guests brought them it would have been rude not to I must hide the remaining six so they aren't staring at me, generally I can ignore chocolate biscuits but I have a real weakness for these

    ETA - thoughts of a Scotch pie are scuppered, I don't have any! So smoked haddock fishcake, oven chips and peas it is.
    Last edited by caronc; 07-09-2017 at 8:14 PM.
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 7th Sep 17, 9:26 PM
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    I just made two bits of toast, THEN remembered I'm out of margarine... so I put jam on one and marmalade on the other .... and as I walked away to the sofa with those I thought "D4mn... could've had cheese triangles on these!"
    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 7th Sep 17, 10:45 PM
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    I just made two bits of toast, THEN remembered I'm out of margarine... so I put jam on one and marmalade on the other .... and as I walked away to the sofa with those I thought "D4mn... could've had cheese triangles on these!"
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    I've just had toast and honey. I really wanted toast and raspberry jam. I thought there was an open jar in the fridge, but couldn't find it and then remembered I used it up on a crumpet last week .

    I've had a large bar of chocolate this evening as well

    I never seem to have a problem using up chocolate, biscuits, cake and crumpets. No problems CFO there .
    • kittie
    • By kittie 8th Sep 17, 7:26 AM
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    money, I am so happy for you re your home, another milestone. Re veg box, dd gets one and it makes her eat properly, I don`t get one, I just get the extras that I don`t produce

    Oh I remember those poisoning incidents, yoghurts etc. That is why we get so much packaging in supermarkets. Why I like the smaller producers who bi-pass the supermarkets.

    I have to eat out of the freezer every day now with a potential move on the cards. Just forward planning

    Today will be mackerel, frozen veg of various sorts like parsnips, ratatouille and I will take some assorted berries out to de-frost to have with a bit of yoghurt. I have two meringues left and have decided not to make any more, next time I make ice cream, I will make an egg white omlette. Obviously a sugar load almost every day, not good for me but oooh a memorable taste. Eating out of the freezer allows me to save anyway

    Maybe turkey sausages and some beans for the last meal but I will take frozen sausage and normal beans out of the freezer, easy to spot these days thanks to PN
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