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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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    • kittie
    • By kittie 15th Sep 17, 7:14 PM
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    lol PN, you are a whizz with just going -off veg and I remember those grabbing yellow chicken claws farway

    anyone seen money? she isn`t normally so quiet

    I had a bitty day, ate my fill of veg but the bowlful with soya beans at lunchtime was truly boring. Best bit of that meal was the LO apple crumble. Last meal was three small slices of spelt bread with damson jelly and then I felt guilty, not enough fresh veg at that pathetic meal, so I juiced a load of assorted veg and drank some, keeping the rest for tomorrow morning and evening as I am going out. Some days are blooming hard to keep varied. I`ve been busy clearing so will spend some time next week making more ready meals and some soup. Thank heavens my fish order is arriving next week
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 15th Sep 17, 7:36 PM
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    anyone seen
    Originally posted by kittie
    It's always best not to ask for 3 weeks, in case they were off on a holiday and wanted to keep it quiet from t'Internet!
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 15th Sep 17, 7:51 PM
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    I made .... more chocolate cake. And ate it.

    I've still a little bit left .... but I bet that goes soon as it's really nice and bouncy
    • kittie
    • By kittie 16th Sep 17, 8:42 AM
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    I made .... more chocolate cake. And ate it.

    I've still a little bit left .... but I bet that goes soon as it's really nice and bouncy
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    Yes that was me several months ago, bouncy

    lol, meet a very happy bunny today, just seen that I have lost another lb or so, that makes one whole stone from my heaviest. That bread and jam meal last night made me wake up hungry at 3, no more stupid food like that for my last meal. So that little weight loss has re-inspired me and am sat here in my old cycling clothes for when it warms up a bit

    Breakfast: soaked muesli plus non-jumbo oats in almond milk
    Later turkey hm ready meal and veg juice, already made tg. Out driving for the day, visiting dd to offload stuff

    I am going to prep something different for last meal, I have sweet potatoes to use up and will cook and puree, mixing with soya beans, as I have leftovers and an egg to bind and some herbs, will cook in butter and have the last of the veg juice. I can get those `cakes` ready before I go out, in fact I`ll do all the sweet potatoes and beans and freeze half
    • kittie
    • By kittie 16th Sep 17, 10:47 AM
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    I made that conglomeration, I also used a finely chopped onion and garlic, fried slowly in olive oil with a bit of ground cumin and 2 eggs, not one. Used my food processor again, not used it since husband died but it was good and washing up didn`t take long. Resulting conglomeration is too wet to form cakes, so it will make pancakes, tonight and tomorrow. Smells nice and no more veg to prepare

    Coffee and a shower, then will put the oven on for early lunch

    Was a lovely cycle ride, only a couple of considerate cars, first mile is always the hardest but easier after that, even the hilly bits. I watched that age tv doctors programme the other night, it was inspiring
    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 16th Sep 17, 11:14 AM
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    The pizza I made yesterday was delicious. It had red onion, red pepper, sweetcorn and cherry toms and I used tomato puree mixed with vegan pesto as well. Mmm.

    I might have a big breakfast for dinner tonight, I like doing that sometimes if I don't feel like cooking in the morning.
    "It doesn't cost any more to dream big."
    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 16th Sep 17, 2:06 PM
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    I had a different breakfast this morning, porridge with some mixed berries . I've been out this morning doing some voluntary stuff so I've eaten far too much cake so I didn't want lunch.

    Dinner will be sausages, accidently left out of the freezer yesterday with mash and steamed veg.


    I have got a little gap in the chest freezer now so I'm quite pleased about that .

    PN enjoy your dinner out.
    • Farway
    • By Farway 16th Sep 17, 2:37 PM
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    Last night's dinner had sudden change, the spuds were too big, so made chips, too many, finished up with a large plate of jumbo chips & ham omelette

    Nothing found on YS patrol, except garden bits in Wilko

    Lunch was cheese & chutney on toast [last of the ham went in last night's dinner]

    Decided tonight dinner is rerun of what would have been last night's. Smoked Mackerel salad, and I will make some real mash with real spuds to go with it. I love mash splodged with salad cream with a salad

    On return from YS patrol I had time spare, and knuckled down to make the pud thing using some of my apples. Never made it before but recipe in the W/rose newspaper. Irish apple cake. Turned out looking nice, no idea about taste yet

    Here it is
    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 16th Sep 17, 3:05 PM
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    On return from YS patrol I had time spare, and knuckled down to make the pud thing using some of my apples. Never made it before but recipe in the W/rose newspaper. Irish apple cake. Turned out looking nice, no idea about taste yet
    Originally posted by Farway
    That looks lovely. I must have missed that, was it in this weeks?
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 16th Sep 17, 3:41 PM
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    W/rose newspapers? I had no idea there were such things! Blimey, it's a different world out there.
    I've had a tomato/cheese sandwich and a small bowl of peanut/honey cornflakes. Pretty hungry though - so not sure what to do.... will be fed in 4-5 hours.
    Last edited by PasturesNew; 18-09-2017 at 7:50 AM.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 16th Sep 17, 4:56 PM
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    I gave in .... still had the minced lamb pie mix from yesterday, so knocked up a cheeky dumpling to go with that

    Burnt my tongue scoffing it with a big spoon.
    Last edited by PasturesNew; 16-09-2017 at 4:58 PM.
    • Farway
    • By Farway 16th Sep 17, 6:46 PM
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    That looks lovely. I must have missed that, was it in this weeks?
    Originally posted by Hollyharvey
    Last weeks I think, their organic Duchy one

    W/rose newspapers? I had no idea there were such things! Blimey, it's a different world out there.
    And free TBH not a lot of things in it of use to One-ers, and the ingredients are always exotic, for instance the apple cake "required" free range Black tail hen eggs and organic apples. Like most I just ignore the faff & use what I have. But sometime a gem turns up, with modifications. The apple cake is one, I will make it again someday

    Dinner was the Smoked mackerel salad, with HM mash, as nice as I hoped it would be

    The Irish apple cake was tasty, although I think I cooked it a bit too long trying to get top browned. I had it with Greek yoghurt, custard would be nice, as would pouring cream. Plenty left for the next few CFO days
    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 16th Sep 17, 8:16 PM
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    Last weeks I think, their organic Duchy one

    The Irish apple cake was tasty, although I think I cooked it a bit too long trying to get top browned. I had it with Greek yoghurt, custard would be nice, as would pouring cream. Plenty left for the next few CFO days
    Originally posted by Farway
    Found it thanks .

    I'm glad it was nice.
    • kittie
    • By kittie 17th Sep 17, 9:18 AM
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    That is one heck of a lovely cake farway. I can`t look, mustn`t look, too easily tempted

    Using those `ripe` sweet poatatoes as pancakes worked very well, they were lovely and I have enough for lunch today. Next time I will add ground almonds, not beans, for a change

    I really fancy making some pizza tomorrow, it will help me use up frozen tomatoes and mozarella and I can roast and skin a couple of red peppers and use tomato paste. Enough for two days, dough in my mini bm. I think I will also take the minced mutton out of freezer and add some frozen veg like roasted carrots and leeks. I need to keep clearing freezer space, any food going back in will then be classed as a ready meal and used soon

    That is two meals today so far and I want to split meals into mini meals, like stewed apple and yoghurt or berries and sojade cream as snacks. Better for my digestion. No idea for last meal, maybe cheese and rye crackers and a cinnamon bun. I have veg juice to drink during the day so no concerns about enough veg
    • meg72
    • By meg72 17th Sep 17, 10:47 AM
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    Was planning a nice roast chicken dinner as got four of the £2.00 M &S chickens but have been invited out for lunch chicken already in oven so wil
    decide what to do with it when I come back.
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    • poppystar
    • By poppystar 17th Sep 17, 11:13 AM
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    Was planning a nice roast chicken dinner as got four of the £2.00 M &S chickens but have been invited out for lunch chicken already in oven so wil
    decide what to do with it when I come back.
    Originally posted by meg72
    I eventually plucked (no pun intended!) enough courage to buy one. It is now scaring me almost as much as if it was still alive, birds not being my favourite creatures even when they are still breathing!

    A shameful admission but I have only cooked a whole chicken once before in my life and am very nervous that I won't cook it enough or something.

    Also I was hoping to use the remains of it in soup or to add to stir fry or pilaff but everything I look at seems to suggest reheating is highly dangerous. Anyone put my mind at rest on this?


    I can cook lots of other things - honest
    • caronc
    • By caronc 17th Sep 17, 11:34 AM
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    Good morning everyone,
    I've not managed to post for a couple of days - one of those spells where life got in the way of noodling on-line .
    Poppystar - your chicken will be fine reheated just make sure it it is fully reheated and you'll be fine.
    My son was up for the weekend and helped me get various things sorted in the house and garden including thankfully the non- fully flushing loo
    My salted brisket experiment worked really well - one I'll do again with a larger piece next time as the bit I used was only 700g so just enough to split for some between myself, my son and my Dad who happened to arrive while it was being sliced
    My son is now on his way back to Newcastle and I've got a lump of bacon ends in the pressure cooker to make lentil soup, some of which will go round to my sister's as she is recovering from surgery and pretty wabbit.
    Last night we had fajitas definitely not something I make when CFO so really enjoyed them.

    Today has been the usual toast for breakfast and lunch will be a salted brisket & salad sandwich. Dinner I think will be rump steak.
    Apart from some gentle pottering in the garden I've not much planned for the day.
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    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 17th Sep 17, 12:36 PM
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    Afternoon everyone,

    I had an unexpected visitor at 1.00am this morning, my nephew. The taxi queue in town was really long so he thought that as he can walk to mine in under 10 minutes from town he would ask to stay here. On the plus side, I fed him scrambled eggs on toast for breakfast so have now got rid of the extra eggs and I'm back to normal egg stocks .

    I have had trouble deciding what to have for dinner today, so have decided on the easy option of cod, steamed veg and new potatoes. I'll make a parsley sauce as well. I've got some skimmed milk I picked up by accident a few days ago and want to use it up. I'll mix it with some of my usual milk so that the sauce isn't too watery.

    I think lunch will be a toasted cheese and tomato sandwich. I'm enjoying having toasties instead of normal sandwiches for a change at the moment.

    Poppy as Caronc says re-heating cooked chicken is fine, provided you make sure it is heated through properly. I've had those M&S chickens in the past and they are really nice.
    • Farway
    • By Farway 17th Sep 17, 2:50 PM
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    Poppy as Caronc says re-heating cooked chicken is fine, provided you make sure it is heated through properly. I've had those M&S chickens in the past and they are really nice.
    Originally posted by Hollyharvey
    Agree with all about reheating, no problems at all. And if in doubt, just eat it cold, or the CFO CBA version, pick and nibble at at it every time you look in the fridge

    Double bonus on yesterday's HM apple cake, I found out it makes an excellent cold breakfast , Sliced some off, as one would for a bread pud. Now I know how easy it is that is one recipe that will be repeated

    YS patrol was in Morries this morning, got some YS corned beef slices,only because I am out tomorrow & a packed sarnie lunch is order of the day, the CB will be ideal, go with the YS Ancient seed rolls I bought at the the same time

    Not so MSE was the pack of doughnuts, strawberry of course, plus the crystallised ginger, in anticipation of making my own ginger marmalade some time before whatsitsnamemas

    Dinner is a deja vu again, last of the smoked mackerel, with salad & new batch of HM mash, wish I had made extra yesterday but didn't

    Spot of gardening, very light, just getting ready for Spring, pansies & daffs planted. Be glad I did next March
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 17th Sep 17, 2:55 PM
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    Got fed.
    Had cake
    Forgot apples

    Breakfast today was the final pieces of the cake I made the other night, thinking it would be nigh-on-stale, but it wasn't, but as I'd warmed three pieces I had to eat them all....

    Lunch has just been a lamb/mint cheeseburger with ketchup in a big roll.

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