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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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    • candygirl
    • By candygirl 2nd Oct 17, 5:41 PM
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    I don't cry when I cut onions.

    I have a soup in the slow cooker .... which is in the kitchen, the window has been opened in there. The kitchen door is closed. Then there is the hallway, then the living room. The door of the living room is closed. The patio door in the living room is open.... and STILL my eyes are burning and my nose is irritated!
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    I don't cry with onions either I think we must be special
    No idea what's for tea, as am full of cold n cba cooking or eating.Might be cheese on toast with HP sauce 😁
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 2nd Oct 17, 6:21 PM
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    Afternoon everyone

    Sorry you're both still not feeling very well caronc and farway, I hope that you soon get better.
    Originally posted by Hollyharvey
    Thanks Holly - thankfully mine does seem to be on the way out, no paracetemol today. Just need to get my balance back. Farway - hope your lurgy departs soon.
    I don't cry when I cut onions.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    I don't cry with onions either I think we must be special
    Originally posted by candygirl
    I don't cry with onions either so I must be special too, the upside to breaking my nose a few years ago is that onion and chilli fumes etc. no longer make me weep

    PN- thanks for the tips re nuking pasta. I did consider that but couldn't face the repeated standing/stirring. (My perch stool doesn't fit in that corner, I should really think about moving my microwave )

    Tonight I'm going for another bung it in the oven meal of turkey kiev and veggie bake, both from the freezer so no prep either. Lunch was toasted crumpets with butter and cheese which I really enjoyed. I didn't buy a loaf this week so that it would make use up some of the lurking bread products in the freezer as I really need to create some space in prep for Christmas catering.
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    • Farway
    • By Farway 2nd Oct 17, 6:48 PM
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    I have been eating soup but could not face the amount I had left over yesterday, sad face but I did put the rest down the sink. It had no appeal whatsoever. In future I am going to make small amounts of soup.
    Originally posted by kittie
    That's another one, I was in same position this morning, but have frozen some of mine. It may go down the loo some time in the future but for now it is out of sight

    Bisto in fridge has set me thinking, is my lost unopened honey in mine? Must check

    Dinner was just as planned earlier, CBA baked spud, tin tuna & side salad
    Followed by two lumps of the Bread Pudding. I have capitalised it because it is so scrummy, and vanishing worryingly quickly
    • candygirl
    • By candygirl 2nd Oct 17, 6:59 PM
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    Sounds weird, but I sometimes use soup as a sauce to cover pasta, cauli etc.Can be freakily tasty
    "You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf"

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    • caronc
    • By caronc 2nd Oct 17, 7:06 PM
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    Sounds weird, but I sometimes use soup as a sauce to cover pasta, cauli etc.Can be freakily tasty
    Originally posted by candygirl
    We had an accidently tasty dinner a few years ago of ham & lentil soup, rice, naan and spicy onions. I thought I had defrosted Chicken curry..... A cupasoup (ideally mushroom) made up and poured over softened instant noodles with a sprinkle of grated cheese is surprisingly tasty
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 2nd Oct 17, 7:14 PM
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    Followed by two lumps of the Bread Pudding. I have capitalised it because it is so scrummy, and vanishing worryingly quickly
    Originally posted by Farway
    That's why I'm best off not making bread pudding.....
    If want something very, very tasty but very, very calorific try Jamaican bread pudding http://jamaicans.com/breadpudding/ when I worked in Peckham in the mid-1980s there was a West Indian bakery/takeaway that used to sell a fixed meal of Spicy patty, carton of rice "n" peas and a big wodge of bread pudding for under £2, it was glorious but huge. My friend and I used to split one between us if we were heading out after work on the grounds it would "line our stomachs"
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    • Need2bthrifty
    • By Need2bthrifty 2nd Oct 17, 9:23 PM
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    After my weekend disaster forcing consecutive veggie days I was so happy to sink my teeth into some meaty pork sausages and a celeriac, carrot and apple mash absolutely lovely. I still have some leftover stuffed peppers to deal with - lunchtime tomorrow I'm thinking.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 2nd Oct 17, 9:27 PM
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    PN- thanks for the tips re nuking pasta. I did consider that but couldn't face the repeated standing/stirring. (My perch stool doesn't fit in that corner, I should really think about moving my microwave )
    Originally posted by caronc
    It is possible to lob it in, with enough water, and press the button once.... but I don't do that as the water can become unpredictable, bubbling up and over - so I prefer to poke it about by doing it all "little and often" and getting the best result possible. With a big enough dish, rinsing the pasta first to get rid of some of the starch, splash of oil to stop it cooking into one fat lump .... it'd be possible to do it in one go.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 2nd Oct 17, 9:39 PM
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    It is possible to lob it in, with enough water, and press the button once.... but I don't do that as the water can become unpredictable, bubbling up and over - so I prefer to poke it about by doing it all "little and often" and getting the best result possible. With a big enough dish, rinsing the pasta first to get rid of some of the starch, splash of oil to stop it cooking into one fat lump .... it'd be possible to do it in one go.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    Thanks PN - I've just a smallish microwave so I'm not sure it would take a big enough dish to avoid the lava effect. I am tbh probably safer not attempting anything that needs pouring/jiggling when I'm unsteady.
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    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 2nd Oct 17, 10:06 PM
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    That's why I'm best off not making bread pudding.....
    If want something very, very tasty but very, very calorific try Jamaican bread pudding http://jamaicans.com/breadpudding/ when I worked in Peckham in the mid-1980s there was a West Indian bakery/takeaway that used to sell a fixed meal of Spicy patty, carton of rice "n" peas and a big wodge of bread pudding for under £2, it was glorious but huge. My friend and I used to split one between us if we were heading out after work on the grounds it would "line our stomachs"
    Originally posted by caronc
    Just had a look at that recipe. It looks really good. I don't drink that often at all, but I do like rum . As you say, very calorific though.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 2nd Oct 17, 10:30 PM
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    Just had a look at that recipe. It looks really good. I don't drink that often at all, but I do like rum . As you say, very calorific though.
    Originally posted by Hollyharvey
    It's good with rum if you have it and fine without if you don't
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    • kittie
    • By kittie 3rd Oct 17, 8:05 AM
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    my dried fruit was much too sweet, drat, I don`t want to be wasting it so I`ll have to rinse in water, whenever I use a portion, I soaked and lightly cooked far too much. Yet another few items that I will have to be storing less of, apricots, figs, prunes etc I know they are good for me and I will carry on eating them but no more gung ho wrt soaking and cooking, I`ll just be putting my usual few bits into my porridge oats or oatmeal, blimey there is only so much this short person can eat

    I have decided that I really, on the whole, don`t like or look forward to, my `put it all` in a pan soups. That says it all, so I dug out my unused soups recipe book, covent garden `a soup a day`, found a march recipe for today as I have celery and cashews, it had to be celery and cashew. I halved the recipe and added a small head of broccoli. It only takes 750 ml of stock and no onion, so already there will be a difference as I add onion to everything. Then it gets whizzed and put through a sieve, so will be nice and smooth

    I have the last picking of runner beans, took them down yesterday, I still had a lot though. I`ll have to eat runners every day, I cannot bear to freeze any more. It will have to be something with veg for my last meal

    Thank goodness I made chocolate cake yesterday
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 3rd Oct 17, 8:57 AM
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    All this talk of disliking batch soups and various other soups - I agree. While I love to have the option of choosing a soup if I'm out - and I do like to have a tin of chunky soup in the cupboard to eat, on a whim, .... I do feel overwhelmed by a whole slow cooker of soup to be eaten.

    I made one yesterday and, while it was nice yesterday, I really don't feel any need or desire to eat that one again for years... but I have two more portions to get through.... and I can't freeze them as that doesn't make them go away.

    Soups are nice .... but not lots of the same one....

    I think I prefer simple root veg soups, chunky. The one I made yesterday was nice, but I didn't have spuds, which would've made it better.

    So, today, I have to eat soup .... probably twice to see the back of it.

    Soup is nice as a choice ... but not when you have to force feed it to yourself. And, CFO ... there's one ... nobody to palm it off to.

    I think I should stick to making them in the nuker in 10-15 minutes....not sitting in the house for 5-6 hours while an entire VAT of it cooks up!

    I'll develop a "go to" list of chunky soups I think this winter. ... and try a few new tins.
    Last edited by PasturesNew; 03-10-2017 at 9:03 AM.
    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 3rd Oct 17, 9:23 AM
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    I used to cry when I cut up onions years ago, but I don't now. Maybe it is something that they have modified in the onions?

    I saw today that Morrissons are doing a £5 veg box, it seems like it is good value. I don't usually shop there, but I might think about it now.Morrisons Veg Box Launches for £5 (And It'll Feed a Family of 4 for 5 Days) - Skint Dad

    I had a sandwich with spinach, cherry toms, vegan mayo and yellow mustard for breakfast with my usual green tea. I have a lovely mango in my fruit bowl that will be devoured later.

    I had a huge salad with spicy beanburgers for dinner last night.

    I'm not sure what I'm having for lunch and dinner today. I know I have to use things up so I will have to work out my meals later on.
    "It doesn't cost any more to dream big."
    • Need2bthrifty
    • By Need2bthrifty 3rd Oct 17, 9:25 AM
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    Me, I love soup. Its my go to standby when I cba cooking or I am feeling poorly. I never make small quantities and the freezer always has a good selection, at the moment I've managed to get it down to -
    Butternut Squash x 3
    Cauliflower Cheese x 2
    Chicken, Rice & Sweetcorn x 2
    Kidney bean & red pepper x 2
    Scotch Broth x 2
    Split Pea x 4
    Emergency supplies of tinned tomato x 2

    Just call me the "soup junkie"
    • caronc
    • By caronc 3rd Oct 17, 9:56 AM
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    I have decided that I really, on the whole, don`t like or look forward to, my `put it all` in a pan soups. That says it all, so I dug out my unused soups recipe book, covent garden `a soup a day`, found a march recipe for today as I have celery and cashews, it had to be celery and cashew. I halved the recipe and added a small head of broccoli. It only takes 750 ml of stock and no onion, so already there will be a difference as I add onion to everything. Then it gets whizzed and put through a sieve, so will be nice and smooth
    Originally posted by kittie
    I agree I think sling it all in soups can sometimes end up tasting a bit sludgy. What about salting the excess runners?
    All this talk of disliking batch soups and various other soups - I agree. While I love to have the option of choosing a soup if I'm out - and I do like to have a tin of chunky soup in the cupboard to eat, on a whim, .... I do feel overwhelmed by a whole slow cooker of soup to be eaten.

    I made one yesterday and, while it was nice yesterday, I really don't feel any need or desire to eat that one again for years... but I have two more portions to get through.... and I can't freeze them as that doesn't make them go away.

    Soups are nice .... but not lots of the same one....

    I think I prefer simple root veg soups, chunky. The one I made yesterday was nice, but I didn't have spuds, which would've made it better.

    So, today, I have to eat soup .... probably twice to see the back of it.

    Soup is nice as a choice ... but not when you have to force feed it to yourself. And, CFO ... there's one ... nobody to palm it off to.

    I think I should stick to making them in the nuker in 10-15 minutes....not sitting in the house for 5-6 hours while an entire VAT of it cooks up!

    I'll develop a "go to" list of chunky soups I think this winter. ... and try a few new tins.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    See to my mind that's exactly why I have a freezer so I don't need to plow my way through a lot of something for days. That way I can enjoy it as much each time I have it as I did when I first made it.
    Me, I love soup. Its my go to standby when I cba cooking or I am feeling poorly. I never make small quantities and the freezer always has a good selection, at the moment I've managed to get it down to -
    Butternut Squash x 3
    Cauliflower Cheese x 2
    Chicken, Rice & Sweetcorn x 2
    Kidney bean & red pepper x 2
    Scotch Broth x 2
    Split Pea x 4
    Emergency supplies of tinned tomato x 2

    Just call me the "soup junkie"
    Originally posted by Need2bthrifty
    That's an impressive selection

    Must be soup-making week in CFO-land. I'm just off to make a pot of lentil & bacon. (Though I'll be sharing some of it later as my sister & probably my Dad are coming for lunch.

    Holly - you've given me a right notion for cod and parsley sauce. I have cod,parsley & white sauce in the freezer so I think that will be dinner tonight. I've mash frozen or I might steam a spud and I've broad beans and a few runners to use which will go well with that
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 3rd Oct 17, 10:16 AM
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    I saw today that Morrissons are doing a £5 veg box, it seems like it is good value. I don't usually shop there, but I might think about it now......Morrisons Veg Box Launches for £5 (And It'll Feed a Family of 4 for 5 Days) ...
    Originally posted by Wednesday2000
    Feeds four for five days.... that's 20 meals.... that's too much "gotta eat all this up" going on in one box I'll look to see what's in it.

    Morries is a 12 mile round trip for me, so I rarely go - and the store there is quite small. I do wish shops would put their floor square footage of retail space on their website/store details so any two can be compared for size easily enough .... I'd be prepared to try out another store if I could see it were, say, a 16 mile round trip in the other direction, but twice the size.

    I just checked, the next nearest is a 30 mile round trip. The 3rd nearest is a 40 mile round trip.

    I had a look - they do a wonky veg for £1, that's got:
    "Wonky Veg selection includes:
    8x Wonky Potatoes, 4x Wonky Carrots, 4x Wonky Onions,
    1x Wonky Cauliflower, 1x Wonky Cabbage,
    3x Wonky Parsnips, 1x Wonky Swede"

    That's a lot of food for £1!

    The £5 box has:
    "Seasonal selection includes:
    4x White Potatoes, 4x Brown Onions, 5x Carrots,
    2x Courgettes, 2x Leeks, 1x Savoy Cabbage,
    1x Cauliflower & 1x Swede "
    I'd not want courgettes or leeks.
    Last edited by PasturesNew; 03-10-2017 at 10:29 AM.
    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 3rd Oct 17, 10:35 AM
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    I had a look - they do a wonky veg for £1, that's got:
    "Wonky Veg selection includes:
    8x Wonky Potatoes, 4x Wonky Carrots, 4x Wonky Onions,
    1x Wonky Cauliflower, 1x Wonky Cabbage,
    3x Wonky Parsnips, 1x Wonky Swede"

    That's a lot of food for £1!


    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    Wow, that is cheap!
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 3rd Oct 17, 10:53 AM
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    That's a lot of veg for £1,
    I think the £5 one sounds like ok value - depends on the size of the items. Certainly all veg I'd use and most would keep ok for a good 2-3 weeks. If Morrison's delivered here I'd certainly try them
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    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 3rd Oct 17, 11:35 AM
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    I used to cry when I cut up onions years ago, but I don't now. Maybe it is something that they have modified in the onions?

    I saw today that Morrissons are doing a £5 veg box, it seems like it is good value. I don't usually shop there, but I might think about it now.Morrisons Veg Box Launches for £5 (And It'll Feed a Family of 4 for 5 Days) - Skint Dad

    I had a sandwich with spinach, cherry toms, vegan mayo and yellow mustard for breakfast with my usual green tea. I have a lovely mango in my fruit bowl that will be devoured later.

    I had a huge salad with spicy beanburgers for dinner last night.

    I'm not sure what I'm having for lunch and dinner today. I know I have to use things up so I will have to work out my meals later on.
    Originally posted by Wednesday2000
    Good idea in principle. In practice - I think that box might possibly do 2 people for 5 days - but it certainly wouldnt do a family of 4. Very over-optimistic of Morrisons to say that it would do.

    The "wonky veg bag" for £1 sounds good value for those eating non-organically.

    Pastures - I do agree re the square footage of shops. As you can imagine - I'm used to huge shops. Huge supermarkets/decent size Marks & Spencer/etc/etc. Since moving here I could really do with comparative square footage of shops being put on shop websites - so that I could think "Right - that Marks & Spencer is a quarter of the size I'm used to. That supermarket is one-third of the size I'm used to and with only x% of the product range I'm used to" and I'd know more where I stood as to what I was expecting. We all have an image in our head of what we are anticipating and judge by what we know and I know a friend of mine was most disappointed going to a chain store that had opened some distance away from us - as a local friend of ours had said it was "huge". Original friend came back to me and said "Local friend said it was huge - but it's tiny!".
    Last edited by moneyistooshorttomention; 03-10-2017 at 11:42 AM.
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