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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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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 4th Oct 17, 4:47 PM
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    Forgot to mention, the HM soup was flushed away this afternoon.
    Originally posted by Farway
    I have a VERY strict "zero waste" policy. If I have it... I have to eat it....

    But I'm seriously thinking about binning that soup I made because (although it tastes nice) it's just making me feel quite ill thinking about the fact it was made with milk, that was then warmed up. I've always been funny about "hot milk" since I once had a nasty over-milky coffee made with hot milk, that had a nasty skin on it ... in the 1960s - and that still grosses me out.

    It's just one of those "weird things". I'm sure we've all got funny little food foibles .....

    It is, in part, why I don't buy/use cream - because I remember the nasty cream at the top of frozen milk on the doorstep in winter.... and the way the cream in milk tasted nasty once milk had turned. The milk I used in the recipe was BBE 2 days ago, which adds another layer of "gross" to the thought of eating it.

    I really struggle when I make quiches ... as I can imagine the milk heating up. It's only my utter love for all things quiche that gets me to plough on ... and grin and bear it. Once I taste it I know it's fine, it's just the thought of it up to the point when I bite in and realise "mmmmmmmmmmmmm"
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 4th Oct 17, 4:52 PM
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    ...using the PN nuked cheese sauce method....
    Originally posted by Farway
    Glad you found that handy.... people will say "thanks" the first time - it's only if/when they do it again and mention it that you realise they did actually find it good/useful

    Nuking's not for everybody ... but, for me, it's second nature. Especially when it simplifies things, whether that's time, minimum quantity that can be made, or washing up effort. It's hard, say, to use an entire saucepan, to just make 2-3 tablespoons of cheese sauce....

    I also use that method when making a Welsh rarebit. Make it all in the nuker, transfer to toast, grill it brown (well, half brown, I don't have the patience to wait!)
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 4th Oct 17, 5:22 PM
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    My "simplifies things" gadget is my Vitamix blender.

    Read a tip re it today about how to get juice from fruit or vegetables using it. To effect of just chop the fruit and stick in Vitamix with a "bit of water". Cue for me wondering what definition of "a bit" would be.

    Anyways....2 fair-size apples picked from one of my apple trees and duly shoved in there with a "bit of water". One very quick blitz and then I thought "I'm not looking out the nutmilk bag they suggest to strain it through". So I used a fine mesh nylon sieve.

    Result = got a reasonable size glass of apple juice and it was nice. I've kept the fine pulp-y bit that was left in my sieve and shall put that on my breakfast porridge tomorrow.

    I pronounce that experiment a success.
    #MeToo
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 4th Oct 17, 6:01 PM
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    Just had dinner.

    It was a "make a bit more effort" meal. So baked portobello mushrooms, sitting on a bed of sorrel (from garden), with onions, garlic scapes (from garden) and teeny bit of stock and yeast extract in water. Topped with few breadcrumbs and grating of parmesan cheese.

    Eaten with salad of various lettuce, chicory, nasturtium leaves and tomatoes (all from garden) and tiny bit of beetroot leaves. Topped with dressing of yogurt, sumac, nigella seeds and gomasio.

    Also baked sweet potato chips (with bit of garlic salt) and served with hawthorn ketchup.

    Verdict = nom nom nom
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    • kittie
    • By kittie 4th Oct 17, 6:30 PM
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    I've always been funny about "hot milk" since I once had a nasty over-milky coffee made with hot milk, that had a nasty skin on it ... in the 1960s - and that still grosses me out."
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    omg I HATED that hot milk with skin on the top, I never had coffee with hot milk since, not ever, not since the 50s. I cannot drink neat milk now because of it and that is why I cannot drink normal milk over crispy cereal

    My mother made something called stamppot, it was dutch. Carrots potatoes onions cooked in the same pan and mashed. I hated that with a vengance, it took me a long time to get to like carrots. It was probably too sweet for me, urgh

    Money I admire your dedication. That would have taken me a lot longer to prepare than to eat and tbh I just don`t like cold leaves in this season. I have a vitamix too, hence the very smooth creamy soup, cooked in a pan first though. The juice idea is good, I would do that if I didn`t have a dedicated juicer

    I have decided that I am having french toast tomorrow, I really fancy that with some brown sauce. To make up the veg, I`ll just do the veg on their own in a bowl, lol, I`ll call it a starter
    • Farway
    • By Farway 4th Oct 17, 6:47 PM
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    PN, sometimes best to bite the bullet and bin stuff like unappealing soup, wasteful as it is. I know mine just had to go

    The cauli cheese was a good 'un, and quick with the nuker for both precook cauli & make sauce. Finished off in the oven along with the salmon fishcakes

    Banana / yoghurt / honey combo for pud

    I remember the skin on milky coffee, but as a weirdo I used to eat that bit, actually slurp it up as disgustingly as only a ten years old boy can manage, along with rice pud & custard skin. Hated the blobs of cream in tea when the milk was on the turn

    I had to look up gomasio, seems is is similar to furikake
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 4th Oct 17, 7:19 PM
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    ... rice pud & custard skin....
    Originally posted by Farway
    I used to ask for the skins on these at school dinners. The dinner ladies would take the huge metal trays out and plonk them on the worktop, then they'd scrape the skin to one end/corner as most people didn't like it. I'd get there, they'd serve me my portion, then I'd say "can I have a bit of skin?" and they'd willingly give it up! Saved it going in the bin.

    But I couldn't ask first else it'd have become "part of my portion" instead of "extras" .. and I was one of the "going back for seconds and thirds when possible" type of person at school dinners

    I guess with foibles, there are some things you are totally grossed out about, whereas some similar seeming items are welcomed!

    I was recently invited out for tea - got there and there was a new person to meet - bit of a very big lady .... after we'd eaten she said "When I looked at you I thought 'she won't be eating much, will probably pick at it' ... because there's nothing of you. But you DO like your food don't you"

    I do .... I do tuck in when/where I can .... but I balance that out with not eating much/so much, so I don't pile on the weight (I guess she didn't get that memo)
    • caronc
    • By caronc 4th Oct 17, 7:30 PM
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    Good evening everyone,
    I'm not keen on the skin on hot milky drinks, it gives me the squirms but love it on rice pudding, custard etc. My mum used to be the opposite and when she made us hot drinks would pinch the skin with relish. What I can't stomach though is an egg whisked into hot milk as a drink, when I was wee I was felled with gastric flu and ended up in hospital with dehydration (apparently I was really unwell but I just remember the needles....), this was given as a "build up" drink which had to be taken or else I couldn't get home. It was truly vile, once I got home our GP decided that this should be continued for a week or so much to my horror, with the threat I'd be re-admitted if I didn't comply. I think it's where some of my food texture foibles come from
    On the subject of soup, I've just had give my Dad a ticking off after he's given himself a dicky tum eating soup that he made on Sunday and he has left sitting on the stovetop ever since. I keep having to remind him that yes while when I was growing up soup was never put in the fridge at this time of year but a) it got used in 24 hours (there was 5 of us) and b) we didn't have central heating and the kitchen was baltic.

    I had hoped to get tomorrow's stew started this afternoon but I got sidetracked trying to sort a new bank account for the voluntary group I support. Talk about convoluted.....

    I'm sticking with chicken wings tonight along with a flat mushroom , tomato and wedges. I'll cook the sausages for the stew as I like to add them cooked to the beef towards the end so the skins don't go slimy and I've roasted most of the grease out of them
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    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 4th Oct 17, 7:36 PM
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    omg I HATED that hot milk with skin on the top, I never had coffee with hot milk since, not ever, not since the 50s. I cannot drink neat milk now because of it and that is why I cannot drink normal milk over crispy cereal
    Originally posted by kittie
    I'm the same as you and PN on this one. My mum always had 'milky coffee' and I remember trying it once, and there was this horrible thick skin, I haven't been anywhere near coffee with hot milk ever since, or hot chocolate made with milk either, although I will drink the instant stuff now and again.

    Same with the breakfast cereals. That is a hang up from what PN describes about the cream on the top of the milk. Sometimes it would get left out in the sun all day and mum wouldn't realise, and we would end up with it on our cereal. By the time I was about 8 I had stopped eating breakfast cereal.
    <shudders thinking about it>
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 4th Oct 17, 7:38 PM
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    I had to look up gomasio, seems is is similar to furikake
    Originally posted by Farway
    Not quite farway - its sesame seeds and salt mixture. As in - used in macrobiotic cooking (which I've only had a very brief flirtation with) but that's a bit I adopted and occasionally use.
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    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 4th Oct 17, 7:41 PM
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    Re milky coffee - there was a spell (years back - when I was still drinking instant coffee) where my usual breakfast was two slices of toast and a mug of milky coffee.

    .....and then I moved onto drinking real coffee only and that breakfast went out the window and usual breakfast is now porridge made with milk/with fruit and seeds on top and then 2 slices of toast with mug of real coffee.
    #MeToo
    • caronc
    • By caronc 4th Oct 17, 7:43 PM
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    Oh how I miss proper strong coffee in the morning, even decent decaff beans aren't the same, but it sends my Meniere's haywire so it's no-no.
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 4th Oct 17, 7:49 PM
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    Talking of food oddities, we're all allowed to have them because we're living in our lives - but I saw something most strange yesterday on the telly.

    There's a tv programme called My Kitchen Rules - it's like "Come Dine With Me" except, as well as the contestants, there are two professional food judges present and the cooks have to formally "serve" their menu to the table of 10 people, within time constraints.

    So more like "A proper cooking competition, that's judged in some part by food professionals" rather than a bunch of people scoffing dinners and rating each other.

    One last night had some house that'd been owned by a Ship's Captain - and her theme was a Sea Inspired Theme - serving crab and all manner of seafoods and fish .... and one of the other contestants doesn't eat fish or seafood.... and I thought "You must have expected people to serve you that sort of food at some point in the week/menu!" and it's not really fair on the others if you're peculiar in your fads and fancies.
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 5th Oct 17, 6:21 AM
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    Not having watched that programme - I'd hazard a guess with that tv programme that just a few episodes involved the same contestants and the contestants were conned by the tv company that they could make some personal specifications and these would be abided by.

    If so - I'd feel rather annoyed if I were that contestant - as I'd know I'd been "set up" for a fall by the tv company deliberately - in order to make "good tv".

    Must say - I long since decided that, if anyone ever offered me the chance to be on tv I'd just refuse - as I've read too many cases of people being set up to look bad by a tv company looking to make a more tv-worthy programme. That's before I start wondering just how much the tv company is paying them to be on the programme and the answer is probably "Too little - maybe nothing at all".

    I recall reading on MSE recently that Elona (a well-known poster on MSE and that has a thrifty blog - she's MeanQueen and blog is Life After Money) was on a tv programme about her thrifty ways and got paid nothing at all for doing it and they wouldnt even let her keep the food she'd been demonstrating on the tv (despite promising her that she would be able to keep it). She didnt seem too bothered about it all - but, basically, they used her.
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    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 5th Oct 17, 9:51 AM
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    I had porridge and fruit for breakfast. I keep meaning to have porridge a few times a week as I read recently that it is better than statins for high cholesterol. Not that my cholesterol is particularly high, but it can't hurt.

    I'm making a tofu scramble for lunch with baked beans and grilled tomatoes. That is actually for both of us, not just for me.

    Oh how I miss proper strong coffee in the morning, even decent decaff beans aren't the same, but it sends my Meniere's haywire so it's no-no.
    Originally posted by caronc
    I don't drink coffee anymore as I think it makes me get vertigo. I don't know why.
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    • kittie
    • By kittie 5th Oct 17, 10:28 AM
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    I`m sitting drinking a strong real coffee, best time of the day for me as I am at my most energetic in the morning and as soon as the ground looks drier then I will get that exercise done, just via a cycle ride but so lovely, gets me slightly puffed several times and I get to be amongst widlife and rushes

    Porridge and those dried fruits this morning. Later ratatouille, left out to get to room temperature, as that is nicest and yummy mouth watering roll- mops. Last of the soup later and some sd spelt toast and mid afternoon, the most gorgeous satisfying treat of hm choc cake, berry compote and soya cream, eaten very slowly with a teaspoon. I love that cake and will be playing around with the sugar content, I already reduced it by half, it has 2 eggs in the recipe, milk and very healthy cacao and not that much flour

    I`ve been reviving my sd starter over the last 12 hours, going back to making my own bread, by hand and via the oven for now but will be experimenting with the bm over the next few weeks. Using the stop/start button to make sure the rise is right. Spelt collapses if risen too long. The sd starter needs a bit of extra body to raise spelt, so I added rye, OO and spelt. Ran out of strong white but that is on purpose as spelt is far better for me. It will take another two days to become energetic enough to climb out of the container. Reason for doing this is the sheer cost and small size of organic sd spelt loaf, bought this week. £3.29 for 400g and contains enhancers as well as organic spelt and sd. My equivalent weight spelt loaf will cost 88p plus a small bit for the sd and the oven heat which will be multi used anyway, so should cost about £1 max and it will be completely organic too. Being spelt, it flops when rising, so I cannot use my peel but will use a tin in a hot cloche. I am excited, reckon I will get a stunning looking loaf
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 5th Oct 17, 12:24 PM
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    I've gone for a healthy pudding Well, it does have a couple of spoons of marmalade in it and that's got snippets of zest in it ... so that counts!

    Whole thing is about 1000 calories, so I shouldn't really eat it all today, but it's difficult not to when it's there...... I'll have to box it up and shove two bits in the fridge.... see how long they last It's cost 25p to make it and will "serve 3" ... if you get it out of sight. 8p/portion and it's yummy.

    Sausage rolls later.... just for a change. That'll be the final two from the pack of six. I don't mind eating lots of sausage rolls though - no hardship there.
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 5th Oct 17, 1:00 PM
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    I don't drink coffee anymore as I think it makes me get vertigo. I don't know why.
    Originally posted by Wednesday2000
    It's the caffeine, it affects the pressure in your ears and also certain receptors in your brain which can trigger vertigo, it was the first thing I had to drop when I developed meniere's disease.

    I'm trying to organised for my offspring arriving so lunch is a roll and the last of the lentil soup. I need to get my finger out and start tonight's stew, it'll be going in the pressure cooker as it's too late to slow cook it!
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 5th Oct 17, 1:32 PM
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    Sausage rolls ended up not being that much later... intended for 5-6pm, I've already scoffed them both

    They are very tasty ... mmmm (L1dl, Chef Select, 6 for £1.05).
    • jackyann
    • By jackyann 5th Oct 17, 2:00 PM
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    Building block ideas again:
    In the summer, I get a pork fillet, cover it in a paste made from garlic, paprika, salt, herbs & a bit of oil, marinade for a day, then cut into medallions and freeze. They defrost quickly,so are perfect for BBQs.
    This evening, I've taken the last out of the freezer and will just grill them. I'll do plenty of roast veges and save half of those back. Tomorrow will be cous-cous, re-heated roast veges and cubes of feta stirred into it.
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