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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?



    June GC £117/£120, July £185/£170, August £108/£120, Sep GC £121/£120, Oct GC £125/£200
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    • Farway
    • By Farway 7th Oct 17, 2:40 PM
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    Did someone post about cheese sauce done in the microwave? ? I'm back off holiday and saw a mention but although I've read back I can't see the post.
    Originally posted by wort
    Here you go, copyright is PN's

    There are no measurements, it is by guess & by God

    Cheese sauce in a microwave

    Into a bowl, knob of butter. Nuke to melt.
    Add the flour, stir until smooth.
    Add a bit of milk, stir until smooth ... repeat a few times.
    Nuke a bit (30 secs or so), check/stir and stare at it, how's it coming along?
    Add more milk as you decide/require.
    Nuke/stir/look a few more times
    When it "looks about right", lob the grated cheese in, stir.
    Nuke to melt the cheese, stir it ... does it need more cheese or milk? Add if required, stir, nuke.. serve.

    It's easier done than it sounds ... it comes down to: You know what's in it... you know how you expect it to look .... so lob the stuff in until it's the right consistency.


    Works for me, used it just this week for cauliflower cheese

    Nothing in the shops worth getting, so came home empty handed

    Lunch was two of the Lild sausage rolls, heated in the mini oven. Sorry but not to my taste, I think I prefer cold ones TBH

    Then two slices of marmalade toast. Should have avoided but really fancied it, which is another CFO plus

    Dinner really is ???? Lots of choice but may finish up with cheese on toast because I have been collecting crusts and they need eating instead of staring at me when ever I look in the fridge. May go exotic and add a tin of cheapo spaghetti to them, which I know will be another disappointment

    Off out along the seafront with the grandchildren tomorrow so a day off CFO
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 7th Oct 17, 2:52 PM
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    Here you go, copyright is PN's

    There are no measurements, it is by guess & by God
    Originally posted by Farway
    Blimey, you found a better rendering of it than I did. Losing my touch!



    For measurements: Start with identically sized amounts.... I usually start with a heaped teaspoon, or a heaped tablespoon, depending what I'm making it for.

    Teaspoon's enough for starting a slice of Welsh rarebit .... tablespoon for mac cheese.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 7th Oct 17, 2:56 PM
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    .... tin of cheapo spaghetti to them, which I know will be another disappointment
    Originally posted by Farway
    I found a splash of balsamic vinegar made these better/easily. My first bottle of balsamic, my first foray into "buying strange foreign posh stuff", 4ldi, 59p/bottle. Handy for cheapo spaghetti I find.
    • Farway
    • By Farway 7th Oct 17, 2:58 PM
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    Blimey, you found a better rendering of it than I did. Losing my touch!
    .
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    No, I wrote it out in Word some time back, now just copied & pasted

    Getting a bit peckish, I am now going to try out the PN nuke a jam sponge in a jug pud

    I will report back later
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 7th Oct 17, 3:09 PM
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    No, I wrote it out in Word some time back, now just copied & pasted

    Getting a bit peckish, I am now going to try out the PN nuke a jam sponge in a jug pud

    I will report back later
    Originally posted by Farway
    I've a whole secret blog of it all ... but I'm ashamed of the mostly cr4ppy photos (very very poor dim lighting in the kitchen means in winter they can hardly be seen; in summer very very limited space ... and no "lifestyle/soft focus" shots). That's why I don't declare its location

    One of the problems is that, CFO, I often just eat with a big spoon from the dish things are cooked in - which tend to be old microwave plastics - which don't make for great photos either.... and with 0 attention to presentation as "it's just for me".

    My cooking experience/style and retro eating habits aren't for most people.... so it's best to stay quiet and just let random googlers discover the bit they were looking for.

    But if what I do works for some of you, I might one day declare where it is.
    Last edited by PasturesNew; 07-10-2017 at 3:15 PM.
    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 7th Oct 17, 4:03 PM
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    Hollyharvey

    But if what I do works for some of you, I might one day declare where it is.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    Works for me . I just fancied something different and made your marmalade nuked pudding, and wow was that good. I had it with custard and it is delicious, and so quick and easy. I was looking at the rest and thinking that I should probably save it for tomorrow, but I think it will probably get eaten at some point this evening, as a snack while watching tv .
    • poppystar
    • By poppystar 7th Oct 17, 4:11 PM
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    I found a splash of balsamic vinegar made these better/easily. My first bottle of balsamic, my first foray into "buying strange foreign posh stuff", 4ldi, 59p/bottle. Handy for cheapo spaghetti I find.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    Balsamic vinegar PN It'll be chai seeds next!
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 7th Oct 17, 4:33 PM
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    I've a feeling .... some of you might soon be ready for my "instant DIY Goblin puddings" recipe

    We'll wait a bit, it's not "proper winter" yet.

    http://www.simpsonsfoods.co.uk/more_info.asp?current_id=95
    Last edited by PasturesNew; 07-10-2017 at 4:38 PM.
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 7th Oct 17, 4:56 PM
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    Balsamic vinegar PN It'll be chai seeds next!
    Originally posted by poppystar
    Ooh I am so going to tease her if it is
    #MeToo
    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 7th Oct 17, 5:06 PM
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    I've a feeling .... some of you might soon be ready for my "instant DIY Goblin puddings" recipe

    We'll wait a bit, it's not "proper winter" yet.

    http://www.simpsonsfoods.co.uk/more_info.asp?current_id=95
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    Oh yes, I had forgotten about them. I used to love them many moons ago. They used to be in tins. They're something else that I tried again a few years back, and I felt the same way about them as I do the Fray Bentos pies!.
    • candygirl
    • By candygirl 7th Oct 17, 5:07 PM
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    https://www.booths.co.uk/what-is-a-butter-pie/
    That's me sorted for Xmas
    "You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf"

    (Kabat-Zinn 2004)
    • Farway
    • By Farway 7th Oct 17, 6:07 PM
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    Works for me . I just fancied something different and made your marmalade nuked pudding, and wow was that good. I had it with custard and it is delicious, and so quick and easy. I was looking at the rest and thinking that I should probably save it for tomorrow, but I think it will probably get eaten at some point this evening, as a snack while watching tv .
    Originally posted by Hollyharvey
    Worked for me as well, I used cheapo strawberry jam, served with Greek Yoghurt


    Scoffed the lot, later after the belly buster I just had tinned spag on toast, with dash Bianca balsamic vinegar stirred in, I think it cuts through the tomato gloop sweetness
    • Farway
    • By Farway 7th Oct 17, 6:10 PM
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    Farway
    I've a feeling .... some of you might soon be ready for my "instant DIY Goblin puddings" recipe

    We'll wait a bit, it's not "proper winter" yet.

    http://www.simpsonsfoods.co.uk/more_info.asp?current_id=95
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    I've got one of them lurking in my pantry, near the Fray Bentos one
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 7th Oct 17, 6:37 PM
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    I used cheapo strawberry jam, served with Greek Yoghurt
    Originally posted by Farway
    I use cheapo jams, cheapo marmalades and cheapo curds and golden syrup. Whatever jar is currently open or needs using up. Also - sultanas, currants. And curd & sultanas. I rarely make two the same. Chocolate buttons tossed in work a treat too ... and mini rolos.... nutella blobs .... glace cherries .... and ... stop me now!!!
    If I've got it and it can be lobbed in, it goes in. Different one every time.

    No yoghurt though ... what nonsense is that when there's custard in the world?
    Last edited by PasturesNew; 07-10-2017 at 6:39 PM.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 7th Oct 17, 6:42 PM
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    I popped out ... sweeties from Home Bargains. Big biker chap queuing behind me had a stack of the FB pies .... I was tempted to say "No.... they're shyte...." but maybe he likes them, somebody must. They can't only be selling them to people who used to like them and thought they'd try another one!
    • Farway
    • By Farway 8th Oct 17, 9:25 AM
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    I popped out ... sweeties from Home Bargains. Big biker chap queuing behind me had a stack of the FB pies .... I was tempted to say "No.... they're shyte...." but maybe he likes them, somebody must. They can't only be selling them to people who used to like them and thought they'd try another one!
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    Plus for some it is convenience, and handy to bung in the Food Bank collecting points, and some maybe have never had the old ones we grew up with, in which case perhaps they are lovely compared to somethings, like a Gregg's meat pasty
    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 8th Oct 17, 9:38 AM
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    Hollyharvey
    Morning everyone

    I finished the last of the Greek yoghurt this morning with some berries for breakfast. I thought it would be ok because I haven't suffered any ill effects from eating it yesterday!

    As I'm bored waiting for the new f/f I thought that it would help to eat something else from the old f/f so I've had a crumpet with butter as well.

    I think lunch will be either a cheese toastie or I may open a tin of tuna and work my way through that by starting with a tuna mayo sandwich.

    Dinner will be something lurking in the freezer, probably a moussaka ready meal that I found at the back of one of the draws yesterday. I don't know how long it has been in there, but it can be microwaved from frozen, and it is taking up a lot of room.

    As I transfer things over to the new f/f I'm going to put everything like this in one draw and just live on that until it's gone, and not replace it. It's an ideal opportunity to sort it out. I will probably be eating a few odd combinations but I am determined to eat it all rather than waste it.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 8th Oct 17, 12:45 PM
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    I popped out car booting .... didn't really expect to find anything, but I did come home with a small side table and a novelty tin. I've got a long coffee table I've had about 4 years (cost me £0) ... but it's not great... and it's a bit big.... so I'll use the new/smaller one (cost me £5) which "matches" closer to the shelf unit I bought the other month...

    I've a real mis-match of random bits/bobs in the living room, none of which match Total cost of all furniture in the living room is about £60.

    On the way back I popped into Sainsbobs and they had some 8th Oct baking spuds (2.5Kg) reduced to £1, so I compared that £/Kg with the cheapo spuds in their other shelves and that worked out cheaper, so I bought the bag. Then it was off to L1dl for some fizzy pop and their weekend cheese offer/cheddar. So lunch is a jacket spud/cheese and a spoon of beans from the last tin I opened.

    Sunday lunch, 30p
    Last edited by PasturesNew; 08-10-2017 at 12:53 PM.
    • Need2bthrifty
    • By Need2bthrifty 8th Oct 17, 3:19 PM
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    Afternoon all

    Bit of a mexican theme running through todays menu, started off with cheese, ham and mustard quesadilla for brunch. I've been nibbling on crisps and a dip I made with the last of the yoghurt some mayo, garlic, worchester sauce and a squirt of sriracha - it didn't last long, its so addictive and I'll have a spicy bean casserole, roasted cauliflower, taco shells & salsa for tea.
    Oct GC = £40.01/£60.00
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 8th Oct 17, 4:55 PM
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    I was eyeing up a chinese takeaway menu ... but ended up making a quick 2 egg cheese omelette and chips
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