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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 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
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    • 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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    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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    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.
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    • 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
    • caronc
    • By caronc 8th Oct 17, 7:16 PM
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    Good evening everyone,
    Younger son has departed and elder & his gf are off watching the footie and are having a chippy so back to CFO for me. Think it will be some LO chilli/lime fish with pasta. Food last night was a great success and not too much by way of LOs. The fish dish divided the crowd one of my pals couldn't get enough of it but my sister wasn't keen. The beef was the star though, one of these dishes that's hard to justify when CFO but I just might at some point and freeze portions . All the salsa and guacamole was scoffed. I decided it was a good way to use up lots of ripe cherry toms, though after deseeding & chopping nearly 100 of them I'm glad I don't have to do that every day.
    I'm back to CFO proper tomorrow though just for one night as my younger son is coming back on Tuesay evening overnight to take me to a balance specialists appointment on Wednesday, It's a right trek for him but I really appreciate it .

    PN - I think you should link us your blog if you feel comfortable doing so , as you say most don't cater for the realities of CFO so s@d the lack of lifestyle shots (I'm sure if it's of the standard of the photos you show here it will be pretty decent)
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    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 8th Oct 17, 8:09 PM
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    Hollyharvey

    PN - I think you should link us your blog if you feel comfortable doing so , as you say most don't cater for the realities of CFO so s@d the lack of lifestyle shots (I'm sure if it's of the standard of the photos you show here it will be pretty decent)
    Originally posted by caronc
    I second that. It's the content that's important not fancy pictures or stories of a perfect airbrushed family, and I for one like what you post here and your way of writing.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 9th Oct 17, 10:08 AM
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    Good morning everyone,
    I'm feeling a bit sorry for myself the offspring are all away and I've managed to put my back out so I'm crabbit with that. A good excuse though to treat myself to a "posh" breakfast of toast, avocado, grated cheese and spoonful of salsa that I found lurking and that's three thing used up from the various tubs in the fridge. I 'll go through the fridge later and freeze anything that I'm not going to use up today - chilli and refried beans are all I think. I ended up cooking rice rather than pasta last night so I've a spare portion of that to freeze as well. I've had quite a lot of spicy food the last few days and much as I love it I think tonight I fancy something plainer but I'll see what I fancy later.
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    • meg72
    • By meg72 9th Oct 17, 10:34 AM
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    Good morning everyone,
    I'm feeling a bit sorry for myself the offspring are all away and I've managed to put my back out so I'm crabbit with that. A good excuse though to treat myself to a "posh" breakfast of toast, avocado, grated cheese and spoonful of salsa that I found lurking and that's three thing used up from the various tubs in the fridge. I 'll go through the fridge later and freeze anything that I'm not going to use up today - chilli and refried beans are all I think. I ended up cooking rice rather than pasta last night so I've a spare portion of that to freeze as well. I've had quite a lot of spicy food the last few days and much as I love it I think tonight I fancy something plainer but I'll see what I fancy later.
    Originally posted by caronc
    Hugs hope its better soon, nothing worse than a bad back and nobody around to help xx
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 9th Oct 17, 12:18 PM
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    PasturesNew

    PN - I think you should ...
    Originally posted by caronc
    I second that. It's the content that's important not fancy pictures or stories of a perfect airbrushed family, and I for one like what you post here and your way of writing.
    Originally posted by Hollyharvey
    I've quietly just now placed it in my profile.

    I don't write there the same as I do here as here I can be "more instant/flippant" in a short post - whereas there, with a bigger piece, it can be difficult to be in those instant/flippant moods

    It's not very well organised though ...either

    Ah well ... love it or hate it, there it is. Maybe I'll toss in the occasional link where appropriate.... like my Christmas Dinner for One (v1). It'll be different this year. http://www.foodcheats.com/christmas-dinner-for-one-2016

    Billy No Mates showcasing at it's laptray finest.
    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 9th Oct 17, 1:17 PM
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    I've quietly just now placed it in my profile.

    I don't write there the same as I do here as here I can be "more instant/flippant" in a short post - whereas there, with a bigger piece, it can be difficult to be in those instant/flippant moods

    It's not very well organised though ...either

    Ah well ... love it or hate it, there it is. Maybe I'll toss in the occasional link where appropriate.... like my Christmas Dinner for One (v1). It'll be different this year. http://www.foodcheats.com/christmas-dinner-for-one-2016

    Billy No Mates showcasing at it's laptray finest.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    I'm impressed . I've had a look around and I really like it. I don't know why you're worried about the photos they're fine, nothing wrong with them at all.

    You've got a lot of really useful stuff on there for those of us cfo .
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 9th Oct 17, 1:34 PM
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    I'm impressed . I've had a look around and I really like it. I don't know why you're worried about the photos they're fine, nothing wrong with them at all.

    You've got a lot of really useful stuff on there for those of us cfo .
    Originally posted by Hollyharvey
    It "lacks focus" in that it's "my stuff, what I've got" and so not targetted towards one (expensive) gadget, or feeding a family, or dealing with specific lifestyles.

    One minute I'm posting about a pasty I bought from 4ldi - and the next I'm whipping up an instant pud in the nuke box.

    But, I never intended to have "a following", people eager to discover the next "secret for .... success" in something. People find some stuff from Google, it answers their question, so that's nice.

    It's certainly not an "eating plan".

    I guess it's an anti-food-shaming fest of nonsense and pies.

    It's how one weirdo Billy No Mates gets hot food onto a plate - and has a method of reminding themselves of nice things and bad (to avoid).

    Maybe the tagline could be: CFO when it's NOT fun! It gets the job done, soonest, with the smallest of budgets and gadgets ... non-aspirational scoffing
    • caronc
    • By caronc 9th Oct 17, 1:56 PM
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    I've quietly just now placed it in my profile.

    I don't write there the same as I do here as here I can be "more instant/flippant" in a short post - whereas there, with a bigger piece, it can be difficult to be in those instant/flippant moods

    It's not very well organised though ...either

    Ah well ... love it or hate it, there it is. Maybe I'll toss in the occasional link where appropriate.... like my Christmas Dinner for One (v1). It'll be different this year. http://www.foodcheats.com/christmas-dinner-for-one-2016

    Billy No Mates showcasing at it's laptray finest.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    It's fab - thank you for sharing
    I'm impressed . I've had a look around and I really like it. I don't know why you're worried about the photos they're fine, nothing wrong with them at all.

    You've got a lot of really useful stuff on there for those of us cfo .
    Originally posted by Hollyharvey
    Completely agree
    It "lacks focus" in that it's "my stuff, what I've got" and so not targetted towards one (expensive) gadget, or feeding a family, or dealing with specific lifestyles.

    One minute I'm posting about a pasty I bought from 4ldi - and the next I'm whipping up an instant pud in the nuke box.

    But, I never intended to have "a following", people eager to discover the next "secret for .... success" in something. People find some stuff from Google, it answers their question, so that's nice.

    It's certainly not an "eating plan".

    I guess it's an anti-food-shaming fest of nonsense and pies.

    It's how one weirdo Billy No Mates gets hot food onto a plate - and has a method of reminding themselves of nice things and bad (to avoid).

    Maybe the tagline could be: CFO when it's NOT fun! It gets the job done, soonest, with the smallest of budgets and gadgets ... non-aspirational scoffing
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    Stuff that - it's seems to do exactly what it says
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 9th Oct 17, 1:59 PM
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    Hugs hope its better soon, nothing worse than a bad back and nobody around to help xx
    Originally posted by meg72
    Thanks Meg, it's bleeding typical that having had a houseful the past few days, this has happened when everyone has left I'd really appreciate someone making me a cuppa . Still it's probably good for it as I need to remain semi-mobile
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    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 9th Oct 17, 1:59 PM
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    Oooh caron - sympathies on having done your back in.

    Been there/done that - and agh! it hurts and is a worry when living on your own. I really hated it when I did mine in a couple of times - and the money I landed up spending at an osteopaths to get it sorted asap.

    Sympathies on that one. I well remember all that very cautious moving-around in case it hurt again. I felt like a bent-over crab.

    Quick google as to what "crabbit" means - and have decided I might adopt that word myself. It's quite an expressive word for how I'm feeling right now myself - ie my brother is trying to manoeuvre me into being "a carer" to suit himself. I've told my parents to spend whatever money they need to to get whatever help they need to - but I've now realised my brother probably hasnt said that to them and is hoping I will "fill the gaps" so they dont spend any money I've "got news" for my brother = it's the 21st century now - where people don't get manoeuvred like that just because they're women. I shall be re-doubling my attempts to persuade my parents to spend it/fling it all away/its your money anyway to get whatever they need or want and expletive deleted re my greedy little brother....

    So - lunch hasnt happened today and I'm about to send my brother something that will have him choking on his dinner. Errrm...yep...that means right now "I am livid" with him.

    Dinner here today - yep...a CFO repeat of summat I did yesterday - so a concoction of lentils/spinach/onions. Guess I'll have it with the last of my home-grown tomatoes and some tahini sauce again. Still eating up lots of frozen fruit from the garden (both my own and other peoples) - so I guess that will be pudding after that.
    Last edited by moneyistooshorttomention; 09-10-2017 at 2:06 PM.
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    Don't get mad....get firm ...
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