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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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    • Farway
    • By Farway 11th Oct 17, 2:41 PM
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    I think my life is lacking a hot, cooked breakfast, so today I'll probably start with hash browns, scrambled eggs and beans.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    I sometimes have that thought, and one day I will just do it and have another one in Morries, always looks nice and they used to do a veggie version which I liked, last time was a few years back in Oldham for a wedding, cheaper & better than overpriced hotel breakfast

    Back to CFO, very windy today, with rain in the wind, a stew & dumplings day except not in this house

    Only YS bargain was huge bag of bananas for 10p, some a bit blackish, but I don't mind that, could be sliced bananas, yoghurt & honey for a few days

    Lunch was posher than normal, smoked salmon, cream cheese + salady sarnie

    Dinner just suits the weather for once, the YS Lidl chilli CC, looking forward to that

    I bought the SR flour during my mooching, and made this when I got home, the slice you see has now been scoffed

    Last edited by Farway; 11-10-2017 at 2:42 PM. Reason: typo
    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 11th Oct 17, 4:00 PM
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    I'm not sure what I've got for dinner tonight. The package I grabbed from the freezer today is either the base for a cottage or shepherd's pie, so I've done some mash to top it, and all will be revealed later when I eat it . Whatever it is I'll have it with some steamed veg.

    I had a Greek yoghurt with some berries this morning for breakfast, and then a cheese salad sandwich at lunchtime.

    I''ve made a Christmas cake for my brother this morning, and I think I have eaten too much of the mixture and feel a bit full now .
    • wort
    • By wort 11th Oct 17, 4:26 PM
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    Thank you Farway, for the cheese sauce recipe, and PN for the original.

    Sunday I was at a spa and had a lovely lunch of salmon and prawn with a little basket of fries and a dish of salad,with some tomatoey dressing on. It was a really unusual salad it had peas on top and some white round things in !!!!
    Tea was a tapas of sea bass on stir fry veg and sweet potato bravas with grilled hallumi on it. Delish. .
    Monday I had dgson so we had chicken balti curry,pilau rice and poppadoms.

    Yesterday was fish fingers on pitta with cheese, rocket, garlic mayo and ketchup, for tea after a full day at work.
    I had Spanish frittata for lunch and have got out chicken bravas for tea, need to decide what potatoes to put with it
    Focus on contribution instead of the impressiveness of consumption to see the true beauty in people.
    • poppystar
    • By poppystar 11th Oct 17, 4:26 PM
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    I''ve made a Christmas cake for my brother this morning, and I think I have eaten too much of the mixture and feel a bit full now .
    Originally posted by Hollyharvey
    Now uncooked cake mix is just as delicious even if CFO
    • wort
    • By wort 11th Oct 17, 4:30 PM
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    Farway, that looks yummy.
    Can you post recipe please ? It looks similar to one my mum used to make, and I keep trying to replicate!
    Focus on contribution instead of the impressiveness of consumption to see the true beauty in people.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 11th Oct 17, 4:32 PM
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    ... Lidl chilli CC, looking forward to that
    Originally posted by Farway
    I covet your YS find! £1.69 these days full price! Outrageous
    They used to be £1.39 (and still I waited for a YS moment, which I only managed to find once).


    Originally posted by Farway
    Tis a biggun sire!
    Tis a biggun.
    Are you going to eat ALL that? Bet you are
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 11th Oct 17, 4:36 PM
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    I had Spanish frittata for lunch
    Originally posted by wort
    It was the thought of something like this that made me have beans/toast for breakfast - I got out two eggs to scramble, then thought of a frittata/omelette/whatever instead (as I have peppers and onions and spuds and eggs and cheese) ... so I had to put the eggs back in the box as I only had 3.

    But, later, I scrambled two anyway and had the hash browns and beans ... so now I've only got one egg, which I decided wasn't enough to make a frittata/similar ... but I also couldn't think of which dish would be "the best size/shape dish to make this".... as ever.
    • wort
    • By wort 11th Oct 17, 5:51 PM
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    Hugs to all who are having problems with family and health.

    PN I don't like an over eggy frittata so only use 1 or 2 eggs, and lots of filling.

    I was inspired by the nuking that you do, so I chopped a potato and nuked for a min or 2. Then coated with oil and smoked paprika and chilli, then roasted with a couple of roast pots from Saturday! !
    With the chicken bravas and garlic mayo plus a bit of grated cheese it was lovely.
    Enough chicken to save a bit for tomorrow.
    Focus on contribution instead of the impressiveness of consumption to see the true beauty in people.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 11th Oct 17, 6:51 PM
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    Good evening everyone,
    Some lovely looking and sounding baking being done I see, I've given up making a Christmas cake as it always seemed to still being used up come January and as I love them that was not a good thing given all the other goodies scoffed over the festive period.
    I'm late on parade today as I was seeing the balance specialist today. It went ok and thankfully my back has eased off a bit (though still twingey) but to cut a long story short I'm now at the point where they have done all they can for me and this is as good as it will get (which isn't great) and my next big challenge is accepting this. I've now been referred back to the local consultant for ongoing care but at least should things go seriously pear-shaped I can be fast-tracked back to the specialist. This was the news I was expecting but had still hoped there was a "magic wand" solution out there.

    Breakfast didn't happen as I didn't want it to return during the tests so for lunch I treated my son and myself to smoked salmon sarnies and blinking good they were too, before he headed back to Newcastle. Good lad that he is, he drove up after his work last night, took me to Paisley and home again earlier and then headed back. A lot of driving but I really appreciated it.

    I've no idea about tonight and I've nothing organised, I had planned creamy mushroom pasta but managed to spill the dregs of a pot of cream I was going use all over the fridge shelf (as they say a little goes a long way ) and I had cream cheese at lunch time so don't want it again. I'll see what inspires me in a bit but school night or not I'm just about to pour a glass of wine and chill out this evening.
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 11th Oct 17, 9:05 PM
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    Inspired by last night's canteen chat tonight I had lasagne (1/2 portion lurking in the freezer). oven chips & peas, not quite the same but it really hit the spot
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    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 11th Oct 17, 9:17 PM
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    I covet your YS find! £1.69 these days full price! Outrageous
    They used to be £1.39 (and still I waited for a YS moment, which I only managed to find once).


    Tis a biggun sire!
    Tis a biggun.
    Are you going to eat ALL that? Bet you are
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    ....ahem ...as you were...

    **************************

    EDIT; and Caron - sorry to hear that news....I think you're allowed more than one glass of wine in the circumstances. In your position right now - I'd probably have several glasses, followed by throwing the empty bottle (hard!) at something and then start googling for alternative health ideas on this when I "came round" the following morning. Guessing you might have already researched the complementary medicine route??

    Though I guess trying to clear up a pile of broken glass may not be the best idea when one has a bad back episode.......back to the drawing board as to what to throw then....I've been known to throw every item of footwear I possess (rather a lot) at a wall before now in those sort of circumstances...and the shoes can be picked up later (when your back feels better).
    Last edited by moneyistooshorttomention; 11-10-2017 at 9:23 PM.
    New Year's Resolution already made -

    Don't get mad....get firm ...
    • caronc
    • By caronc 11th Oct 17, 9:41 PM
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    caronc
    ....ahem ...as you were...

    **************************

    EDIT; and Caron - sorry to hear that news....I think you're allowed more than one glass of wine in the circumstances. In your position right now - I'd probably have several glasses, followed by throwing the empty bottle (hard!) at something and then start googling for alternative health ideas on this when I "came round" the following morning. Guessing you might have already researched the complementary medicine route??

    Though I guess trying to clear up a pile of broken glass may not be the best idea when one has a bad back episode.......back to the drawing board as to what to throw then....I've been known to throw every item of footwear I possess (rather a lot) at a wall before now in those sort of circumstances...and the shoes can be picked up later (when your back feels better).
    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention
    Thank you - though I'll avoid the broken glass, spilled cream was enough for one day . Tbh they've been pretty open from the start re outlook/prognosis so no big shock much as I might want it not to be. Much as medical science can work wonders somethings at present "are what they are" and compared to a year ago things are much better so I've a lot to be thankful for, it's not terminal and things could be so much worse

    ETA: re alternative treatments, looked into lots but the main ones re diet etc. are fairly mainstream and I follow those already Vestibular "cures" where there is an established medical pathology seem to beyond credible alternative practitioners as well.....
    Last edited by caronc; 11-10-2017 at 9:46 PM.
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 12th Oct 17, 1:35 PM
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    Good afternoon everyone,
    My back has gone back to just being twingey unless I sit or stand for too long. so on the grounds that being mobile is best I hoovered and mopped all the floors this morning and gave the house a good airing , suffice to say I'm more than ready for a sit down now.
    There's another gale due tonight and outside the weather is rapidly closing in so I'm glad I don't need to go out this afternoon. I'm swithering re dinner tonight of either an easy option of pork steak, veg, mash and gravy or making a venison sausage or meatballs and green lentil casserole. I've only enough sausages for one portion but the base mix will make two whereas if I go with meatballs I can have one and freeze one, oh decisions, decisions.......
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 12th Oct 17, 2:57 PM
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    I'm making a keema mince ... I think I'll serve that with spaghetti as that's quicker than using it as a spud topping or serving with rice.


    EDIT: Photo of keema mince & spaghetti: https://s1.postimg.org/8tumpl7ev3/Keema.jpg
    All cooked in the magical nuclear box, of course

    81hr7uqt4w
    There's another gale due tonight and outside the weather is rapidly closing in
    Originally posted by caronc
    I think it's most north west .... so I will mostly avoid the hurricane that's coming. They are using the word hurricane..... although that might be the one after the gale.
    Last edited by PasturesNew; 12-10-2017 at 3:41 PM.
    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 12th Oct 17, 3:02 PM
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    Afternoon everyone

    I'm having one of those days today .

    Breakfast was supposed to be scrambled egg on toast, but for some reason I set the button on the microwave for 3 minutes on full power! Came out of the bathroom to find egg splattered all over the microwave. By the time I had cleaned it up the toast had gone cold. So I just stuck some butter on that, and had a banana as well.

    Lunch was interesting. I went to the supermarket and when I cam home my brother was here, and he had been through the freezer looking for some rolls to defrost. As it is new and everything has been moved around between the the two freezers he had trouble finding them Meanwhile he had take a bag of blackberries and some filo pastry out and forgotten to put them back and both had defrosted. So lunch was a quickly made apple and blackberry filo pie, with Greek yoghurt (well I had to really ).

    I will add that my brother has a key and my permission to go through the freezers/fridge/cupboards and help himself if he is working in this town, He always pays for what he uses or replaces it so I don't mind .

    I'm not sure what the freezer surprise is tonight, it is some sort of casserole, and looks like it is either chicken or turkey. All will be revealed later. I'll have whatever it is with steamed veg and plain potatoes.
    • Farway
    • By Farway 12th Oct 17, 4:39 PM
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    Farway, that looks yummy.
    Can you post recipe please ? It looks similar to one my mum used to make, and I keep trying to replicate!
    Originally posted by wort
    Here you go, http://allrecipes.co.uk/recipe/25621/almost-fat-free-tea-loaf.aspx

    I used less sugar, about 50g, as I don't like things too sweet, plus I was adding marmalade
    I deviated slightly in the method by adding sugar into the hot tea & fruit mix to dissolve sugar, I also stirred in a tablespoon of marmalade into the tea mix. Left to soak overnight. It really was that easy, and fat free so nil calories

    Bit late on parade, AGM after lunch of smoked salmon, cream cheese & salady bits

    Dinner is planned as cheese topped mushroom omelette, I have heap of mushrooms need using up, and seems an ideal way

    HH, seems a normal CFO day, plans made & changed as "things" change.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 12th Oct 17, 4:44 PM
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    ... nil calories
    Originally posted by Farway
    Correct
    • wort
    • By wort 12th Oct 17, 5:09 PM
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    Thank you Farway , I will definitely try that with my grandson ,as we usually do baking together. I'll be using gluten free white mix Instead of flour, so I'll see how it comes out.

    I had other half of frittata for lunch with a muller corner, and after work came hungry so just had homemade g free pizza, with chicken ,chilli, peppers,onions, and mushrooms on. MI try to have a couple made up in freezer for when I CBA! Trying to decide what to have for afters now! I picked up some yellow sticker ed gf scones, and I've got half a pot of cream open so if I can motivate myself to whisk it, it will be jam and cream scone and a cuppa.
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 12th Oct 17, 6:39 PM
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    Good evening everyone,
    Lovely looking keema PN - I love keema mince.
    There is definitely a storm on the way and it's been pretty much dark since just before 6pm. Nevermind I'm nice and snug indoors. I picked the remaining toms from the hanging baskets and now have 2 huge bowls to sort through tomorrow. Decided in the end up to go with the pork steak option and I'll cook some mushrooms and kale to go with it and the mash & gravy. A decent dinner for a wintery night.
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 12th Oct 17, 6:49 PM
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    Afternoon everyone

    I'm having one of those days today .

    Breakfast was supposed to be scrambled egg on toast, but for some reason I set the button on the microwave for 3 minutes on full power! Came out of the bathroom to find egg splattered all over the microwave. By the time I had cleaned it up the toast had gone cold. So I just stuck some butter on that, and had a banana as well.

    Lunch was interesting. I went to the supermarket and when I cam home my brother was here, and he had been through the freezer looking for some rolls to defrost. As it is new and everything has been moved around between the the two freezers he had trouble finding them Meanwhile he had take a bag of blackberries and some filo pastry out and forgotten to put them back and both had defrosted. So lunch was a quickly made apple and blackberry filo pie, with Greek yoghurt (well I had to really ).

    I will add that my brother has a key and my permission to go through the freezers/fridge/cupboards and help himself if he is working in this town, He always pays for what he uses or replaces it so I don't mind .

    I'm not sure what the freezer surprise is tonight, it is some sort of casserole, and looks like it is either chicken or turkey. All will be revealed later. I'll have whatever it is with steamed veg and plain potatoes.
    Originally posted by Hollyharvey
    Yikes nothing worse than cemented on scrambled egg
    fat free so nil calories
    Originally posted by Farway
    And lots of your five a day-positively a health food and if you slather it with butter you're protecting your bones as well
    I picked up some yellow sticker ed gf scones, and I've got half a pot of cream open so if I can motivate myself to whisk it, it will be jam and cream scone and a cuppa.
    Originally posted by wort
    Sound like a plan you've got to use things up
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