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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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    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 11th Oct 17, 9:17 PM
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    moneyistooshorttomention
    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...

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    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.
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 11th Oct 17, 9:41 PM
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    ....ahem ...as you were...

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    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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    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 12th Oct 17, 7:25 PM
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    Well, that was interesting! Today's food adventures continue . The chicken or turkey casserole turned out to be a sausage casserole, but, I really enjoyed it and if I had of had the choice of the three it's the one I would have chosen. So all's well that ends well .

    I'm looking forward to tomorrows surprise dinner now. At least I don't have to think about what to have and make decisions while I'm using up UFOs from the freezer.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 12th Oct 17, 7:29 PM
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    Well, that was interesting! Today's food adventures continue . The chicken or turkey casserole turned out to be a sausage casserole, but, I really enjoyed it and if I had of had the choice of the three it's the one I would have chosen. So all's well that ends well .

    I'm looking forward to tomorrows surprise dinner now. At least I don't have to think about what to have and make decisions while I'm using up UFOs from the freezer.
    Originally posted by Hollyharvey
    Sounds as though you might need to plan some UFOs to enjoy in the futureSausage casserole is always so good
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    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 12th Oct 17, 8:52 PM
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    Sounds as though you might need to plan some UFOs to enjoy in the futureSausage casserole is always so good
    Originally posted by caronc
    Yes, this has been an interesting week so far . Shame it had to cost the price of a new fridge/freezer though . I had to buy a new cooker in July last year, a new washing machine a month ago and now the fridge/freezer.

    To top it off, the tv is playing up. Whenever I try to turn it on it makes a strange noise and has to be turned on and off a number of times before it comes on . This started yesterday. I'm getting so fed up of this now, and my savings are taking too big a hit for my liking . I've just looked up the date I purchased the tv and it was January 2008, so nearly 10 years.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 12th Oct 17, 9:02 PM
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    Yes, this has been an interesting week so far . Shame it had to cost the price of a new fridge/freezer though . I had to buy a new cooker in July last year, a new washing machine a month ago and now the fridge/freezer.

    To top it off, the tv is playing up. Whenever I try to turn it on it makes a strange noise and has to be turned on and off a number of times before it comes on . This started yesterday. I'm getting so fed up of this now, and my savings are taking too big a hit for my liking . I've just looked up the date I purchased the tv and it was January 2008, so nearly 10 years.
    Originally posted by Hollyharvey
    It's always the case isn't it
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 12th Oct 17, 9:14 PM
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    I've just made a hot chocolate drink. No mini marshmallows though.
    • poppystar
    • By poppystar 13th Oct 17, 9:45 AM
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    A quick post to get us back on to page 1 of the sub forum!

    Brekkie avocado on toast. Cue ten minutes scrabbling behind the washing machine and a very bruised shoulder to retrieve errant avocado stone..

    Please don't let the whole of Friday 13th continue like this…I know its just superstition but when you start thinking about it…
    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 13th Oct 17, 10:03 AM
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    I forgot it was Friday the 13th!

    I have the dentist this morning so I'm not eating any hard foods for brekkie as I can't be bothered to floss again as I did it last night.

    I probably will be starving when I get home.

    I know I'm having curry for dinner, but I'm not sure about lunch yet...
    "It doesn't cost any more to dream big."
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 13th Oct 17, 11:28 AM
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    No breakfast, just a coffee... last of the jar!

    So I had to pop out this morning as I'd put off buying coffee until I actually ran out! So, no avoiding it. Also down to the last 2 tablespoons of washing up liquid. So I made a vague list.

    Went to L1dl - bizarrely, last time I went I looked for basmati and they had none, so I looked again today and they still have none! I'll need to get that from 4ldi, I spotted the other week that they sell it.

    I also looked for flour - could only see bread flour - but, now I'm home again, I wonder if the plain/SR was kept on the shelves near the eggs and not near the bag of flour I saw.... I do hate it when they split things up. If I want flour I expect it to all be adjacent. I'd intended to make a Yorkshire.

    Sausage rolls came home with me too

    Thought I was nearly out of spread, bought a new one, but when I put it away there's already a spare in the fridge

    Stocked up on fizzy pop (4x2litres) as I took the car. 4x2litres is really a little too much weight for my trolley - one of those times when it will do it, but you do think that, over time, it'll weaken until there's a catastrophic collapse one day, so not worth risking it. The trolley's already paid for itself (£4) in parking/fuel savings, so I will eventually buy a new/robust one, in the next 2 years.

    Total haul was over £10, which is a lot for me to spend in one go.
    Coffee, sausage rolls, eggs, milk, marg/spread, 4x125g of instant mash, washing up liquid, fizzy pop, dry spaghetti, 3 packs of custard, mini marshmallows (for drinking chocolate), pack of digestives.

    Lunch will therefore probably be 2 sausage rolls and tea will be keema jacket spud. I also made a jam sponge yesterday, so now I've got custard I'll have the 2nd half of that jam sponge with custard

    Healthy eating: There are some peas in that keema, if you look closely.
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    • poppystar
    • By poppystar 13th Oct 17, 12:04 PM
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    Healthy eating: There are some peas in that keema, if you look closely.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    Saw them and was very impressed and shamed that nothing green had passed my lips the whole day


    Ok. So a friend has given me two humungous apples. I do not particularly like stewed apple (used to love it, not sure why not now) and there are too big for baking and eating at one meal - also they sometimes come with little inhabitants when they arrive truly organic from my friends' tree so would prefer to investigate rather than just cook whole.

    Any quick and tasty ideas? Even nuke involving ones

    Am in possession of an egg, some rice flour and butter if that helps. No biccis but there are cornflakes. OMG it's like that old cooking prog when contestants used to arrive with a bag of random things to be turned into something wonderful.
    • wort
    • By wort 13th Oct 17, 12:53 PM
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    Been for foot injected this morning, so had 2 gf toast with seriously strong cheese spread for brekkie.
    Made piri piri chicken pitta with salad on for lunch, followed by muller corner, new winter flavour of spiced plum, which I enjoyed.
    Tea tonight has been prepared, I'm doing spicy pasta so I've cooked the onions and peppers, I will add mushrooms later, and the bit of chicken left from weds. Should really add a few green beans to help use them up. The obligatory cheese will go on top, and probably a bit of garlic bread.
    If I've room after all that the other scone with jam and cream will be scoffed!!!
    I should really be cutting down this week as I have to keep off my foot so won't be very active this week.
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