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    • caronc
    • By caronc 13th Jan 18, 8:48 AM
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    Cooking for one (Mark Three)
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    Cooking for one (Mark Three) 13th Jan 18 at 8:48 AM
    Welcome to Cooking one (Mark Three), time to get a shiny new thread up and running. The link to "Cooking for one (Mark Two)" can be found here http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?p=73708876&posted=1#post73708876

    Cooking For One
    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 6th Feb 18, 3:22 PM
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    McCulloch - still feeling a bit puzzled by you commenting that the cookbook that's coming out (very belatedly) later this year by A Girl Called Jack contains a recipe with crab in?

    The puzzlement being as to whether I'm thinking of the same book as you were reviewing? - as I thought the (very belated) "Cooking on a Bootstrap" book was going to be a vegan one.

    Have I got that wrong? Is "Cooking on a Bootstrap" vegan and it's some other cookbook of hers that you've been reviewing?

    (I know if it's supposed to be and isn't - then she wouldnt be the first cookbook writer to say a cookbook was vegetarian or vegan and the next thing you know you spot recipe/s in it that most definitely arent so). Thinking of a cookbook (of a slightly older era) that said it was vegetarian on the front and I was going through it counting the number of recipes that included fish in them.
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    NOT dancing to anyone else's tune.

    It's the 21st century now....
    • pineapple
    • By pineapple 6th Feb 18, 5:02 PM
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    This is my second stew day. I might take a leaf out of Pastures New book and make dumplings.
    • Farway
    • By Farway 6th Feb 18, 6:11 PM
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    I had the LO bit of stew mixed in tin of the beef & veg soup, actually turned out very filling and tasty

    May have HM yoghurt & honey later if space permits
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 6th Feb 18, 6:21 PM
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    Well - got the tempeh/pak choi/etc/etc dish cooking up as we speak.

    On getting the tempeh out of the freezer - I didnt find it looks like brains. It looks like a clump of beans to me. Did spot a little bit of black on part of it and promptly looked-up to see what that meant (after checking out the other packet - which hasnt got any). Google's verdict = not a problem/indeed it's a Good Sign (as in well fermented or summat).

    I still chopped those bits off I admit.

    Right - let's see what it tastes like. There's a sort of yeasty type smell to the tempeh itself. The dish as a whole looks reasonably colourful. So it's down to the Taste Test now....

    EDIT; Hmmm....the tempeh has a somewhat yeasty-ish type taste as well. Not a strong type taste and "the jury is out" a bit at the moment as to what I think about it. Seems to be a sort of equivalent situation to tofu - in that it probably takes on the taste somewhat of what it's with. At the moment - I feel I'm not going to chuck it on the one hand or rush for it eagerly on the other hand.

    Will have to think what my next cooking experiment will be now. I have the feeling that a couple more winters in a part of the country with worse winter weather than I'm used to and less to Go Out To ditto on the other hand means I should be a gourmet cook in this type of food by the time a couple more winters have passed living in this area.
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 6th Feb 18, 6:21 PM
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    I don't want to grass anybody up .... but I know somebody who popped through to the kitchen 10 minutes ago and whipped up just one huge dumpling Nothing else, just a fat dumpling ....

    Nom!
    Originally posted by PasturesNew


    It's definitely dumpling weather, wish I was having stew now.

    MTSTM - I've never tried tempeh can't say it appeals that much so interested in how you find it.

    Farway - I think the C&O pie recipe would make great pastys

    Holly - I've not had lasagne for ages. I'm roasting a tray of veg later some for tonight with the pork & pitta and some I was planning to use with veggie pasta tomorrow. I think it mught just get used in lasagne tomorrow instead.

    It's been a lovely day here but boy is it cold. My Dad came lunch and seemed to really enjoy the soup and sardine pate. He seems to enjoy eating away from his home these days much better at lunchtime than later in the day. He does like to eat and go though - no lingering for a cuppa and a chat afterwards. His comfy recliner was definitely beckoning.

    I managed a short walk today which felt like a huge achievement but boy was I shaky and unsteady afterwards. But I enjoyed it even if I did only manage 1400 steps, it was good get out in the fresh (very blinking fresh) air. The temperature is due to drop to -5C or so tonight and I think it's well on it's way already as despite decent layers of clothes I've just had to turn the heating up a notch. We're back on snow alert from tomorrow until Friday.....
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    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 6th Feb 18, 7:02 PM
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    Well - I don't think I shall be buying tempeh again I have a feeling. I've also got a feeling I'll be picking it out of the leftovers for tomorrow and binning the other packet I have in the freezer (as can't think of anyone nearby that might fancy it).

    Oh well - you don't know till you try.

    It has been bitter today and the first bit of snow since I moved here - there was snow all round the area. Fortunately, it hasnt settled.

    Don't know how old your father is caron? I'm imagining he must be a pretty similar agegroup to my own father and by now I think he must be spending the vast majority of his time sleeping and is pretty much only awake for mealtimes these days.
    NOT dancing to anyone else's tune.

    It's the 21st century now....
    • caronc
    • By caronc 6th Feb 18, 7:19 PM
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    Well - I don't think I shall be buying tempeh again I have a feeling. I've also got a feeling I'll be picking it out of the leftovers for tomorrow and binning the other packet I have in the freezer (as can't think of anyone nearby that might fancy it).

    Oh well - you don't know till you try.

    It has been bitter today and the first bit of snow since I moved here - there was snow all round the area. Fortunately, it hasnt settled.

    Don't know how old your father is caron? I'm imagining he must be a pretty similar agegroup to my own father and by now I think he must be spending the vast majority of his time sleeping and is pretty much only awake for mealtimes these days.
    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention
    Thanks for the feedback re the tempeh - I shan't be adding it to my "to try" list!

    My Dad's not old- he turns 76 in March but has multiple health issues stemming in the main from damage a childhood bout of rhuematic fever did to his heart & kidneys which only became apparent in early middle age and prostate cancer in his 60s. He's also got unstable colitis, is an insulin dependant diabetic and has a stoma (he had to have his bladder removed). Consequently he seems older than he is but he's mentally still very sharp. He has a lot of pain as he developed diabetis during chemo/radiotherapy so it was masked by side effects from these and did quite a bit of nerve damage to his legs/feet before it got brought under control. He does well considering and still enjoys life and getting out and about but does like the comfort of his own space and comfy recliner.
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    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 6th Feb 18, 7:23 PM
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    McCulloch - still feeling a bit puzzled by you commenting that the cookbook that's coming out (very belatedly) later this year by A Girl Called Jack contains a recipe with crab in?

    The puzzlement being as to whether I'm thinking of the same book as you were reviewing? - as I thought the (very belated) "Cooking on a Bootstrap" book was going to be a vegan one.

    Have I got that wrong? Is "Cooking on a Bootstrap" vegan and it's some other cookbook of hers that you've been reviewing?

    (I know if it's supposed to be and isn't - then she wouldnt be the first cookbook writer to say a cookbook was vegetarian or vegan and the next thing you know you spot recipe/s in it that most definitely arent so). Thinking of a cookbook (of a slightly older era) that said it was vegetarian on the front and I was going through it counting the number of recipes that included fish in them.
    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention
    Cooking on a Bootstrap has a section marked 'Contraband', literally a handful of pages, page 148-159, containing a few meat and fish recipes, and there are a few others scattered through the book, the crab paste recipe included. However, you could probably do a veggie or vegan version of just about all of them.
    Her vegan-without-alteration recipes are marked with a V, and there are a lot of them
    Some examples of vegan recipes.
    Five Minute Bread
    Cakey Goodness Bread
    Gramcake
    One Ingredient Mushroom Soup
    Pappa Al Pomodoro
    Green Rice
    Black Bean Tarkari
    Tarka Daal
    ..and others!

    I got interrupted during the above post by my Amazon Pantry order arriving. Great stuff, only ordered 24 hours earlier and all there.
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    • Glad
    • By Glad 6th Feb 18, 7:33 PM
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    evening all

    I've just been googling tempah, I'm trying to eat a lot more vegetarian meals but I haven't experimented yet with meat alternatives such as quorn etc, I probably should even if only to increase my calorie intake, in the 3 months I've been eating cleaner I've lost 12lb and I really didn't want to lose any weight just be healthier
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 6th Feb 18, 8:11 PM
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    Watching this Back in Time for Tea programme. BBC2

    Oh Lord they're bad... teenage girls didn't know how to peel an onion.
    • gt568
    • By gt568 6th Feb 18, 8:33 PM
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    Watching this Back in Time for Tea programme. BBC2

    Oh Lord they're bad... teenage girls didn't know how to peel an onion.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    Surely you can see past this, they pick the biggest biffs they can to put on the TV to shock people.
    Down with the signature fascists!!
    • suki1964
    • By suki1964 6th Feb 18, 9:36 PM
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    I love back in time

    Least this family the mother can use a can opener and didn't faint clean away when presented with a rabbit


    The pie recipe does indeed make for pasties. That's how I found it. I used to adore Greggs cheese and onion pasties and it was one of the things I really missed moving here. I saw Simon make that on tv, found the recipe, and now Greggs has made it here, I no longer like their pasties lol

    Bit of a weird tea tonight. Popped into M&S as I was in town and noticed they had a new range of food out. Anyways there was Prawn laska , raw prawns, coriander and the sauce, reduced from silly amount to 80p so into the basket, along with some spare ribs for 40p. I had rice and spring rolls at home

    Now it wasn't 'bad ' but it weren't good either. I know I only paid 40p but 3 pieces of rib just 2 inches long and one piece of bare bone!! I'd be raging if I'd paid the £3+ it was originally priced at

    The laska whilst had plenty of prawn was tasteless

    Oh well , serves me right for being seduced by yellow sticker. Back to scratch cooking tomorrow
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 6th Feb 18, 9:46 PM
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    I love back in time

    Least this family the mother can use a can opener and didn't faint clean away when presented with a rabbit


    The pie recipe does indeed make for pasties. That's how I found it. I used to adore Greggs cheese and onion pasties and it was one of the things I really missed moving here. I saw Simon make that on tv, found the recipe, and now Greggs has made it here, I no longer like their pasties lol

    Bit of a weird tea tonight. Popped into M&S as I was in town and noticed they had a new range of food out. Anyways there was Prawn laska , raw prawns, coriander and the sauce, reduced from silly amount to 80p so into the basket, along with some spare ribs for 40p. I had rice and spring rolls at home

    Now it wasn't 'bad ' but it weren't good either. I know I only paid 40p but 3 pieces of rib just 2 inches long and one piece of bare bone!! I'd be raging if I'd paid the £3+ it was originally priced at

    The laska whilst had plenty of prawn was tasteless

    Oh well , serves me right for being seduced by yellow sticker. Back to scratch cooking tomorrow
    Originally posted by suki1964
    Love the "back in time" too

    I think M&S food has lost it's "edge" recently, it used be a good notch above SMs but I think they have lost some of the quality but kept the prices while others have upped their game a good bit. It's a shame as food from M&S used be something I very much saw as a real treat.
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    • wort
    • By wort 6th Feb 18, 10:15 PM
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    Spirit congratulations, a lovely new life how wonderful. Sorry you're having a hard time with sil.
    Farway that pie looks great.
    I gave dgson most of the meat in the hotpot!! 1 portion went in the freezer. He also asked for tortilla crisp with cheese on, so we had that with the hotpot, I had beetroot on mine. Ate some more of the choc buttons I opened the other day and had with a cuppa.

    My cheese pie turned out nice too, even with the ood pastry, I will try again but use Lancashire cheese it might be a bit tastier. I had half of it for lunch today, I've also had 2 satsumas.
    Tea time I had fish fingers and cheese ,with lettuce on gf seeded brown bread spread with garlic mayo and ketchup. Then a whipped yogurt with seeds, finished of the bag of big buttons from yesterday.
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 6th Feb 18, 10:56 PM
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    Pigsy just wolfed down a bread roll and margarine

    Didn't need it .... but we all know how that works out.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 7th Feb 18, 9:34 AM
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    Good morning everyone,
    Very frosty and cold here this morning but lovely and sunny. Hopefully I can get my wheels aired in a bit and I must sweep under my bed as the sunshine has revealed rather a lot of hair and stoor.
    Toast & sardine pate for breakfast and lunch will be a "use it up" of the remaining soup and a bacon & coleslaw sarnie. I've some ricotta defrosting so plan to make a spinach & ricotta lasagne tonight using up the rest of the veggies I roasted last night. I've a portion of garlic bread in the freezer which I suspect may get liberated as well. While the oven is on I plan to bake a potato & mushroom gratin for tomorrow.
    I'm feeling very efficient food wise today though in theory rather than practice as apart from defrosting the ricotta I've not actually made any of it yet
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 7th Feb 18, 10:23 AM
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    I'll have a toastie in a bit.
    Got 2 slices of bread out, defrosting. Removed sausages from freezer, defrosting.

    When I CBA I'll get round to eating

    Later on ..... stew .... and compulsory dumplings.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 7th Feb 18, 10:27 AM
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    I spoke too soon re the sunshine, I popped for a shower and when I came out (and I wasn't long) it had dulled over and now it's drizzling. Doubt I'll be straying very far if it stays like this, just back from walking skating to the bin and it's very icy underfoot.
    Wort - glad your pie worked out ok
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    • Farway
    • By Farway 7th Feb 18, 11:15 AM
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    Up early enough to make a pot of tea, with Gin marmalade on toast for breakfast

    Sunny but cold and windy, stayed in, feeling cold today and have left the CH on, I wonder if I am coming down with something as I feel hungry as well?

    Caronc, Stoor, a new word to me, had a search and I think I get the gist of it. I'll try and chuck it into a conversation at some time

    Wort , cheese pie, I was thinking the opposite after mine, use something other than Lancashire. Maybe the ideal would be mixed cheeses? Once upon a time you could buy cheese left overs / odd shapes in SMs, like bacon bits or smoked salmon bits. But I looked and that seems to have vanished from the shelves.
    Maybe some enterprising SM exec is reading this and next thing is "Cheese pie mix" on sale at inflated prices, like fish pie mix

    Lunch is same as yesterday, BF ham & salad sarnie
    Dinner will be LO C & O pie, with last of the tin of Baked beans


    Wish I had biscuits in the house, I fancy one right now!!
    • caronc
    • By caronc 7th Feb 18, 11:20 AM
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    Caronc, Stoor, a new word to me, had a search and I think I get the gist of it. I'll try and chuck it into a conversation at some time
    Originally posted by Farway
    Whoops sorry - I didn't realise this wasn't a UK wide word . "Stoor" is dust and general debris.
    Used in lots of ways round here "don't rattle your stoor" being a favourite - means getting into a tizz/needlessly upset or angry.
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