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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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    • 13th Jan 18, 8:48 AM
    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 7th Feb 18, 11:43 AM
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    Nope not UK wide - it's the first time I've had that word "stoor" and I was wondering what it meant - though had the general idea in the context. We'll forgive 'ee m'dear LOL.

    Though I occasionally chuck in a West Country word or phrase and tend to assume people know it - so "clidgy" or "back along" for instance - which, to my mind, describe perfectly what I'm on about.
    "Clidgy" = sorta sticky. "Back along" is useful for "It was a while back - I'm not sure exactly how long - but it wasnt last week for instance".

    'Tis fine by me with the odd word - what annoys me is when whole phrases get used in a different language and it's been done (I'm told) in order to "encourage" people to learn it and never an apology if one doesnt understand it.....

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

    Today's lunch (also from current cookbook) is going to be french toast with berry drizzle. Think it's a pretty safe bet I'll like that.

    Dinner will be the leftover dish from yesterday (minus the bit I'm not that keen on then.....).
    Last edited by moneyistooshorttomention; 07-02-2018 at 11:45 AM.
    NOT dancing to anyone else's tune.

    It's the 21st century now....
    • pineapple
    • By pineapple 7th Feb 18, 11:55 AM
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    My timings are all to pot today! 'Brunch' was toasted Burgen bread with some hard boiled egg mashed up with seasoning and a bit of olive oil.
    Mid afternoon I'll have the rest of the stew blended as a hearty soup (not much meat in this portion) and early evening will have either sea bass or hake with some frozen peas. Fresh fish is my fortnightly treat from the travelling fishmonger.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 7th Feb 18, 11:58 AM
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    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.
    Originally posted by Farway
    I used to buy that. It was good/cheap and handy as it was all good cheese, just a mixture of the ends of cheddars, whites and reds, randomly bunged into the bags and sealed.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 7th Feb 18, 12:03 PM
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    I've randomly decided to pop out and buy a shelving unit because, even though it's ugly, it's cheap and needs no tools... it's a black plastic one, but strong. (Head says "you could decoupage that"; Thinking Head says "yeah, but you won't"). I've got it into my head that it'll be "handy" to organise the various piles of "stuff" in the 2nd bedroom .... I've already got shelving in there to be honest and that's not working for me, so I've no idea why I've randomly decided another shelving unit's going to work - but maybe getting everything off the floor will then enable me to move things about/between the 3 units to get everything in some semblance of order, which is a pre-cursor to actually "sorting it all out". A lot of it's "handy kitchen stuff I don't actually use, but might wish to use randomly and I'll be glad I've got that". Then there's a raft of paperwork I've lugged about because you have to keep papers and stuff .... and every time I "tidy" the living room it involves putting all random stuff into a bag, opening the door to bed2 and plonking it on the floor

    Food is therefore delayed.... might see something new while out - I'm going to the shop where I buy "my favourite chocolate biscuits", so I expect to buy those
    • caronc
    • By caronc 7th Feb 18, 12:36 PM
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    IMHO you can never have too much shelving or cupboard space PN

    Pineapple - one of the joys of CFO I find is that meal times are when you want them to be

    We under the bed has been swept, my I shed a lots of hair.......

    My Dad popped by after his art club bearing milk. It was his turn to buy it this week and he bought a 4 pinter and only a bit got used. Nobody else wanted it and he already had one so could I use it? Well actually yes for a change as while I have most of a 4 pinter in the fridge I plan to make bechamel later and also need some for the gratin so it's now in my fridge. I thought it only fair to offer him the remaining sardine pate in return which he accepted like a shot so he must have enjoyed it yesterday.....
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    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 7th Feb 18, 1:11 PM
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    Had my french toast and berry drizzle then.

    Yep...sorta...it tasted nice. But notes made to use biggest frypan in future and a firmer bread than my own homemade. Eaten with an orange, a banana and some walnuts.

    Must work out some more new recipes to try shortly - as I've not got many left. Summat to do whilst waiting for legs & arms to stop feeling a bit shakey (guess I've got shakey legs at the moment because I've "stood up for myself" on summat over the last 24 hours - and I know I'm not on the popularity list currently with person that likes to "tell others what to do"). Bet she's wishing - again - that I didnt come from somewhere where we tend to function more democratically in groups.....so I don't do "being ordered around"....You can take the girl out of the city - but you can't take the city out of the girl

    Time to head for some of my mouthblasting off strong coffee and my recipes again - whilst I await return of legs/arms to normal and can get on with the housework I really should be doing right now...
    NOT dancing to anyone else's tune.

    It's the 21st century now....
    • pineapple
    • By pineapple 7th Feb 18, 1:13 PM
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    Martin Lewis was on TV recently showing just how much you can save by timing your shop till just before the produce is marked down. Has anyone done this? As long as 20 years ago, I used to work with someone who shamelessly shadowed store staff as they went round with the reduced stickers. He used to boast about how much he saved.
    That said, it is generally more difficult for the single person. For example - all these bumper bargain bags of veg that are better value even when not marked down have to be cooked or blanched then frozen otherwise they are wasted.
    • pineapple
    • By pineapple 7th Feb 18, 1:16 PM
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    I've randomly decided to pop out and buy a shelving unit because, even though it's ugly, it's cheap and needs no tools... it's a black plastic one, but strong
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    Keep your eye on freegle/freecycle. Got some fabulous heavy duty wooden shelving for the shed that way.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 7th Feb 18, 1:32 PM
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    Martin Lewis was on TV recently showing just how much you can save by timing your shop till just before the produce is marked down. Has anyone done this? As long as 20 years ago, I used to work with someone who shamelessly shadowed store staff as they went round with the reduced stickers. He used to boast about how much he saved.
    That said, it is generally more difficult for the single person. For example - all these bumper bargain bags of veg that are better value even when not marked down have to be cooked or blanched then frozen otherwise they are wasted.
    Originally posted by pineapple
    Not recently because I can't but when I was still working the bus used to drop me off near a tesco express just after 7pm which timed beautiful with them doing some serious reductions. A lot of it was ready meals or processed stuff but there were some really good buys less good for CFO though as you say. The shop wasn't used much (it's away now) as unless you were using the bus it wasn't in a great location for parking but I did make some great savings at the time especially on chilled fish.
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 7th Feb 18, 2:16 PM
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    Keep your eye on freegle/freecycle. Got some fabulous heavy duty wooden shelving for the shed that way.
    Originally posted by pineapple
    Things like this are area specific .... and I've never lived anywhere where anything worthwhile was ever advertised.

    I'm hooked into all of them and did used to watch, but you end up watching 24/7 for nothing to come up.....

    Many things work well in big cities, or big towns, especially where you've got several big towns close by and/or for people with smart phones/alerts ... but if you're in a small place and have to be glued to the PC they are simply not a useful use of time.

    I drove to the shop and they didn't have the shelving at all. I plucked up the courage to ask a member of staff as they were in the right aisle ... and she checked with the manager and said they'd never had them ... and I should try ordering online, or phoning round all the other stores ... so faffery.

    Spent £18 in there .... it was mostly useful. Loo rolls (36), 50 heavy duty bin sacks, some swing bin liners, shower gel (which I'd completely run out of already) .... and a bag of chocolate biscuits and some marshmallows for drinking chocolate.

    EDIT: I went to the shop website - and I could see they do Click/Collect, so I went through the pain of registering with them and ordering it - and it'll come to my local store

    I expected there to be "a problem" at various stages of that.... e.g. that they might say it's out of stock, or they won't deliver there, or all sorts of problems one can encounter with seemingly straight forward things.... but it all worked out OK. 1-3 days and I can go and collect

    The thing about this shelving is it needs no tools and is lightweight/plastic... you literally build it up piece by piece, pressing down on the corners to secure it. So easy for me ... achievable ... and then movable at any future point. To try to get one free would end up finding a 10 year old scruffy one that'd been in somebody's garage and had paint pots on it, so scuffed and with splashes. I wanted a new/clean one for a bedroom area. £9.99 so what's not to like
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 7th Feb 18, 2:21 PM
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    .... timing your shop...
    Originally posted by pineapple
    It's often bleated out, especially by people trying to draw more attention to their website - but the reality of it is that few people are in a position to take advantage of it.

    For starters, you have to be close to the sort of shops that do that stuff. Then you have to work out when, theoretically, they do the last reductions.

    So, if you happen to have one of those shops close to you - and happen to be passing at the correct time (or go shopping regularly and can change that time) - then it's still hit and miss whether there'll be anything at all, stuff you want/like and/or whether the person who usually does it's changed shifts and they're doing it later/earlier today ... not to mention running the gauntlet of those "regulars" who know the shop/system and live next door and are in there to elbow newcomers out of the way

    Even if you shop once a week and time your visit to coincide with that you'll soon change your mind because you'll find the shelves that should contain what you NEED are already empty by that time of day .... so you end up having to go twice, which is then costing you time and money ....

    For me to even try to see it'd cost me £2 there/back "just to look", so it's never been any kind of priority for me to try to work out the best times etc.
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 7th Feb 18, 2:34 PM
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    Lunch ended up being: an egg/sausage toastie with a splash of brown and TWO large handfulls of chocolate finger biscuits
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 7th Feb 18, 2:39 PM
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    I would tend to agree you have to be near a shop that does sufficient price reductions and it does depend rather on the locality.

    I'm just glad I don't have to do this I admit - as I was wondering round a budget supermarket with my mother one time and it must have been right around a "price reduction time" and I was set to have a look. Until my mother pointed out that what were obviously "regulars" were there deliberately blocking access to anyone else and not with any very "peaceful" expressions on their faces either - and I decided it looked too "aggressive" to even try. That was probably their intention I guess - so I felt a bit of a wimp for being "frightened off" by that attitude - but didnt want to have to do "standing up for myself" just to do my weekly shopping...

    ***********

    Anyways - I've worked out some more recipes from current cookbook to try:

    STILL THERE ON LIST FROM LAST TIME
    pesto carrot noodles with white beans and tomato
    morning grain bowls

    ADDED TO LIST;
    superfood breakfast bites
    chocolate oatmeal
    Three seed crackers (with hummus and crudites I think)
    Burrito breakfast bake
    Golden quinoa tabbouleh
    Black bean burgers

    Still feeling like I'm doing a lot of "catch up food learning" at the moment and telling myself I must "learn to walk before I can run" and start getting into things like sourdough bread and what do I do with teff flour for instance. When I see just how far & fast the recipes have progressed over the last few years it gets tempting to do the equivalent of A Level and degree cooking - but better finish the O Level cooking learning first I guess...
    Last edited by moneyistooshorttomention; 07-02-2018 at 2:42 PM.
    NOT dancing to anyone else's tune.

    It's the 21st century now....
    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 7th Feb 18, 2:56 PM
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    Original post 704, reported as spam, has now vanished, hooray!
    Last edited by mcculloch29; 07-02-2018 at 5:36 PM.
    Erma Bombeck, American writer: "If I had my life to live over again... I would have burned the pink candle, sculptured like a rose, that melted in storage." Don't keep things 'for best' - that day never comes. Use them and enjoy them now.
    • Farway
    • By Farway 7th Feb 18, 3:22 PM
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    post 704 sounds one way of saving money, free board and lodging by HM for a couple of years

    Another way of saving money is as I did today, made another batch of yoghurt. I am now using UHT milk, I find it makes a thicker and creamier yoghurt, having tried both organic and bog standard prior to going UHT route

    Lunch was BF ham sarnie as planned

    C & O pie portioned up, 1/4 for tonight, I'll re heat it in the mini oven
    The other half will keep for a bit in the fridge until I either nibble it to bits or make a meal out of it
    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 7th Feb 18, 3:44 PM
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    My tummy was slightly wobbly yesterday, but today I tucked in to my Golden Syrup Weetabix for brekky/brunch.
    I normally wouldn't have chosen this cereal, but it was one of the 'buy four items to get free delivery' from Amazon Pantry.

    The others were some cereal bars that were four for £1.50, an air freshener refill I use, and eight cans of sugar-free Irn Bru for £2, which compares well with Heron.

    I probably spent £1.50 more than I would normally spend on these items, and delivery is £3, so it was a no-brainer.
    Erma Bombeck, American writer: "If I had my life to live over again... I would have burned the pink candle, sculptured like a rose, that melted in storage." Don't keep things 'for best' - that day never comes. Use them and enjoy them now.
    • Irenadler
    • By Irenadler 7th Feb 18, 4:15 PM
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    IreneA - have you got a garden you could grow at least a bit of food in? Even just growing a few lettuces and/or perpetual spinach or the like would help out...

    There's a few foods that re-grow too - and I have a tendency to put the root section plus an inch or so of leek or spring onion in the garden (after having cut off most of it to use at that point) and then leave it to re-grow back into a full leek or spring onion for me again.

    My sympathies at the Idiot Employer that thought he could tie up all 5 weekdays for the sake of just 11 hours!!!!! Cheeky ******
    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention
    Hi MITSTM

    Sorry it's taken a little while to reply - RL gets in the way sometimes....

    Yes I am lucky enough to have a garden, with some fruit & herbs growing in it, and I do have a veg plot, slight snag is, the crazy dog has decided it's her favourite toilet spot, so haven't fancied growing much in it. Not sure dog doings are really good fertilizer....

    I used to do gardening with OH, and with one thing and another, it's fallen by the wayside sadly. I am going to get my old seeds out and start planting again. Did alright with cut n come again leaves a while back, perfect for one as you cut just what you need and the rest keeps growing - think I will use a container for that though! Need to rig something up to stop the dog taking over the whole garden, or, at least get the veg plot off-limits....
    "...when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains however improbable, must be the truth..."
    • Irenadler
    • By Irenadler 7th Feb 18, 4:19 PM
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    Now I feel I am old enough to be your father I used to do just that, leave in the morning, start new job following day. Factories always had big boards outside with jobs vacant. I really do feel for the young ones and anyone looking these days. Trouble is with the advent of AI I think there will be even fewer jobs around
    Originally posted by Farway
    Hey Farway,

    I am sure you aren't that old.... You could always adopt me though! Especially as you can make pies like that!
    "...when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains however improbable, must be the truth..."
    • Irenadler
    • By Irenadler 7th Feb 18, 4:27 PM
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    Hey all

    Hoping you are all feeling better, and getting over the dreaded 'lurgy'....

    On the menu yesterday:

    Porridge, seeds, banana and blueberries.
    Thai red chicken curry with wild rice (nuked YS meal)
    Tomato soup with YS wholemeal/granary bread, yogurt.
    Snacks: apple, orange, naked bar...

    Today:
    Porridge, seeds, etc.
    Thai green veg curry soup (YS - meant for 2, but had a big bowl as I didn't realize that when I bought it plus non-freezable - DOH!) & should've used it yesterday, with brown bread too. Burp....!
    Tea will be either the less appealing salad before it wizens up with jacket spud, or some pate on toast....
    "...when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains however improbable, must be the truth..."
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 7th Feb 18, 4:27 PM
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    I did a monster dumpling

    Reheated yesterday's stew. There was about 900 grams and I considered serving 300g as a portion, but realised that I'd then have two portions remaining, one of which I'd most likely not fancy and have to freeze - so I decided to use 450g today and the other 450g tomorrow.... just to see the back of it.

    It'll have therefore made four big portions. Two eaten yesterday as I was greedy ... one today and one tomorrow.
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