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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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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 8th Feb 18, 10:16 AM
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    ...giant yorkshire ...
    Originally posted by caronc
    I love those. As I make meals I tag them up if they were my favourites and I tagged all my giants last year. The tagging is so I can quickly go back and remind myself of stuff I really enjoyed.

    It's easy to have something that gives you a glorious glow - then move on and simply "forget" how great it is when you make it.

    Years ago there was a carvery pub across the road from where I worked and 1-2x a month we'd pop over for a bar meal.... one of the bar meals on offer was a giant yorkie filled with items from the carvery section. They served it up, you didn't go get it ... although that'd make a great twist to carvery offerings wouldn't it ... to be given an empty big yorkie that you fill yourself ... although I can see how that could present logistical issues with storage space and anticipating demand at the kitchen management level.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 8th Feb 18, 10:18 AM
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    ....1/4 of my C & O pie...
    Originally posted by Farway
    When I saw the photo I could see how it'd make me 6 portions - and that shape of dish wouldn't lend itself well to easy portioning it so the pieces were about the same size. That was one of my first thoughts.... but if you're cutting into 1/4s I can see how that'd be easier. But I'm very small so 1/4 would be too much

    Small = 5' .... and ~8st10lbs or so (it wavers obviously)
    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 8th Feb 18, 10:25 AM
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    I am quietly excited as I got offered lots of Nespresso compatible capsules to review for my machine. I ordered several types, as normally just one box of anything is sent to review. However, sometimes they slip up, and send a multipack. If they do, I will have 100 capsules, so providing the coffee is decent, I won't have to buy capsules for a while.

    I can only buy decaff 48 or 60 capsules at a time, depending on which brand I buy (CRU Kafe or Aldi) so there's usually a stock in of those.
    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.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 8th Feb 18, 10:26 AM
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    ...
    Originally posted by mcculloch29
    I've never had/seen any capsules/machine etc.

    I use simple instant coffee granules, 200g, £1.39-£1.49/jar, one jar lasts 15 days, so it's 10p/day

    I drink it black, without sugar, as I learnt over the years that, firstly, you can never have milk, milk in, milk that's not gone off, so it's easier to drink it black - and, secondly, having sugar in it's just a pain in the butt as you don't "see/enjoy" the calories in it but they're in there. It's also reduced other people's ability to serve with with super-cr4p coffees over the years as they use different milk, or different quantities of it and different sugar to me.

    So I keep it simple.
    • kittie
    • By kittie 8th Feb 18, 10:27 AM
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    I have stopped going to my nearest place for a roast dinner. They now only do a carvery and due to some greedy (male) pensioners, buying a child meal and piling their plates high, they only sell a child meal to an actual child. I eat less than a 9 year old boy and am not going to pay the full adult price for a small meal

    outside jobs are finished, washing put away, fresh coffee drunk, eaten handful of nuts and small cold toast with jam, so now I am ready to get changed into something posher and am off to explore two attractive areas, potentials for new home. One has 2000 residents and only 2 potential homes for sale, one 3000 residents and 3 potential homes for sale. Potential as in my price range, however I discarded all of them, too much updating, too many repairs, too big, listed grades, no parking. I do however need to explore the actual areas better, however I am still being drawn back to my original area, 1.5 miles from here, much better value. I need patience, I see that 8 houses sold in this area last year and 4 the year before, so they do come up for sale. The more I look, the more I appreciate the local area rather than the land of twee expensiveness

    I won`t need lunch out so will have a meal when I get back
    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 8th Feb 18, 10:31 AM
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    I love Aldi's Specially Selected Chips, the chunky ones, strong candidates for best shop-bought chips ever.
    When I was a kid, over fifty years ago, I can remember seeing my friend's Dad sat on the step of his fish and chip shop, enjoying the morning sun and peeling spuds by hand into enamel pails, remarkably fast, though. Perhaps the machine was broken, or maybe they didn't have one.
    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.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 8th Feb 18, 10:32 AM
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    I have stopped going to my nearest place for a roast dinner. They now only do a carvery and due to some greedy (male) pensioners, buying a child meal and piling their plates high, they only sell a child meal to an actual child. I eat less than a 9 year old boy and am not going to pay the full adult price for a small meal
    Originally posted by kittie
    I totally see where you're coming from on that one.

    What I tend to do is opt for the "meat free/just a plate" option. I'll typically eat at a carvery costing £8-9 and many offer a "just a plate, no meat" choice at £1-2 less. Sometimes you do have to ask, but if you ask they will usually do it, it's just not written on the menu.

    I figure that they put the (usually fatty) meat on the plate and it's buried by the food I pile on anyway .... so I'd usually be stuffed before I got that far down the plate, so I won't miss it if I simply go without the meat and save that £2
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 8th Feb 18, 10:37 AM
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    I love Aldi's Specially Selected Chips, the chunky ones, strong candidates for best shop-bought chips ever.
    When I was a kid, over fifty years ago, I can remember seeing my friend's Dad sat on the step of his fish and chip shop, enjoying the morning sun and peeling spuds by hand into enamel pails, remarkably fast, though. Perhaps the machine was broken, or maybe they didn't have one.
    Originally posted by mcculloch29
    That's a lovely memory!

    I was in Aldi the other day and looked at their chips, but I like the Lidl ones so held off from buying Aldi ones on the basis of "why try a new one when you're happy with the old" ... but then I got to Lidl and they didn't have my regular chips in there at all (and still no hash browns) - and the chips they did have in Lidl were much pricier per Kg than the ones I usually buy in there. So I returned home chipless and wishing I'd bought the Aldi ones.

    I buy purely on type/price... I want the chunkiest chips at the lowest £/Kg, preferably in a 1Kg bag as my freezer's small. I rarely look at names/types, just "are they chunky/steak cut" and "what's the £/Kg".
    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 8th Feb 18, 10:39 AM
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    I've never had/seen any capsules/machine etc.

    I use simple instant coffee granules, 200g, £1.39-£1.49/jar, one jar lasts 15 days, so it's 10p/day

    I drink it black, without sugar, as I learnt over the years that, firstly, you can never have milk, milk in, milk that's not gone off, so it's easier to drink it black - and, secondly, having sugar in it's just a pain in the butt as you don't "see/enjoy" the calories in it but they're in there. It's also reduced other people's ability to serve with with super-cr4p coffees over the years as they use different milk, or different quantities of it and different sugar to me.

    So I keep it simple.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    I have instant in for those that want it, and many do. I know what you mean about black, but I need sugar/sweetener in mine, can't do without it. I usually ask for tea when out and about as a bad cup of tea is more drinkable for me than a bad cup of coffee,

    I would never have bought a capsule machine, but I got offered one free to review. It was barely used for the first year or so, but since Aldi have been doing their capsules, it's been in regular use. I also have a cafetiere for ground coffee.

    Tea is always Yorkshire Gold for standard and Aldi decaff tea, which is better than Yorkshire Tea decaff, I have fruit and herb teas too, plus chai, and there's usually hot chocolate. I like to offer guests a choice.
    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.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 8th Feb 18, 10:46 AM
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    I like to offer guests a choice.
    Originally posted by mcculloch29
    Nobody comes here. There are no home comforts and I don't know anybody as such ... so, no guests. Just me.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 8th Feb 18, 12:47 PM
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    Good afternoon,
    Back from being relieved of some of my blood and having my arm strangled
    On the way back from the Drs I remembered I had some sausage stuffing balls in the freezer LO from Christmas so I'll be having these instead of bangers in my giant YP later.
    As I wasn't out as long as I thought I'd be, I think I'll make spicy veg scramble for lunch and have that with the LO garlic bread .
    I love "proper" coffee but never really fancied one of the pod machines, though my sister got my nephew one for his Christmas and he loves it. Thankfully decent decaff filter coffee is fairly easy to get unlike instant and I have a wee one mug caffietere which is ideal. While there are lots of decaff instants I'm afraid only the Kenco one does it for me, some of the rest are just plain nasty IMHO. I drink mainly tea these days which although it has some caffiene in it, it doesn't seem to upset me as much. I need a spot of milk in both tea or coffee, though can drink it black but please don't put sugar or sweetner anywhere near my cuppa
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 8th Feb 18, 1:21 PM
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    I ended up having the two hot sausage rolls for lunch.

    Sausage rolls are just mini pies really aren't they
    • Irenadler
    • By Irenadler 8th Feb 18, 2:43 PM
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    Hey all

    Turning colder here, drizzling, and a yellow weather warning for tomorrow for snow and ice.

    Hope your tests are ok Caronc....

    On the menu today:
    Porridge with seeds, banana and blueberries.
    Beef in black bean sauce with rice YS nuked, Kind nut and dark choc salt bar.
    Jacket spud, coleslaw and whatever needs eating in salad - a bit cold for it, but, it will kizzle up otherwise....
    "...when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains however improbable, must be the truth..."
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 8th Feb 18, 3:13 PM
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    I keep in a choice for guests too.

    I found that no-one seems to drink instant coffee ever these days - not even workmen (ie the second they spot I've got real coffee).

    So the choice is real coffee/tea (for visitors only - as I dont like it)/lemon & ginger tea/a fruit tea or two of some description.

    Currently updating - once the tea bags have gone (which is going to take some time - with me not liking them etc) then I'm swopping to loose tea (to avoid plastic sealing of teabags). Once my lemon & ginger tea is gone then I'll have to make it from grated ginger and lemon juice (fresh - now all the bottled ones are in plastic bottles at the moment) and perhaps a grating of lemon peel.

    I don't know quite what to do about my fruit teas I occasionally like to have - as it doesnt seem to be possible to buy them loose (and so would be more teabags sealed with plastic). Maybe I'll have to swop to concentrated fruit juice (in glass bottles) made up with hot water....thinks....

    I think there is precisely one brand of teabags currently that aren't sealed in plastic (though I gather the Co-op is swopping own brand teabags to non-plastic sealed ones - so maybe I don't have to swop to loose tea?). Will have to wait and see - as there isn't a Co-op store near me - so am having to wait for other supermarkets to copy them.
    NOT dancing to anyone else's tune.

    It's the 21st century now....
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 8th Feb 18, 3:25 PM
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    There was a dumpling involved
    Last portion of stew was re-heated.



    That was splendid beef. Beef Steak Cubes it called itself - 5% fat the label said... and it was VERY lean and tasty.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 8th Feb 18, 4:27 PM
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    Good afternoon everyone,
    I have various options for guests too - not everyone wants decaff or "normal" tea so good to have a few choices to offer them
    I did my usual and had a snooze after lunch, when I got up the temperature had dropped lots so the heating is on and I've piled on the layers.
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    • Farway
    • By Farway 8th Feb 18, 5:09 PM
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    That was splendid beef. Beef Steak Cubes it called itself - 5% fat the label said... and it was VERY lean and tasty.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    Yep, just as I found, def buy again when on offer. It's Lilds BTW for anyone not knowing

    Back from shopping, my feet ache now, according to my runkeeper app I traipsed over 3 miles just going round the shops

    Mid morning was coffee and a huge, still warm, cheese scone in the House of Fraser cafe

    Lunch was turkey, bacon & leek pie with usual veg, and apple crumble & custard for pud. Sort of meal deal, pud cheaper if bought with main, be rude to refuse. Now stuffed full and doubt there is any room for C & O pie slice

    However during mooching discovered a Vegan, free from everything, choc spread on offer, a jar of that is on standby in my kitchen should I find space for a bit of toast later

    PS, MTSYM, have you tried lemon balm tea? It is easy to grow, and self seeds once established. And mint of course
    Last edited by Farway; 08-02-2018 at 5:11 PM. Reason: PS added
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 8th Feb 18, 5:46 PM
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    I do have a lemon balm plant in my garden - though it does seem to spend a fair bit of its time looking worse for wear. I just keep hoping it will "fight back a bit better" as it gets more established (though goodness knows I feel it should be pretty established now).

    Have had a go at a few mint plants - and don't seem to do too well with them either. Ever the optimist - I might yet have another go.

    Right - food-wise today. Got back late from voluntary work & shopping today - so it was just toast with a mixed seed spread. Must now cook up the rest of that French toast batter on bread with berry sauce thing from yesterday and oranges and walnuts. Bit of yogurt with it and some seeds maybe. No oil involved - as I've got good enough saucepans to manage without these days.

    Getting my act together fairly well food-wise. Though had to put in a couple of Amazon orders when pretty commonplace food was missing from the health food store - and I know I'm cooking recipes with it in during the next week or so (well that's the plan anyway). Feels like my stomach is a little bit flatter/clothes a tad looser....fingers crossed it's not my "positive thinking" on that to think so...
    Last edited by moneyistooshorttomention; 08-02-2018 at 5:51 PM.
    NOT dancing to anyone else's tune.

    It's the 21st century now....
    • wort
    • By wort 8th Feb 18, 6:00 PM
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    Yesterday I finished off the cheese and onion pie/pasty for lunch.
    I had pasta with onion peppers and mushrooms in puttanesca sauce and parmesan on top., with a slice of seeded brown crust with garlic butter on.
    Up late today had toast and my sister took me out to a place a bit like a garden centre without plants
    So it had all the shops In one place that sell all manner of stuff!. After a meander round we went in the cafe, and had a cappuccino and shared a slice of gf carrot cake with cream.
    I've finished the pasta lo for tea just added a few sun blush tomatoes to it. I had banana and kiwi with vanilla yogurt afterwards.
    I forgot I'd got salmon for tea and had lifted mash out, hope it will be ok on Saturday, as dgson is here for curry tomorrow.
    Focus on contribution instead of the impressiveness of consumption to see the true beauty in people.
    • wort
    • By wort 8th Feb 18, 6:07 PM
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    Unfortunately the nearest chippy for gfree chips is a few miles away, so I rarely have them . There are many normal chippy nearby they would do a roaring trade if they served gfree !!!!
    I have a pod coffee maker I bought it for hubby a few years ago, as we had a coffee machine and no matter how carefully we measured it into the filter or what type of coffee it never tasted good!!!
    Dd1 bought me a huge amount of pods for Xmas , which was great as I haven't seen anywhere that makes cheap pods for a tassimo.
    Focus on contribution instead of the impressiveness of consumption to see the true beauty in people.
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