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Cooking for one (Mark Three)

edited 13 January 2018 at 8:51AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • FarwayFarway Forumite
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    I remember the Baxi gas fires, we had one, warm as toast despite nil central heating at that time
    Cold & dank today, right now wish there was a nice Baxi in my lounge to toast the toes with :)

    caronc said:
    I thoroughly enjoyed my cheese omelette yesterday something I must make more often.
    Lunch will be a quick sarnie when I get a chance for a break and dinner tonight is tbc, possibly a posh fish finger sandwich or similar.
    Now I'm tempted, not for today though but I've added them to my must do list

    Lunch today was the subbed Ginster's Cheese & onion slice, I heated it in the AF, which worked fine
    Not worth 88p though. I have just checked the on line prices, seems "normal" price is £1.30 most places, my 88p was sub price :o .
    Blimey and I thought I was seen off at 88p! Just goes to show how rarely I buy such items

    Dinner, Was toying with idea of another salmon salad, but not the weather for it, so it's breaded "formed from" cod fillet + HM chips + frozen peas

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    I'm assuming a Baxi boiler is what my mum called the back boiler? Which lived behind the fire when we were kids, my dad always complained the immersion heater always costed more to heat the water  :)

    I'm not sure sure if my very old clock radio didn't go off this morning or if I hit the snooze button twice in my sleep 😬 but it's just as well I only have to roll downstairs to work as the furry alarm also failed and I had to wake him 🙄 After yesterday's busy day it's was quite today so my brain didn't need to with it

    lunch was a couple of small sausages from the freezer with a Irish Farl also YS from there and a fried egg.  Dinner was beef and vegetable stir fried with rice and a thrown together sauce


    Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage   -          Anais Nin
  • threepenny_bitthreepenny_bit Forumite
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    Quiet day here. I decided to try a banana spread with peanut butter for breakfast as my co worker swear by it .... doesn't keep you full for long and I missed my usual porridge lol! Not sure it is a substantial breakfast really! Had some time to check the store cupboards for dried fruit ready for mincemeat and found a few odds and ends lurking from making the fruit cakes; also found an old jar of store bought mincemeat  from quite a while back. I will add it to the Mary Berry Farmhouse Kitchen mincemeat cake recipe I use and make a fresh batch for mince pies. I struggle to find suet here so will go to the British store and buy a box of Atora at an exorbitant price and use the rest for dumplings! 
    Pay off credit card#1 (starting Dec 2020) 800/$4500
    Work on selling items and decluttering; sell at least $100 per month - use for c. card. Sales were December $181, January $160
    Low spend/no spend January groceries etc $138/$150
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    Quiet day here. I decided to try a banana spread with peanut butter for breakfast as my co worker swear by it .... doesn't keep you full for long and I missed my usual porridge lol! Not sure it is a substantial breakfast really! Had some time to check the store cupboards for dried fruit ready for mincemeat and found a few odds and ends lurking from making the fruit cakes; also found an old jar of store bought mincemeat  from quite a while back. I will add it to the Mary Berry Farmhouse Kitchen mincemeat cake recipe I use and make a fresh batch for mince pies. I struggle to find suet here so will go to the British store and buy a box of Atora at an exorbitant price and use the rest for dumplings! 
    What do the locals use? Or is mincemeat a peculiar British thing?
    That sounds a skimpy breakfast to me as well, I always have porridge with a sliced banana added

    Sun's peeking out, at last.
    Ready mix bread into the Panny while I mooched around the block, another rebellious anti clockwise day ;)
    The loaf is now out & cooling with it's smell wafting around the house
    Lunch will be a couple of slices of the fresh loaf for a faux Spam + Branston sarnie

    Dinner, now sun's out the salmon fillet + HM AF chips + salad is looking possible

  • caronccaronc Forumite
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    Good afternoon everyone, 
    Dry but bitterly cold here today, thick socks have been donned!
    The virtual audit meeting went smoothly after initial doc sharing glitches. I'm always glad when that is done. Final pull together done this morning and we just need to organise some socially distanced paperwork signing now 😁. 
    My son is busy painting and I'm trying to not get in the way and have retreated to put my feet up for a couple of hours. This evening we are recreating a dish my elder son cooked last week of pasta in a mushroom, spinach and tomato sauce topped with pigs in blankets! A case, for us anyway, of what's not to like. In theory there should be LO PIBs but I suspect that might not be the case lol. 😉

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    Farway said:

    What do the locals use? Or is mincemeat a peculiar British thing?
    That sounds a skimpy breakfast to me as well, I always have porridge with a sliced banana added

    Mincemeat is British and certainly not Canadian! I know other countries have it but it isnt a big thing here. Canadians tend to have butter tarts which I think are their version. You can buy a jar of mincemeat occasionally at Walmart (Asda) and a couple stores that have a "British' or 'International' aisle but it costs around $8 - $9 a jar and needs alcohol and other fruits adding in my opinion. 
    Pay off credit card#1 (starting Dec 2020) 800/$4500
    Work on selling items and decluttering; sell at least $100 per month - use for c. card. Sales were December $181, January $160
    Low spend/no spend January groceries etc $138/$150
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    edited 28 November 2020 at 6:15PM
    I was just going to my make Nigella Essential bread recipe and see my book is missing - think daughter may have borrowed it lol! Please does anyone have the Nigella domestic goddess book and could take a pic of the recipe for me? It is the essential white bread one with potato water in, hers is free form but I just pop it in a loaf tin. There is a picture of the bread on a right hand side page and recipe is on next page - you would think I would remember the whole recipe but unfortunately my brain is having problems with thinking about it haha! 

    I THINK it is 
    500g Strong white bread flour
    7g dry yeast 
    1 tbsp. salt
    approx 300ml warm tap or potato water 
    1 tbsp. unsalted butter
    Pay off credit card#1 (starting Dec 2020) 800/$4500
    Work on selling items and decluttering; sell at least $100 per month - use for c. card. Sales were December $181, January $160
    Low spend/no spend January groceries etc $138/$150
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    I was just going to my make Nigella Essential bread recipe and see my book is missing - think daughter may have borrowed it lol! Please does anyone have the Nigella domestic goddess book and could take a pic of the recipe for me? It is the essential white bread one with potato water in, hers is free form but I just pop it in a loaf tin. There is a picture of the bread on a right hand side page and recipe is on next page - you would think I would remember the whole recipe but unfortunately my brain is having problems with thinking about it haha! 

    I THINK it is 
    500g Strong white bread flour
    7g dry yeast 
    1 tbsp. salt
    approx 300ml warm tap or potato water 
    1 tbsp. unsalted butter
    I'll PM it to you 

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    I've never made mincemeat, I don't eat enough to make it worth while but I can remember the only time I ever heard my mum swear was when we came back to the house one evening and whilst we were out her mincemeat had exploded in the cupboard 😳 she never made it again, she blamed the central heating we had installed that year making the place too hot as previously there was just a coal fire 🙂

    As payback for complaining yesterday morning the furry alarm woke me this morning before 7 by knocking something off the dressing table, I was in a deep sleep so ended up sitting bolt up in bed and thanks to my low blood pressure the room took a while to stop spinning 🙄 other than a catch up with my sister and nephew for a couple of hours it's been another indoor day, I'm glad I decided to leave a trip to town until Monday as my sister said it was really busy when she went down at 3pm

    lunch was a cheese omelette thanks to Caronc putting the idea in my head 🙂  dinner was a M&S YS chicken breast joint from the freezer roasted with parsnips, broccoli and sweetcorn 
    Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage   -          Anais Nin
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    Lovely sunny day out, already had my mooch around the block but bit chilly for bare hands at the moment though [I wore gloves]
    My bread turned out well, although I now use @sda RM packs in my Panny some still seem to turn out better than others, very odd, all are tasty though

    Lunch today will be cheese & sliced raw onion sarnie
    Dinner, a roast at long last.
    Using the deal offer from @sda, it's a prepacked roast in bag chicken so not much mess post scoff
    I'll have steamed fresh cabbage, carrots, LO limp celery & possibly frozen beans with it
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