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    • caronc
    • By caronc 13th Jan 18, 7:48 AM
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    Cooking for one (Mark Three)
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    • 13th Jan 18, 7:48 AM
    Cooking for one (Mark Three) 13th Jan 18 at 7:48 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?
    Last edited by caronc; 13-01-2018 at 7:51 AM.

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    • whmf00001
    • By whmf00001 19th May 19, 7:20 AM
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    Took a small portion of sausage shepherds pie out for tonight, a couple of fish cakes for lunch and a couple of chicken thighs out this morning to defrost and cook tomorrow with packet of piri piri sauce. Trying to make a little room in freezer as am having a delivery on Wednesday with includes 2 trays of chicken breasts and some mince (3 packs for 10). The rest of the stuff is store cupboard stuff which I am decanting into a storage box as no room in cupboards but trying to get a little stash of long-life type goods in case...... Am going to Tesc. this a.m., have a 10 voucher (bought for 5 from Group..) and they have LOADS of stuff half price so again am buying packets etc for stash, things I do use on and off. I do not like shopping as a rule but love to have a full pantry/freezer/cupboard of food, maybe it is an age thing, was born at end of war, we did not go without but dad had garden so grew lots of food. Not worried about potential food shortages re Brexit but just love to look in cupboards and think OH, will have an Indian/Chinese/Mexican/Italian etc etc today. Have 5 boiled eggs in fridge for nibbles.
    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 19th May 19, 10:06 AM
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    I had Whole Earth PB on 2 toast for breakfast. I like that PB but not the way it gets stuck around your teeth and gums. I must go and floss and brush them in a minute.

    I'm making a lentil bolognese sauce with pasta shells and added steamed broccoli for lunch.

    I did fancy a roast dinner but cannot be ar*ed to go out and buy some potatoes. Still feeling a bit tired from the vertigo incident this week.

    I had a very early night last night. It did me some good.
    Push yourself, because no one else is going to do it for you.
    • flubberyzing
    • By flubberyzing 19th May 19, 10:09 AM
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    I had a lovely evening out last night. The cold pretty much behaved itself.
    We popped into a "new to us, but recommended" pub, where we were told their gin selection was good. They were right. Really friendly staff, nice clientele, and a lovely strawberry gin. It's a shame it's so far away, because I'd go there again in a shot.
    Then we went to the Indian, I'm wobbling along, because gin always hits my head like a ton of bricks. Had a lovely meal! Played it safe with a tikka masala, because I'm not a huge lover of spice, special fried rice, and a naan. The best masala I've had anywhere in a while. Apparently, this restaurant has a branch in my town, so I'll have to look it up.
    Rolled home shortly after 11, so well past my bedtime. Currently feeling the effects of the combined food/alcohol/cold/late night combo... I managed to get dressed, despite originally thinking I'd have a PJ day, but I do always feel tons better when I get into proper clothes, albeit "comfies".
    I'm currently out of milk, having used it up in my coffee this morning. So I think I'll get some fresh air and walk up to the shop for a new pint.

    Not sure what to do for lunch... Haven't really got any "lunch stuff" in the house, apart from one slightly old egg. I think I'll hard-boil it, and maybe grab a tin of soup while I'm out, and get some salt/sugar into my system for a perk up.

    I've got a chicken breast defrosting on the side for dinner... I'm going to cover that in pesto, bake it, and do mash and the remaining half of a tin of mushy peas on the side.
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 19th May 19, 11:04 AM
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    Just cooking yesterday's YS pizza. Hot American, 1.18 after 51p knocked off.

    Trifles have set, I'll stick some custard on those in a bit.
    • Farway
    • By Farway 19th May 19, 2:23 PM
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    Finished up with cheese & sliced raw onion sarnie for lunch


    Mini gardening, sowed more French beans & beetroot, only in pots, nothing strenuous


    Def beans on toast for use up CBA dinner
    • caronc
    • By caronc 19th May 19, 6:22 PM
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    Good evening eveyone,
    Hope all the recovering poorlies are feeling better tonight.
    Snap whmf00001, I also like to have full cupboards/freezers and plenty of choice
    A holiday in North Devon sounds just the biz Brambling, a good chance to destress and chill out.
    Glad the jelly set PN


    Another early awake for me at 4.30am, was still awake at 6am when I feel asleep over my book and snoozed until just before 8am. Overast here and on the cool side but dry- good gardening weather so made the most of it. All my cordon tomatoes (27 of them) are in their final greenhouse position and I got pots arranged and planted up along the bottom stretch of my flower garden. I'm not sure I'll get much done outdoors tomorrow as I want to get the place clean & tidy for my elder son & his fiancee arriving on Tuesday and prep a sour dough loaf to bake the following day. I might get some potting up done later on but nothing too bendy/lifting as my back is protesting again! Over lunch I decided on and placed a grocery order - playing it by ear a bit as I'm not sure what their plans are. I've a notion to make a ricotta and asparagus dish featured in today's Guardian so I've ordered both of those. I reckon it will scale down okay if I end up making it as CFO.

    I defrosted a few fish sticks and had them in the last deli roll with lettuce & mayo with a heap of cucumber sticks and radishes for lunch. It was really good. Lovely looking FR chop for dinner tonight with veg & new spuds.

    • Brambling
    • By Brambling 19th May 19, 7:21 PM
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    I see a lot of tomato sauces in your freezer by the Autumn Caronc

    I can relate with the full cupboards WHMF . I was born to older parents who were married during the war and I've inherited my mums need to have a well stocked cupboard although mine is a lot different from hers . it does mean as Caronc says always plenty of choice . My sister has reminded me should Brexit mean food shortages she has a key

    Flubberzing where I had lunch yesterday had a bottle of rhubarb and ginger gin behind the till if it hadn't been lunchtime I would have been tempted

    I woke midnight to a smell of smoke in the bedroom i checked the house first, then stood outside in my dressing gown to check the neighbour's, the worries of a mid terrace no sign of anything but there was definitely smoke in the air. I shut the bedroom window and eventually went back to sleep listening to the sound of my wheezing it seemed late for a bonfire

    I should of done some gardening today but it was damp out after early rain and on and off drizzling so just indoors pottering. I cooked some chicken noodle soup for lunches and the freezer this afternoon. Brunch was boiled eggs and soldiers and a bowl of berries. I marinated the pork fillet in honey, soy sauce, five spice, sesame oil, ginger, garlic and chilli and stir fried with plenty of veg and served with jasmine rice. Very tasty and LOs which I'll have Tuesday as I wouldn't have much time to cook before going out
    • caronc
    • By caronc 19th May 19, 8:03 PM
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    I see a lot of tomato sauces in your freezer by the Autumn Caronc
    Originally posted by Brambling
    Fingers crossed - I aim to make enough passata to last me to next harvest. Just need to work on the freezer space
    PS - the smell of smoke is always so worrying especially in a mid-terrace, it sounds as though someone has either has very late bbq or thought it best to burn garden rubbish late. Here you're not supposed to light a garden debris bonfire until after dark though most folk do it early evening if the neighbour's washing is in.
    Last edited by caronc; 19-05-2019 at 8:06 PM.

    • Brambling
    • By Brambling 19th May 19, 8:55 PM
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    the smell of smoke is always so worrying especially in a mid-terrace, it sounds as though someone has either has very late bbq or thought it best to burn garden rubbish late. Here you're not supposed to light a garden debris bonfire until after dark though most folk do it early evening if the neighbour's washing is in.
    Originally posted by caronc
    I think here it's no bonfires between 7am and 7pm. There are bungalows with big gardens backing onto the Close so maybe it was one of those? One of life's little mysteries
    • caronc
    • By caronc 20th May 19, 10:26 AM
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    Good morning everyone,
    Overcast but dry here this morning.
    Just off to do "part 1" of my sourdough and then I'll spend some time in the greenhouse.
    Egg salad for lunch, probably pasta tonight. Last night's pork chop was lovely, it was quite a big one and I thought I might have LOs but nope managed to scoff the lot!

    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 20th May 19, 11:33 AM
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    I had a cheeky slice of leftover pizza for breakfast along with some fresh fruit, to cancel it out?

    I'm making mushrooms and onions marinated in my usual tamari, hot sauce and maple syrup and having it with grilled asparagus and the leftover lentil pasta from yesterday.

    Veggie burger with a salad, gherkins and carrot sticks and salsa for dinner.
    Push yourself, because no one else is going to do it for you.
    • flubberyzing
    • By flubberyzing 20th May 19, 11:37 AM
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    Hi everyone,

    I was meant to be working this afternoon, but they cancelled on me, which is a bit frustrating. But hey-ho.
    I went to Lidl first thing for the food shopping, spending 13.38. The only thing I got that wasn't on the list was a 4-pack of those Cadburys split-pot mousse things for 1.99. They are a real treat, and I only ever get them if I see them on a good special offer. They are currently about 80p in most shops, if you buy them as individuals.
    The rest of the shopping was things for meals... I'm about to have my "cheap week" of "things on toast", which I do once a month to keep my food shop total down.

    Breakfast was a bowl of rice crispies. Not my usual fare, but out of yoghurts and bananas.
    I think I'll do fried eggs on toast for lunch shortly, then perhaps have a bag of crisps and some fruit just before I need to leave for a 2-hour tutoring session at 4:30. Then I'll have the remains of yesterdays soup and one of the mousses when I'm home from that at about 7:15.
    Because it's fun to have money!
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    • whmf00001
    • By whmf00001 20th May 19, 12:11 PM
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    When I went to SM found huge bag of mushrooms and another of bananas as well as a cauliflower in reduced section so have made some roast cauliflower (in freezer), dried mushrooms (in a jar) chopped up bananas for brekkies(freezer) whole bananas for this week brekkies(fridge) and potential banana curry for freezer. Cauliflower curries (freezer), mushroom and chicken curry currently in SC so about 4 portions for freezer and some retained for lunches etc this week. When SC is free I have a couple of chicken thighs sitting in bag with piri piri seasoning, one for tonight, the other for freezer but always cook 2 at a time. There was also green veggies reduced so they are in fridge to go with meals this week and potatoes. Would love to cook and mash potatoes but am expecting a food delivery Wednesday so am trying to make sure I have enough room for 2 packs chciken and 1 pack of mince which will be split up before freezing. I also bought 2 packs of cheese (1/2 price) so have spent morning grating, again for freezer. Done all the cooking etc whilst watching last episode of Game of Thrones !!!!!!!
    • caronc
    • By caronc 20th May 19, 6:19 PM
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    Good evening everyone,

    Goodness whm you've been busy, I wish my day had been half as productive. Apart from watering the plants no gardening has been done as annoyingly neither my back nor balance were entertaining anything even remotely bendy! Decided to listen to my body and not to push so spent most of the afternoon reading or pottering about. I did get the sourdough loaf prepped and it's now in the fridge for it's overnight think. My salad for lunch was lovely but rather large so a smallish meal for me tonight, cba cooking very much, I will have a freezer/fridge/cupboard rake and see what I come up with.

    Kids arrive tomorrow assuming they get off of Scaffel Pike, I probably won't be about much until Monday. I'm looking forward to not being CFO for a few days and hopefully sharing some of the cooking/clearing up.

    • Brambling
    • By Brambling 20th May 19, 8:03 PM
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    You have had a busy day WHMF I've never tried banana curry, not sure about it, but I'll try anything once

    Wise move listening to your body Caronc, you don't want to be ill with your visitors

    I had a Monday moment and forgot to take my tablets this morning, I remembered half way to work , not an issue with the thyroid ones as one missed day isn't going to hurt but I did some gardening when I got home from work and regretted not taking the hayfever one I spent a couple of hours tackling the brambles and weeds coming in from next door's jungle. I'll be glad when the new owners take over but I'm assuming indoors will take priority. A little bit of rain and the weeds have gone mad, I should have done it yesterday between the drizzling I won't be able to do any the next couple of nights but hope to fill the garden rubbish bin to put out Friday

    Lunch was HM chicken noodle soup followed by fruit. Dinner was slightly different than planned due to the gardening I had planned on salad nicoise but cba to cook new potatoes or french beans so had a tuna and egg salad instead, I did coat the tuna with black sesame seeds and opened a tin of olives still very nice

    Have a good week with the kids Caronc, some tasty Greek cooking I hope
    • caronc
    • By caronc 20th May 19, 8:11 PM
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    some tasty Greek cooking I hope
    Originally posted by Brambling
    So do I

    • Farway
    • By Farway 21st May 19, 8:09 AM
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    Back again, MIA yesterday, a friend came round & mowed my grass for me, plus tidied the edges, looks a lot better now

    I also went to Morries yesterday morning, trial run first day out since my op, went OK, Morries is not far and plenty of parking & not too crowded on a Monday AM


    Found last night's YS dinner of MFO Cumberland pie there. It was tasty and the right size for one, I just had it alone, no veg
    OH, nearly forgot, pack of 5 warm jam doughnuts also fell in my trolley, and subsequently into my gob Pie & doughnuts, CFO epitomised


    Sunny morning, porridge breakfast & new batch of yoghurt made
    Lunch, no idea
    Dinner, likewise but I have designs on frozen beef dinner in a Yorkie for one, but still got stale bread so maybe toast + beans? Dunno depends how it pans out
    • whmf00001
    • By whmf00001 21st May 19, 11:34 AM
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    Need to get some soil in an area to plant out some seedling but not strong enough but DGS says he will pop round late in week so hopefully I will be able to put courgette plants and couple of garlic plants into an area earmarked for them, looking for stuff to put round to keep slugs away, have some egg shells, banana peels cut up for a composty thing, wondered about broken cd's, bet they would not like to crawl over them. All yesterdays meals rammed into freezers, the cooking bacon I got out turned out to be chicken breasts so have just looked up recipe for crumbing them tonight so thats next 2 days dinners sorted. Think I have a recipe sorted for banana curry as I have half a dozen still in peel in fridge and although I would have 1 per day in porridge, just thought I would look for something else and best not to do muffins (should not eat cakes) or banana bread (not keen) and maybe will do a smoothie over next couple of days.
    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 21st May 19, 12:07 PM
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    I only had fresh fruit and nuts for breakfast so I'm hungry now.

    I'm making a veggie burger with a big salad for lunch.
    Push yourself, because no one else is going to do it for you.
    • Farway
    • By Farway 21st May 19, 1:20 PM
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    Lunch was a marmalade sarnie, at least both the bread & the marmalade were HM so sort of virtuous if you squint a bit

    Dinner, thinking cheesy beans on stale bread toast now, could pop a couple of fried eggs on top, and for balance add a fresh tomato

    looking for stuff to put round to keep slugs away, have some egg shells, banana peels cut up for a composty thing, wondered about broken cd's, bet they would not like to crawl over them.
    Originally posted by whmf00001
    Trouble is the broken CDs will be there for eternity, hard plastic,maybe glass like for some unsuspecting gardener in years to come
    I use slug pellets but I know not everyone's choice, too cold yet for nematodes to be any use
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