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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?
    Last edited by caronc; 13-01-2018 at 8:51 AM.

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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 14th Jan 18, 9:41 AM
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    I can't cook/eat a thing. Awaiting a repair man (wind decided the roof didn't need to be where it started) ... who is arriving "mid morning". So I can't do/start anything, including food/eating as I need to be on high alert to spot him, get the job done etc.

    When an event will occur I can't sleep the night before and I get up early.... so I didn't get to sleep until 2.45am and I was up and about by 6am again.

    Done/hung some hand washing..tidied a little bit .... now just "pacing about".
    • wort
    • By wort 14th Jan 18, 9:50 AM
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    Ooh, Wednesday I love the heat, as I said though I prefer the steam rather than dry heat, I can sit in there for ages, come out have a freezing shower or ice bucket, then back in.
    Whereas I don't care for a Jacuzzi, I get bored sat in water, I don't have baths for the same reason, I much prefer a shower.
    Though years ago hubby and I went to a spa in winter that had an outdoor jacuzzi and we sat in it in the snow . That was quite magical , especially as it was going dark too. A lovely memory.
    Focus on contribution instead of the impressiveness of consumption to see the true beauty in people.
    • wort
    • By wort 14th Jan 18, 9:53 AM
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    Oh no PN , that's awful , I hope you get it sorted out alright.
    Focus on contribution instead of the impressiveness of consumption to see the true beauty in people.
    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 14th Jan 18, 9:54 AM
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    Have you tried a big overcoat, hat and mittens?
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    Not really the same.

    Ooh, Wednesday I love the heat, as I said though I prefer the steam rather than dry heat, I can sit in there for ages, come out have a freezing shower or ice bucket, then back in.
    Whereas I don't care for a Jacuzzi, I get bored sat in water, I don't have baths for the same reason, I much prefer a shower.
    Though years ago hubby and I went to a spa in winter that had an outdoor jacuzzi and we sat in it in the snow . That was quite magical , especially as it was going dark too. A lovely memory.
    Originally posted by wort
    Yes, I think maybe steam would be better for me as it's not so dry. I've never tried that.

    The snow jacuzzi sounds lovely.
    Push yourself, because no one else is going to do it for you.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 14th Jan 18, 10:47 AM
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    ........say, a month's mealplan (with a little bit of inbuilt variation for seasonal stuff) at some point. Not to say I'd always stick to it - but might give a basis to work from at least. I think the shopping list part of making out a mealplan is defeating me a bit at the moment. I have at least learnt to divide my supermarket shopping list into two columns now - ie a fruit and vegetables column and an "everything else" column and that's one way to make sure I'm buying plenty of fruit & veg. (as I can see if that section of list looks reasonably long).
    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention
    A month , I struggle with any more than 5 or 6 days
    After my recent health problems I want to make sure that I have got plenty of HM ready meals in the freezer. Also useful for CBA days.
    Originally posted by Hollyharvey
    That sounds sensible Holly, I really should do the same
    I can't cook/eat a thing. Awaiting a repair man (wind decided the roof didn't need to be where it started) ... who is arriving "mid morning". So I can't do/start anything, including food/eating as I need to be on high alert to spot him, get the job done etc.

    When an event will occur I can't sleep the night before and I get up early.... so I didn't get to sleep until 2.45am and I was up and about by 6am again.

    Done/hung some hand washing..tidied a little bit .... now just "pacing about".
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    Yikes PN hope it gets sorted without too much bother (or cash outlay)!

    Kittie - 10 miles , that's a great amount to do.

    Re saunas, I always find them too dry, much prefer a good "steam".

    It's sunny here just now - though a gale's due to hit early afternoon. I think the forecast is correct of my tinnutus is roaring which it always does if the weather pressure changes a lot. Not sure I'll get very far today but will do the bin etc. while the going is good.

    Lorne, egg & tomato today for brunch I think. Last night I took some cooked stewing steak out to defrost so to quote PN I'll do a "lobbin" later. Haven't decided if will be good old stew, chilli or curry yet

    • kittie
    • By kittie 14th Jan 18, 10:51 AM
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    oh pastures, I understand the pacing., I get like that when something bad happens and when I need outside help and there is no-one else to share the problem. A newbuild? help should arrive pronto

    wort, I have a different sort of cycling area to you, mine sounds more gentle for cycling. It takes about a mile to get the cycling muscles warmed up, take it easy at least to then and make sure to get into lower gears before you need them, remember that first gear is your friend and if you can keep balance, then go as slow as you like. Having said that I doubt I would be using roads with cars, I am not that brave

    Saunas!! I hated them and I hate public chlorinated swimming pools, public showers and public changing rooms. The only time I got athletes foot was when I joined a gym and used the pool and sauna, was awful bad but I worked on it and it went, never to appear again. Took years to get rid of it from my toenails

    Ok I have whizzed around and prepared for the parkin, all ready, part in a pan and part in a bowl. just got to prep a baking pan. Plus, a big one for me, The small freezer in the garage is now empty I never thought I would do that by this stage in the year. My kitchen freezer is crammed but now I know pretty well what is in there. Lots more tubs of ratatouille and yes ok, I did aim to make enough for winter and that was a success but I tell you next year I am growing far fewer ratatouille appropriate veggies on the allotment.

    I extracted a frozen turkey carcase, destined for a couple of tubs of stock, destined for casseroles, destined for ready meals in the next month. Looks like today I will be using the oven for parkin and the pressure cooker for stock and a small pan for brassica veg. I enjoyed my lunch yesterday, am enjoying the part roasted home grown parsnips so I am increasing the growing area this year and they are a very easy veg to grow, I dig them out before frost as I don`t like sweet parsnips
    • Farway
    • By Farway 14th Jan 18, 10:55 AM
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    I don't think I could take the heat in a sauna. I know I have been in one when I was on holiday and could only go in for a few minutes at a time.

    I would love a hot tub where you could sit outside and get daylight, but be in hot water so you are warm. I can dream, lol.
    Originally posted by Wednesday2000
    I'm the same with sauna, I found them just too hot, hot tub, yep done that as well, but this was in Florida so sun and cold beers, a better experience than a sauna IMO

    Could do with time machine to flip back away from this grey old day

    Late breakfast of HM yoghurt with spoonful of honey stirred in
    Lunch will be B Forest ham with salad bits sarnie
    Dinner, uncertain but could be pan fried in butter cod fillet [offer in Lild] and "baby" spuds and I think I have some frozen peas around for a bit of green with an otherwise all white meal

    All this soup talk has prompted me. I have a head of celery lurking and unused since Christmas buy in. I may just make a celery & potato soup, all the items are in the fridge, just needs me to do it. If I do this may become dinner with a couple of bread slices
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 14th Jan 18, 11:13 AM
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    You've reminded me Kittie - I must check if I've got a pair of cheapie rubber flip-flops and, if not, buy some - as I shall be going back again.

    Farway - sent you a PM. Mr "Dispatched by NIC/EIC electrician" is turning up Wednesday thankfully. Hopefully - all will be sorted - or as sorted as it can be on "finished I thought" house.

    EDIT; No sooner said than done - flip-flops duly ordered and should turn up during the week.
    Last edited by moneyistooshorttomention; 14-01-2018 at 11:17 AM.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 14th Jan 18, 11:25 AM
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    Been pacing, but also had an invite for a walk out which I've had to decline... although I have still dressed and packed some sandwiches in case the work was done quick/early .... still no sign of the little man though!

    I did a slice of toast and spread chocolate spread on it in the meantime.

    Getting dressed/changed isn't the easiest of things to do if you're also trying to keep an eye/ear out for somebody without a specific arrival time.... my bell doesn't work, although in this case I'd expect to have a good chance of spotting him arriving + he's got a vested interest in banging on the door/window

    When does mid morning end.... I'd have thought an hour ago!
    • Irenadler
    • By Irenadler 14th Jan 18, 11:27 AM
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    Hello CFO's

    I am also having problems Hollyharvey; I can only thank people on this page, not page 1. So apologies to all for not being able to do that.... And thank you to everyone for their first page posts.

    Yesterday's food:

    B - naked porridge again
    L - Nuked salmon piece, on mash (made with splash of semi-skimmed milk and pepper), with green veg (beans, peas, broccoli and sprouts). Smashed up meringue with 2 plums and diet yogurt.
    T - Chicken soup and 2 slices of wholemeal bread.

    Today:

    B - naked porridge
    L - Roast and all trimmings!
    T - Whatever my stomach can squeeze in, or, might not eat anything except a bit of fruit....

    My stomach is getting used to a lower calorie input and I am feeling motivated to lose the spare tyre.

    This time, I am NOT going to put it back on!

    Hope the poorly ones are feeling better, and, hope you get your roof sorted soon PN!
    "...when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains however improbable, must be the truth..."
    • Farway
    • By Farway 14th Jan 18, 11:38 AM
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    When does mid morning end.... I'd have thought an hour ago!
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    That reminds me, I was told number 2 baby was due around lunchtime and if I wanted to attend come along then. I asked when lunchtime was, which seemed a valid question me but not to others
    • Irenadler
    • By Irenadler 14th Jan 18, 12:11 PM
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    That reminds me, I was told number 2 baby was due around lunchtime and if I wanted to attend come along then. I asked when lunchtime was, which seemed a valid question me but not to others
    Originally posted by Farway
    Hello Farway,

    A new baby! Exciting - if you aren't able to reply we know you are setting out, good luck and early congratulations...

    I sense baby-sitting duties in your near future
    "...when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains however improbable, must be the truth..."
    • wort
    • By wort 14th Jan 18, 12:13 PM
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    Just had lunch, a rather burnt spicy chicken and cheese toastie, due to sister messaging that an order I did for is wrong , and I had to ring and cancel and do a reorder.
    Farway every time you mentioned black forest ham , I get a vision of a piece of ham with black forest gateau sat on it!!
    Focus on contribution instead of the impressiveness of consumption to see the true beauty in people.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 14th Jan 18, 12:49 PM
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    OK, so I was pacing about ... time came and went. I tried to phone, it went to answerphone; I left it... I tried from another phone and it went to answerphone (just in case he had my number plugged in and was ignoring me!).

    Paced about for another 15 minutes and decided he wasn't coming, so got the last portion of that stew and spuds from the fridge and nuked those hot. Into a bowl, walked into the living room and .... he's arrived.
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 14th Jan 18, 12:50 PM
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    So you're well "in credit" there on the favours account Apji.

    That is the problem to being someone that's absolutely dud on the DIY front - as I am myself. I do struggle with finding a firm to do DIY jobs for me since moving here and do struggle rather and have to do whatever work-arounds I can think of. So that tends to be tagging them onto "big jobs" and paying them extra to do "bits" or asking the once-a-year plumber doing my annual service what he'd charge for an "extra bit". I have been known to ask a female friend (or two) if I can "borrow" her husband for an hour or two for a minor favour as well.

    Gawd - that makes me sound so "archetypal female - useless at DIY" errrm...and I am.

    Sounds like it was worth us all encouraging you to go to that group then - and better breakfast than I'd anticipated it would be - so . What's not to like about that?

    Sending PM re reasons for move here..

    EDIT; Pastures - sorry you've had a let-down. I know I'm permanently "on alert" whilst I'm waiting in for a tradesperson - and I should know better by now (having lived here for a few years now and it happens often here). Fingers crossed it's sorted soon.
    • kittie
    • By kittie 14th Jan 18, 1:06 PM
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    mrAP, that sounds one excellent group for you, intelligent companionship and great food, something to look forward to

    Farway, let us know when it happens and you to pastures

    Where has the morning gone? Parkin is cooling, lunch eaten, stock ingredients ready to cook, DW on and 40 minutes on the phone, dd and then sister. I have decided to make a good pressure cooker casserole tomorrow and turkey breast is de-frosting. I loved the spice blend I used last time, 5 spice, star anise and cinnamon. Looks as though I will be having turkey soup tomorrow as there is a fair bit of lean meat on the carcase, I`ll just add some pasta to the soup to make a meal. Then the casserole will likely make 4-5 meals to freeze

    I suppose I can make pasta sauce from the red pepper and frozen cherry tomatoes, tomorrow and will last a few days in the fridge. I could layer that with cooked pasta and put the remaining mozarella on top for one meal anyway
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 14th Jan 18, 1:32 PM
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    It's a good job he had a van and not a donkey .... donkeys can't walk with their hind legs missing!

    Now eating my "packed lunch" I made earlier, made in anticipation of going out and thinking it prudent to pack something to eat.
    • Farway
    • By Farway 14th Jan 18, 2:03 PM
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    Hello Farway,

    A new baby! Exciting - if you aren't able to reply we know you are setting out, good luck and early congratulations...

    I sense baby-sitting duties in your near future
    Originally posted by Irenadler
    ooops, I should've mentioned this was over 40 years ago, number 2 baby is now dad of 2, and they are both school age

    No more babies due unless my teenage grandchildren are less than careful
    Last edited by Farway; 14-01-2018 at 2:10 PM.
    • Farway
    • By Farway 14th Jan 18, 2:19 PM
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    Paced about for another 15 minutes and decided he wasn't coming, so got the last portion of that stew and spuds from the fridge and nuked those hot. Into a bowl, walked into the living room and .... he's arrived.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    Doing something else always works, like waiting in for parcel, go to loo, bing bong, doorbell and note though the letterbox

    Lunch was BF ham + salad as expected, no added gateau though wort

    I have made a start on the creamy spud & celery soup, which means the celery is out & prepped, spud and onion out ready for peeling / chopping. Only takes about 45 minutes, including boiling up & whizzing

    However I will stick with the fried cod for dinner as planned, the fish is fresh but there are two fillets, and curse of CFO, once opened both will need using.

    The soup will keep once ready
    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 14th Jan 18, 2:42 PM
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    The roast dinner has been downgraded and I might just have boiled spuds with veg and gravy later. I've been watching the Sunday politics programmes and got a bit distracted.

    Did anyone see Miriam Margolyes swear on Peston on Sunday? She said the F-word.

    OMG, I was laughing so much.

    I've had a yoghurt, an apple, some crackers and peanut butter and some raw nuts.


    Good Afternoon


    It was my first meeting at the ''Breakfast Club'' today. What a super bunch of chaps - all ages and from all walks of life - absolute pleasure to share their company. The breakfast was fantastic and such a wide choice. I chose : Porridge with berry compote; scrambled egg with smoked salmon bagel; almond croissant and a fresh fruit salad. I certainly don't feel like any lunch . Following breakfast, one of the chaps gave a talk about working as an airline pilot, which was really interesting. Anyway, so glad I joined the group
    Originally posted by MrAPJI
    Lovely. I'm glad it went well.
    Push yourself, because no one else is going to do it for you.
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