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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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    • caronc
    • By caronc 15th Jul 19, 7:31 PM
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    For reasons best known only to themselves S*y disabled my email yesterday, I saved the phone call until lunchtime today and got an automated phone message to reset my password and managed after much some swearing, 'we will send your instructions via you alternative email account' Which I'm sure would have work if I had one
    Originally posted by Brambling
    My sis had the exact same problem and ended up having to set up another email account after much toing & froing to get it fixed. Glad you got yours sorted out.

    Tempting... I've got milk that needs using up and I've got the rest of the stuff... might not have the bicarb (think I used that to clean/clear the sink drain at some point), but I'm sure it'd still taste the same.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    Might be a bit flat without it though I'm sure still tasty.

    • Brambling
    • By Brambling 15th Jul 19, 7:48 PM
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    My sis had the exact same problem and ended up having to set up another email account after much toing & froing to get it fixed. Glad you got yours sorted out.
    Originally posted by caronc
    I'm hoping it's worked as I tend to use my tablet and it likes the old password
    Last edited by Brambling; 15-07-2019 at 8:40 PM.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 15th Jul 19, 7:49 PM
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    Fingers crossed

    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 16th Jul 19, 11:42 AM
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    I had toast for breakfast.

    I'm making some roasted cauliflower with a sauce made from some melted marg mixed with hot sauce. You dip the florets in the sauce when they are nice and crispy.

    I love it.
    Push yourself, because no one else is going to do it for you.
    • Farway
    • By Farway 16th Jul 19, 12:45 PM
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    Another hot day, into L's but found I'd left my shopping list behind, bummer, bought most things on list but forgot the porridge.

    However today's YS was pack of hot X buns, 20p, and I remembered a pack of PB baguettes


    Lunch was pair of warmed up X buns, with last of the strawberry jam
    I've taken a salmon fillet out to defrost, another salad dinner today as nothing inspiring in L's


    Brambling, I was looking at AirB&B as well, but TBH found some of the prices are no different from the likes of Pr*m*r Inns or a B & B. and I'm a bit limited due to stairs at times, so traditional it is, even if exact spot undecided as yet


    And I think School hols start just in time for your travels, nothing can be done about that unfortunately. Hope it's not too bad, at least you will know where you are going unlike some others on the same road


    Caron, thanks, those recipes look very tempting. I suspect there will be a few CFO cakes baked over the next few weeks
    Last edited by Farway; 16-07-2019 at 12:48 PM.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 16th Jul 19, 6:19 PM
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    I was in half a mind to make caronc's syrup mix today, but kind of waning in enthusiasm to pop off and do it now.

    Today's scoffathon has been:
    2x toast, 2x scrambled eggs, 1/2 tin beans
    1 mini cheesecake
    naan pizza topped with chilli/tomato base, 1/2 a small onion, big sprinkling of chilli flakes, bit of oregano for no reason whatsoever except I thought why not, 1 sausage/cooked/sliced very thinly, thin sliced cheddar on top.
    Another mini cheesecake

    I've also been toying with making another of those pizzas tonight, instead of as tomorrow's meal, because it was so lovely.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 16th Jul 19, 6:54 PM
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    Good evening everyone,
    Certainly too warm to contemplate baking today even if I'd had the time, inclination or ingredients, it's been very close and muggy here with a few rumbles of thunder in the distance. Apart from the past couple of hours, when the sun came out, it's looked as though it was going to pour though never actually did! It is supposed to turn quite wet over the next few days though.
    I'm absolutely bushed, I made most of the dry weather and my nephew being about to help to tackle my Dad's garden as it was needing some tlc and tidying. My nephew isn't what you might call a natural gardener but was happy to follow instructions. I'm really pleased with how much we got done though less enamoured with the itchy rash that's came up on my arm no doubt from delving into bushes to get at weeds and getting covered in sap from something!

    Lunch was a pack up of corned beef salad rolls and grapes. I've pasta/sauce LO from last night which I'm just going to cook some more veg to stir through as I really cba cooking tonight. I did debate getting a takeaway but don't know what I fancy so decided not to.

    • Brambling
    • By Brambling 16th Jul 19, 8:22 PM
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    though less enamoured with the itchy rash that's came up on my arm no doubt from delving into bushes to get at weeds and getting covered in sap from something!
    Originally posted by caronc
    Snap and I know I shouldn't garden in short sleeves I popped out after work and spent a lot longer pottering than I planned but the garden bin is full for Friday collection. I like to get my money's worth

    All this cake talk has reminded me I've tea loaf in the freezer . My colleague brought in a cake today she made to use up a glut of raspberries, lovely almond and raspberry tray bake with favours of bakewell definitely helped with all day spent system testing

    Lunch was another salad using odds and sods, egg, cheese and seafood sticks. I've eaten a banana since I got in from the garden I have LO dinner from yesterday that just needed extra veg but I don't fancy it now. I may regret it if I wake up hungry in the middle of the night but I wouldn't waste away
    • pattypan4
    • By pattypan4 17th Jul 19, 5:18 AM
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    I was just wondering about energy bills, those who live only on their own. I just entered my readings to octopus and it is 31 for electricity and 7 for gas = 37 for 4 weeks. I am new in my house so have no past bills. Can anyone compare with me?
    • dekaspace
    • By dekaspace 17th Jul 19, 8:51 AM
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    I really should start eating food out of the freezer again, now I'm working i'm eating a Subway sandwich at lunch and by time I get home just have something like a portion of rice, and once/twice a week a small takeaway. Still have plenty of butchers meat stocked up, Its hard cooking for one!
    • Farway
    • By Farway 17th Jul 19, 9:34 AM
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    Another warm day, after porridge breakfast I mowed the grass because rain is due on Friday, at last. First time I've mown since my op, just my back hurts which is "normal" at least

    Photo of last night's eclipse fail, all set up with new camera, no moon, just cloud Oh well, another night maybe, just no eclipse photo on Moon on Apollo anniversary

    While waiting for the moon to show I snacked on YS X buns + butter

    I've made a quickie small loaf in the Panny this morning, having scoffed today's X bun lunch last night
    So sarnie for lunch, probably cheese & salady stuff

    Dinner I just fancy something Oriental, the only thing I have is a frozen MFO Chicken Tikka + rice.

    It's a Morrie's one I bought last year in anticipation of my op & then being housebound for a bit
    Not had one of theirs before. Plus it'll give a bit of space, I want to refill number 2 freezer with decent meat while offer is on at local Farmers' place

    I was just wondering about energy bills, those who live only on their own. I just entered my readings to octopus and it is 31 for electricity and 7 for gas = 37 for 4 weeks. I am new in my house so have no past bills. Can anyone compare with me?
    Originally posted by pattypan4
    I've just checked, total for last 12 months which includes winter period, divided by12 gives
    Elect 29.75, Gas [includes CH, cooking & hot water] 21.25
    3 beds


    Hope it helps but of course depends on prices per KW + Standing Charge
    Last edited by Farway; 17-07-2019 at 9:37 AM.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 17th Jul 19, 9:38 AM
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    I was just wondering about energy bills, those who live only on their own. I just entered my readings to octopus and it is 31 for electricity and 7 for gas = 37 for 4 weeks. I am new in my house so have no past bills. Can anyone compare with me?
    Originally posted by pattypan4
    I'm moving, so not really aware of how much I pay for things. I had a notional price in mind, but then I never bothered to read the bills or check anything at all.

    Last week the meter was read.... which got me thinking about my final bill, so I logged on.

    I can see from that, without any special/low packages or deals (standard tariff as I never got round to it), I pay 41/month for combined electricity and gas usage with British Gas.

    I've been paying 41/month on a direct debit/standing order thing - and my account said I was just 1.37 out of being straight with them, which means that 41/month must be about right.

    Gas CH and hot water, I have never used the full sized cooker. Most food's cooked in the microwave, or a tiny toaster oven, or a slow cooker and a toaster.

    My house is a 2 bed 9 year old build, about 750 sq ft/70 sq meters in size. I am on the south coast where we don't know what ice/snow are
    Last edited by PasturesNew; 17-07-2019 at 9:42 AM.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 17th Jul 19, 10:01 AM
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    Good morning everyone,

    Hello dekaspace welcome to CFO.

    I'm a good more than that for my fuel pattypan overall, old (though well insulated) house, 3 bed, 2 public. I'm on the best deal I could find and I'm about 70 per month averaged plus woodburner costs. I'm fine with this given I'm in the "North", at home virtually all the time and frequently have the kids home. My bill for 13/06 to 12/07 was 52 included two spells of the kids being home which bumped it up a bit with all the extra showers etc.

    Raining here this morning but still very warm. Forecast is for it to be wet for the next few days but hopefully there will be some dry spells as well as I've still some planting to do.
    Our lawyer is popping out this afternoon with papers for me to sign re my Dad's estate, I best crack on and have a quick hoover and clean the bathroom.
    Apart from that I think a lazyish day is on the cards after yesterday's exertions. I need to think of something for dinner that doesn't involve pasta or noodles as I seem to have had a lot of these recently, might just bung together a pot of savoury mince.

    • pattypan4
    • By pattypan4 17th Jul 19, 10:33 AM
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    Thanks, I think I`ll need to look at the electricity, must be all the small wash loads. They put me on 76 a month with a month up front, so I am well in credit for the coming winter


    CBA day I think, I have jobs to do and am expecting parcels which should have arrived days ago, all needing assembly such as a storage box for the garden, towel rail to just stick up but I have to go over the tiles with surgical spirit. So far, protibix to start with hm almond milk, cherries and an apple for break, a small pack of marmite biscuits that I was saving for dgc. Now eating LO lettuce, sliced courgette, pinto beans and tomato. I am making sd bread and will be in full blown making mode in a few hours. I CBA that but I have visitors on friday who keep going on about my sd bread, got to keep them happy, sd with butter will be instead of cake anyway


    I need to make soup but can`t see that happenng until tomorrow when the kitchen will be uber hot from the oven at 230 for the big bread bake. Always a surprise when I lift the lid up from the oven, hope I get 2 good looking boules


    Later today will be yummy stuff, buttered scones, rhubarb crumble with soya cream, just because that is all I had in, tastes fine tbh
    • caronc
    • By caronc 17th Jul 19, 10:49 AM
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    Using my oven and small wash loads are my two electric usage "could do betters" but tbh I worked out to make a sd loaf costs 36p in electric and a quick wash 20p so it would be quite a bit of cutting back to make a massive impact on my bill so while I'm mindful I don't fret about it. I am good at not using the tumble drier much and not having the shower on for longer than needed as these are my two most expensive things to run.

    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 17th Jul 19, 10:54 AM
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    Spicy sausage naan pizza will be lunch today.

    I've been having to hold myself back from making it since about 9am this morning when I first fancied it

    Not eaten today yet; looking forward to that pizza... ooh look, it's nearly a legitimate pizza eating time
    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 17th Jul 19, 11:20 AM
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    OMG, so hot and muggy, I just went for a walk and my face is almost as red as my dress!

    I had a toastie for breakfast. Don't really feel that hungry in this heat.
    Push yourself, because no one else is going to do it for you.
    • CRANKY40
    • By CRANKY40 17th Jul 19, 12:48 PM
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    Good afternoon all,

    caronc the syrup loaf is a hit with the HT. He's had a lot of migraines recently which I'm sure are because he only has a bowl of cornflakes for breakfast at 7am then nothing until his school lunch at 12:30. He won't have toast after his cereal but this morning I fed him a slice of buttered syrup loaf and he ate it. I can see it being a regular breakfast feature. We had a late lunch yesterday because he was sent home from school with a migraine so dinner was cheese on toast because neither of us were that hungry.

    I started running again this morning which usually means that I eat better because food becomes fuel instead of just food. I had 2 small wholemeal toast with peanut butter for breakfast, I've just had poached egg on small wholemeal toast for lunch and dinner will be skinny sausages from the butcher (they don't leak fat when they're grilled), with a dry fried egg, the half a small pot of baked beans that is lurking in the fridge and some mushrooms which also need using up.

    The HT will also be cooking for one - he will make his own dinner which is pasta and meatballs in tomato and basil sauce. The tomato and basil sauce is out of a jar - I buy it when it's 1 and it does about 3 portions for him.
    • Farway
    • By Farway 17th Jul 19, 2:09 PM
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    caronc the syrup loaf is a hit with the HT. He's had a lot of migraines recently which I'm sure are because he only has a bowl of cornflakes for breakfast at 7am then nothing until his school lunch at 12:30. He won't have toast after his cereal but this morning I fed him a slice of buttered syrup loaf and he ate it. I can see it being a regular breakfast feature.
    Originally posted by CRANKY40
    That's nice to hear, one small step for Caron, one giant leap for HT

    My Panny quickie loaf turned out yummy for lunch, used the W8rose brown flour again.

    Next job is is on line meat shopping, hope they have the stuff I want this time, sold out when I looked a couple of weeks ago
    Last edited by Farway; 17-07-2019 at 5:42 PM.
    • Farway
    • By Farway 17th Jul 19, 5:43 PM
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    Dinner scoffed, my Morries RM chicken tikka ready frozen was delicious, I'll definitely buy that again
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