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    • caronc
    • By caronc 17th Jul 17, 6:31 PM
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    Cooking for one (Mark Two)
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    • 17th Jul 17, 6:31 PM
    Cooking for one (Mark Two) 17th Jul 17 at 6:31 PM
    In view of the issue of longer threads being auto-deleted I thought wise to start a shiny new thread as we had got to over 5.5K posts.
    The original "Cooking for one" thread can be found here http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5585796

    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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    • wort
    • By wort 7th Jan 18, 2:06 PM
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    Got a line full of washing almost dry yesterday.
    I had the tempura batter gf chicken gougons for tea, I passed on the chick and mushroom crispbake though, and binned it it was from 2015!! And I didn't fancy it. Had some sweet chilli dipping sauce with them, and the remainder of pack of black pepper crisp.
    Today dgson was here for breakfast so I joined him for streaky smoked bacon and chopped egg in a cup, with salt pepper and butter on toast.
    Just cooked a topside of beef out of freezer, there will be enough for our tea, and to freeze the leftovers for another Sunday tea. Mr AP you could have shared if you were near by! I'm doing roast pots, carrots ,cauliflower Yorkshire and gravy.
    I still cook beef like my mum did, put in a casserole dish with a stock , (I use the knorr beef one) cover and cook , usually 2 hours or less depending how big beef is.
    Freezing cold there's still frost on shaded parts of garden but may nip out and do a bit of gardening.
    Before an early tea.
    Focus on contribution instead of the impressiveness of consumption to see the true beauty in people.
    • Farway
    • By Farway 7th Jan 18, 2:55 PM
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    Late clocking in today, nice & sunny but a cold wind
    I would prune the gooseberry but too cold for me, if it were not for the wind it would be a lovely gardening day

    No breakfast

    Had a mini clear up for recycling, Christmas cards, old jars + some batteries. Luckily my local Morries takes all of them, and that was where I went for a shopping mooch

    Nothing took my fancy, and no YS worth having. But I did find full fat UHT milk, and remembered to get a "just in case" tin of sausages & beans, and that was my total for the day. 1.63 spent, I don't think I'm alone either, there were not many in there and car park was only 1/4 full

    Lunch was another bacon, lettuce & tom sarnie. I think I have enough bacon for one more tomorrow

    Dinner is more or less decided on the one LO gammon steak, with eggs and this time I will remember to add beans & grilled tomato. I may do HM chips or perhaps just nuke some LO mash. Time and CBA sensor will decide the spuddy outcome

    I have moved into the 21st century now and moved over to unlimited broad band today, and soon to explore the "delights" of I players etc, I may have a bash later as my son donated his old Roku plug in to TV thingy to me. Once I crack that, never know could be Netflix., avoiding all the current carp on the TV. Spending the money I no longer have to pay the Beeb for a licence
    • Farway
    • By Farway 7th Jan 18, 3:10 PM
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    Spud decision made, it is HM chips, off to prep them now, then fiddle with TV thingy over a cuppa & a mince pie
    • Irenadler
    • By Irenadler 7th Jan 18, 3:34 PM
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    A friend of mine had the detached retina thing - and it was instant panic/deal with at once scenario in case of blindness. Fortunately she and her husband made sure it was too.

    Know what you mean about elderlies attitude to medicine sometimes - long since lost count of asking my parents about anything they are/should have been prescribed - as I'm rarely able to persuade them into investigating what it's all about. Did manage to get my mother to kick up one time when the NHS was trying not to do her second cataract operation and it got done after all. That's the only success I can think of. I think she's got me "trained" better than vice-versa frankly - as I stand there and go "Whatever she does (or doesnt) want, then that's what I want her to have".
    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention
    Hello Money...

    Too true. She has a list of ailments, one of which is tinnitus/deaf in one ear, prescribed hearing aid and won't wear it!

    I don't know if she has misheard (which does happen often now), or, refused treatment, or what has happened. Actually getting her agreement to see a GP with me next week is a miracle in itself.....
    "...when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains however improbable, must be the truth..."
    • wort
    • By wort 7th Jan 18, 4:50 PM
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    Roast beef dinner eaten ,delicious even dgson said how do you make it so good
    We had the last bit of coffee meringue, with passion fruit and kiwi, cream and a slug of baileys.
    Just what was needed after a couple of hours tidying up the garden.
    Lifted out a hm pasta sauce, I'll see what it's like once defrosted!
    Focus on contribution instead of the impressiveness of consumption to see the true beauty in people.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 7th Jan 18, 5:19 PM
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    Good evening everyone,
    My trip out to the shore was just fab even if it was blinking chilly. My sister parked her car in a sunny spot and even then the dashboard temperature gauge only registered 1.5C, still warmer than when she collected my nephew late last night when it read -7C. It's to be a tad milder tonight dipping just below freezing so hopefully a bit warmer tomorrow. I think half the local population was having a stroll along the prom making the most of the sunny weather. Amusingly my Fitbit has decided that me trundling along the prom with my rollator logs as an outdoor cycle ride, must be because it has handle bars. Though it didn't do that yesterday when I had a short walk, just counted the steps I did.
    Brunch was a bit later than I thought it would be so I just opted for a quick meal of scrambled eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms and spring onions with toast.
    My shopping has been delivered so the running out of teabags crisis has been averted, I ordered some fresh milk as the stuff I have is OOD so will make a batch of white sauce for the freezer with the old stuff.

    Re mixing up of meds, my Dad (who is otherwise quite sensible) was rubbish at taking what he should take when he should take them tablets wise, now gets a weekly blister pack with them all portioned out which he's finding really helpful.
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    • karcher
    • By karcher 7th Jan 18, 5:30 PM
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    CFO 2018 continues apace here...well sort of

    Sauteed half a LO leek and shredded cabbage in butter with some frozen broccoli and peas, seasoned with chilli flakes and black pepper.
    Then I added a full tin of Hein$ Lentil soup (I know it's cheating but I like it and it's quick and easy).

    As hoped it turned in to a thick veg broth and blooming tasty it was too and a fair few of my 5 a day
    • caronc
    • By caronc 7th Jan 18, 6:20 PM
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    CFO 2018 continues apace here...well sort of

    Sauteed half a LO leek and shredded cabbage in butter with some frozen broccoli and peas, seasoned with chilli flakes and black pepper.
    Then I added a full tin of Hein$ Lentil soup (I know it's cheating but I like it and it's quick and easy).

    As hoped it turned in to a thick veg broth and blooming tasty it was too and a fair few of my 5 a day
    Originally posted by karcher
    Glad to see you seem to have got your CFO mojo back, your meal sounds tasty and great for a chilly winter's night
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    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 7th Jan 18, 6:32 PM
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    CFO 2018 continues apace here...well sort of

    Sauteed half a LO leek and shredded cabbage in butter with some frozen broccoli and peas, seasoned with chilli flakes and black pepper.
    Then I added a full tin of Hein$ Lentil soup (I know it's cheating but I like it and it's quick and easy).

    As hoped it turned in to a thick veg broth and blooming tasty it was too and a fair few of my 5 a day
    Originally posted by karcher
    Think we do need (as singles) sometimes to think "Not so much a distinct recipe - more an idea".

    Been making a start on writing down ideas of quick/easy to do type "ideas" for if I'm feeling cba. If I can make up a list of, say, 50 or so "ideas" then I shan't even have to think about whats what unless I actively want to.

    On that note - just had a fruit salad with yogurt, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, sumac scattered over the top. Next on the agenda - got some leftover baked sweet potato bits and am thinking I could do that with spring onion, the last of my frozen home-grown tomatoes, some olives, garlic salt and a bit of nutritional yeast scattered over the top of it.
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    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 7th Jan 18, 6:50 PM
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    I've had porridge for breakfast again this morning. When I made this I realised that I was nearly out of milk. I have some powdered milk but I don't like porridge made with that much. I found a two pint bottle of milk in the freezer, but I'm nearly out of yoghurt and bread as well. I usually have bread in the freezer but had planned to pick up a loaf on Saturday.

    I shall have to decide whether to do an online order, go out, or ask a neighbour to pick up these items for me.

    I didn't feel up to cooking anything for dinner so had a lasagne ready meal.

    But the good news is that there are some gaps appearing in the freezers , so it isn't all bad.
    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 7th Jan 18, 6:52 PM
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    Hollyharvey
    CFO 2018 continues apace here...well sort of

    Sauteed half a LO leek and shredded cabbage in butter with some frozen broccoli and peas, seasoned with chilli flakes and black pepper.
    Then I added a full tin of Hein$ Lentil soup (I know it's cheating but I like it and it's quick and easy).

    As hoped it turned in to a thick veg broth and blooming tasty it was too and a fair few of my 5 a day
    Originally posted by karcher
    Sounds really tasty.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 7th Jan 18, 7:09 PM
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    Having had a toasted roll, beans and eggs for breakfast....
    Lunch was a chocolate biscuit.
    Tea was a chocolate biscuit.



    Diet's going well
    • Farway
    • By Farway 7th Jan 18, 7:27 PM
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    Having had a toasted roll, beans and eggs for breakfast....
    Lunch was a chocolate biscuit.
    Tea was a chocolate biscuit.



    Diet's going well
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    Looks like my ideal diet

    Gammon, HM chips etc dinner went well and as planned, in fact very tasty

    I have decided the LO mash will be used tomorrow, either defrost a kipper pack or a couple of bangers. Either will go with the newly LO beans

    Flashed up the streaming gizmo on the TV, great, watched the last two episodes of Feud that I missed recording. Not wishing it on myself but a bad day needing a blanket & recliner could be made passable watching loads of half decent stuff instead of afternoon TV
    • caronc
    • By caronc 7th Jan 18, 8:40 PM
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    I've had porridge for breakfast again this morning. When I made this I realised that I was nearly out of milk. I have some powdered milk but I don't like porridge made with that much. I found a two pint bottle of milk in the freezer, but I'm nearly out of yoghurt and bread as well. I usually have bread in the freezer but had planned to pick up a loaf on Saturday.

    I shall have to decide whether to do an online order, go out, or ask a neighbour to pick up these items for me.

    I didn't feel up to cooking anything for dinner so had a lasagne ready meal.

    But the good news is that there are some gaps appearing in the freezers , so it isn't all bad.
    Originally posted by Hollyharvey
    Hope you are beginning to feel better, even if you aren't up for venturing out x
    Flashed up the streaming gizmo on the TV, great, watched the last two episodes of Feud that I missed recording. Not wishing it on myself but a bad day needing a blanket & recliner could be made passable watching loads of half decent stuff instead of afternoon TV
    Originally posted by Farway
    Sounds like a plan - just remember you still need a TV licence for I-Player
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 8th Jan 18, 6:31 AM
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    I'm still groggy and out of synch. Not slept well.

    Had another biscuit late last night.
    • wort
    • By wort 8th Jan 18, 8:28 AM
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    Another very chilly morning, but looks breezy too, I have a throw and some cushion covers in washer, will be ready to put out shortly.
    It must be cold as dgson asked for a blanket,whilst eating breakfast, but he's full of a cold even his eyes were yuk this morning.
    I've had 2 gf toast and cheese spread. Now need to get dressed to see dgson off to school.
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    • kittie
    • By kittie 8th Jan 18, 8:40 AM
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    arghh no sun forecast at all today, dull all day. Ok got to go with the flow. I`ll be eating whatever I can find in the freezer/fridge, I have enough veg, still and will cook purple sweet potato, kale and carrots, I know I have a bit of bacon and a sausage in individual freezer packs. That will do for lunch and I can throw on the last crumpled small tomatoes

    I make myself have porridge for breakfast, don`t particularly relish it, so I soak the oats with a few prunes all night, in milk for the protein, keep it in the fridge. Made in 2 minutes and then sprinkled with shelled hemp seeds. I can have some toast with peanut butter scrapes for last meal, anyway I need to use the bread before I make a loaf

    In betweeners, fruit plate, dark chocolate, a large and yummy hm scone with butter and jam and a freshly squeezed cold grapefruit

    I am too busy enjoying my knitting to think of food at the moment, I suppose it is all CBA tbh
    Last edited by kittie; 08-01-2018 at 8:42 AM.
    • Need2bthrifty
    • By Need2bthrifty 8th Jan 18, 9:23 AM
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    Morning All

    It was a darn cold weekend, the temp supposed to pick up a bit this week thankfully. Yesterday I nipped out to the supermarket before going on my walk and the car thermometer showed -2 deg and that was at 11.00am, my forehead was aching with the cold, wind chill factor.

    I tried out a new to me recipe of baked fish with mushroom stuffing for tea last night and very tasty it was too.

    Breakfast today is toast with cottage cheese, cucumber & tomato. I'm still in the mood to have salads at lunchtime last week it was Asian style dressings, this week there's some feta and chicken roll that needs using so think I'll do a balsamic dressing with that.

    Back to using up freezer stock today, I had thought to make a hotpot in the slow cooker but forgot to take meat out last night so will do that tomorrow instead and today I'll have Veggie Shepherds Pie.
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 8th Jan 18, 9:40 AM
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    Good morning everyone,
    Another cold one here (still -2C) but the sun is trying to break through so hopefully it will warm up a bit.
    I need to head out in a bit for a Dr's review and Well Woman clinic so not exactly a fun way to spend a morning but needs must etc.
    My harissa spiced chicken last night was tasty but could have done with more harissa in the marinade. Tonight I'm making a new recipe for me Jack Monroe's "Aubergine & Kale Satay" so will see how that goes. Eggs I think for brunch as I'm having another no breakfast day.
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    • MrAPJI
    • By MrAPJI 8th Jan 18, 9:56 AM
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    Morning to all

    I was up with the sparrows and had a very early breakfast - fruit and cornish ice cream . Then I made a start on giving the place 'a good' clean as I have visitors today. When I retired (nearly 5 years ago) I decided to trace my family tree and about 8 mths ago I completed a DNA test. My tree on Ancestry is hidden, but for the purpose of the test I produced a skeleton tree for matches. To cut a long story short, a lady made contact and asked me whether a particular person was present in my tree - he was, and in fact my great-grandmother's (x2) brother. Apparently 'William' had a secret family and the lady was a descendant. William was an eminent lawyer - plenty of dosh - and paid for the 3 'secret' daughters to be maintained and attend a private school. Honestly, I could write a book about this guy lol. Anyway, it will be interesting to meet the lady and her husband. I like them too much to inflict my cooking upon them and so we will be 'going out' for lunch .

    Hope all you poorly ones are feeling a little better today
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