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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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    • BucksLady
    • By BucksLady 9th Jan 18, 12:49 PM
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    Happy Birthday Money xx
    • caronc
    • By caronc 9th Jan 18, 1:14 PM
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    s anyone's guess
    Originally posted by MrAPJI
    I've got one just the same - it is/was my younger son's "batcave", I don't venture in
    Last night I took some diced casserole beef, and made a weird DIY curry.

    I used passata, two table spoons of curry powder, some ginger, basil, and a load of other weird herbs in my spice rack

    Turned out actually really good and provided tea and lunch for today.
    Originally posted by Stoke
    It that often the case whe you just go the flow- problem is replicating though...
    Scrambled eggs - 2 eggs (freerange obv.), a dash of milk (say a dessertspoon worth), grind of black pepper, grind of Himalayan pink salt, knob of butter (say half an ounce?) and cook on LOW heat VERY slowly, stirring frequently is my definition of how to cook scrambled eggs.

    They then come out nice and creamy. It's the butter and the low heat that's the clue.

    On that note - better do some housework before heading off for that lunch with a friend. I know what I'm really doing right now - and that's hanging around near the phone because it's the norm for my mother to phone me early on my birthday (ie that would be today then...) to wish me "Happy Birthday". It's not so much that she hasnt yet - as that I know the reason - ie her mind is now such that she probably hasnt remembered. From a couple of things she's said - she does know this is happening to her mind...
    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention
    Happy Birthday MTSTM
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    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 9th Jan 18, 2:06 PM
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    I always knew I had a healthy appetite, and now it's official!
    Happy Birthday MTSTM

    I have good birthday memories.
    Mine is in May, and my mother would always pick me some lily-of-the-valley from the garden. for my birthday. Last year, quite independently, and without knowing this, I got lily-of-the-valley soap and a lotv fragranced drawer liner from two friends as birthday presents.
    Mum died relatively young, of leukaemia, which meant she was spared the indignities and worries of older old age.
    I couldn't get a fisherman's pie in the freezer, and CBA'd to unlock the outhouse to put it in there, so will have that for a late lunch soon. My cleaners have just left.
    The place is tidy. Bliss.
    Erma Bombeck, American writer: "If I had my life to live over again... I would have burned the pink candle, sculptured like a rose, that melted in storage." Don't keep things 'for best' - that day never comes. Use them and enjoy them now.
    • Farway
    • By Farway 9th Jan 18, 2:16 PM
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    No breakfast again, and zilch in Lild to inspire any meal ideas

    Lunch was a part baked baguette, a bit past BBE but still fine, split & filled with cheese & salad

    Dinner, stuck again. I think it will be my "bought for Christmas" nut loaf. Morries own of carrot, sweet potato & kale nut roast. If I do not use it soon it will just become a freezer space hogger. Probably have frozen mixed chunky veg with it. And Bisto gravy to retain my omnivore status, or is it now flexitarian in Newspeak?


    This works.
    Find a (microwave safe) mug that's get a rounded bottom in as far as possible - you don't want straight sides with corners. Shape is important as you don't want the eggs to find crevices they can go hard in. Rounder sides work well with the fork shape.

    Crack 2 eggs in and whisk with a fork.

    Into the nuker 1-1 minutes.

    Meanwhile, get another fork and dig out a knob of butter/marg and sit it on the worktop.

    Remove the eggs from the nuker -they've started to form round the edges - use your fork to run round the edge to break that up and whip them again. Into the nuker 30 seconds. Repeat - scrape from sides/whip each time. Another 30 secs, or 15, just 10? Watch it, stir it.

    Then they'll look ready at some point when you realise you've got it just as they've cooked.

    Once you're happy, run the fork with the butter on it round the edge and whip that in, tip it out. Only a mug to wash up.

    DO NOT do what many people do, which is to shove it in, put on high and walk away 2-3 minutes, then return to one solid dried out column of egg that's stuck to the mug. Little and often with the nuking/stirring up.

    What you're looking to do is to spot when it's starting to form each time and breaking it up .... 3-4x during the cooking process is usually enough stirring/breaking up events.

    You can decide on the "size of the chunks" when you're breaking it up with the buttered fork .... sometimes I keep large chunks, sometimes I make them smaller, depends how I feel and what it's to be served on.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    I nuke mine, similar to PN, but use a cereal bowl, and nuke /melt the butter in first. Mix eggs & milk, tip in bowl containing melted butter / marge, stir & nuke as PN, stir often, and remember it continues cooking once removed from nuker. One extra item washing up, but I have a dishwasher so don't care about that bit

    Mine takes between 2 - 3 minutes watching all the time. Toast needs to go on before eggs I find
    Last edited by Farway; 09-01-2018 at 2:19 PM.
    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 9th Jan 18, 3:31 PM
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    Happy Birthday!
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    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 9th Jan 18, 4:01 PM
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    Awww hugs love. Happy Birthday hope your Mum phones soon its heartbreaking to watch parents suffer memory loss.
    Originally posted by meg72
    Thanks.

    My mother did phone eventually and it was an "innocent" explanation (ie not memory loss). She'd just been tied-up with summat else - and then phoned me after that was dealt with. I was surprised she hadnt "remembered" considering that she keeps a calendar in sight on which she notes things down and had anticipated she'd "remember" if just because of that.

    Her memory problems have shown up though - in that I've just received a 2nd birthday card and cheque from her for this birthday (yep...I'd already received one card and cheque from her - but she's clearly forgotten). She obviously doesnt put a little note on that calendar of "send daughter birthday card etc" and tick it when she's done so. The only blessing is that these days she does admit to memory problems - rather than disputing things with me as to what has happened/been said etc and then tell me I'm wrong about whatever-it-is because it's different to what she remembers. That's one blessing anyway I guess....but I did realise her memory was going some years back when there was an incident of the three of us going somewhere and her asking me if I'd been there before (despite them having taken me there several times) and then she forgot where my father had parked the car and had to be guided back to it. Daylight started to dawn on me at any rate at that point and I think I started expecting it - as it happened to her elder sister (who'd "gone completely" by the time she died) and she hadnt had the harsher life my much younger mother had had than her (ie mental strain my mother has gone through). Though I think my mother has made that mental strain worse by not telling me some Major Stuff about herself that I've realised anyway over the years one way and another - and so she might as well have told me instead of keeping it secret - as I know anyway.

    Had my lunch out with friend and duly come back with present and card from her. But more valuable to me is that she just offered a favour I could do with - but didnt like to ask for - and that will save me some hassle and expense It's nice when someone has obviously thought about you....
    Last edited by moneyistooshorttomention; 09-01-2018 at 4:12 PM.
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    • MrAPJI
    • By MrAPJI 9th Jan 18, 6:01 PM
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    Happy Birthday Money . Pleased to hear that you spent time with a friend on your special day, and that your mum called you . Sorry about your poor mum's memory - if only things remained the same as we aged.

    Many thanks (PN, Farway and Money) for the 'scrambled egg' suggestions and for taking time to post comments - much appreciated.

    Kitty, I can quite understand your reasoning for moving house. Hopefully you will find a property which fits the bill and the move then goes smoothly for you. Sorry to hear about your eyes - a real nuisance - but at least you know what the situation is and can monitor it. So many people bury their heads in the sand and then it's too late.

    The garage is 'much clearer' now - what a relief It's funny what you find though. Three burgundy 'thingies' emerged from a box which I probably hadn't seen since the 1980s. Macrame constructions used to hold pot plants. I really wondered what induced us to buy them lol - but do remember them being quite popular at the time. A neighbour approached me whilst I was clearing out and then took quite a few things away with him - good

    The chicken in a spicy tom sauce was ok and I will be having that again . I'm now going to settle down with a couple of home made scones and watch a film. The cat has already taken his place in anticipation lol
    • Farway
    • By Farway 9th Jan 18, 6:38 PM
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    Three burgundy 'thingies' emerged from a box which I probably hadn't seen since the 1980s. Macrame constructions used to hold pot plants. I really wondered what induced us to buy them lol - but do remember them being quite popular at the time.
    Originally posted by MrAPJI
    I remember those, we had a set. In fact when I moved here there was one in the lobby, with a spider plant in of course

    The Morries nut roast I thought would be binned as it was cooking, not a pleasant smell to my nose, slightly garlicky and with Dracula in my family tree I loath garlic

    However it tasted just fine, I only had a slim slice just in case. I can detect garlic though, so I will not be buying again. I normally peer at ingredients lists to avoid but must have missed that

    I lost my appetite halfway through so a lot of the veg went in the bin, but have taken cheese out of fridge just in case I fancy some with crackers later
    • BucksLady
    • By BucksLady 9th Jan 18, 7:12 PM
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    with Dracula in my family tree I loath garlic r
    Originally posted by Farway
    • caronc
    • By caronc 9th Jan 18, 7:14 PM
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    Thanks.

    My mother did phone eventually and it was an "innocent" explanation (ie not memory loss). She'd just been tied-up with summat else - and then phoned me after that was dealt with. I was surprised she hadnt "remembered" considering that she keeps a calendar in sight on which she notes things down and had anticipated she'd "remember" if just because of that.


    Had my lunch out with friend and duly come back with present and card from her. But more valuable to me is that she just offered a favour I could do with - but didnt like to ask for - and that will save me some hassle and expense It's nice when someone has obviously thought about you....
    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention
    Glad your Mum hadn't forgotten, sounds as though you have good, thoughful friend there


    The garage is 'much clearer' now - what a relief
    Originally posted by MrAPJI
    Bet it is - if you have the "clearing garage" bug feel free to pop up to the West of Scotland and clear mine. I'd feed you
    ....with Dracula in my family tree I loath garlic
    Originally posted by Farway
    Not like garlic you wouldn't do well in my house I love the stuff so it features in the majority of food I cook. When I lived in London my flatmate & I took turns to cook. One time he decided to make "Chicken with 40 cloves of garlic" but mixed up cloves and bulbs. thankfully he didn't put 40 bulbs and I did wonder why he moaned about the cost so had used a bit less (though not that much), the smell when I arrived home was horrific, we didn't attempt to eat it.....

    Lunch today ended being LO baked beans with a small piece of LO feta & spinach from the freezer followed by a banana. Tonight I'm for the delayed "Aubergine & kale satay" though still swithering between rice or noodles. I'll decide when I'm nearly ready eat

    It did thaw this afternoon so milder tonight. I ventured round the block earlier, my word the wind chill was brutal kept me moving though.

    Unfortunately I think I might be coming down with "something" (probably picked up at the Dr's yesterday) as my throat feels a bit scratchy, my nose is dripping and I'm a bit headachy. No chills or aches though so hopefully a passing thing. Might have a wee brandy in hot milk at bedtime though ( I'm not keen on a toddy)
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    • gt568
    • By gt568 9th Jan 18, 7:38 PM
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    We used to have a "birthday tea" on our birthdays. Mum'd just cook a tea we liked on our birthday. One year there wasn't one. I found out 2-3 weeks later that there WAS .... but nobody told me. And, having cooked it and everybody else there .... with me being just 3 miles away it didn't occur to anybody to phone and enquire "are you coming round for your birthday tea?" Instead mum just chose to "get the hump with me".
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    I don't understand this. If it happened every year, and you knew it was your birthday and being only 3 miles away, why didn't it occur to pick up the phone and enquire "are we having tea?"?
    Down with the signature fascists!!
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 9th Jan 18, 7:58 PM
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    That's not how Pastures thinks and I expect she was "waiting to be asked/told" and assumed it wasnt happening because she hadnt been told.

    She'll probably come on and tell you....
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    • kittie
    • By kittie 10th Jan 18, 8:40 AM
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    another grim start but I have washing on because it looks as though there will be sun, at least for a few hours. I also want to grab some time cycling

    No money has been taken for my new veg delivery, it looks as though either I have been overlooked or more likely, it is not worth the fuel to deliver here. Ok, so I will leave `local` and go large again but have to wait another week or more if I set my mind to it, via freezer diving. I don`t intend to get more food in so will be relying on my ratatouille, leeks, peas and allotment chard and parsley. I also have oranges, grapefruits, loads of all types of frozen berries, dozens of jars of gooseberries and my apple drawers contain plentiful apples, beautiful tasting and long lasting christmas pippin. I will also soak alfala seeds for sprouting, they will be ready by the weekend

    Two meals today are sorted, ratatouille and fish in foil, frozen celery/mushroom pasta sauce which just needs added milk for creaminess.

    Breakfast was overnight soaked oats,shelled hemp, milk, prunes and quite a few raspberries and blueberries and a few blackcurrants. Taken from the fridge and just warmed in the microwave. Nice and not difficult to eat.

    I have decided to throw the rest of the frozen stollen bits out, will open the bag before I bin, so I don`t get tempted to fish them out. I am not enjoying them and they are a highly calorific mouthful. I was only eating them because I bought them

    lol, I went to nightschool to learn macrame, we all had plant hangers
    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 10th Jan 18, 9:10 AM
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    Crumpets with Marmite and a banana for breakfast. I don't fancy any tea today so I had a big glass of water instead.

    I made a chickpea salad yesterday so I will have that on toast for lunch with an avocado.
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 10th Jan 18, 9:20 AM
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    Good morning everyone,
    I made this last night https://cookingonabootstrap.com/2018/01/05/aubergine-and-kale-satay-30p-vg-v-df-gf/
    The only changes I made were to use fresh chilli and fresh kale which I don't think impacted on the end result.
    I didn't really enjoy it, it was edible but no more than that. I found it lacked texture and taste. IMHO it would have worked better with waxy potatoes or meaty mushrooms rather than aubergines with some sweet peppers added in near the end of cooking for some bite. Taste-wise it was very bland and I ended up adding quite a bit of tabasco and lemon juice to liven it a bit. I did chill the remaining portion with a view to having it for lunch but I think it may well be consigned to the food waste bin.

    Gloomy, damp and chilly here today so may well liberate some scotch broth from the freezer for lunch. I've a pork steak defrosting for tonight but haven't decided what I'm doing with it yet
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    • Need2bthrifty
    • By Need2bthrifty 10th Jan 18, 9:59 AM
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    Morning All,

    Damp and dreich here too, but I need to get out and rack up some miles before the rain comes across the country.

    Shame about the new recipe Caronc, I have also found some of her recipes need a bit more spices/herbs added for my taste.

    Think I will have soup for lunch too, just not quite decided what kind yet, I'll have some chilli out of the freezer for tea just cant decide yet what to have with it maybe chips, maybe rice, maybe baked potato, anybody's guess - having a very indecisive kinda day
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    • meg72
    • By meg72 10th Jan 18, 10:41 AM
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    That's it ...spider plants would hang from them and seemed to thrive no matter how they were cared for

    Morning to all

    I enjoyed a hearty breakfast ( porridge, toast and marmalade, hot grapefruit, a glass of orange, coffee) before setting off for a swim. The pool was empty which was great

    The next task on the agenda is clearing out a volume of paperwork which will be heading for the shredder. I will then sort out all the books I've accumulated which will never be read again - why didn't I do it sooner - learnt my lesson and will not let this situation arise again

    Just as I was typing this, I had a knock on the door. It was a guy with a yorkshire accent asking whether I would buy some dish cloths/cleaning products from him. When I explained that I didn't buy at the door, he became rather annoyed. He stated that he had recently been released from prison and needed people to buy his goods, after which he slammed my front door and marched off. I've just called Mary, telling her 'not' to open her door this guy. Most odd and I'm now going to report the incident .
    Originally posted by MrAPJI
    There have been a few Police warnings about these callers recently.
    https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/714206/Nottingham-Knockers-scam-police-warning-burglaries-doorstep-duster-sellers
    Slimming World at target
    • kittie
    • By kittie 10th Jan 18, 10:52 AM
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    I was upstairs on my own and happened to see one of these people walk up the gravel to my house, no way was I going to open the door to him. He tried the bell, I ignored it, pushed the porch door open and knocked on the inner porch door, which I always keep locked. I must say that it shook me, no-one ever knocks on the inner porch door, both outer and inner are solid doors. I do leave the outer door unlocked during the day, delivery people are always very grateful for that but the inner door is as secure as a front door

    Also last night, pitch black, I was in a front room with the light so it was obvious I was in. Ring on the doorbell, went into the inner porch and switched outside and inner porch lights on so I could see through the glass panel, thinking it had to be a neighbour. It was a young woman with an RSPCA tabard. I felt so sorry for her but I sent her on her way, nicely. I am shocked that they are sending these chuggers out at night
    Last edited by kittie; 10-01-2018 at 10:58 AM.
    • Irenadler
    • By Irenadler 10th Jan 18, 11:03 AM
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    Can't be a*sed
    Originally posted by Hollyharvey
    Ha, thanks Hollyharvey, that gave me a chuckle!

    Here was me thinking it was some fancy cooking phrase.....
    "...when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains however improbable, must be the truth..."
    • Irenadler
    • By Irenadler 10th Jan 18, 11:09 AM
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    Hey all

    Crikey, you lot type fast, look away for a day and can hardly catch up.....

    Sending out sympathy to those who have post-Xmas blues, but, thank you to everyone and the inspirational/motivational speakers links. Definitely need some of that.

    Breakfast (yesterday): nearly naked porridge (the porridge, not me!) Naked as in the diet proscribes it being made with water, no additions to it except a bit of honey.... And almost half the dry measure of oats. I mean, it's hardly hitting the spot, is it?

    Lunch: chicken with lots of veg, livened up with a sweet chilli sauce, that's more like it. Diet yogurt.

    Tea: low carb sandwich filled with salad. Ok, I confess, that last bit of stuffing somehow crept onto the plate. In my defence, the dog helped me by eating a little bit of that.

    Breakfast: same as yesterday. I am not feeling sorry for myself, I am motivated to get rid of what I can only describe as my own (under the skin) self-inflating rubber ring which resides around my middle....
    "...when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains however improbable, must be the truth..."
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