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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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    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 5th Oct 17, 6:23 PM
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    Are you able to have a good look at the Liebherr before you buy? I'm glad that Kitty had a good experience. I found mine (I bought it 2005) rather awkward, and I passed it on. I couldn't seem to make good use of the space. I broke a couple of things on it, and the replacements were expensive.
    However, a lot may have changed in 12 years!
    My 5 year old LG has had no problems and I haven't broken anything in it either!
    Originally posted by jackyann
    I think I'm going to have to go and have a look at some. I am starting to get myself really confused now. We don't have many electrical shops in the town where I live so may have to go a bit further. I'll ask my neighbours if any of them have got any spare space in their freezers in case it gives up working at all, but it is probably better to lose the cost of the food in the freezer rather than make an expensive mistake by buying a fridge/freezer that doesn't suit my needs.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 5th Oct 17, 8:02 PM
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    .... perfect for BBQs....
    Originally posted by jackyann
    As a sweeping statement, CFOs don't do BBQs, no need for BBQ food. It's simply not on the radar....
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 5th Oct 17, 8:41 PM
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    PN They are very tasty ... mmmm (L1dl, Chef Select, 6 for 1.05).
    Thanks for tip, I'm in there tomorrow and could just get some, as I try and avoid the Stollen aisle a sausage roll hunt could be a useful distraction
    Originally posted by Farway
    Toaster oven: Bottom shelf, foil on the tray, tray on the rack.
    Two sausage rolls.
    Upside down at the front of the tray.
    No pre-heating. 195C, top and bottom elements on.
    10 minutes. Done.
    • gt568
    • By gt568 5th Oct 17, 8:43 PM
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    As a sweeping statement, CFOs don't do BBQs, no need for BBQ food. It's simply not on the radar....
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    Just because it's not on yours doesn't mean it isn't on others. I BBQ regularly for one.
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 5th Oct 17, 8:47 PM
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    I BBQ regularly for one.
    Originally posted by gt568
    Describe your BBQ/style - and what's on the menu?

    I just nuked a burger in 2 minutes and shoved it in a bread roll
    I'm d4mned if I'm going to spend 10 on equipment, that then needs storing, then coals etc .... then to wait and be smoked out for an hour to produce a burger that "tastes a bit better, but it's still eaten in under 1 minute flat".



    Tea tonight was: cheeseburger in a bread roll, squirt of ketchup, side portion of chips. That's all the burgers gone now from the last packet. I'll get a new box (Lamb/Mint ones, 4ldi) in a couple of weeks, but I'll give the freezer a rest for now ... and eat what I've got. Now out of fish fingers and burgers in there.... plenty more chips as I bought another bag in the week.

    I'm too full to eat some more sponge pudding that I made earlier, so I'll have that tomorrow with custard.
    Last edited by PasturesNew; 05-10-2017 at 8:50 PM.
    • katkin
    • By katkin 5th Oct 17, 9:25 PM
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    PasturesNew could you please give me the recipe for your marmalade sponge pud. It sounds lovely.

    A cheapy disposable BBQ is a nice treat. Costs a pound or two and can be set up in the garden or taken on a picnic somewhere like the beach for an outing. Cook up a few burgers, sausages or the like and even a foil parcel of veggies. What you can't eat can be micro'd to heat back at home. It'll have a lovely extra bit of flavour.

    Mind it's not exactly BBQ beach weather just now, well not here!
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 5th Oct 17, 10:12 PM
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    PasturesNew could you please give me the recipe for your marmalade sponge pud. It sounds lovely.
    Originally posted by katkin
    I do it in a Pyrex, whisk/nuke in one dish.
    Small egg, weigh it (inc shell).
    Get that same weight in each of: SR flour, sugar, marg/butter.
    Bring those 3 together (like breadcrumbs).
    Add whisked egg. Beat smooth. Spoon in some marmalade as blobs. Nuke 3 minutes. Stand 1-2 minutes. Tip out. Eat.

    Poor Photo, that's about the size of half a Pyrex jug in height and I skimped on nuking as I was too eager (so just 2 mins):
    https://s1.postimg.org/1vw0yhochr/Orange_Marmalade.jpg

    Cut open: https://s1.postimg.org/4s3qoyxunz/Orange_Marmalade2.jpg

    I ate that bit I cut off; other bit's still in the fridge in a takeaway box.

    A cheapy disposable BBQ is a nice treat. Costs a pound or two and can be set up in the garden or taken on a picnic somewhere like the beach for an outing. Cook up a few burgers, sausages or the like and even a foil parcel of veggies. What you can't eat can be micro'd to heat back at home. It'll have a lovely extra bit of flavour.

    Mind it's not exactly BBQ beach weather just now, well not here!
    Originally posted by katkin
    Ah, disposables. I've seen what they do in beach environments in the wrong hands and it'd take a lot to get me to get round to buying one, then lugging it to the beach. Ferals don't take them with them, they bury them in the sand and if somebody runs over that spot a bit later they can end up in Hospital. Even left to cool they become unsightly and dangerous beach rubbish.

    It'd be "another s0dding thing to have to lug all the way down there" when already lugging a tent, windbreak, little chair, towels, drinks, nibbles, sun cream, change of clothes, etc etc.
    Last edited by PasturesNew; 05-10-2017 at 10:15 PM.
    • katkin
    • By katkin 5th Oct 17, 11:37 PM
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    I do it in a Pyrex, whisk/nuke in one dish.
    Small egg, weigh it (inc shell).
    Get that same weight in each of: SR flour, sugar, marg/butter.
    Bring those 3 together (like breadcrumbs).
    Add whisked egg. Beat smooth. Spoon in some marmalade as blobs. Nuke 3 minutes. Stand 1-2 minutes. Tip out. Eat.

    Poor Photo, that's about the size of half a Pyrex jug in height and I skimped on nuking as I was too eager (so just 2 mins):
    https://s1.postimg.org/1vw0yhochr/Orange_Marmalade.jpg

    Cut open: https://s1.postimg.org/4s3qoyxunz/Orange_Marmalade2.jpg

    I ate that bit I cut off; other bit's still in the fridge in a takeaway box.


    Ah, disposables. I've seen what they do in beach environments in the wrong hands and it'd take a lot to get me to get round to buying one, then lugging it to the beach. Ferals don't take them with them, they bury them in the sand and if somebody runs over that spot a bit later they can end up in Hospital. Even left to cool they become unsightly and dangerous beach rubbish.

    It'd be "another s0dding thing to have to lug all the way down there" when already lugging a tent, windbreak, little chair, towels, drinks, nibbles, sun cream, change of clothes, etc etc.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    Your pud looks yummy. Thanks for the recipe, sounds like custard, ice cream or cream would be divine with it. Not had a pud for ages, you've put me right In the mood for one. Love how easy you've put it together.

    I dispose of disposable BBQs appropriately! However, I get what you mean. It makes me angry to see people leaving them or even using them on public picnic tables, burning them.

    I do enjoy a picnic though and I'm lucky enough to have nice picnic equipment and a car with plenty of room for the kit. I camp so they come in handy for a quick meal. Though you can't beat cooking on a proper camp fire. There's something delicious about food cooked outdoors, all cosy and smokey
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 5th Oct 17, 11:56 PM
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    Love how easy you've put it together.
    Originally posted by katkin
    I should also point out that all mixing was done with a simple fork. First bit comes together in about 20 seconds, add the egg and that's another 20 seconds .... job done.

    No processors, power whisks, complex items required. Simple fork and no effort/energy.

    Alternatives to "sauce"/custard could be:
    1] having finished ... spread a layer of marmalade on top, which will end up on the bottom when you tip it out.
    2] in a small mug, mix some more marmalade with a bit of boiling water and nuke for about 30-45 seconds, then pour over... just a pouring "jus" as those posh folks say
    • Need2bthrifty
    • By Need2bthrifty 6th Oct 17, 10:57 AM
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    Morning All

    Apart from finally getting around to making a bakewell tart I had a very lazy day yesterday. It was too cold and windy to do anything outside and I finally had to submit and put the central heating on for a bit. Pinged some freezer supplies - soup for lunch and bolognaise for tea, a truly cba, cfo kinda day .

    Weathers improved today and so has my mood; started the day with some greek yoghurt and prunes, found the remains of a tin of spaghetti in the freezer so will have that on toast for lunch, then more freezer supplies for tea, using up some scampi & potato wedges........omg as I type I've just realised everything is orangey/beige - will add the last of the salad, sweetcorn and beetroot for a bit of colour .
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    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 6th Oct 17, 11:48 AM
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    I am making a spicy sweet potato and carrot soup for lunch.
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    • gt568
    • By gt568 6th Oct 17, 12:23 PM
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    Describe your BBQ/style - and what's on the menu?

    I just nuked a burger in 2 minutes and shoved it in a bread roll
    I'm d4mned if I'm going to spend 10 on equipment, that then needs storing, then coals etc .... then to wait and be smoked out for an hour to produce a burger that "tastes a bit better, but it's still eaten in under 1 minute flat".
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    Full disclosure, I have a small gas grill I BBQ on.

    However I do all kinds of chops, sausages, chicken breast, steak, burgers, fish, vegetables, the lot. And because it's gas it takes minutes generally. And tastes better.

    I guess that is the rub, when CFO, I still want to eat what I think tastes nice. Clearly you see food purely as fuel, and that works for you, but I enjoy eating and so do a lot of others who CFO. Just because you see cooking as a faff doesn't mean we all do.

    Yours isn't the only or best way to CFO.
    Down with the signature fascists!!
    • kittie
    • By kittie 6th Oct 17, 12:43 PM
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    Full disclosure, I have a small gas grill I BBQ on.

    However I do all kinds of chops, sausages, chicken breast, steak, burgers, fish, vegetables, the lot. And because it's gas it takes minutes generally. And tastes better.

    Yours isn't the only or best way to CFO.
    Originally posted by gt568
    regularly eating BBQ food is bad bad bad, havent you heard of carcinogens? Yes that is what you input every time you eat BBQ food. I never but never eat the stuff

    Snarky tone to your post too, no need for it

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nalini-chilkov/grilling-health_b_1796567.html
    Last edited by kittie; 06-10-2017 at 12:47 PM.
    • gt568
    • By gt568 6th Oct 17, 1:29 PM
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    Clearly I don't BBQ everyday!
    Down with the signature fascists!!
    • gt568
    • By gt568 6th Oct 17, 1:32 PM
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    Snarky tone to your post too, no need for it
    Originally posted by kittie
    Not at all. Merely pointing out there is more than 1 way to skin a cat.
    Down with the signature fascists!!
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 6th Oct 17, 2:02 PM
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    I have a small gas grill I BBQ on.
    Originally posted by gt568
    Ah, I can't do gas. Not too keen on any flames in a BBQ in any case. What does a small gas grill look like? I can't envisage one.

    Gas = will spontaneously blow up and explode, either while I'm using it, or randomly in the middle of the night when it's been in the shed for X months.

    I have to refill lighters standing in the middle of the garden ... and keep the little gas canister outside too.
    Last edited by PasturesNew; 06-10-2017 at 2:07 PM.
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 6th Oct 17, 2:18 PM
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    ..and I'm in the middle on this.

    I would barbecue food per se if I fancied it - because I am pretty experimental with food and sometimes will make the effort to experiment and make something new to me on the one hand.

    On the other hand - I avoid barbecued food - because I've also read articles about it not being a healthy idea.
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    • Farway
    • By Farway 6th Oct 17, 2:47 PM
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    Toaster oven: Bottom shelf, foil on the tray, tray on the rack.
    Two sausage rolls.
    Upside down at the front of the tray.
    No pre-heating. 195C, top and bottom elements on.
    10 minutes. Done.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    Thanks, noted for use this weekend.

    I did get some of the Lild sausage rolls, the "posh" ones at 1.09, not the everyday ones. I've also nicked your marmalade pud recipe and again a trial this weekend is very likely, although I've never had much success in microwave sponge type puds and in a way a fail here could be the best result calorie wise

    I was on lookout in Lidl for lamb chops on offer, but they were scrawny looking things, and 4 in pack, too many and not enough value for me. I did buy frozen pies offer, Moroccan lamb, which will be a first for me, never had anything slightly Moroccan food tasting.

    Yesterday dinner finished up with the Iceland mice beef hotpot, comes under the OK category, I will not bother again. It was only a quid so my expectations were not high. Especially when I spotted "Bamboo fibre" in the ingredients list OK for pandas I guess

    Lunch was good old cheese salad sarnie, and a doughnut

    Dinner will be YS ready meal Hunters' chicken and wedges. Not sure what, if anything, to put with it

    PS, I'm on fence with BBQ food. I would not bother just for me, but if I'm round somewhere and one is going I'm in there
    Last edited by Farway; 06-10-2017 at 2:48 PM. Reason: PS
    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 6th Oct 17, 4:02 PM
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    Afternoon everyone

    PN another one here who has written down your marmalade pudding recipe, it sounds really nice and quick and easy.

    I've been out all day looking at fridge freezers. I think I have spent more on coffee out today than I have for the previous 5 years .

    At least I now know what I want. I've narrowed it down to two and it's just a matter of checking the online reviews and then finding it at the best possible price.

    Before I went I had a large breakfast to keep me going of scrambled eggs on toast followed by another couple of slices of toast. I took a banana and two sandwiches with me, one for the train journey there and one for the return trip , so that was lunch.

    Dinner will be a dusted haddock fillet, oven chips and peas. Nice and easy . I don't want to be spending time cooking tonight because I want to check the reviews and prices for the f/f and place an order.
    • elona
    • By elona 6th Oct 17, 5:32 PM
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    Youngest dd is staying over so I am cooking tarragon chicken with pasta. A large casserole pot of bolognese sauce is finishing off in the oven for an hour or so and will be cooled down and put in the fridge so that tomorrow I just need to make a cheese sauce and assemble a huge lasagne as I don't know if we are four, five, six or more for an evening meal.

    Family are taking me on a trip to the beach and meeting up with a couple of relatives for a drink and a catch up so trying to prepare ahead as much as I can.
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