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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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    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?
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    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 13th Jan 18, 8:56 AM
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    Typical, I just posted on the old thread. I will post my post again here, lol.

    I can't stand this time of year, I just want the daylight back! I usually perk up in April.

    I just had a toasted bagel with marg and Marmite and half the mini veggie pizza I made for dinner yesterday.

    I think lunch with be HM soup as I have spuds, carrots, onions and broccoli in the veg drawer in the fridge.

    I think I will make pizza again tonight as I have 2 mini pizza bases left.
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 13th Jan 18, 9:04 AM
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    Morning Wednesday, same here roll on March when I perk up as a start my seeds off which always perks me.

    I had a lovely time with my sister last evening, we are very close but for various reasons it's been a wee while since just the two of us got together to have a meal and a glass of wine. Thought I might be a bit "muzzy headed" this morning but think my sister must have had the lions share so I'm feeling fine apart from the lingering stuffed up feeling from the lurgy. She really enjoyed the meal I had made and says she will be replicating it which was a nice compliment.

    I'm not sure what my food plans are for today yet.
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    • Need2bthrifty
    • By Need2bthrifty 13th Jan 18, 9:35 AM
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    • 13th Jan 18, 9:35 AM
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    • 13th Jan 18, 9:35 AM
    Morning All,

    I've just had cheesey toast for breakfast, a bit naughty but very satisfying and I can go easy on the fat and carbs with a prawn salad for lunch.

    I'm doing a small gammon joint in the slow cooker for tonight which I'll have with fresh pineapple, peas and chips.


    I can't stand this time of year, I just want the daylight back! I usually perk up in April.
    Originally posted by Wednesday2000
    That was one of the reasons I started my walking challenge because everything I was doing was either inside or under cover of some kind. I do feel more energetic and motivated these days even though I suffered face ache walking around in minus 2c .

    I usually start to perk up when I see the swath of snowdrops and crocus' in the parks and gardens and the bobbing daffs always bring a smile to my face. I saw the Council gardeners tidying up the bedding plots the other day in the park and thought spring is just around the corner perhaps I should get out there and do the same.
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    • kittie
    • By kittie 13th Jan 18, 9:47 AM
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    It must be the weather, grey day after grey day, does nothing for the mood or sleep. I slept fitfully and woke at 4.30 so had a small amount of spelt flakes and a cup of chamomile then slept again but downstairs on my nice chair that tilts me back.

    spelt and a few nuts first, later re-heated leek quiche and fresh coffee

    Lunch, rollmops to use, so rollmops it is, with roasted parsnips, caulie and cabbage

    I have sweet potatoes and a red pepper, they will probably turn into soup with a piece of hm bread. I have 1/3 of a jar of flageolet, will use them in the soup

    Berries have to exit the freezer right now, to make a soymilk smoothie later. I have berry crumble to use, dark chocolate to nibble

    I must get my arris is gear or it will end up as a CBA day, exactly what the weather dictates
    • Farway
    • By Farway 13th Jan 18, 11:05 AM
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    Morning all on this shiny new thread

    Grey here today.
    Woke early but stayed under the duvet listening to local oldie radio, 1950s hits
    Then up and jumbo oats porridge nuked for breakfast. The bowl has been sitting in the fridge two days now waiting for the CBA wave to pass, this morning was the day. Eaten with Greek yoghurt & honey

    Decided to stay in, 1/ no need to go out and 2/ in case I am a flu ridden germy bast4rd

    Lunch is looking like some of Lild's Black Forest ham, on offer this week, with salady bits in a sandwich

    Dinner I think may be rinse & repeat of yesterday's baked spud, beans & grated cheese. I did enjoy it, and tried new, to me, way of baking the spud. I heard tales of wiping in olive oil, wrapping in tin foil and unwrap 30 mins before end. Worked for me, a nice brown & crisp jacket. Mark two tonight
    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 13th Jan 18, 11:21 AM
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    I'm about to put my soup on. I love the smell of a nice soup bubbling away on the hob.



    That was one of the reasons I started my walking challenge because everything I was doing was either inside or under cover of some kind. I do feel more energetic and motivated these days even though I suffered face ache walking around in minus 2c .
    Originally posted by Need2bthrifty
    Yes, that is a good idea to make sure you get out every day in the fresh air. I think it's because the dull days make me feel sluggish and so I go out less and it gets into a vicious circle.
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    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 13th Jan 18, 3:04 PM
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    Afternoon everyone

    I'm still having problems with this site and posting .

    I had porridge with stewed apples and cinnamon again this morning, I'm certainly into that at the moment. I should really have my porridge with berries, there are still a lot in the freezer from last summer.

    For lunch I've had the same as Farway, a cheese salad sandwich. I had salad bits needing using up.

    Dinner will be a chicken stew. I went out to the supermarket this morning and got some fresh veg. I've got three portions in the slow cooker so that I can freeze two. I want to build up the store of HM ready meals again. The bought ones were ok, but I think it works out cheaper to have my own HM ones.
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 13th Jan 18, 3:22 PM
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    Had a sauna this morning - which was nice after not having had one for quite some time. Helped to warm me from inside out. Note to self = must do more often.

    Quick lunch later of just toast with soft goats cheese and little leftover stirfry and an apple and just done my supermarket run for the week. Wanted to make sure I got on with it just-in-case (ie with all this flu going round).

    Will give some thought to dinner shortly.
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    • Farway
    • By Farway 13th Jan 18, 3:29 PM
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    I had porridge with stewed apples and cinnamon again this morning, I'm certainly into that at the moment. I should really have my porridge with berries, there are still a lot in the freezer from last summer.
    Originally posted by Hollyharvey
    I have just stewed a pot of last year's scrumped apples. I added cloves as usual. Now I have seen this posting I think I will try some cinnamon stirred in

    Oiled spud baking in the oven, LO beans removed from fridge, all set for dinner
    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 13th Jan 18, 5:07 PM
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    Thanks for the new thread.
    I had somewhat of a luxurious brunch, oatcakes and Danish toast with a jar of lumpfish caviar that didn't get eaten at Christmas, and most of a mini Camembert that was in Heron this week.
    I came across a range of Indian ready meals called "Gits" on the Spices of India website, the name amused me, so I bought one with my order. The heat is rated as 'medium', I hope their definition of 'medium' matches mine. I'm in big trouble if it doesn't, from previous experience.
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 13th Jan 18, 7:24 PM
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    Good evening everyone,
    Another one here with problems posting today

    I'm glad folk have found the new thread.

    The weather has been foul - cold, wet & windy so I apart from a brief bin run I've not been out. There's gales forecast for tomorrow and snow/ice alert for Monday/Tuesday so suspect it may well be a few days indoors.
    My friends with pooch paid a surprise visit this afternoon bearing a rather lovely potted miniature white rose as wee gift. Hopefully I'll not manage to kill it before the weather picks up and I can pot it on outdoors. While I'm fairly greenfingered outdoors, I seem to be able to kill indoor plants fairly regularly.

    I've had a bit of CBA day re food. No breakfast again, I'm just not feeling hungry until lunch time so just not bothering. Lunch was a bowl of HM broth from the freezer with toast and the last of a piece of brie. Tonight, I fancy something easy so I think it will be the last (not wonderful) M&S fishcakes, with a few roasted potatoes. Both from the freezer so no prep. I've also a third of a bag of kale to use up so I'll have that with some peas as veg to go with it. I suspect half of my CBA is that the meal plan I did last weekend has ended and I've not got round to doing another (More CBAness). A task for tomorrow as I do think it helps me vary my food even if I don't always stick to them. Tomorrow I think I'll defrost some cooked stewing steak (surplus from the NY steak pie) and make some sort of stew from that and any LOs can be used up for lunch on Monday. I've also a portion of pepper stew LO from last night but will hold off freezing it in case I want to use it tomorrow either for lunch or in the stew.
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    • kittie
    • By kittie 13th Jan 18, 9:36 PM
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    an awful lot of people are hating this dull depressing weather. At 11am it went a tiny bit better than dull so I got myself out on my bike, I have to be determined and do it suddenly. Did a longer ride today but could feel the cold air going into my lungs, tried to breathe in through my nose but thats hard. I know it was cold because my hands were almost numb when I got back in spite of two sets of gloves but I am very glad I went. 10 miles today included along a river path and said good morning to a few people, passed 10 swans in one group but the lanes are still manky and my bike is worse than manky now

    No soup today, cba, rollmop meal was nice and I took a hm rm out of the freezer for last meal. Nice amounts of space are appearing in my freezer but I have to empty my small freezer yet, that one needs to be cleaned and turned off asap. I picked too many blackcurrants, I am going to make some jam next week, to give to dds.

    I have first breakfast soaking in fridge, frozen mixed berries, hemp seeds, oats and soyamilk. Second breakfast is in the fridge from freezer, smoked salmon lo from christmas. I am going to freezer dive for one meal tomorrow, no ideas but I know I have half a jar of rollmops and a few flageolet beans and veg in the fridge

    Some sun would be wonderful tomorrow to lift spirits and warm houses
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 14th Jan 18, 7:56 AM
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    I think we can all second that re some sunshine. Trying not to remember that February and March are often the worst months of all. Forgot about the weather completely for that couple of hours I was having sauna, etc, yesterday and then re-emerged to get blown to pieces yet again by the West Wales wind and see those grey skies.....agh! and I've had living abroad for a few years as a child in hot climates too (as well as being from being from a "better weather" part of the country).

    Re your comment on mealplan caron - hmmm...perhaps I'd better get down to making out, 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).
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    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 14th Jan 18, 8:56 AM
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    I decided to have a change from apples with porridge for breakfast this morning and had porridge with some mixed berries .

    Lunch will be a sandwich of some sort. I don't know what yet. There is tuna and cheese but I may have a look at how many eggs I have got. If there is a lot I will probably do an egg mayo sandwich.

    Yesterday I cooked a few HM ready meals for the freezer and today I have just put beef goulash in one slow cooker and turkey goulash in the other. So a portion of one of those will be dinner tonight with rice, because I've run out of potatoes. Then I'll freeze the other portions.

    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.
    • Need2bthrifty
    • By Need2bthrifty 14th Jan 18, 8:57 AM
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    Morning All,

    Raining here at the moment, I'm regretting not doing my washing yesterday

    Well done Kittie 10mls is good in such yucky weather, I only had time for a short walk around the park yesterday, a shameful 1.82mls but I'm still on track for this weeks target.

    Breakfast today was greek yoghurt and stewed apples, I fancy some prunes tomorrow so must remember to soak overnight.

    I'm going to make lentil soup this morning with the stock from the gammon joint I cooked yesterday, I haven't made soup for ages and my freezer stocks are getting a bit low, I get a bit jittery if there are less than 5 portions in there

    For my evening meal I fancy Moussaka, I have all the components in the freezer just need to defrost, assemble and cook.
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    • kittie
    • By kittie 14th Jan 18, 9:20 AM
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    Peppermint tea at the moment, I am using up some tea pigs that I bought ages ago for a family gathering but peppermint is a good herb to be drinking. I am expecting weak sun from 12, so will be ready to enjoy it in one way or other, even if just sitting by the french doors

    So my soaked oat mix was nice and I have a slice of hm bread with smoked salmon soon. I have my rollmops/veg/bean meal at lunchtime and still don`t know for last meal but a soup with grated ginger would be good and I have red pepper and sweet potato. Ginger, good for tum, good for cold season

    I am planning on doing a little food stash busting later, using oatmeal and molasses in parkin. I want to make jam but need sugar and its not worth getting the car out just for jam sugar
    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 14th Jan 18, 9:36 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.

    I had toast with Marmite today, but still felt hungry so I had 2 crackers with cheese afterwards.

    I'm making a roast dinner with the veg I have left along with onion gravy. HM nut burger as well if I can find a recipe.
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    • wort
    • By wort 14th Jan 18, 9:38 AM
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    Money- I envy your sauna, though I prefer a steam room. It used to be my favourite part of going to the gym. I gave up the gym due to money constraints a couple of years ago. I'm being treated to a spa day on Tues part of dd1 s Xmas present, I'm going with dd2, whose birthday is today.

    As a surprise for dd2, her boyfriend arranged for us all to meet up for a meal, dd1 and her partner came and picked me up, and they paid for me too. I had a salmon fillet with new potatoes and peas, it should have had hollandaise sauce with it but wasn't able to find out if it was g free so asked for garlic mayo. I had a couple of glasses of wine too!
    I'll go round to dd2 s in a bit, take her present and drop off dgson uniform for school. He won't be sleeping tonight as she's booked the day off and I'm working tomorrow and need to leave early.

    Tea today will be the meal I should have had yesterday, so the sliced potatoes and onions cooked in stock, with a genius chicken pie. Possibly some cauli too.

    Kittie- you put me to shame , 10 miles is amazing. I got a bike but struggled to go anywhere on it the roads are so busy, and double parked, it's also quite hilly, and I'm out of breath in no time.
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 14th Jan 18, 9:39 AM
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    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
    Have you tried a big overcoat, hat and mittens?
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