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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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    • 13th Jan 18, 8:48 AM
    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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    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 9th Apr 18, 2:00 PM
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    Had my walk #feels virtuous.

    Decided I was a bit early for lunch and nothing was madly grabbing my attention - so it was just a cup of coffee out then and back here for lunch.

    Cue for CBA again - so wholemeal toast with nut butter on it and some tomatoes and decided to add more "goodness" with picking some sorrel and chives from the garden to plonk on as well. Fruit and rice milk to follow.

    Right at this moment - I've got one of the occasional inexplicable days of a "detergent" taste in my mouth anyway - interfering with the taste of my food. I know, from experience, it will be gone by tomorrow or the day after and back to normal - but blowed if I can figure out the cause/prevention of it.
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    • wort
    • By wort 9th Apr 18, 4:18 PM
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    Oh Money that sounds dreadful hope it goes soon.
    PN have you got yo the bottom of the police mystery?

    Sister came and touched up the hair dye that I missed yesterday. We had lunch ,I had ham salad gf crusty roll with avocado mix on the side. Then yogurt with seeds.
    We walked up to the cemetery with our other sister and the grand baby, beautiful weather had to take off my coat! And I'd only put a light coat on !A round trip took around 2 hours, called into little tesc@ they had carrots for 20p and mushrooms for 50p and raspberries a pound.

    I'll be having the patatas bravas with cheese on with a breaded chicken fillet, followed by scone with jam and cream.
    Focus on contribution instead of the impressiveness of consumption to see the true beauty in people.
    • Farway
    • By Farway 9th Apr 18, 5:09 PM
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    Back from Easter Bunny hunting, a bit rainy but but nothing that stops people out enjoying the day

    Lunch finished up as a tuna mayo sarnie in the canteen restaurant , not the most adventurous choice but it did the job

    Dinner will be the posh pork chop, I've got it marinating at the moment in my HM mixture. It will be grilled and eaten without any accompaniment except maybe some French mustard.

    I'll chomp a banana later if needed

    Lemsip nightcap as planned
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 9th Apr 18, 5:10 PM
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    PN have you got yo the bottom of the police mystery?
    Originally posted by wort
    Just googled it, looks like a false alarm.
    Fire alarm was activated, I heard the police response vehicle.

    So ... "nothing to see here" as they say
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 9th Apr 18, 5:12 PM
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    Hot sausage rolls for tea.

    Usually I buy a pack of six regular sized rolls, which works out at 2/meal, 3 days.

    This pack was 10 snack sized.... and so I decided it was best just to have 5/meal, 2 meals .... so I've now eaten the whole pack of 10

    They're not as good as the regular sized ones as you've got less meat and more pastry, so the ratio's not the same.
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 9th Apr 18, 5:23 PM
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    Wort - it's no big deal. I know from experience it'll be gone soon. There may be summat about it in latest book just sent for (not a cookery book for once - this time it's one on Tibetan medicine). Yep...I've been doing all sorts of googling of wierd and wonderful websites this afternoon - checking for how to get rid of suspected hypothyroidism (ditto no big deal - I have confidence I can get shot of it if I'm right about it). Any sound of Tibetan gongs sounding through the ether is me having decided to try out YouTube videos of that LOL.....

    Though it'll be mucking up the taste of tonight's dinner (one of the last two helpings retrieved from the freezer of "sorta bolognaise" that I made to use up last of the soya mince ever and some sweet potato chips).

    Wonder how Kittie got on today re house viewings? Guess she'll be along in a minute to tell us.
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 9th Apr 18, 7:12 PM
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    Good evening everyone,
    MTSTM - I get an odd "soapy" taste in my mouth sometimes after eating pine nuts. Could they be the culprit?

    As seems to the pattern recently after being dull & wet it turned out lovely late afternoon so I got a wee bit done in the garden after all. More plants arrived today but these are already in pots so just needed unpacking.
    My dinner plans have changed slightly as I've decided root veg mash doesn't really go with the stuffed patties so I'll do a baked spud instead. The lurking bag of parsnips can get used up in soup. My current bag of spuds are just the size I like for baking so I think I'll do a few and freeze the extras. A bit like "Goldilocks" I'm fussy in the baked spud size department so quite often bags of spuds don't have any of the size I prefer in them. I find the spuds sold as "bakers" are too big for me
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 9th Apr 18, 7:30 PM
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    My current bag of spuds are just the size I like for baking so I think I'll do a few and freeze the extras. A bit like "Goldilocks" I'm fussy in the baked spud size department so quite often bags of spuds don't have any of the size I prefer in them. I find the spuds sold as "bakers" are too big for me
    Originally posted by caronc
    Years ago, before the likes of Spud U Like shops and cafes selling baked spuds, we used to have very large spuds for baked spuds. Then the sacks stopped containing them - I guess producers were picking them out for the catering trade.

    Then many menus would have a baked potato on the side of some dishes and they were small.

    I begrudge paying extra for separately named "baking potatoes" and so I buy spuds at half the price/Kg and just have two smaller ones.

    A few years ago I went into a fresh fruit/veg shed at a garden centre and they had a single monster spud in the loose spuds container, at regular spud prices, not marked as special at all. I bought it, it was HUGE! But I couldn't cook/eat it at the time, so gave it to a sibling, who I knew would really enjoy a proper super large baking spud.
    • Brambling
    • By Brambling 9th Apr 18, 7:35 PM
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    ..I've been doing all sorts of googling of wierd and wonderful websites this afternoon - checking for how to get rid of suspected hypothyroidism (ditto no big deal - I have confidence I can get shot of it if I'm right
    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention
    Hopefully you're find something that works for you Money I know there are various suggestions to manage thyroxin levels via diet. I think I'll stick to my little white pill every morning I spent a year feeling carp and gaining large amounts of weight as my levels went up and down. I may have had a small melt down in the doctors as all I was capable of doing was working and sleeping. My levels have maintained for 9 years although my latest blood tests are showing a dip so more bloods in a couple of months

    Sausage casserole with rice and veg for lunch so I'm not that hungry maybe some fruit or oat cakes a little later otherwise I find i wake during the night. I managed a short walk lunch time it's always good to get some fresh air it stopped me falling asleep in the afternoon meeting it sharpened the brain for the afternoon meeting
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 9th Apr 18, 9:34 PM
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    I'll translate "may have a slight meltdown" into = went rather ballistic shall I?

    Have decided that, obviously, it's a good idea to work on general health (eg more exercise, etc) whatever the situation is. Now that the weather is getting better - it does help tempt me out walking. Still got lots of routes lined-up I've not tried yet.

    So to date - lined-up for experimenting with is Japanese Long Breath (that's basically a form of deep breathing that's supposed to burn off any unwanted weight in pretty short order). Well it's worth a try...

    I'm planning to have a go at Tibetan throat area exercises for my suspected hypothyroidism.

    Those two things together shouldnt take more than, say, 20 minutes daily "unless & until (ie they've either worked or I've decided they arent going to work)".

    Got mentally lined-up doing a short yoga session at least alternate days - but want to get those two things done (one way or another) for a few weeks to either have them work/or junk them (dependant on whether they work or no).

    I've not got a lot of time personally for modern Western drugs/operations based medicine. It's such a "new kid on the block" compared to other traditions that have been going for thousands of years - so therefore, I feel, must have some merit.

    Courtesy of YouTube - I tried out a Tibetan Gong Bath earlier to "get my chakras sorted out". Only a pretty short one - to see what I made of it - well it felt sorta "going right through me"/a bit wierd (but not in the "so wierd it made me feel thoroughly ill actually" category of sitting underneath a model pyramid some years back).

    Yep...I'll try most remedies for things - provided they're in the "alternative" category - as I am so distrustful of that conventional Western medicine

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    On the oat cakes front - I've come across a recipe that sounds suitable for us singles on t'Internet (quantity for 1) that I shall have a go at for English muffins. I've duly got some apple sauce for it out of the freezer and think that could be on tomorrow's menu.

    If anyone wants to try it:
    one-third cup rolled oats
    1 tablespoon chia seeds
    half teaspoon baking powder
    2 tablespoons apple sauce
    1 tablespoon mylk (but one could obviously use cows milk)

    - Blitz the oats/chia/baking powder and a pinch of salt together till finely ground.
    - Place in a ramekin and flatten.
    - 180C for 12-15 minutes in the oven to cook (or could be done for a minute or two in a microwave). Till it's cooked in centre and golden brown edges
    - Slice in half, toast and spread with whatever one decides.
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    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 9th Apr 18, 9:37 PM
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    Caron - I know about the "pine nuts" aftertaste. Gather it's down to some of them (from China??) aren't the "real deal" and they're the ones that do that.

    I've not had pine nuts for a while - so t'aint that...
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    • Brambling
    • By Brambling 9th Apr 18, 10:16 PM
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    I couldn't possibly comment Money

    I've just had an interesting read on 'gong baths' I've never heard of them before, it seems Aborigines have been using the didgeridoo to heal in the same way for thousands of years.

    Let us know how the oat cake works, I have all ingredients so definitely one to try, I would just need to make the apple sauce which wouldn't be a problem
    • caronc
    • By caronc 10th Apr 18, 8:24 AM
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    Good morning everyone,
    Back to chilly & damp here this morning....

    Stuffed patties were really good, tasted fab but leaked a bit so looked a bit scruffy but I certainly wasn't caring. The mix made 4 patties so 3 left, one will be sliced for a sandwich for lunch and the rest frozen. I also baked 4 spuds so 3 for the freezer. Tonight I've a portion of spinach & ricotta lasagne defrosting so just some extra veg to cook with that.

    Tesco arriving later with a much needed shop of essentials and fresh stuff but apart from that I've no plans for the day.
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    • kittie
    • By kittie 10th Apr 18, 9:51 AM
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    yes I am back money, was shattered yesterday, cor blimey this house searching is shattering. I was booked to see 2 and rejected both but the 2nd EA persuaded me to see another, had to follow him in my car. It was way out of my league, I might look like a granny but he saw sucker and I only disillusioned him via e mail when I came home. Last one today, cottage but could well be too dark, so I am going to switch lights off, haha they won`t like that but the biggest expense in anyone`s life, `course we should inspect everything, including light. I will be sitting back afer this one, waiting for RM alerts, I have some clearly defined areas now and am happy to wait

    Food is easy and good as in healthy: porridge made with FC milk, berries/apple later, omlette with muchrooms/tomatoes/purple sprouting for lunch, last meal is yummy celery/cashew soup. Lots of food in the house and allotment is producing purple sprouting, no need to shop

    money look at fluoride intake ie do you filter water to take out fluorine?. Iodine receptors can be blocked. Fluorine and chlorine and iodine, all the same chemical group and closely related. Also look at limiting brassicas, which can interfere with iodine utilisation
    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 10th Apr 18, 10:04 AM
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    patatas bravas
    Originally posted by wort
    Ooh, I like them.


    I'm planning to have a go at Tibetan throat area exercises for my suspected hypothyroidism.

    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention
    Sounds interesting!
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    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 10th Apr 18, 10:05 AM
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    Toasted rye bread with PB and a cup of tea so far today.

    I have some leftover rice to use up today.
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    • kittie
    • By kittie 10th Apr 18, 10:27 AM
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    I deliberately just put a wool wash on, to make me patient enough to stay until time to leave for my appointment at 11.30. I am always early for everything and have been far too early for viewings, upside is that I get to observe and listen but I know the area. I have got butterflies, not for fear of making the right decision but just from appreciating that I am in someone elses home and will be looking carefully while trying to ignore the EA babbling. I know for a fact that this home was only bought 4 years ago, they tried to hide that by giving the property a name but I found the number and have done research, which alone is tiring. Pity help anyone getting on in years without the required energy and no wonder that many sales these days are probate, people don`t want to move because of the hassle and the expense
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 10th Apr 18, 1:29 PM
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    Having already made that chicken curry, that was lunch today, with chips.

    Chocolate afterwards.... the last of the bar I sneakily bought yesterday morning and didn't mention.
    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 10th Apr 18, 2:34 PM
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    I made some lentil soup for lunch and chucked some of the leftover cooked rice in there. Made it nice and thick.

    I had a pineapple yoghurt as well.
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    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 10th Apr 18, 3:12 PM
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    money look at fluoride intake ie do you filter water to take out fluorine?. Iodine receptors can be blocked. Fluorine and chlorine and iodine, all the same chemical group and closely related. Also look at limiting brassicas, which can interfere with iodine utilisation
    Originally posted by kittie
    Bit confused re fluoride and fluorine??

    I know about fluoride and, thankfully, Welsh Water is one of our Water Boards that doesnt put fluoride in the water I believe.

    Can't recall the last time I would have used toothpaste with fluoride in - I deliberately buy it without any in.

    Re estate agents persuading people into seeing unviable houses - I certainly came to feel that EA's look out for people from outside the area and deliberately persuade them to view their "hard to sell" houses. I had two EA's pull that stunt on me when I was viewing houses here and it was clear pretty quickly that they were amongst the worst ones here and overpriced to boot. Re the "energy" to get a house together and this was one of the factors why I felt I had to get on and move when I did - in case I was one of the people that had "energy" problems on getting older (though I'm very conscious that it is "if" and not "when" that sort of thing happens and hopefully I'll come up on the right side of "if" and am okay for the rest of my life).

    I also came to the conclusion that one needs to take account of any "I couldn't tell you what if I tried - but there's something wrong with this house". I can recall a house I was interested in anyway - but it had the "there's something" feel about it to me. There was "something" alright - it didn't show up until someone disturbed nearby ground by building there (badly!!) some months down the line and the ground started shifting around a bit/bit of flooding going on and I doubt it'll ever be sorted.

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    Whew! Good job I "cheated" and bought a readymade pasty (spinach and cheese) and some salad for lunch. Reason being I then decided to plant a few things in my garden and (yet again) hit stuff-that-shouldnt-have-been-there hidden down beneath inches of soil. This time it was chunks of slate/large stones/etc. Before now I've dug up bits of those concrete block things lots of walls are made of here/bricks/etc. Every time it puzzles me - as the house has had several previous owners - until I remember that all available evidence re the way this house was indicates they were unable to do it themselves/too mean to pay anyone else to do it.
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