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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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    • Farway
    • By Farway 9th May 18, 5:25 PM
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    I fancy trying the steaming in foil of the salmon a la Kittie, anyone know how long to cook it???
    Originally posted by wort
    I steamed mine yesterday, in foil, with a knob of butter. About 10 to 15 minutes, assuming not frozen. Luckily in a steamer / foil pack it would take some doing to overcook it
    You can always bung it back on for a bit longer once inspected

    PN, well done on selling photos, I've never tried but believe it is an overcrowded market. I've had a couple "nicked" on line

    And a nice surprise on the volunteering, always welcome but not expected. I find it gets me out chatting & mixing, plus the odd freebie of excess spuds, apples etc at sometimes of the year
    • caronc
    • By caronc 9th May 18, 7:23 PM
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    Good evening everyone,

    meg - like the idea that you are keeping it as just in case. If I remeber correctly you've had some fab YS bargains before. Hopefully you can get a new fridge/freezer sorted out soon.

    Scallops Brambling how lovely and sounds as though you got a real bargain too
    kittie 44 for 6, that's hugely expensive even for hand dived, not farmed etc. shame about your red mullet, at least it was free. I've only ever had it in France in fish stew where it worked well, probably for all the reasons it's not so good just as a piece of cooked fish.
    Chippy "scallops" confused me when I first moved to York, up here a battered,thick potato slice is just called a fritter. Even more confusing was what (I think though it was 30+ years ago) was called a "fishcake", two slices of potato with a bit fish in the middle, battered and fried.
    Farway - sounds like a good day out even if the wobbles stopped you from visiting everything you might want to see.

    PN - you are a right "busy bee" at the moment so nice to here you are getting out and about. I'm a big fan of volunteering, I've had the same volunteering "job" for nearly 17 years. Thankfully it's stuff I can lift & lay and mainly do from home so continues to work well for me in my present circumstances. It keeps me sane (or saner ) though also drives me nuts at times to but it's stopping my brain cells from completely withering

    It's been pouring, windy and cold here today since late morning. Thankfully I managed to get to the libray & back before it started tipping it down. I've ended up with the heating on tonight, hard to believe it was so warm and summery on Monday. Needless to say no gardening has been done so as my "task of the day" I tidied out my bed linen cupboard. A bit of a chore tbh but it's looking good now. Thankfully it is supposed to be dry (though still chilly) tomorrow and I can hopefully get some more done in the garden. My windows are also needing washed, especially the front ones that have been well and truly splattered by seagull.

    I made a tasty but rather messy to eat sandwich of ham, lettuce, sliced gherkins and mustard mayo for lunch and had it with the other half of the carton of pea & ham soup. I've loads of root veg mash left from yesterday, a portion has gone home with my Dad, I'll freeze a couple and the rest is getting turned into a small pot of soup. Salmon tonight (like Farway steamed in foil for 10-15 minutes) with baby spuds, sprouts and asparagus.

    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 9th May 18, 8:11 PM
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    .... I've never tried but believe it is an overcrowded market. ...
    Originally posted by Farway
    I was "in the business" 2004-2007 - most people's photos are "just snaps" and what sells tends to not actually be photos, but studio staged photos. Generic, business staples. I had a couple on the books who were making over 250k/year just from the one global site I was running (at the time 2nd only to Getty Images for position/importance) - so god knows how much they also made through other sites and their own "actual work/clients".

    The hardest thing is rejecting people's photos as they don't like the answers you give when they ask why. Sunsets, flowers and animals are, in the main, not required. Libraries have an overload of them and they are the type most often submitted by newbies... and rejected as the 100,000 already in the library are either better, or "enough" because they don't sell well commercially. I groan every time somebody posts a random "sunset" photo ... as most are just ... a bit of sun going down ... and nothing outstanding.

    Yoga poses used to do well too ... so if you're going to snap a sunset, make sure it's a good one ... and get somebody doing yoga in front of it

    Selling images for commercial use is a world away from, say, printing art to sell... horses for courses and all that.
    • Brambling
    • By Brambling 9th May 18, 8:11 PM
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    All this talk of fish is making us sound very healthy

    salad with bits and bobs from the fridge for lunch ie boiled egg, cheese, Serrano ham and salami, I used left over new potatoes to make a potato salad. Dinner was some sea bream I was naughty and pan fried it and it was worth it may avoid scales for a while new potatoes, wilted spinach and green beans

    I'm currently kicking myself I've had my arm twisted by one of my sisters to agree to something I didn't really want to do and have spent the last couple of months saying no to I was guilted into it, that's the trouble being the baby of the family. It wouldn't kill me but I'm cross that I gave in. Don't get me wrong I love my siblings it's just some days I won't sell them for a million pounds and others I would give them away, maybe on a BOGOF
    • caronc
    • By caronc 9th May 18, 9:57 PM
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    I'm currently kicking myself I've had my arm twisted by one of my sisters to agree to something I didn't really want to do and have spent the last couple of months saying no to I was guilted into it, that's the trouble being the baby of the family. It wouldn't kill me but I'm cross that I gave in. Don't get me wrong I love my siblings it's just some days I won't sell them for a million pounds and others I would give them away, maybe on a BOGOF
    Originally posted by Brambling
    Families Brambling, I love mine dearly and wouldn't be without them but at times I am never sure if I want to "hug them or hit them".... As the eldest of mine, I can say that being "guilted in" works upwards as well as downwards

    • Brambling
    • By Brambling 9th May 18, 10:09 PM
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    Families Brambling, I love mine dearly and wouldn't be without them but at times I am never sure if I want to "hug them or hit them".... As the eldest of mine, I can say that being "guilted in" works upwards as well as downwards
    Originally posted by caronc
    there's nothing like the love of a sibling to drive you to violent, I'm told being middle child isn't great either
    • kittie
    • By kittie 10th May 18, 6:25 AM
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    I have just written a round robin e mail to my 5 siblings, a good way to stay in touch as we all have diverse lives, I had one from a sister in aus this morning, she must have been writing it while I was thinking about her, small world with hidden vibes and empathies. Its amazing how quickly we close ranks when something happens

    Food: peanut butter on toast and strawberries for breakfast, simple unadorned salad for lunch, probably with scattered beans. I think I will make a veg juice today and go for a cycle ride. I have done the hard work on the allotment, so need to get my heart beating faster and give my aching hand a rest
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 10th May 18, 7:27 AM
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    Beginning to see there are some advantages to having a brother I wouldnt trust as far as I can throw him here. He never tries to guilt me out - in fact we barely speak, so he wouldnt have the chance anyway...

    Though parents try and do "guilting in" sometimes. Though, in fairness, they do care for my welfare.

    Voluntary work this morning again and fingers crossed for no "episodes" today - the last few weeks have been a bit .

    Think I shall have to give some thought to VERY quick/easy things I could have for lunch if I know it might be a "one of those days" thing. Suggestions welcome for things that are nice/very quick/would suit my tastes. Think I may do one of those "supermarket visits and see if owt takes my fancy" en route home...
    Never doubt that a small group of people can change the world.

    It's the only thing that ever has.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 10th May 18, 7:51 AM
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    Suggestions welcome for things that are nice/very quick/would suit my tastes. Think I may do one of those "supermarket visits and see if owt takes my fancy" en route home...
    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention
    You can't beat a fish finger sandwich.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 10th May 18, 7:53 AM
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    Breakfast was a toasted muffin, baked beans, scrambled eggs, splash of the brown stuff and a black coffee.

    Sunny here, it was wet/damp overnight, but the sun's out now.

    Today I think I will be going to look at paint/colours. I know the colour I think I want, so that narrows it down a bit.... I hate colours/decisions and choosing/finalising ... especially as once you've decided and get it home it's all different and you don't like it.

    I've also got a short "training session" at some point, for the upcoming volunteering slot.
    • Brambling
    • By Brambling 10th May 18, 9:39 AM
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    I have just written a round robin e mail to my 5 siblings, a good way to stay in touch as we all have diverse lives, I had one from a sister in aus this morning, she must have been writing it while I was thinking about her, small world with hidden vibes and empathies. Its amazing how quickly we close ranks when something happen
    Originally posted by kittie
    Two of my sisters could say they were going to ring me and I would ring them the same time would freak my BILs out for a bit now they just accept it. Even if we haven't spoken for a while we also close ranks when needed (my brother maybe the exception but we just send our oldest sister in no one can say no to her). Also typical siblings, I can say what I like about them but you can't

    I'm at work but system issue so waiting for my laptop to reboot.......
    • caronc
    • By caronc 10th May 18, 10:14 AM
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    Good morning everyone,

    My sister & I often do the going to phone each other thing, it also used to freak the kids out when they were younger!
    I woke up to a bit of a mess this morning, one of my hanging basket brackets had broken. Cue me still in my nightwear rescuing plants. I think they are more or less ok and I'll replant them later. Thankfully yesterday's wind & rain has departed though it is still decidedly on the chilly side.
    Soup & salad planned for lunch and tonight probably pasta with something yet to be decided

    • pineapple
    • By pineapple 10th May 18, 1:36 PM
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    I woke up to a bit of a mess this morning, one of my hanging basket brackets had broken.
    Originally posted by caronc
    It could be worse. It was on the news that a couple had their entire (astroturf) garden stolen!
    Just discovered that the travelling butcher sells real ham - as opposed to a mushy mix popped out of an extruder into 'ham shaped' moulds
    So ham sandwiches for lunch it is then.
    • pineapple
    • By pineapple 10th May 18, 1:40 PM
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    Today I think I will be going to look at paint/colours. I know the colour I think I want, so that narrows it down a bit.... I hate colours/decisions and choosing/finalising ... especially as once you've decided and get it home it's all different and you don't like it.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    I always experiment with testers first and live with blobs on the wall while I try to make my mind up. Guess whose under stairs cupboard is full of tester pots....
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 10th May 18, 2:39 PM
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    You can't beat a fish finger sandwich.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    There's just a tad of a problem there - I don't eat fish - to give one reason why not.

    Was a peaceful morning's volunteering thankfully - and lunch has turned out to be puffed quinoa cereal with pomegranite seeds and some apple chopped up in it. Toast - with that cashew cheese (not finished yet) on top.
    Never doubt that a small group of people can change the world.

    It's the only thing that ever has.
    • Farway
    • By Farway 10th May 18, 5:03 PM
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    Like PN, rain overnight, hooray, beans & sunflowers watered without any effort by me

    Sun out, bit breezy so bunged a wash in before I went out, now out drying in the sun / wind as I type

    Breakfast was porridge / banana again, plus pot of tea

    Not one YS to tempt on my mooching this morning, came home with boring stuff like loo rolls & TV listing magazine

    Lunch was use up last of the YS 6p sliced loaf, in cheese & salad sarnies

    Dinner, due to complete lack of YS inspiration & CBA, will be the last stale crust, toasted, with tin of plastic sausages & beans, with last of the wizened mushrooms, fried in olive oil

    Because I scoffed all the trifle last night There is nothing else, except cereals if I'm hungry later

    In L's tomorrow, so hoping to find something inspiring there, or it could be Friday is buy Fish & Chips day after volunteering duties. Sounding tempting at the moment
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 10th May 18, 6:40 PM
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    Pineapple - you've taken a look at that bill then re amending utilities in your place (I noticed on another thread). It doesnt sound unreasonable per se - but...yep...it's a size of bill that does turn the hair white if single/low income I know from experience.

    I don't know how things go these days - but way back when (ie whilst I was still in my starter house - ie a Victorian terrace) I knew a major bit of essential expenditure was due at some point. The house hadnt had its roof swopped yet - so it was clear it would be due at some point.

    Basically - I left that roof to bottom of the list - as I knew that, if ever I got made redundant yet again chances are that I'd be unemployed for a while and I knew the unemployed got 100% grant for a new roof. I thought I personally would have to pay 100% if in work.

    Cue - fortunately I didnt land up on the dole queue again - but the roof went and so it was my responsibility. I asked the local Council if there was at least a partial grant for those who were in work - but low-paid. I did duly get given a (rather low) grant by them towards the cost based on my income level..

    Don't know if you have anything like that - and in this day and age of increasing cost-cutting - available to you from your Council?

    ****************

    Food-wise - just had a buddha bowl - of roasted sweet potatoes, roasted portobello mushroom, leftover steamed sprouted broccoli drizzled with bit of tahini sauce, tomatoes and olives. Chucked some vegan "parmesan- alike" over the top of it. It was actually quite tasty.
    Never doubt that a small group of people can change the world.

    It's the only thing that ever has.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 10th May 18, 7:47 PM
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    It could be worse. It was on the news that a couple had their entire (astroturf) garden stolen!
    Just discovered that the travelling butcher sells real ham - as opposed to a mushy mix popped out of an extruder into 'ham shaped' moulds
    So ham sandwiches for lunch it is then.
    Originally posted by pineapple
    re the stolen "grass"
    Lucky you re the ham
    I always experiment with testers first and live with blobs on the wall while I try to make my mind up. Guess whose under stairs cupboard is full of tester pots....
    Originally posted by pineapple
    I must have bought 10+ testers before I settled on the colour for the "feature" wall in my dining room. I was glad I did though as I love the colour I finally chose.
    The pots lurked for ages until one Christmas I used them to paint cheap terracotta plant pots which I gave to folk with a hyacinth potted in them. It worked really well so if you want to jazz up any plant pots get the tester pots out of the cupboard. Once painted you can easily seal the paint glaze with some cheap clear varnish if you want to put use them outdoors.


    After yesterday's wild weather this afternoon turned out lovely and quite warm. Apart from re potting the tumbling hanging basket I didn't get much gardening done but did wash my windows front & back. Somehow though I managed to strain/sprain my thumb joint and despite ice & arnica it is swollen, stiff and painful tonight. Thankfully it's my left hand (I'm right handed), but annoying as that's the hand I use to hold things while my right holds onto my zimmer. Hopefully it will settle overnight.



    The soup I made from root veg mash, onion, celery, stock & a splash of milk turned out well. I had some for lunch and there is enough for tomorrow and some for the freezer.


    I'm still deciding what to have with pasta tonight, I think either bacon, mushroom & asparagus or a small portion of chicken in a veg & chilli sauce that has been lurking in the freezer since Christmas. I suspect the latter as I'm in cba mode tonight.


    MTSTM - ideas for simple veggie "go tos" for me would be - hummus, baba ganoush, chickpea salad, skordalia, stuffed vine leaves, olives, cous cous, roasted veg etc. Yes a wee bit of prep but all keep well in the fridge for a few days so handy to make up a plate/bowl, add a flatbread/pitta and you have a meal in no time. In the summer I also really like cold cucumber soup loads of recipes online and easily veganised.


    ETA - decided between my thumb and dodgy balance that juggling hot pans probably wasn't that wise so opted for a HM RM of roasted veg lasagne from the freezer.
    Last edited by caronc; 10-05-2018 at 8:26 PM.

    • kittie
    • By kittie 10th May 18, 8:40 PM
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    I slept in a great solid hand splint last night, both hands, I have to rest my thumbs from time to time and I think I clench my hands in the night. Funny thing is that I always sleep better with the hand splints on, I think that click and sharp pain when moving my thumb, was what was waking me. I will do the same for another two nights and wear a creative comfort splinted mitt during the day, it still enables me to spin or ride my bike

    Now I am thinking about what food tomorrow, I need to have some idea or I tend to pick. I will have a boiled egg, sweet leaves and a tomato for breakfast, hemp/cacao/blackcurrant drink later and I need to do a stir fry again as my garlic from last year is now sprouting and I can get through several cloves in one meal. I have various veg to add and some beans to sprinkle. I feel like some pasta with that. Naturally I will also have a few temptations, during the afternoon, ending with rhubarb/half a special yoghurt and some hm granola mixed in. My tummy seems to know what to expect at 5 and I never feel any mouth hunger or hungry pangs after 5 until at least 6 am the next day
    • caronc
    • By caronc 10th May 18, 9:02 PM
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    I slept in a great solid hand splint last night, both hands, I have to rest my thumbs from time to time and I think I clench my hands in the night. Funny thing is that I always sleep better with the hand splints on, I think that click and sharp pain when moving my thumb, was what was waking me. I will do the same for another two nights and wear a creative comfort splinted mitt during the day, it still enables me to spin or ride my bike
    Originally posted by kittie
    They give great relief don't they? I had to splint up during both my pregnancies but thankfully both times the hand pain at night eased afterwards. I'm another "clencher" but usually find laying my hand/wrist flat along a spare pillow is enough most of the time to ease any aches, though I think I'll "tubigrip" my sore hand tonight.

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