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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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    • Brambling
    • By Brambling 10th May 18, 9:50 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 took my dressing gown belt to a diy store to colour match my hall, stairs, landing I knew what colour I wanted but just couldn't find what was in my head. Is it less pressure for you PN if you're selling as you won't have to live with it for long if you get it wrong for your taste?

    Putting my garden bin out to night I decided to ensure it was full and had a brilliant idea to do some tidying, still in my work clothes I've a reaction to something in the garden I think it was the euphorbia, although i through it was the sap which caused me problems. I should have remembered gloves and sleeves the rash is finally going down, still a little sore it's probably just as well I'm on hay fever tablets, as even washing my arms didn't work.

    Lunch was same as yesterday salad made up of the last bits and bob from the fridge. Dinner was some HM spinach and feta filo triangles, I usually make a batch of 14 to use up all the filo and freeze, they cook really quick in my air fryer from frozen. That's enough salad for the week so I've taken some veggie lasagna out of the freezer for lunch tomorrow.

    I should have followed Meg72s example and taken my empty drawer out the freezer, it's now not so empty i was led astray when I went for eggs and milk yesterday lunchtime, lots of less than half price meat and fish in Waitrose I'm consoling myself that I have the protein for at least 21 meals for just over £10.

    My sister's threatening to use her key and 'shop' from my kitchen when I'm at work
    • kittie
    • By kittie 11th May 18, 7:11 AM
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    thumb feels a lot better this morning caronc and yes those big splints are marvellous, life savers tbh, keeps fingers straight

    I have decided to eat my last meal earlier than 5, I have been edging to 4.30 anyway and really it is just a snack, albeit tasty. So by 4 pm today and I am thinking that my stomach won`t protest at all. I have had my main meal at 12 for many years. Very strange how I never ever think of snacking after that last small meal

    I had an egg, leaves and tomato for breakfast and will get busy soon, I have bedding for my bed and spare beds to sort. It is all over the landing floor right now, I was too warm last night so need to finally change that for summer. I dragged it out before I came down so I have to do it
    • pineapple
    • By pineapple 11th May 18, 8:37 AM
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    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?
    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention
    Cheers. The local council used to offer a renovation grant which was a charge on your house when it was sold or you died - a sort of benign equity release - but they aren't doing it any more. However their website says there may be something in 2018 so am going to contact them.
    So many conflicting demands. Got a local wood restorer coming round today to do a test piece on a bit of my beams to show me what he can get them to. He says it will give my house the wow factor and sell it three times over. He is the person in these parts. He doesn't need to tout for business - it's only the lucky ones that he agrees to work for.
    Then there's the kitchen but that may have to be a bodge job - ie new work surfaces/unit doors.
    I've even been looking at equity release but a better alternative might be a new interest only mortgage product that is coming out for pensioners! Just £10,000 would do nicely.
    Anyway this is nowt to do with cooking for one - except I might shortly be comparing recipes for gruel....
    Last edited by pineapple; 11-05-2018 at 8:43 AM.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 11th May 18, 8:44 AM
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    Yesterday I was "killing time" - no point going home to pace about, knowing I had to be somewhere a bit later.... so I sat and looked at the sea. Then I went up the road "looking for food", nothing in the Co-Op, so drove round the corner and there was a Tesco Express and a chippy ... checked the price of chips (£1.70) then went into TE to see if they could beat the price point of £1.70 for "something nice to eat" and they couldn't ... so it was a bag of chips, parked up by the beach again

    Been up since 5 this morning, saw the weather and thought "good drying day", so dug out some big stuff that I can wash, then vacuum pack down and "pack away"... at the launderette at 7.30, sat outside while it finished, then went in, to overhear that they are closing down "now" as they have leak issues... so I was lucky to get that load done! It's all now on the line.... then I spread the bag of bark I bought yesterday on "the bit I had to skimp on as I ran out".

    I've two big bread rolls to eat today ... might have half of one topped with beans/scrambled eggs for breakfast in a bit.
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 11th May 18, 9:29 AM
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    Pineapple - don't forget with equity release that women are still currently being paid less than men. I've had it up to "here" with being told the excuse for that particular form of sex discrimination and it should be in the history books by now (along with the excuse as to why women werent allowed to vote until after men could). The "excuse" used for that one is phrased as "Women live longer than men - so we would be paying Miss/Ms/Mx the same overall". Yeah - right...

    But, for some strange reason or other, these companies are still being allowed to get away with that form of sex discrimination still.

    I'm dying to see the first encounter these companies have with someone that was born one sex and self-identifies as the opposite sex or no sex May the best person win on that one - ie not the companies

    But - meanwhile you'd be stuck getting lower income than you're due for for however-many-years that malarkey is allowed to continue - and there'd probably be some clause or other down in the agreement to keep you on the "womans rate" even after equalisation happens (whenever that is).

    I don't know about you - but it would absolutely stick in my craw so much to be treated that way that I simply wouldnt even consider it unless & until everyone is treated the same regardless of the sex of their body.

    Hope you succeed in figuring out a way to deal with these expenses one way or another.
    Last edited by moneyistooshorttomention; 11-05-2018 at 9:33 AM.
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    • wort
    • By wort 11th May 18, 9:38 AM
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    I found the heat pad helped re my back at work yesterday, it was a freebie from somewhere, so I don't have more I put ibuprofen gel on again last night, then again this morning after my shower.

    I had hm gf pizza with smoked salmon and veg last night, the salmon makes it really tasty.
    Followed by yogurt and raspberries.
    I slept better last night only woke a couple of times.
    My duvet seems awfully thin, it's 13.5 tog and I'm wondering if it's at the end of its life? I might get the summer one out and compare, give the winter one it's annual wash if nice this weekend.

    Work today and I've lifted the lo hm pasta bake out of freezer last night, I've added some mexican chicken pieces that needed eating to it and that's lunch.
    Dgson is here later and we are having, nachos, with cheese and jalapeños, various dips left from Sunday bbq, and chicken marinated in fajita seasoning, plus rice if needed.

    The weather is grey and quite windy, I'm hoping the weather forcast is better for the weekend.
    Focus on contribution instead of the impressiveness of consumption to see the true beauty in people.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 11th May 18, 10:41 AM
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    Good morning everyone,

    Brambling - I think we might share a sister


    Thanks kittie, my thumb is a lot less swollen this morning though still stiff and sore but definitely on the mend


    wort, heatpads are so fab, I bought some "wheaty bags" recently on BOGOF. I think it worked out a £8 for the two bags.



    All this talk of home improvements is making me feel , I really must start the ball rolling re a new bathroom. I have the cash but baulking at the upheaval.



    It is very windy and chilly this morning with rain forecast for late afternoon. I'm just going to finish my cuppa and head to the garden while it still dry. I need to get some salad stuff planted and do some more sweeping/tidying up.



    Breakfast was the usual toast & fruit and lunch will be soup and salad. Tonight I'm having scampi & oven chips with the last of the asparagus and some peas.

    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 11th May 18, 12:39 PM
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    Caron - have you got a 2nd bathroom or, at least, a 2nd loo?

    Basically - you can reckon on 5 workdays to get a bathroom gutted - apart from the decorating imo

    'Twas not funny when I had my bathroom done - and I won't talk about the standard of the firm that did it...you can guess

    It's the only bathroom in this house and there isn't a 2nd loo - so there were times when desperation = having to use a "bucket and chuck it". Fortunately it's a bungalow - and there are a couple of drainhole covers near the back door - ahem.

    On the other hand - what are the cat-owning neighbours like? Do you get free use of their bathroom for a few days as a "reward" for looking out for their cat?. Failing that - I guess it's your dad's house or the local leisure centre for shower purposes.
    Never doubt that a small group of people can change the world.

    It's the only thing that ever has.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 11th May 18, 1:17 PM
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    No I've just the one bathroom, I'm sure I could use the neighbour's loo but would rather not. I'll need to camp out at my Dad's which again isn't ideal. I'm thinking I might rent a holiday let for a week.


    It's very, very windy here so had to abandon gardening. I did get a raised bed filled and radish, pak choi, herb leaf and smowball turnips planted so not a completely wasted morning.

    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 11th May 18, 2:03 PM
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    Okays caron. One bit of advice from my own bathroom fitting is that I didnt realise (until afterwards) that they put my shower heading thingie too high for a short woman (ie me - and they HAD seen me). Also - I was in all the time they were doing it - so they could easily have consulted me about it.

    Mr Tall Man put it at a suitable height for a tall man.

    I checked out all the "how to" info. afterwards - and website after website says that the shower heading thingie needs to be set at a height "suitable for all members of the family" (ie even children then).

    So - you do need to keep an eye on them to make sure about that point. Otherwise - you get in your new shower the first morning of use and reach immediately forward of your hand for the soap dish attached to shower slider rail and wonder why you can't feel it. Then you open your eyes and look - and realise it's about a foot higher than where it's supposed to be and that is because the bottom of the shower slider rail is about a foot higher than it's supposed to be.

    You don't want to know just how many of the swear words in the dictionary you might find you know - with every alternate word being "thick", "thick", "thick as 2 short planks" - and it's not yourself you are referring to......
    Last edited by moneyistooshorttomention; 11-05-2018 at 2:14 PM.
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    • Farway
    • By Farway 11th May 18, 3:01 PM
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    Normal nil breakfast, volunteering day
    Into L's on the way, found pack of YS cheese & onion pasties, grabbed them thinking of tonight's dinner

    However mind changed mid morning, thus found myself in the chippy on the way home, one OAP cod & chips. £4.20
    It was huge, freshly fried, I allowed them to add "normal" chippy shake it everywhere salt & vinegar. Just like old times

    Had break with tradition, took it home & ate it from a plate, but with wholemeal bread & butter, and made a super chip butty out of it.

    Because I rarely have such a meal I really enjoyed it

    All this talk of home improvements is making me feel , I really must start the ball rolling re a new bathroom. I have the cash but baulking at the upheaval.
    Originally posted by caronc
    As others have said, it is a real upheaval, I only have one bathroom so it was awkward. Glad when it was over
    Can't say i had shower height problems, my fitter had common sense & asked, I stood there & he marked out the fitting holes.

    I found out later he had still bodged some it it though, only fitted one "o" ring on shower pipe for instance, guess he lost the other one
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 11th May 18, 6:22 PM
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    One cheap way of getting access to a loo/shower etc is to find the cheapest/closest camp site - borrow a tent and pitch it - smallest tent, no electrical hook up ... probably costing you £10/night.

    You don't use the tent.... just turn up, park beside it, use the loos/showers, go home again
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 11th May 18, 6:25 PM
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    This time last week it was HOT, with a HOT BH weekend stretching ahead of us .... here, now, today, it's cold, cold, cold and just started raining.

    No idea what I'll be eating, it's dumpling weather.... I might do chips later, with beans ... maybe cheese (if I CBA to grate some).
    • caronc
    • By caronc 11th May 18, 7:38 PM
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    Okays caron. One bit of advice from my own bathroom fitting is that I didnt realise (until afterwards) that they put my shower heading thingie too high for a short woman (ie me - and they HAD seen me). Also - I was in all the time they were doing it - so they could easily have consulted me about it.

    Mr Tall Man put it at a suitable height for a tall man.

    I checked out all the "how to" info. afterwards - and website after website says that the shower heading thingie needs to be set at a height "suitable for all members of the family" (ie even children then).

    So - you do need to keep an eye on them to make sure about that point. Otherwise - you get in your new shower the first morning of use and reach immediately forward of your hand for the soap dish attached to shower slider rail and wonder why you can't feel it. Then you open your eyes and look - and realise it's about a foot higher than where it's supposed to be and that is because the bottom of the shower slider rail is about a foot higher than it's supposed to be.

    You don't want to know just how many of the swear words in the dictionary you might find you know - with every alternate word being "thick", "thick", "thick as 2 short planks" - and it's not yourself you are referring to......
    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention
    Oh don't worry I'll be being very specific re my needs. I'm thinking I could book a near by Air B"nB flat that way I can still be about to keep an eye on things. I could go and stay with my pals with the pooches as they have offered but they aren't local and rural so I'd basically be away which I don't want. It will add ££s to the cost but in the scheme of things worth it I reckon...


    One cheap way of getting access to a loo/shower etc is to find the cheapest/closest camp site - borrow a tent and pitch it - smallest tent, no electrical hook up ... probably costing you £10/night.

    You don't use the tent.... just turn up, park beside it, use the loos/showers, go home again
    Originally posted by PasturesNew

    There is a small very basic touring site literally a few hundred metres from my house! I'm sure the owner would welcome me, a lovely (though rather strange eccentric) guy who would do anything for anyone but as the rumour is he has a "soft spot" for me I really rather not do anything that might give him ideas

    When I was getting a previous bathroom taken out many moons ago (20+ years ago) we managed to get hold of an ancient touring caravan (no water or electric) and we booked it in a localish small holiday park for a few of nights. My ex took us/it there and my Mum, myself and the two boys (both pre-school) stayed for a few nights until the worst of the work was done (my ex & late FIL were installing it). It was Autumn and freezing, the boys loved it but it was an "interesting" few days though better than being at home (just)


    On the subject of freezing it has barely reached double figures here today, it's bucketed down since early afternoon and I've just put the heating on.


    Tomorrow I must do a meal plan for the next week, after today's horrible weather it looks as though it could perk up a bit. Not quite lots of "salad weather" but not "stew & dumplings weather" either. My fridge seems to full of an assortment of random food so need to have a think about turning that into meals.

    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 11th May 18, 8:35 PM
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    I had two hot sausage rolls, that's the last of that packet.
    • Brambling
    • By Brambling 11th May 18, 8:36 PM
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    Caronc I have 5 sisters do you want to share any more luckily only one lives a mile away from me the rest are a lot further

    It seems most of us have had the dreaded bathroom done my builder said they would always ensure they would leave me with a working toilet every night, I decided having a sister a mile away had some benefits and stayed with her, going home only to liaise with the builders and look after the cats. I couldn't fault their work and every thing was discussed before they did it, in fact he came up with some good ideas.

    Glad you enjoyed your fish and chips Farway

    I don't know much about equity release Pineapple but assume you have to be careful if you think you may want to move again in the future, or have you reached the never again phase? I don't regret owning my own house but it can produce some big bills for boring unexiting things

    Vegetarian lasagna liberated from the freezer for lunch I wish I could remember what went into it as it was rather nice (if I say so myself ) I think I roasted the veg first but other than that is any ones guess, I did find some roasted fennel in it HM burger for dinner, so not much of an effort today.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 11th May 18, 8:41 PM
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    Caronc I have 5 sisters do you want to share any more luckily only one lives a mile away from me the rest are a lot further

    It seems most of us have had the dreaded bathroom done my builder said they would always ensure they would leave me with a working toilet every night, I decided having a sister a mile away had some benefits and stayed with her, going home only to liaise with the builders and look after the cats. I couldn't fault their work and every thing was discussed before they did it, in fact he came up with some good ideas.

    Glad you enjoyed your fish and chips Farway

    I don't know much about equity release Pineapple but assume you have to be careful if you think you may want to move again in the future, or have you reached the never again phase? I don't regret owning my own house but it can produce some big bills for boring unexiting things

    Vegetarian lasagna liberated from the freezer for lunch I wish I could remember what went into it as it was rather nice (if I say so myself ) I think I roasted the veg first but other than that is any ones guess, I did find some roasted fennel in it HM burger for dinner, so not much of an effort today.
    Originally posted by Brambling
    Eh no thanks , one sister is more than enough for me. I could camp out at hers but unfortunately her loo is upstairs which I can't manage....


    Ditto re the roasted veg lasagne I had last night, the filling was lovely but had definitely been a case of bung what was lurking
    ETA, I should add my sis & I are really close but we do drive each other nuts at times as we are completely different in many ways but scarily the same in others. We don't look at all alike but my elder son is her double so no disputing the family link!
    Last edited by caronc; 11-05-2018 at 8:43 PM.

    • Brambling
    • By Brambling 11th May 18, 9:04 PM
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    Eh no thanks , one sister is more than enough for me. I could camp out at hers but unfortunately her loo is upstairs which I can't manage....


    Ditto re the roasted veg lasagne I had last night, the filling was lovely but had definitely been a case of bung what was lurking
    ETA, I should add my sis & I are really close but we do drive each other nuts at times as we are completely different in many ways but scarily the same in others. We don't look at all alike but my elder son is her double so no disputing the family link!
    Originally posted by caronc
    My 'local' sister and I are the closest both in age, location and getting on, we are there for each other and both know any secrets go no further. I also gave her a black eye with a cricket bat when we were children, I had have the temper and she was the red head that sulked strangely enough I look like my mum's family and have my dad's temperament and she looks like my dad's family and has my mum's temperament.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 11th May 18, 9:32 PM
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    My 'local' sister and I are the closest both in age, location and getting on, we are there for each other and both know any secrets go no further. I also gave her a black eye with a cricket bat when we were children, I had have the temper and she was the red head that sulked strangely enough I look like my mum's family and have my dad's temperament and she looks like my dad's family and has my mum's temperament.
    Originally posted by Brambling
    LOL we are both (or were) redheads, she has my mum's temper & I'm more placid like my dad unless I get really riled (rarely), in which case everyone dives for cover. Thankfully neither of us "do" sulking.

    • Brambling
    • By Brambling 11th May 18, 10:03 PM
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    LOL we are both (or were) redheads, she has my mum's temper & I'm more placid like my dad unless I get really riled (rarely), in which case everyone dives for cover. Thankfully neither of us "do" sulking.
    Originally posted by caronc
    I am was a brunette with red highlights and a temper when younger which came from 2 red head grandparents I have learnt to control it as an adult (usually) When my sister who rarely loses her temper does we all duck . I no longer remember why I hit her I just remember being really annoyed that my dad took away my cricket bat she has never let me forget it
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