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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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    • kittie
    • By kittie 13th May 18, 11:49 AM
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    ooohhh I HATE vine weavils, I remember when I first got them and that was the end of my home table -top strawberry growing enterprise. One bag was crawling so it cost me all that equipment plus nematodes every year to last year. They love strawberries and sedums, both of which I had

    I have been cycling and to the allotment for another armful of rhubarb, had some coffee and started browsing, thinking I really fancy some old fashioned black pudding. Went onto the costco site and they, to my surprise, have some very good foods on there (not cheap). I have ordered Toms vegetable tartlets to freeze in single portions and an assortment of burgers also to freeze in singles. They do eversfield organic boxes at a very fair price, maybe in the future. Anyway all arriving next week and will help the eating plans, only needing to add salads or veg
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 13th May 18, 1:18 PM
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    Round here you are more likely to need a dog cr*p picker. That's because some locals and tourists think it is OK to leave deposits anywhere and everywhere - because it's the countryside innit.
    I'm fighting back and have even forked out for official looking notices from a certain well known shopping site. I'll be putting them up under cover of darkness though guaranteed someone will spot me and it will be all round the village in nanoseconds.
    Originally posted by pineapple
    I couldnt possibly comment - other than "A woman after my own heart"
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    • kittie
    • By kittie 13th May 18, 1:43 PM
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    I am pleasantlyfull, eaten all nice things today but nothing bad or full of sugars. Taken turkey breast slice out of the freezer, I am going to steam it and then add the rest of the jersey potatoes, will have a few with the turkey and leave the rest to go cold, to change the GI number. Having that rm first thing seems to have kept my tum satisfied for far longer today, no grazing, no cake eaten. I may well consider changing my meal pattern ie main for first meal. I will eat like a king at breakfast, prince at lunch and pauper at tea. I already do the latter, it will just mean swapping lunch and breakfast
    • bouicca21
    • By bouicca21 13th May 18, 1:56 PM
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    People who don't pick up after their dogs make me angry, but it is really difficult to deal with them. A few years ago, when I still had dogs, I saw an offender. Time for nice but nevertheless shame call, or so I thought. I pulled a nappy sack out from the stack I carried in my 'dog bag' and offered it. Oh no, she said, you'll need that for your own and walked off quickly leaving said mess behind.
    • Farway
    • By Farway 13th May 18, 2:18 PM
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    I saw an offender. Time for nice but nevertheless shame call, or so I thought. I pulled a nappy sack out from the stack I carried in my 'dog bag' and offered it. Oh no, she said, you'll need that for your own and walked off quickly leaving said mess behind.
    Originally posted by bouicca21

    I had to smile at this, quick thinking by her, but annoying of course

    Nothing of interest found int the shops, so dinner is the last YS cheese & onion pasty with brown splodge

    I still have some of my non scones, had a couple after lunch, quick nuke to warm & refresh them

    Promised warmer & sunny again tomorrow, so bed stripped & they can go on the line tomorrow morning

    Checked one of my begonia pots, blooming vine weevil there Squidged it

    Looks like reading and cuppa in the conservatory is due
    • pineapple
    • By pineapple 13th May 18, 3:04 PM
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    I have been reading about some very interesting developments in the mortgage markets ie interest only mortgages for oldies, they are not equity release. Would make a very good lifeline for those who definitely want to stay in their homes but want/need cash. Looks as though the rate is <4% worth looking into if you want to stay where you are and need updating.
    Originally posted by kittie
    Watching this one with interest (no pun intended). So far the only (first?) product I've found is just lending to people whose properties are worth a lot more than mine and who want to borrow at least 75,000
    • pineapple
    • By pineapple 13th May 18, 3:10 PM
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    Having that rm first thing seems to have kept my tum satisfied for far longer today, no grazing, no cake eaten. I may well consider changing my meal pattern ie main for first meal. I will eat like a king at breakfast, prince at lunch and pauper at tea. I already do the latter, it will just mean swapping lunch and breakfast
    Originally posted by kittie
    Tried that and failed.
    I can go all day till evening without breakfast or lunch and no hunger pangs. But give me a decent breakfast and I am really hungry by lunchtime etc etc... I know it's not supposed to happen like that but the more I eat at the start of the day, the more I want to eat later...
    • kittie
    • By kittie 13th May 18, 5:42 PM
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    sorted: for breakfast, one lamb cutlet with carrots/cabbage/fennel/jerseys. Lunch will be steamed fish/salad leaves/tomato/thin celery slices and pud will be home bottled gooseberries with ice cream. Tea spelt toast/peanut butter. Mid morning hemp/cacao/blackcurrant drink. All food eaten by 4.30

    Steamed turkey was lovely. I found some turkey wings and a leg in the freezer, so will make a few ready meals to freeze for breakfasts. I also have a small piece of gammon ham, may make a turkey/ham combo, I can always add pasta and call them pasta bakes. I have some garlic soup in there too. Will combine
    Last edited by kittie; 13-05-2018 at 5:45 PM.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 13th May 18, 7:13 PM
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    caronc - re your barbecue tongs for picking things up - and you might find a litterpicker even handier? They are longer-handled and can get a firmer grip of things.

    I know this - because I bought a litterpicker - community litterpicking for the purposes of...as there is a HECK of a lot of litter round here (well - there was.....). I've got my suspicions by now that one could trace out an ever-increasing circle which, coincidentally, has my house as its epicentre within which there are "normal" litter levels (ie very little of it). All part of making my environment feel more "familiar" to me LOL - as I'm used to not noticing any litter in most places and very little in more countryish places (not vast amounts of litter in loads of places - as this town did to start with). But the area is getting more normal on that front bit by determined bit by a group of us...
    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention
    I did have one of those but I broke it so adopted the old tongs instead. It's six & 2 x3 between which one I got on best with

    Round here you are more likely to need a dog cr*p picker. That's because some locals and tourists think it is OK to leave deposits anywhere and everywhere - because it's the countryside innit.
    I'm fighting back and have even forked out for official looking notices from a certain well known shopping site. I'll be putting them up under cover of darkness though guaranteed someone will spot me and it will be all round the village in nanoseconds.
    Originally posted by pineapple
    Same here, it drives me nuts.I'm not sure which annoys me most, those that leave it or those that bag it and then hang the bag from something.


    Well done on that, some of mine have survived but there are gaps to fill, vine weevils
    Originally posted by Farway
    I'm not sure if 've had vine weevils, every other critter though so probably have. I lifted the bulb at the end of last season and stored it in dry compost in the greenhouse. I repotted it and brought it indoors just after Easter. It's even bigger today


    Good evening everyone,

    Late on parade today as it has been another cracking day so spent most of it in the garden. Not as warm as yesterday, cardi required, but lovely just the same. I didn't venture to the front as I'm not feeling very bendy today, I contented myself with jobs I could do while mainly seated and managed to get a fair bit done.


    I skipped breakfast, had a banana mid morning and then a naughty but nice lunch of tattie scone, lorne, black pudding, egg and tomato. It was scrumptious. I've defrosted a lamb steak for tonight which I'll griddle and have with shallots, steamed baby spuds, broad beans & runner beans.

    • Brambling
    • By Brambling 13th May 18, 8:35 PM
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    Walked into town late morning with my sister and stopped for a early lunch in the m&s cafe, just a cheese and ham toasty. We hadn't realised there was an event in the town a mix of knights in armour and expensive British cars and to quote my sister 'the scary looking Morris men' with pheasant feathers in their hats and dark purple faces no bells just sticks. I think whoever arranged the English festival may have been smoking something during the planning stage as it was such a mish mash although the folk singers were good as was the gin sampling (all local gin)

    Dinner was baked 'fried' chicken with HM coleslaw and new potatoes. There's some left over for a couple of lunches. I've just taken my no knead fruit and nut bread out the oven, I don't think I allowed it to prove enough the test will be in the cutting but it's still too warm, the texture looks wrong. I've made it once before and it did rise better, time will tell
    Last edited by Brambling; 13-05-2018 at 8:38 PM.
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 14th May 18, 6:48 AM
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    Well - if your fruit and nut bread works out okay eventually Brambling it would be good to have the recipe please.
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    • kittie
    • By kittie 14th May 18, 7:07 AM
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    ok, kings meal is eaten and was nice. Being breakfast I certainly don`t feel like anything else, ie sweet, which is good

    I have 3 turkey wings defrosted and the ham, I will cook both separately with herbs in the pressure cooker. Then keep some ham slices vac packed in the freezer, to enjoy for meals. I have sliced onion, soaking in a little vinegar to lighten the flavour a little. Then I will make the sauce base, onion/celery/carrot/garlic stock and a tin of tomatoes. Part cook the pasta, mix the meats and assemble into meals for freezing

    Good so far, all food going to plan. I was hungry after the turkey and jerseys last meal yesterday but managed to ignore my stomach. I never felt hungry after the bowl of hm granola/rhubarb/yoghurt. I just need to educate my stomach, after all we are creatures of habit
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 14th May 18, 8:07 AM
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    ...grape growing...
    Originally posted by Farway
    In the late 60s I remember my parents had a single grapevine they were growing. It never got big and then we moved. At the next house I also remember a single grapevine being grown - there might've been a hint of some small bunches at some point, but it never "came to much". I certainly have no memories of ever being able to pick one, nor of ever eating one of them.

    Yesterday I started with a good cooked breakfast (hash browns, sausages, beans, scrambled eggs) as I knew I was being fed early evening and wanted to make sure I made it through to that.

    Had some bonus cake, one monster slice, and a small Spanish equivalent of a cross between an egg custard tart and a mini plain quiche with thin/layered/flakey pastry, no idea what it was as it was a kind of "rejects tray/help yourself", but it wasn't as good as either a quiche or an egg custard... so not sure what it was and it wasn't that good. I also had small pieces of other cakey bits that amounted to the equivalent of one monster slice.

    Early evening I got a "free feed", which turned out to be a big hotdog and a pint. I also came home with a plated slice of cake .... that I think I scoffed about midnight

    Probably walked about 10 miles yesterday so I've walked that lot off OK

    As I knew I'd not be eating at home, I now really need to go food shopping at some point ... but not hungry yet.
    Last edited by PasturesNew; 14-05-2018 at 8:10 AM.
    • pineapple
    • By pineapple 14th May 18, 8:33 AM
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    Same here, it drives me nuts.I'm not sure which annoys me most, those that leave it or those that bag it and then hang the bag from something.
    Originally posted by caronc
    I think mostly they probably have good intentions. When my dog does something on the outward journey, I always have a bit of a conflict. Do I carry it all the way round with me like a right lemon or do I leave it somewhere and risk forgetting about it on the way back.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 14th May 18, 9:40 AM
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    I think mostly they probably have good intentions. When my dog does something on the outward journey, I always have a bit of a conflict. Do I carry it all the way round with me like a right lemon or do I leave it somewhere and risk forgetting about it on the way back.
    Originally posted by pineapple
    Tbh - I don't think they do.... There are too many abandoned to explain folk forgetting to retrieve them!


    Good morning everyone,

    Another lovely sunny morning here though cooler than it looks outside.
    More gardening for me today plus no doubt a lot of sitting in the sunshine with my book.
    I'm going to defrost a pork steak for tonight and have it stir fried with veg and either noodles or rice.
    Lunch will be a cheese or pate salad.

    • kittie
    • By kittie 14th May 18, 10:51 AM
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    I agree with caronc, bags are deliberately abandoned and where they can be seen. How anti-social these dog walkers are. I once challenged a woman, professional dog walker, drove up in her car, took 3 dogs out over the field by the allotments, went back to her car without bags. She said they had all gone before their walk!! yes right. Needless to say she has never been on that walk again, I can be pretty well hidden on my allotment and most people do not carry a poo bag back, yet they all go out for that specific purpose. My husband used to carry 3 bags back, he was the only one

    Anyway back on to a better topic ie food and I am in throes of making 6 ready meals. Meats are cooked and divided, to also include 3 portions of cooked ham in vac bags and now in freezer. I am waiting for the carrots in my sauce to soften, it looks lovely, creamy with distinctive slices of veg. I have 6 portions of pasta out to cook for just 5 minutes. and I will be finished just in time to get my princely meal of fish and salad ready. Then booger all, except to continue my third reading of the pillars of the earth, love that book and I have the following two books to read, what pleasure to come and yes I will sit out again, like yesterday. The most beautiful of days, not too hot or cool
    Last edited by kittie; 14-05-2018 at 10:54 AM.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 14th May 18, 11:50 AM
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    Breakfast ended up being a bread roll I'd frozen, which I toasted and topped with sausages and beans, with brown sauce and a black coffee.

    Nice and sunny here, but it can be a little offputtingly breezy so you think of something you could do outside, then step out there .... and you get a bit of a breeze and think "Nah".

    I've mislaid my postbox key ... since about Friday. I always keep it in the same place and it's not there, which is always annoying... so I hope to stumble across it today when I sort a few things out/tidy up a bit. The key's easy to spot as it's attached to a fat length of bright green material, I'm just annoyed that for some reason I didn't put it immediately back where it belonged!
    • kittie
    • By kittie 14th May 18, 12:32 PM
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    it will be where you went to after you brought post in last time, either that or you had a coat on and it is in your pocket or if you went out, in your car

    My ready meals are ready and look wonderful, a full meal in a silver foil dish with a lid and now chilling before freezing

    Fish and salad eaten plus very dark chocolate afterwards, I may have an ice cream later, while sitting out. It has taken all morning but no preps for 6 future meals, was worth it

    I feel like cycling again tbh, maybe later in the day but will wear my new pedal pushers with padded nether regions. My backside was not comfortable yesterday, got to 6 miles and was wishing I had nether pads. Maybe I will just cycle up to the allotment instead and do some physical work, like push mowing and edge cutting. I am feeling energetic
    • Farway
    • By Farway 14th May 18, 2:41 PM
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    Up to find the washing machine working nicely, I mention it because I set the timer, which I've never needed to use, always a bit of a shock when some technology actually does what is expected of it

    Breakfast of usual porridge / banana / HM yoghurt, then pegged washing out, lovely sunny, warm, with a nice drying breeze

    Into town, spotted a YS free range chicken in Asda, hooray, I've been fancying chicken for a while, quick meal plan change from fish for tonight

    Another impulse buy, Wilko had a Muscat grape outside, popped that in my trolley. It is unnamed variety, but a green one. I'll pot it on & decide later on training regime.
    PN, when I grew grapes I really had buckets full, but they were not the big lush ones, more wine ones. Mine were trained on the side of the house, PIA to prune & pick them. I made not very good wine with them. Where I live must suit grapes, there is a vineyard not far from me

    Lunch was cheese & salad sarnie again

    I've roasted the YS chicken, I'll have some with a salad tonight, keep some for cold tomorrow, and freeze some for a CBA day

    Used my LO boiled spuds as base of a spud salad, quite looking forward to dinner now. Good day for a salad

    I've mislaid my postbox key ... since about Friday. I always keep it in the same place and it's not there, which is always annoying... so I hope to stumble across it today when I sort a few things out/tidy up a bit. The key's easy to spot as it's attached to a fat length of bright green material, I'm just annoyed that for some reason I didn't put it immediately back where it belonged!
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    It'll appear from nowhere. When my car key fell apart recently I was sure I had a spare somewhere, hanging in my key safe, where all my keys are. Nope couldn't find it.
    Found it yesterday, in my key safe, with it's huge orange tag
    I already go to Specsavers, I've just had a reminder for a test, better get there quick
    • wort
    • By wort 14th May 18, 6:20 PM
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    Gorgeous sunny day, washed my to feather and down winter coats 1 short 1 long. Plus a load of mine and dgsons clothes. All dry and put away.
    I've seen the Dr and he's referring me for physio for my back.
    Had a ham salad sandwich and yogurt with seeds at lunch, and just had tinned salmon with a salad, of rocket and spinach leaves with onion, tomatoes, sun blush tomato, peppers and olives plus baby potatoes.
    A breeze has picked up so I'm having a cuppa in the conservatory, the cat has just spotted me and is racing across the garden, so I'll be having a cuddle now. Nice way to end the day.
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