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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?
    Last edited by caronc; 13-01-2018 at 8:51 AM.

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    • Brambling
    • By Brambling 14th May 18, 6:34 PM
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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.
    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention
    It worked the first time I made it and was so easy, this was either a brain f*rt moment Saturday night as I was tired and didn't think the dough look right not wet enough or it could be yeast as i don't remember when I opened it. It tastes ok just a little heavy this time and incorrect texture not bad enough to throw away. Last time I used the scales rather than cups not sure if that made a difference.

    It has no sugar and only 1 tbsp of honey, but the dried cranberries obviously contain sugar

    https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2017/11/08/no-knead-cranberry-nut-bread/
    • pineapple
    • By pineapple 14th May 18, 7:17 PM
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    Tonight I am having risotto rice with fried bits of pork tenderloin, chestnut mushrooms and chopped up wild garlic. With some chilli and 5 spice flavouring.
    I'm also currently imbibing a tasty little Chardonnay by Lindeman's - on offer at the Co-op.
    I love my food and will never be thin.....
    Last edited by pineapple; 14-05-2018 at 7:19 PM.
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 14th May 18, 7:24 PM
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    Thanks for recipe. Looks nice - crusty (as I like). Guessing I could substitute sultanas for dried cranberries. My flour I'd use would be wholemeal - but don't suppose that makes any difference.

    Thought re it worked out better for you when using scales instead of cups is maybe it's down to you have English size set of cup measures - and they will be using American size set of cup measures??

    I've got both sets - but can't actually remember which is which - though I know my actual cup measures (as opposed to spoon type cup measures) must be English - as they came from Aldi iyswim. But I've got 2 other sets of cup measures - so must look it up at some point to establish which of them ain't English.
    Never doubt that a small group of people can change the world.

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    • caronc
    • By caronc 14th May 18, 7:48 PM
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    Good evening everyone,

    Chinese style pork here tonight too pineapple



    Farway re your key being in the key safe after all. Still it means you still have a spare


    It's been another cracking day here and quite warm as well. I'd like to say I got lots of gardening done but after having a walk round the block found myself in "wonky donkey" mode so spent most of the afternoon snoozing or reading. There is so much I want to be getting on with but I'm sensible enough to know when it would be foolish to do so.


    Pork leg steak has defrosted and I just need to chop some veg and decide if I'm having noodles or rice with it. Lunch was Port Salut cheese on crackers with wodges of cucumber, celery, a handful of radishes and a cupasoup.

    • Brambling
    • By Brambling 14th May 18, 8:27 PM
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    Money I think you're right about the cup sizes although in theory as long as I used the same size cups it should have worked. I usually prefer grams to cups for baking. The first one I made I added dates to the walnuts and that worked well, but it's all personal taste.

    Wort I'm not convinced that the cat is pleased to see me home or if he's after his dinner I do believe my tablet has a silent alarm only heard by cats to let him know when I've entered the passcode I've gotten practised at typing around a cats bum

    Bad start to the day there was an unexpected road closure, so it took an hour to travel the last 10 minutes to work, Heart radio didn't mention it, it seems I should have been listening to BBC Sussex as they were telling you to avoid the town

    Lunch was LO chicken with salad and HM coleslaw. Dinner was a bit cba omelette with veg and new potatoes. LO potatoes to make a potato salad for tomorrow lunch. I may go and have a slice of fruit bread and a cup of tea now
    • kittie
    • By kittie 14th May 18, 9:30 PM
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    I was cream crackered after today, spent all afternoon on the allotment, came back to go buy 9 bags of various slightly alkaline composts as the raspberries are walking away from the raised beds. I need to make the beds more enticing and seeing that they lasted until last week, well they deserve tlc. Buying the bags was one thing, then I took them straight up and had to barrow them, then manhandle and upend. No wonder that my shoulder is aching, plus walked about 12 heavy cans of water from the tap

    So now I am thinking about breakfast and I have run out of stuff, only fish portions, a bit of diced turkey and 2 lamb cutlets left. I`ll be glad to get those `instant` foods next week. I have just been and ordered quite a few extras for my wednesday order, I need stir fry stuff, eggs, a couple of mains for my meals. No way am I going to slave over a stove. Plus cheeses and fermented tofu added

    Breakfast has to be be baked as I have put frozen mackerel in the fridge, I will put it in foil ready tonight, No other way will do as it stinks through the house if fried, there are a few bits of frozen parsnips and some small frozen tomatoes. I will need to do shredded cabbage with that. That will do for breakfast.

    Oh, lunch, another tricky one, I don`t even have garlic or onion in the house. I may well just do a bowl of rice with dried soya, celery and ginger etc. I am scraping the barrel at the moment, don`t know how I have let everything run down so much.Oh yes I have a few leaves left, will put them on the rice, to wilt

    I love my spelt toast, so will be looking forward to tea, peanut butter on one and jam on the other. I will be having the usual hemp drink, making sure I get my berries and I have some ice ceam so rhubarb will be nice with that

    I saw a programme about really wild cats last night, scratching their owners to smithereens.
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 15th May 18, 6:11 AM
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    Think all the cats mentioned on this thread know which side their bread is buttered by the sound of it Kittie - apart from a couple that go swimming in the canal at regular intervals...
    Never doubt that a small group of people can change the world.

    It's the only thing that ever has.
    • kittie
    • By kittie 15th May 18, 6:34 AM
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    breakfast is down the hatch and I feel very full, have all day to digest so that is good. I can`t be thinking of rice at mid-day. It will have to be the likes of a little edamame pasta with a spoonful of capers in olive oil, plus leaves and tomato and a few nuts . So far so good, re eating my main meal at breakfast, it isn`t that easy to think about but will be easier if I plan ahead. My tum seems to like it and I certainly didn`t feel tempted to nibble yesterday, in fact never had mouth hunger at all. Today might be different as I intend to have a rest day, apart from a half hour on my bike
    • wort
    • By wort 15th May 18, 7:42 AM
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    brambling, my alarm beeps as you hit each number on the code, that's enough, to wake him and he jumps out of his bed sounding like a baby elephant, and races down stairs before I've made it into the living room.!

    Kittie you are so organised, but I couldn't eat a big meal for breakfast, I don't like a cooked breakfast of any kind. Though I can see it helping re energy levels through the day.
    My sister saw the cat programme, and said most of it was the owners fault, as they had let them play with their feet , hands etc as a kitten. I think most normal people 'would realise to direct play with a soft toy or fishing rod type toy. I haven't seen it yet though.

    Of to work shortly taking lunch as yesterday, ham salad sandwich and yogurt with seeds.
    I've pulled out a ready meal, of Spanish chicken with parmentier potatoes, as I know, I won't want to cook after a full day in work.
    Focus on contribution instead of the impressiveness of consumption to see the true beauty in people.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 15th May 18, 11:03 AM
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    Good morning everyone,

    Goodness, it looks as though I'm stalking CFOers , I made chinese pork last night like pineapple and I'm having spanish chicken tonight like wort
    It's sort of sunny and sort of cloudy here with a bit of drizzle forecast for this afternoon. I'm not sure how much I'll get done today as had a rubbish night though I'm less wonky this morning.
    I'm going to cook the spanish chicken in the slow cooker, a "bung it in" rather than a recipe.
    Lunch will be a re run of yesterday and I had my usual toast & fruit for breakfast. I couldn't eat my main meal first thing, toast or similiar is about all I can face. I do enjoy a cooked breakfast but tend to have it as a brunch late morning rather than earlier.
    My sister is picking up some shopping for me when she does her own this evening. Just milk and a few other fresh bits but it means I can put off getting a "proper" shop until later in the week.

    • kittie
    • By kittie 15th May 18, 12:34 PM
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    I am alert for the buzzer, am cooking pasta made from 95% lentil flour and 5% quinoa. Looks good and will be nice tossed with capers in olive oil, with leaves and tomato.

    Eaten it now and will definitely make it again, was delicious and I have another full box of that pasta. Ancient harvest pasta and I see that dolphin fitness sell it, I ordered linwood hemp from them a few days ago and am going to get more of this pasta, its such an easy and tasty way to eat lentils. Ordered and they have the same capers, also ordered and all free delivery

    oven is on and am making flax/walnut crackers to eat with the likes of cheese. Never made this recipe before and never used the dry vitamix for flax. I must say that I had a wonderful result, not one whole seed left, whereas the coffee grinder I used to use made heavy weather of it. I almost used 200 degrees c then realised it was an american recipe and 200 f is actually 93 c, they will be in for 2 hours I like the fact that I had to soak in warm water so it got thick naturally. Then I spread it out with wet hands. Will crisp it up at the end, cool and break into crisp sizes and will freeze

    I am all for having easy healthy stuff ready to eat, I usually don`t eat much meat or fish and that is all I had handy
    Last edited by kittie; 15-05-2018 at 12:37 PM.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 15th May 18, 1:51 PM
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    .... lentil flour .... quinoa... capers in olive oil...

    .... linwood hemp .... flax/walnut crackers .... vitamix....whole seed ....
    Originally posted by kittie
    It's a parallel universe ... looks like there are no pies there.

    Breakfast today was half a toasted bread roll, baked beans and sausages, splash of brown sauce.

    Lunch was the bottom half of that roll, spread with margarine.
    • Farway
    • By Farway 15th May 18, 3:07 PM
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    Sunny & warm, spot of mini volunteer mini gardening very early, and now I have been given some runners + sweet peas. Think I can squeeze them in somewhere

    Skipped breakfast
    Lunch was PB baguette, with cheese & salad filling
    Dinner will be LO cold chicken, and yet more salad, including twice LO HM spud salad

    Now fancying making some bread, but the Brambling one is bit over my CBA threshold, tasty as it looks

    It's a parallel universe ... looks like there are no pies there.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    That is one thing that makes this forum nice, nothing is "wrong" or "odd" whatever suits and at a time that suits. Gives a lot of ideas, even if not likely to be realised, as politicians keep telling us, it was an aspiration not a promise
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 15th May 18, 4:09 PM
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    Oh yes Farway - being as how my own universe is a lot closer to Kittie's personally - if not exactly the same planet
    Never doubt that a small group of people can change the world.

    It's the only thing that ever has.
    • kittie
    • By kittie 15th May 18, 6:01 PM
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    lol, you are a sharp cookie pn

    Those flax crackers are the best I have ever tried, They went very crispy, light and puffed. I broke them up and they are now in the freezer as, honestly, they are moreish. Some of that and a bit of cheese will make a fab snack

    Now I am thinking about breakfast tomorrow and it has to be ham/turkey pasta bake, all it needs is some cabbage with a few peas. I am quite enjoying this king/prince/pauper malarky, getting the main meal over with early is suiting me. I don`t expect I will manage it every day but I am going to try. Lunch will be omlette with a filling of roasted brocolli/tomato/garlic and tea will be spelt toast. My organic stuff arrives tomorrow and I will be able to have a big mug of normal tea, I ran out of milk yesterday and cba de-frosting a whole pint

    ps: I have always believed in parallel universe (s)
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 15th May 18, 6:46 PM
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    Kittie at that re parallel universes - the jury is still out on that one imo.

    But do you think there is one just like Earth - but with a LOT fewer people/no pollution/no wars/no very "young" people (ie ones of the immature variety)/no huge wage differentials? #where's a wistful smilie when one needs one?
    Never doubt that a small group of people can change the world.

    It's the only thing that ever has.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 15th May 18, 7:03 PM
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    In a parallel universe I'm nearly 1' taller, with great hair, fabulous looks and I bagged myself a super-devoted multi-millionaire when I was just 17 ... and now enjoy a life of luxury, with staff on-site to pander to the many needs I'd be insisting I enjoyed "because I'm worth it".

    Meanwhile, back in this one, I'm still short, never even found "Mr You'll Have to Do" and the evening meal was a whole frozen pizza .... and most of a bag of chocolate covered peanuts (1000 calories for the whole bag!) and a handful of fruit pastilles

    For about a week now I've dug out and photographed three furniture items for sale on FB selling pages ... but have the buggah's had one iota of interest? No they have not .... so now half my living room is cluttered with these items. grrrr.
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 15th May 18, 7:19 PM
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    In my parallel universe - I'm not sure if I look Swedish or Turkish (probably Turkish - provided I never got discriminated against for it of course). Not British looks though - as we aren't a very attractive race imo (too pale/not sharp-featured enough/many of us too short - including me). I'd still be English - as I figure English women got the 2nd best deal on the planet and English men got the best deal on the planet. Okay - I'm biased....I no longer take for granted our privileges we have just by birth....

    Wouldnt mind being Dutch (nice country and still relatively reasonable climate and standard of living)....

    I'd have lots of money of my own (obtained ethically of course - or inherited). I'd still not "Settle" - it would have to be Mr Right or no-one (otherwise I know very well I'd have been just as unfaithful as I would in this Universe - as I kept looking for him). Followed by wondering whether middle age would remove any men I was interested in from the scene just as effectively as it did in this Universe before Mr Not Right had divorced me or I'd decided to "try my chances" as a re-born single in case I stood a better chance of meeting Him.

    Yeah yeah I know - in my 60's and still a Romantic underneath the Ms Dead Cynical By Now exterior.
    Last edited by moneyistooshorttomention; 15-05-2018 at 7:25 PM.
    Never doubt that a small group of people can change the world.

    It's the only thing that ever has.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 15th May 18, 7:23 PM
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    Good evening everyone,
    I'm not sure about parallel universes though at times I'd happily step off this one, though in fairness apart from the health shennagins overall I'm happy with my lot.

    I've never had pasta made from anything apart from wheat though have had added veg or squid ink varieties and enjoyed them. I'd want to "try before I buy" so to speak as I don't eat masses of pasta so wouldn't want it to lurk in the cupboard and not get used.



    Spanish style chicken is finished cooking so I'm just debating what to have with it, probably some cooked sweet potato from the freezer. There will be spare sauce left so will keep that and after the pasta talk probably have that with added "something" & pasta tomorrow.

    It turned drizzly this afternoon so no gardening done. It's dried up now but it's really windy and decidedly chilly. Bedding plants have been brought back indoors, hopefully a few more days of getting aired and they can go back out. I've had a very lazy chilled out day today so hopefully I'll have my oomph (and balance) back tomorrow. I did was the kitchen floor this afternoon though as I managed to fling most off a cup of tea over it so it would have been silly to only wash the splattered part


    ETA - ended up adding a tin of butterbeans to the stew. Worked well but has increased the LOs!
    Last edited by caronc; 15-05-2018 at 8:45 PM.

    • Brambling
    • By Brambling 15th May 18, 10:37 PM
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    wort you're lucky your cat waits until the alarm, mine has decided 5am is a good time to wake me up. This morning I ended up with a 10lb cat sitting on my chest demanding an ear scratch. My sister nags me tells me I shouldn't allow him upstairs if that doesn't work he jumps on the dressing table and knocks stuff off.

    Farway the bread recipe is really cba but you have to wait 18 hours for it to rise rather than kneading. I do find kneading bread very satisfactory, some of the best bread I made was the day I was made redundant from my last job, I wasn't really imagining it was the management team

    I managed to get a walk in with my sister tonight it was lovely to still be walking in tee shirts at 8.30pm across the fields watching the rabbits. We were only out for just over the hour but we both got work grumbles off our chests and then enjoyed the walk. My knee had been playing up since sitting in traffic yesterday morning and a good walk always helps.

    Lunch was the last of the LO chicken, with a green salad and potato salad. Dinner wasn't so good I now remembered why I don't buy ready meals I picked up some YS goats cheese and caramelised onion ravioli In w*itrose as I wanted something quick, It was too sweet and I couldn't taste the goats cheese. I don't like to waste food but I think I'm going to throw the LO half pack away. Life's too short to eat what you don't like . Back to cooking my own
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