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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 7th Aug 18, 9:05 AM
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    On a different tack - Kittie should be back online by now. She'd said the ban was until 6 August (ie yesterday) - but her profile indicates still at PPR at the moment.

    I have the feeling the MSE system is that someone has to lift the ban manually - as an automated system would have been set at x time, y date.

    So - Kittie: hopefully you'll be able to post here again later today.
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 7th Aug 18, 10:35 AM
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    Good morning everyone,
    Apologies for leading people astray
    <<Hugs>> Meg - even if it it's the right thing relationship break ups are never easy.
    Hopefully Kittie will be released sometime today.
    Dull but dry here and noticeably cooler. I'm changing my bed today and I think the duvet will be going back on. I've just been using the duvet cover and a light blanket but it wasn't quite enough last night. It's a summer weight duvet so hopefully I'll not swelter.
    My Dad's not long away clutching a piece of the allotment slice and a handful of runner beans. He does like it when I batch cook something as he tends to benefit.
    Lunch today will be a piece of the slice, salad and fruit. Tonight I'm having chicken & chorizo casserole from the freezer with rice and veg (probably mushrooms, peppers and runner beans).
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 7th Aug 18, 11:08 AM
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    When you're reprimanded or banned it must leave a terrible taste in your mouth. I've had warnings/been reprimanded as others in threads have completely misconstrued my post ... it makes you want to spit.

    Many don't bother coming back as they feel under-appreciated by the growing mobs of "I'm offended"... when, in fact, if they had two brain cells to rub together they'd realise what they read wasn't what was typed.

    *sighs*.... Computer Says No.

    It's especially hard "for one" as you've nobody there to hold your hand and say "there there, they are idiots.... you did nothing wrong" - just an empty hole in your tummy and the silence of your room.
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    • meg72
    • By meg72 7th Aug 18, 11:36 AM
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    Good morning everyone,
    Apologies for leading people astray
    <<Hugs>> Meg - even if it it's the right thing relationship break ups are never easy.
    Hopefully Kittie will be released sometime today.
    Dull but dry here and noticeably cooler. I'm changing my bed today and I think the duvet will be going back on. I've just been using the duvet cover and a light blanket but it wasn't quite enough last night. It's a summer weight duvet so hopefully I'll not swelter.
    My Dad's not long away clutching a piece of the allotment slice and a handful of runner beans. He does like it when I batch cook something as he tends to benefit.
    Lunch today will be a piece of the slice, salad and fruit. Tonight I'm having chicken & chorizo casserole from the freezer with rice and veg (probably mushrooms, peppers and runner beans).
    Originally posted by caronc

    NOOOOOOOO no need for apology your post actually had me giggling, I did put LOL before the comment it was meant in a jokey way. So sorry if its upset anyone.
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 7th Aug 18, 11:41 AM
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    Sorry Meg I should have put a LOL in my post. I certainly wasn't offended! My apology was somewhat tongue in cheek x
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 7th Aug 18, 1:26 PM
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    Bizarrely, it's just started raining here. Didn't expect that, it was scorchio earlier. Hardly had any rain to speak of for two months - just a couple of fast showers one day and an overnighter.... it suddenly turned overcast and a bit blowy and down came the rain, which has nearly stopped already.

    Handyman's gone - needs to return one more day (booked for next week)....

    Sausage rolls for lunch
    I made/ate a cucumber sandwich and a tomato sandwich earlier.
    • Farway
    • By Farway 7th Aug 18, 3:23 PM
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    Another scorcher, looking forward to PN rain getting here, forecast says there is some due

    Into L's on way to volunteer job, no suitable YS bargains around today, just topped up odds & s0ds, forgot to get pickled beetroot though, not desperate, I'm on my second jar in about 5 years so I think I'll survive
    Lunch was PB baguette, with cheesey salad inside, with another of my figs warm from the tree.

    Dinner, I really don't know, I've eaten all the B & A crumble, and CBA to make another in this heat
    I don't fancy yet another salad, plus I've not much to put with it, or not much I fancy putting with it. I can see me finishing up with cheese & eggs on toast at this rate, nothing wrong with that mind.

    This could be the time to keep an eye out for a small/cheap deep freezer online/2nd hand.... 20-30 or so ... so you can test it out to see if you genuinely do benefit from owning a 2nd one and buying meat online. You might find it's a chore to then eat it all... be careful what you wish for and all that.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    If I got fed up with all that meat, just think how many "cornetto" & choc ices I could cram in
    • meg72
    • By meg72 7th Aug 18, 4:06 PM
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    [QUOTE=Farway;74629222]Another scorcher, looking forward to PN rain getting here, forecast says there is some due

    Into L's on way to volunteer job, no suitable YS bargains around today, just topped up odds & s0ds, forgot to get pickled beetroot though, not desperate, I'm on my second jar in about 5 years so I think I'll survive
    Lunch was PB baguette, with cheesey salad inside, with another of my figs warm from the tree.

    Dinner, I really don't know, I've eaten all the B & A crumble, and CBA to make another in this heat
    I don't fancy yet another salad, plus I've not much to put with it, or not much I fancy putting with it. I can see me finishing up with cheese & eggs on toast at this rate, nothing wrong with that mind.



    If I got fed up with all that meat, just think how many "cornetto" & choc ices I could cram in[/QUOTE


    Ohhhhhh yes, though never see these YS BUT usually loads of cream cakes in our Asda after 3pm on a Sunday.
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 7th Aug 18, 4:51 PM
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    It's raining again...

    Might do those final 2 sausage rolls... or might save those for tomorrow and have something like beans on toast tonight.
    • meg72
    • By meg72 7th Aug 18, 5:32 PM
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    Sorry Meg I should have put a LOL in my post. I certainly wasn't offended! My apology was somewhat tongue in cheek x
    Originally posted by caronc


    Alls Good then.x



    Just made a quick flit round the neighbours with a carrier bag full of beans. It seems after a stingy start my Beans have now gone into frantic mode, towering over the 8ft poles and going for England, or at least my little bit of it.


    Had an interesting conversation with a rather snooty young man at a local food bank on enquiring if they accepted donations of fresh veg,


    "Oh No Madam, health and safety rules are quite clear, donations o this sort are prohibited you may have contaminated them"


    " Curious ,in what way might I have done that"


    " Well malicious acts are not unheard of,, are they Madam? then of course you may have used a toxic weed killer or have a dog who does its business on them, even birds flying over can leave droppings that contaminate them.


    " Well Young Man thank you for the best giggle this little old lady has enjoyed in many a day.


    1. Whilst sadly malicious acts are not unheard of cant say I have ever heard of one that involved a little old lady and a bag full of beans.

    2 If I had used a toxic weedkiller I wouldn't have any beans to be offering, would I?


    3 I have yet to see the dog that could do its business up an 8ft pole and if I did I`d run a mile.


    4 Do all the runner beans I see in the supermarkets come from bird free zones or do they all wear nappys?


    Bless you Lad its a sad world when you have to have to justify these silly rules to refuse a bag of beans from a little old lady with this kind of BS, think it out for yourself and perhaps next time just
    say No thank you its not allowed.
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    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 7th Aug 18, 7:03 PM
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    Meg - it may not be allowed at his foodbank - but it certainly is allowed at my nearest one. I specifically asked them - just in case I get overwhelmed with surplus of "summat or other" from the garden and they said words to the effect of they'll take anything they can get (including garden produce).

    So - if you are visiting a nearby town/city at any point - it might be that their foodbank would accept it.

    There is also a (non foodbank) point in the area where anyone can just drop off anything they want (including garden produce) and anyone else that wants to take it can do so.

    EDIT; I've left surplus produce before now in a charity type shop with a note there, indicating reasonable price to buy it, and it's been bought and the cash gone to charity concerned.
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 7th Aug 18, 7:27 PM
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    Good evening everyone,

    Och that's a shame meg, I think some foodbanks struggle with fresh produce, both from a storage, turnaround point of view and also from insurance. Public liability insurance can be really restrictive at times about what it does and doesn't cover. I know (cos I sort it out for them) that the out of school care one is very narrow when it comes to potentially covering food contamination especially around donated fresh items so it might be that rather H&S IFYSWIM. (He does sound like a bit of jobsworth though).


    When I first became CFO just over two years ago I did think I might use less freezer space when in fact they are as full as ever. I think if you enjoy cooking or making big batches of things or buying/shopping online or taking advantage of offers/RTC or grow F&V, a decent amount of freezer space comes into it's own so get those pennies saved Farway. I don't think you'll regret it. They are also a godsend if you are busy or the weather is foul or you're under the weather.



    PN- did you put the final cornetto out it's misery?



    It turned out quite nice this afternoon and as I'm thankfully feeling a bit less wonky I tamed a rampaging buddleia out the front that was making a bid for freedom and overhanging the pavement. I think every curious bee in the area was trying to help.I also got some perennials potted on into their final pots but that was a nice sit down job.



    Duvet is back on the bed, now there's a job I really struggle with these days. However, while I might grumble I'm mindful that just shy of two years ago I needed someone else to do this for me so I'm not complaining.


    First balcony yellows are ripe but apart from those and a cucumber I didn't pick any more veg today though I'm sure more French beans are ready.I'll inspect those tomorrow. The first batch of broad beans that had finished and I have cut back have regrown quite a bit so if it stays mild I might get a small crop late October, I'll leave them to it and see what happens. Lots of tomatoes in the greenhouse are beginning to turn colour but still haven't spotted the awol Indogo Rose ones. I am really beginning to think it's been duff seeds.


    Chicken & chorizo casserole with rice, mushrooms, peppers and runner beans for dinner tonight.
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    • Brambling
    • By Brambling 7th Aug 18, 9:27 PM
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    Meg maybe he couldn't cope with no use by date are there any charities like the Salvation Army near you who run soup kitchen, not sure if the same rules would apply?

    We have rain it started about an hour ago, just one rumble of thunder so far, it's still hot and sticky but this is meant to cool it down.

    I kept away from the ice cream, I realised I would have to re jig my freezer or eat them all, it was a difficult decision to make no room in my kitchen for a second freezer and no electric in the garage, so will need to make do. One of my drawers is full of HM ready meals aka Left Overs which are more suited to cooler weather.

    Lunch was a salad which wasn't brilliant today, I only added little gem lettuce, my cucumber was really bitter and I only had 2 cherry tomatoes and I forgot the meat so only cottage cheese. I usually use cottage cheese as a low fat option for mayonnaise and to add moisture to the salad it was fat free and a pretty bland lunch. Most went in the bin and I just had pineapple and melon, luckily I had a large container of it . This is what happens if I don't make it the night before and I hit the snooze button too many times, thank goodness for the furry alarm clock

    Dinner was duck breast, new potatoes and stir fried green veg with toasted sesame seeds, some of the potatoes may have ended up in the duck pan with the duck fat
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 8th Aug 18, 7:58 AM
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    Two thoughts for the day - and:

    Farway (or any other gardener) - re a cherry tree I've bought for my garden. It's growing extremely fast and generally looking healthy. Not sure what red "nodules" are on some of the new growth?? I'm guessing it's "summat that's meant to be". They are hard and I assume it's some sort of bud or something and not a "problem something"? Any thoughts?

    *****

    Re Kittie - and her ban has now been lifted. She's put up a post - on several other threads - saying words to effect of "I'm allowed back on again - I'm gone" and the comments at the end are presumably meant for whoever it is that had contacted MSE/had a ban imposed and are presumably specifically for them? Tries to remember what her previous avatar was - but she's changed it - and it looks like a troll. So I'd say it's a pretty safe bet the last bit of her post is meant for her?/him?/them?
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 8th Aug 18, 9:44 AM
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    1. Whilst sadly malicious acts are not unheard of cant say I have ever heard of one that involved a little old lady and a bag full of beans.
    ...
    Originally posted by meg72
    Which is why it's a genius idea
    • caronc
    • By caronc 8th Aug 18, 9:48 AM
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    Good morning everyone,

    Thanks for the update re kittie MTSTM.
    Wet & windy here this morning so I think a pile of ironing beckons. It's due to dry up later so hopefully I'll get some more done in the garden.
    Last of the allotment slice for lunch and I've a portion of salmon defrosted for tonight which I'll have with new potatoes and green veg.
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 8th Aug 18, 9:50 AM
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    PN- did you put the final cornetto out it's misery?

    ...
    Originally posted by caronc
    Yes I did. Yesterday evening. I'd not rush to buy those ever again. I just fancied an ice cream and 4ldi don't sell the dirt cheap choc ices any more, so I just grabbed them so I could get home.

    Not a fan. I'd buy them again, if caught between a rock and a hard place, but I'd not put them on the list of "get those ones...."

    Yesterday's tea ended up as beans and mini sausages on toast - used the final four mini sausages there.

    I'll probably have beans on toast again today (as the beans are open) .... and I've still got those last 2 sausage rolls.
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    • Farway
    • By Farway 8th Aug 18, 11:40 AM
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    All over....
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    Great news PN, lets' hope normal people move in now

    Nice one on the Balcony Yellows Caron, I know you are way further north than me but the ripening differences are so marked, I love my Balcony Yellows, so prolific, and as we have both found, first to ripen

    Meg and beans, our local food bank does not accept fresh veg or fresh meat, even prepacked from S/m, keeping it fresh is the problem I believe, and of course some recipients do not have "proper" cooking facilities, or a bob or two for the meter, something which many of us are not aware of.
    As others have said, local charities may be glad of them, I volunteer at my local Age Concern, and we love donated bags of fresh veg, but we have volunteer cooks to prep & cook, not all do.

    Had a lie in, no idea why, but weather has changed at last, not so humid, and down to a comfortable 70F, maybe it was a well needed good night's sleep

    Late breakfast, same old porridge, banana, honey, & HM yoghurt

    The promised rain never happened, just had a peek at the radar weather, loads of rain in the Channel, just none making ashore. Thus out watering the sunflowers & dahlias in pots out the front. I'll attend to the runners, figs etc in the back later

    I've decided on a fishy meal day, tinned sardines in tom sauce on toast for lunch, and packet of YS boil in bag kipper fillets out & defrosting for dinner, probably with my last pack of instant mash. I tried to replenish but seems lack of the own brand cheapo mash, of course loads of the stuff the Martian robots eat
    • bouicca21
    • By bouicca21 8th Aug 18, 12:11 PM
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    Good news PN, though Cassandra like, I am reminded of my own NFH. The problem was noise and it was caused by the son who wanted to be able to listen to his music (from a player in the house) at the bottom of a 70 foot garden - right opposite my house. It was so loud I couldn't hear my own radio.

    How we cheered when they sold up! Only to discover that they'd sold it to said son ...

    Brunch was North African eggs, 'as advertised' on the meatless meals thread, with a YS mini garlic baguette. Dinner will either be YS lamb steak with broccoli or toad in the hole and mange tout peas.
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    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 8th Aug 18, 12:39 PM
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    Fingers crossed that's the end of "nuisance neighbour" Pastures.

    It's mind-boggling just what an impact they can have on you in your own home I know from experience.

    I guess it's that phrase "An Englishmans home is his castle" - updated to "A British persons home is their castle". Maybe we expect life to be "normal/as we decide/etc" more in our homes than others are used to?

    One wonders if there are equivalent problems in other countries about noise/boundary disputes/et al. I guess so - but only hear about ours??

    Maybe it's only a British person that would walk round puzzled in some countries thinking "But I can't see where this persons property starts and that one ends Where's the boundaries - there don't seem to be any?"

    I know I like my home to be quiet/peaceful/"I'll keep off your land and you keep off mine etc".....
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