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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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    • caronc
    • By caronc 8th Aug 18, 1:46 PM
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    Just had some wonderful news my elder son's lovely gf said "yes", I am absolutely delighted

    • Brambling
    • By Brambling 8th Aug 18, 2:06 PM
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    Just had some wonderful news my elder son's lovely gf said "yes", I am absolutely delighted
    Originally posted by caronc


    Great news Caronc is this the Greek lady?
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 8th Aug 18, 2:10 PM
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    Re neighbours... until somebody's suffered at the uncaring hands of poor neighbours you can't begin to understand the way the anxiety of what/when/where consuming your every waking moment; you're unable to relax, expecting "it" to start at any minute... the trouble is that, in the main, there are few others who are affected by them/in the same way/to the same degree.... so you're really "on your own" - and when you ARE "on your own entirely" ... and feel/are powerless to change anything, it sucks all the energy from you night and day, day and night, week in, week out, endlessly .... never a moment's peace. Nothing... anxiety all the way, awaiting for the "next bit of nonsense".

    I'll be moving soon - and the next house will have the lessons learned applied to the decision-making ticklist. But you never know what new horrors you're buying into do you
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 8th Aug 18, 2:11 PM
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    .... said "yes" ... I am absolutely delighted
    Originally posted by caronc
    That's handy - it'd be awful if you begrudged the very air she breathed!

    Nobody ever asked me.... so I never got to make the decision.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 8th Aug 18, 2:13 PM
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    Great news Caronc is this the Greek lady?
    Originally posted by Brambling
    It is
    I'll be looking out my copy of a "Big Fat Greek Wedding" tonight
    That said I don't think they are in any hurry to tie the knot and I suspect when they do it will be low key.

    • caronc
    • By caronc 8th Aug 18, 2:15 PM
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    That's handy - it'd be awful if you begrudged the very air she breathed!
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    It is - she's a lovely lass and so very good for my boy.

    • caronc
    • By caronc 8th Aug 18, 2:18 PM
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    Re neighbours... until somebody's suffered at the uncaring hands of poor neighbours you can't begin to understand the way the anxiety of what/when/where consuming your every waking moment; you're unable to relax, expecting "it" to start at any minute... the trouble is that, in the main, there are few others who are affected by them/in the same way/to the same degree.... so you're really "on your own" - and when you ARE "on your own entirely" ... and feel/are powerless to change anything, it sucks all the energy from you night and day, day and night, week in, week out, endlessly .... never a moment's peace. Nothing... anxiety all the way, awaiting for the "next bit of nonsense".

    I'll be moving soon - and the next house will have the lessons learned applied to the decision-making ticklist. But you never know what new horrors you're buying into do you
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    Thankfully I can only imagine how distressing a NFH can be. <<hug>>

    • Farway
    • By Farway 8th Aug 18, 3:14 PM
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    It is
    I'll be looking out my copy of a "Big Fat Greek Wedding" tonight
    That said I don't think they are in any hurry to tie the knot and I suspect when they do it will be low key.
    Originally posted by caronc
    Plenty of time to look for a "new hat" then?
    Lunch was the tinned sardines as planned, but no fig, not quite ripe enough, maybe tomorrow
    Dinner will be as planned, with nuked frozen peas


    Rain looking even less likely now, sun's out, watered everything
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 8th Aug 18, 4:08 PM
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    Caron

    .....and not forgetting the hat
    If you feel like you don't fit in in this world, it's because you are here to help create a new one.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 8th Aug 18, 4:14 PM
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    I don't really "do" hats unless it a woolly one

    • Brambling
    • By Brambling 8th Aug 18, 7:05 PM
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    I don't really "do" hats unless it a woolly one
    Originally posted by caronc
    It's not that I don't do hats, they don't do me my sister says we look like mushrooms with a hat on

    I think most of us have had annoying neighbours but few of us have been unlucky enough to have NFH I'm just glad they have gone PN as no one should feel unsafe in their own home especially if they live alone hopefully you can sort your move without the added stress of these awful neighbours

    Lunch was a smoked mackerel salad, a lot nicer than yesterday lunch, TBH it would have been difficult to have been worst . Dinner will be late to night as I'm just off out so depending on time will be eggs of some kind or I've crumpets hiding in th e freezer

    Or could be both
    • caronc
    • By caronc 8th Aug 18, 7:22 PM
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    Good evening everyone,
    I have a large skull & very thick hair, hats no matter how glam never sit well. Small ones get lost and big ones make me look even shorter & squatter. As for cloche types - well they really, really don't suit my square jaw. A very small plain facisnator is my limit if I really had to but I'd rather not.....

    After all this afternoon's excitment I remembered that I have a 120 pansy plugs arriving tomorrow or Friday. Thankfully the weather was kind and I managed to get 120 small pots filled ready for them.
    Garden gatherings today are runner beans, peas, chard & calvo nero for diiner tonight but I'll also cook some of the French beans for tomorrow's Salad Nicoise and some extra spuds. My Dad is coming over mid morning as he has some online stuff he needs a hand with so I want most of the prep done in advance. Despite my sister getting me some stuff I'm running really low on fresh stuff and my younger son is home this weekend so Tesco order has been placed for tomorrow evening. While I feel I actually eat less in the summer or perhaps eat lighter/differently and I have my home grown veg I do seem to need to shop more frequently in the warmer months. That said my last fresh stuff shop was on the 30th July (apart from filo & aubergine) so maybe not so bad after all.

    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 8th Aug 18, 8:38 PM
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    Hats are problematic.

    Personally - I think scarves wound round my head sorta Iranian style suit me and I like them - but they do have "connotations" and it's more difficult in a less cosmopolitan area (ie where people do "blink an eyelid" I notice).

    I like the idea of various headwear made from scarves - but that has other "connotations".

    Cue for getting stuck as to just what headwear I can wear....and no conclusions drawn yet. So my sympathies on that problem..

    Hmmm...thinks....errrrm....I wonder if we even do them in this country - but maybe a large/glamorous (but not "over the top") hair ornament so to say. That rather than a hat. I'm sorta picturing an elegant/classy looking large hair ornament. I can picture what I mean - but its describing it that's the problem.

    EDIT; Aha - apparently we do (possibly). Quick google of "hair ornaments for short hair" brought up some images - some of which are something like I'm picturing.
    Last edited by moneyistooshorttomention; 08-08-2018 at 8:43 PM.
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 8th Aug 18, 8:51 PM
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    I don't do scarves either - they make me look like Les Dawson
    I don't think a hat etc. will be needed as I think they might just take themselves off at some point in the future and get wed, though you never know.
    ETA - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hrp78EZ4jCQ
    Last edited by caronc; 08-08-2018 at 8:54 PM.

    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 8th Aug 18, 8:54 PM
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    Shucks - when I'd just found:

    www.fashionbeans.shomalevarzeshi.com/23-pictures-of-hair-accessories-for-bob-hairstyle/

    which has got the nearest images to what I'm picturing.

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

    Awww...maybe no chance of a bit of Greek plate-smashing/Zorba the Great type dancing and Greek food then? Not to mention the retsina - ah! retsina

    Shucks!!
    If you feel like you don't fit in in this world, it's because you are here to help create a new one.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 8th Aug 18, 8:58 PM
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    Shucks - when I'd just found:

    www.fashionbeans.shomalevarzeshi.com/23-pictures-of-hair-accessories-for-bob-hairstyle/

    which has got the nearest images to what I'm picturing.

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

    Awww...maybe no chance of a bit of Greek plate-smashing/Zorba the Great type dancing and Greek food then? Not to mention the retsina - ah! retsina

    Shucks!!
    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention
    I'm staying away from the hair thingies but I'll take a bit of plate smashing- jury's out on restina but if it has to be done I'll do my best

    • Brambling
    • By Brambling 8th Aug 18, 10:44 PM
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    I'm staying away from the hair thingies but I'll take a bit of plate smashing- jury's out on restina but if it has to be done I'll do my best
    Originally posted by caronc
    I would stick to the plate smashing too Restina tastes like something you paint fences with.

    My gran wouldn't leave the house without her hat on, I only remember her having the one it was navy to match her winter coat stuck on with large hat pins through her bun she had a lot of grandchildren so there's a lot of family wedding photos from the 60s and 70s with her in that hat
    • caronc
    • By caronc 9th Aug 18, 10:44 AM
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    My gran wouldn't leave the house without her hat on, I only remember her having the one it was navy to match her winter coat stuck on with large hat pins through her bun she had a lot of grandchildren so there's a lot of family wedding photos from the 60s and 70s with her in that hat
    Originally posted by Brambling
    Think we might have shared a gran


    Good morning everyone,

    The sun is shining and I was up and organised as my Dad was due for lunch. Unfortunately he's had an attack of his tummy troubles so has had to postpone until next week so I'll be eating Salad Nicoise for a couple of days as I had it semi prepped and had just opened a tin of tuna when he called. Thankfully he sees a specialist at the end of the month re possible surgery to help the problem as it's really impacting on his life and he is still losing weight quite rapidly.
    Lunch will be the afore mentioned salad and I'm having stuffed pasta with HM pesto tonight as my basil plant has gone into overdrive

    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 9th Aug 18, 1:25 PM
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    Toast and marg for breakfast and potato and onion HM soup for lunch.

    I'm going to use the last of the spinach to make a smoothie with banana and an apple.

    I feel like having veggie pizza for dinner.
    GOOD THINGS COME TO THOSE WHO DON'T WAIT
    • Farway
    • By Farway 9th Aug 18, 3:43 PM
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    Rain at last, woke to a nice wet morning, one less job for today

    I have to report that a Christmas pudding met it's end in my nuker last night. After my less than tasty kippers in bag & wallpaper paste slurry instant mash dinner I needed something nice, and there it was, one very old pud, BBE April 2018, it's time was up. Still have enough left to kid myself I was self controlled

    Usual porridge breakfast, then off to dentist, just check up, a big Gold Star from him, no work required, keep up the good work etc. Those choc ices are obviously working wonders on the gnashers

    Mooch around shops, only YS item was 4 pack of choc chip muffins, with the all clear from dentist I was fine to eat these. Only half a crown each. Eee, when I were a lad you could get 20 Woodbines for less

    Stuck for lunch & dinner, so I planned corned beef & tom in a PB Baguette, with rest of the CB being used with LO instant mash gloop in a oven baked hash. I've found a recipe that includes beans, cheese, ketchup & Marmite, just the job on a cooler damp day

    or I've crumpets hiding in th e freezer
    Originally posted by Brambling
    And thanks for reminding me, I've the same should the need arise
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