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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 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
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    • 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.
    2018: Simplify your life
    • 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
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 9th Aug 18, 3:47 PM
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    2x toast for breakfast, with marg on.

    Went out shopping for household stuff ... still managed to arrive home with a 325g bag of Twix chocolate bars Ate some of those.

    Ate the cucumber sandwich I'd made/wrapped up yesterday.

    No idea what to eat later.... if I eat the chips I'll need to buy more chips, but there's no room in the freezer for them really ... and I had chips/fish fingers/beans last night.

    I'll see what suddenly seems like a good idea a bit later on when "the blindingly obvious" food to eat springs to mind.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 9th Aug 18, 6:45 PM
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    Thunder! It looks like I might be on the edge of the storm cloud though (for now) as I can see black clouds to the East, but I can also see sunshine on my neighbour's wall.

    I had chips/fish fingers and beans in the end of tea .... CBA to be more adventurous.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 9th Aug 18, 7:32 PM
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    Good evening everyone,
    The pansies arrived but "Operation Pansy Potting" wasn't undertaken as someone wandered off with my oomph and left a wonky donkey in it's place. A "must do" for tomorrow which I can do inside if it's raining.
    It got very thundery feeling here mid afternoon but didn't come to anything though the weather is definitely on the change again which probably explains the wobbles.
    Shame the kippers were disappointing Farway but a good excuse to indulge in a Xmas pudding. I have to confess mine are still in the freezer must hoick them out and make some pate with them soon.

    Pasta & HM pesto for tonight is also on hold and it will be a bung it in the oven job instead.
    No veg picked today but I have loads of tomatoes nearly ripe, passatta making may well feature in the next week or so
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    • Brambling
    • By Brambling 9th Aug 18, 8:53 PM
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    Hopefully the thunder will go Caronc and the donkey returns to its stable

    The first year I moved here I brought plug pansies, when I put the pots on the front patio I came home from work the next day to find 80% of them pulled out of the pots and tossed on the ground turned out a squirrel had buried acorns and hob nuts in the pots even netted I lost about 50% of them I did consider laying in wait with a gun

    It rained until mid afternoon today, my lawn looks greener from the window but I fear it's just the weeds It's looks like it may rain again tonight, but no thunder so far.

    Lunch was the last of the smoked mackerel salad and dinner was a vegetable and noodle stir fry, a good clear out of the veg drawer it made loads so lunch tomorrow, I know it's really not the same reheated the next day but it will do for lunch tomorrow as I cba to sort anything else
    • caronc
    • By caronc 9th Aug 18, 9:09 PM
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    Thanks Brambling - "wonky donkey" as far as I'm concerned needs a good prod as I'm fed up of it now......
    No maurading squirrels here but the pansies will be popped in 2inch pots to grow on and hopefully be sturdy enough to repell invaders by the time they are planted out. One of my pooches used to be very guilty of poking/digging in pots lloking for critters which used to drive me mad. Between that and her brother munching most things it was a constant battle.
    When I was working I used to sometimes turn LO stir fry into noodle soup by adding some chicken or veg stock. Made it taste like a different dish IFYSWIM.

    Dinner ended up being a nuked assortment of root veg & IKEA meatballs with runners and a splodge of instant gravy. Looked rubbish but tasted just fine
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    • Brambling
    • By Brambling 9th Aug 18, 9:46 PM
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    When I was working I used to sometimes turn LO stir fry into noodle soup by adding some chicken or veg stock. Made it taste like a different dish IFYSWIM.

    Dinner ended up being a nuked assortment of root veg & IKEA meatballs with runners and a splodge of instant gravy. Looked rubbish but tasted just fine
    Originally posted by caronc
    Thanks Caronc I haven't thought of turning it to soup I like a variety of veg in my stir fries but it can just make it grow a healthy dinner as all fried in just a tsp of oil

    The advantage of CFO is it doesn't have to look pretty as long as it tastes good
    • caronc
    • By caronc 10th Aug 18, 10:29 AM
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    Good morning everyone,

    I had a bit of a lie in and feel a lot less wonky than I did yesterday. I've some housework I want to get done this morning and then it is full steam ahead with "operation pansy potting".
    I'm not CFO tonight as my younger son is coming up for the weekend. I'm going to have a bash at making the River Cottage "courgette, rice & filo" pie that Brambling suggested a few days ago (thanks Brambling) for dinner tonight.
    Salad Nicoise for lunch.
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 10th Aug 18, 11:00 AM
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    What a morning.... 7.30am text to say my click/collect item'd arrived, so I collected that, deliberately timing it nicely so I could pop into 4ldi on my return (opens at 8am). Got rolls/cheese there.

    I then thought I'd pop into L1dl perchance they had my favourite fizzy pop - shelves still completely bare on that point. So what's one to do??? Grabbed a 2 litre bottle of fizzy water (17p) to go with squash drink I have at home - then it was off to the sausage rolls aisle, grabbing a pack of those - and a quick run past the reduced box, which had 4 sandwiches in priced at 20p each. Didn't want to be greedy and grab the lot, so just bought one cheese/onion sandwich, which then became breakfast

    About an hour ago the heavens opened and it's just tipped it down. It's like mid winter, with rain, windy ..... nasty out there.

    I'd got a list of things to pop out and buy that are "small items for house titfering" ... I doubt I'll be making that 40 mile round trip in this weather. They're non essentials.

    A day in for me - just googling for items/prices so I can do a big Round Robin tomorrow or Sunday to get everything in that I want/need (unless it rains; nothing's urgent).

    I have sausage rolls .... nobody needs more do they
    • Farway
    • By Farway 10th Aug 18, 11:39 AM
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    'Morning all

    An awful night, not sure what but something upset my tum, maybe it was the corned beef hash? Can't think why, none of it was old LO stuff, maybe too rich for me in one hit? No idea but glad the night is over

    Woke to downpour, and phoned in to say I'm skipping the volunteer bit today, just in case my tum is catching don't want to spread it about

    No breakfast, oiked the CB hash from fridge, next stop is bin just in case. I'm feeling a bit improved & peckish now, maybe PB baguette for lunch, not sure, see how I feel

    Your rain has just arrived here PN, looking like Autumn already. I've put a fleece on
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 10th Aug 18, 1:21 PM
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    It rained for 3 hours - just very very very blustery now.

    Well, no more Twix biscuits.... scoffed the whole packet, 325 grams... that's 1641 calories

    I ate most yesterday, today there was just one Twix finger left.

    Today I've so far managed:
    1 cheese/onion sandwich
    2 hot sausage rolls
    1 Twix finger.

    There's a bit of onion in that sandwich that counts towards 5-a-day
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 10th Aug 18, 1:44 PM
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    Good afternoon everyone,

    Hope your tummy settles Farway <<hugs>>
    That's a lot of twixs PN, you must have a very robust system I'd be completely wired with all that sugar. I'm one of these folks whose system very quickly grinds to a halt if I don't get lots of veg/fibre, any more than a day or so without enough and it's pretty much a case of getting dynarod out....


    Apart from mopping the floors which I'll do before I head for my afternoon snooze the housework I wanted to get done is finished. Lunch was very much a case of assembling which I'm glad about as I'm ready for a sit down now!
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    • Brambling
    • By Brambling 10th Aug 18, 2:04 PM
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    Sorry you're not feeling great Farway hopefully you'll sleep better to night

    Glad you're getting some of your five a day PN have beans on toast for tea and you can add another one

    It's been raining really hard all morning here, I decided I didn't need my prescription filled today after all, it's currently waiting in S*inburys for collection but it's not worth the 25min walk in the rain. It should have been ready Wednesday but they wanted me to come back in an hour I made them guarantee it would be ready Thursday lunchtime but it's been raining so it's my turn to keep them waiting. Unfortunately it's the only place here I can get my doctor to send it to and it's easier than trying to pick it up from a chemist nearer to home as I would have to leave work early

    I think we share a digestive system as well as a grannie Caronc my body lets me know if I haven't had enough F&V and fibre last night my stir fry had 10 diff veg in it which is why there were LOs for lunch enjoy your visit with your son this weekend and let us know how the pie went. I was looking at similar recipes earlier and like the look of a BBC Indian Potato Pie recipe unfortunately it serves 6 I may do both the courgette and potato one as smaller pies one weekend to use up filo once it's open, the potato pie should freeze ok before cooking

    Right lunch break over so I better show willing
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 10th Aug 18, 3:37 PM
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    I was looking at similar recipes earlier and like the look of a BBC Indian Potato Pie recipe unfortunately it serves 6
    Originally posted by Brambling
    While a pie isn't a pie unless it's got pastry ... you could do a smaller one without any pastry, just for the taste.... or even make the filling and roll it or pat it into breadcrumbed balls/cakes if you want something a bit better looking than "spicy mash" on the plate
    • Farway
    • By Farway 10th Aug 18, 4:24 PM
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    Feeling a bit better now, lunch was last of the choc chip muffins, with a few of my Sungold toms right off the vine

    At least the enforced stay indoors gave me chance to get on & sort out my on line bank stuff, seems daft to me, reduce saving rate on one account, but open a new one at the old cancelled rate? Why not just leave it all alone. I know the answer of course, they're just hoping I have inertia in my old age, luckily my typing fingers are quicker than my legs

    Dinner, the LO PB baguette has charms, easy & not too gut busting, some salad for filling & maybe BF ham slice or two

    More of PN wind, rain & thunder arrived, overflowing gutters, hope it ease off a bit for tomorrow, there is a kite festival on and I may just go down there, great photo-shoot opportunity. The Red arrows were scheduled this morning for 3 liners coming in, guess that was cancelled
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 10th Aug 18, 5:16 PM
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    The Red arrows
    Originally posted by Farway
    If I were interested in them, I'd have been at the airport where you can actually see them ... take photos ... watch them land and take off....

    I'm not a big fan of planes... I'm like "but what's the point?" when it comes to displays.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 10th Aug 18, 5:57 PM
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    PN have beans on toast for tea and you can add another one
    Originally posted by Brambling
    I did that in the end. I'd got half a loaf frozen, so defrosted two slices, opened a new tin of beans, grated some of the cheese I bought this morning and had cheese & beans on toast

    It was really tasty.
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