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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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    • Farway
    • By Farway 11th Aug 18, 3:13 PM
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    Promised sunny day, washing done & out on the whizzer after breakfast of porridge, banana, honey & HM yoghurt

    I noticed the rain has started off mould on the blackberries, seems my season will be curtailed before my apples have ripened. I'm not rushing out to pick the blackberries 'cos I'm down Plymouth next week and will not have time to prep & freeze, even if I CBA

    Due to weather, no wind, decided not much point in going to kite festival. I went one windless year and it was not worth my time.

    Lunch was PB baguette, with BF ham & salady filling. Followed by one of my figs, the wasps have found them now so I know they are ripe, luckily they do not ripen all at once so no rush to beat the wasps to them

    I've taken a salmon fillet out & defrosting it for dinner, think I'll fry it in butter as usual, have it with salad & some frozen chips

    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.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    Boys & their toys PN.. I've only been to a few, but you used get to mooch among the planes as well as see them performing, not so good now with terrorism, recent crashes & crowd safety. I went ages back to Greenham Common, probably passed Money on the way in. That was impressive but way before restrictions came in
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 11th Aug 18, 6:48 PM
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    Promised sunny day, washing done & out
    Originally posted by Farway
    It had rained overnight here - and it's rained today too.



    Boys & their toys PN.. I've only been to a few, but you used get to mooch among the planes as well as see them performing,
    Originally posted by Farway
    I drove past the airport - and saw people parking up and clinging onto the wire fence at the perimeter.... as I drove further along I spotted the Red Arrows were parked in a line along the far perimeter (so they were very distant/tiny).

    I've been feeling a bit twitchy and unsettled all day - popped out for a bag of chocs and eaten a lot of those, but started to feel like a takeaway. But that means having to decide, then drive out to collect it.. so I just got as far as looking at menus online.

    It is annoying that for me to have, say, S/S chicken balls & egg fried rice costs 9, yet another part of the menu that has set meals has 3x that amount of food for just 12.50. And so many other places give you a free XYZ if your order is more than X. So discriminatory as I can't ever order that much!

    In the end, settled on just nuking a frozen spag bol (69p/4ldi) and that'll have to do as my bit of Saturday night food excitement
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    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 11th Aug 18, 7:43 PM
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    Boys & their toys PN.. I've only been to a few, but you used get to mooch among the planes as well as see them performing, not so good now with terrorism, recent crashes & crowd safety. I went ages back to Greenham Common, probably passed Money on the way in. That was impressive but way before restrictions came in
    Originally posted by Farway
    You wouldnt have missed me somehow Farway if you had. I would have been the one that decided "It's blimmin' cold here - so better dance to keep warm" and we all duly kicked our heels up and danced. Back in my days as a political activist I never saw any reason why it shouldnt be fun too if possible...goodness knows there had to be some compensations for just how often I landed up being cold or scared or losing income I was due for one way or another....

    I do like a bit of a dance me - and balance of a day went to feeling shattered earlier this week when I tried out a new-to-me form of dance. I decided it was quite promising and the people seemed friendly - so I'll be back there again.

    Made a bit of effort foodwise. I tried out another recipe from that vegan for 2 cookbook I recently bought. Quinoa gado-gado with peanut dipping sauce. Cue for various amendments to the sauce to make it "dippier" and I'll do twice as much as they say in future. But it was quite nice.

    Must go and rinse some buckwheat groats again in a minute - as I'm experimenting with buckwheaties. That seems to be an American raw food recipe for a breakfast cereal. That being soak and sprout and then dehydrate. I've got as far as little sprouts are growing and I think I'll probably give it another days worth of rinsing at intervals and then shove them in my dehydrator to dehydrate. No idea how long one is supposed to do this for. Has anyone made buckwheaties? Because, if so, hints welcome.

    I guess it's not that surprising that I'm on pretty chatty terms with the owner of the local health food store and they tend to make a point of telling me if they have anything "new" in - as they know I am frequently on the lookout for "summat I've not tried yet" and chances are I'll buy it if I haven't done so yet.
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 11th Aug 18, 8:27 PM
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    Good evening everyone,
    I'll get a proper catch up tomorrow- a combination of my younger son being home and a rather yukky headache (thankfully now gone) have kept me off line today. Said son is just putting the finishing touches of dinner together - bbq ribs, HM wedges, corn on the cob and salad.
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    • Brambling
    • By Brambling 11th Aug 18, 8:36 PM
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    So will we be getting photos of cowboy boots or dancing shoes Money seems to me to be a win win situation meeting people and exercise a friend dragged her husband to salsa and I think as much as the dance they love the people and socialising.

    Sorry I've never tried buckwheaties I only use buck wheat for salads

    I agree with you about takeaways for one PN there's usually a 10 min order for delivery and If you collect from town there's parking to consider, so I don't bother.

    I met a friend for gossip catch up and lunch today it's the friend I should have gone away with in June, her life has been a little hectic so this has been the first time we had a opportunity to meet up since. We let her husband join us for lunch after we had talked about him after all he had driven her so we could have cocktails with lunch the place we usually had lunch has changed their menu so lunch wasn't brilliant but their cocktails were I had walked from home to the station today . So just a chicken and bacon ciabatta for lunch, quite big but too dry and I really shouldn't have had the bread oh I did share some chips

    Another CBA meal for dinner tonight, didn't want any more bread so made my self a couple of boiled eggs
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 11th Aug 18, 8:42 PM
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    I agree with you about takeaways for one PN there's usually a 10 min order for delivery and If you collect from town there's parking to consider, so I don't bother.
    Originally posted by Brambling
    Yes, it's not easy when you factor it all in. Where I live there's free parking close to/outside the takeaways I frequent. Others don't have parking, so I'd not go there.

    What "those with more than one" don't appreciate is that you always have to go out and get your food... they can just have home delivery as it's free. And they say stuff like "order more, then freeze the leftovers" - er ... if I order one main and one side I'm already eating/freezing the leftovers (which are rarely as good as when fresh anyway).

    Most CFOs order what they know they can reasonably eat - not a food overload.

    e.g. for indian I'd "like" curry, rice + bhaji + naan + bombay spuds.

    I order: curry, rice. Because all that other stuff is "surplus to requirements/don't need a whole portion". As I can only eat 2/3rds of a curry and rice it'd be just daft to order all that other stuff too. You can do it when with somebody else as you can say "I'll have a curry and rice - and shall we get a bombay spuds between us?" and you might be lucky and they might say yes once every 5 years or so..

    Ordering for one is: bare minimum food that you know you can eat - go out and get it.
    • Brambling
    • By Brambling 11th Aug 18, 9:04 PM
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    Nothing to add PN I think you just about covered it above
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 12th Aug 18, 7:38 AM
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    Wet, wet, wet here this morning. Wet, grey skies. Rain. Not good.
    Not car booting today!

    So, instead, I dug out some mince I'd frozen months ago that was cluttering up the freezer - half defrosted it in the microwave (didn't actually have a microwave safe dish the right size/shape, so skimped the on the defrosting) .... and it was into the SC with a tin of chick peas, an onion and a nifty jar of cheap chilli sauce.

    That's on now... so it'll be chilli/rice at some point.

    I'd originally also got a tin of baked beans from the cupboard to add in, but as I've a small CFO SC (3.5 litres) I ran out of room in it, so couldn't add the beans. I can stir those in close to the end, when pot volume's not so critical.
    • Farway
    • By Farway 12th Aug 18, 9:32 AM
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    Rain not yet arrived, due though.

    Up a bit earlier, checking FB to see if DS + Family safely back from France, they were, long journey, usual tunnel delays it seems

    Porridge etc for breakfast
    I've taken one of my "on offer" Iceland salmon fillets out to defrost, so I can fry it. Last night's one ex Asda was nice, hoping tonight's is same
    I'm trying to use salad up, because I'm down to Plymouth tomorrow and don't want to come back to a whiffy fridge

    I'm sort of stuck in, the SMs don't open until 10, but if I go out I will be stuck "out" because there is a ginormous transformer, nearly 250 feet long and wide as 2 double deckers abreast, with attendant rolling road block making it's way up from the docks to a sub station near me. And my access lane and adjacent roads will be well & truly blocked for an hour or so while this thing goes by

    Lunch will be last of the opened PB baguettes with BF ham & salad stuff
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 12th Aug 18, 10:28 AM
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    Still nasty out there - it's a day when the only people going out are desperate to fetch something, or they're "going out to go indoors somewhere else".

    Still raining here.... cold, wintry, windy, wet.

    Chilli's coming along a treat. I won't bother adding the beans. There's a monster volume of food without that.

    Probably will serve with basmati rice - else it'd mean using up the rest of the chips and I'd prefer to hold onto those.

    Lunch will be when I fancy it. Chilli went on about 7ish, maybe 7.30 ish. High until 9ish.... so it'll be fine to eat any time after noonish.

    It's all rather vague here .... you can tell when food's cooked by looking at it .... and it's just beef mince, so nothing to worry about food safety wise. It'll have had 5 hours by noonish.... tis enough.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 12th Aug 18, 10:53 AM
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    Good morning everyone,

    It's absolutely tipping it down here and I wouldn't be surprised if it thundered. My son has headed off so I'm back to CFO.
    I've never bought a takeaway just for me in all the time I've been CFO, I've been tempted a few times to order a curry but I like all the bits you get in the meal deals for 2+ but equally don't want to have to deal with all the food that is in it when there is just me here so I've always talked myself out of it so far.
    I live pretty near where the Scottish International Airshow is held, I've never actually been to it as I can see most of the flying displays from my deck which are the only bits that appeal to me.

    Brambling - the courgette, filo & rice pie worked really well and would I reckon easily convert to smaller pies or even large triangles. My son & I had it on FRiday and I had some for lunch yesterday so I'll freeze what's left today.
    No breakfast as I'm "saving myself" for a cooked brunch, I haven't yet decided what to have for dinner tonight. I need to sit and sort a meal plan out for the coming week.


    Lots of tomatoes in my deck baskets are ripe or nearly ripe, my son took a bagful off with him but if they keep going at this rate I'll get a load roasted with garlic and oregano and get the first batch of passatta made and frozen.
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    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 12th Aug 18, 12:33 PM
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    Yep...colder/wet/windy/etc here again.

    So it's a cooking day today - I've been dehydrating my buckwheaties (ie sprouted buckwheat groats) and it didn't take as long as I thought (ie about 2 hours). So I might try them out later - with a cereal of them/fruit/etc.

    Taken all the apples of another one of my trees - as I could see they'd been "got at" by bugs and thought I'd better save what I can. So - good bits removed and stewed up to be apple sauce.

    I can see that I'm not going to get any apples to eat "as is" at all this year with the best will in the world. One tree was stripped by me and the apples were too yuk to even try to stew them. More to go - but I suspect they're also going to be apple sauce. Oh well - with what organic apples cost - "every little helps".

    Better make myself some bread in a minute too - as it's getting a bit low. Already bought 2 loaves of bread this week - and the ones I buy are rather expensive - so gotta balance out a bit with home-made bread.
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 12th Aug 18, 12:49 PM
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    Can't ..... mooooove.

    I tasted the chilli and it didn't pack any punch, so I lobbed in a couple of tablespoons of chilli powder in the final hour or so.

    Served with basmati rice - TWICE. I was full after the first helping ... but you know how it goes when something tastes nice... so I had seconds.

    ... but ... can't moooooove!

    Still raining here...
    • Farway
    • By Farway 12th Aug 18, 3:12 PM
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    Rain arrived and likes it so it has settled in

    Lunch was as planned, baguette etc. Then I had one of my figs, it has wizened a bit, my it was sweet & lovely, better than fresh off the tree, not sure why that works, concentrates the sugars or summat?

    I picked the blackberries just as rain was starting, thinking I'll freeze them and decide later what to do. But they are starting to taste a bit musty now, so left most. The heat has ruined my cultivated blackberries, the Merton Thornless are just black nobbly bullets and the Thorn Free taste musty. But the apples are looking lush, so apple crumble only.

    The change in weather has given my runners a new sparkle, more flowers out & bees busy, depending what i find once I'm back from Plymouth they may get a reprieve.
    • Brambling
    • By Brambling 12th Aug 18, 5:42 PM
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    Glad the courgette pie was ok Caronc i was going to try it tonight but my sister popped in for a quick cuppa and stayed two and a half hours as one does I had planned to do some batch cooking to use all the filo, maybe tomorrow as I have the ingredients. My sister did leave having raided my cupboard for ingredients so she could make a couple of new recipes this week, and she knew I would have them just call me Mrs T

    We haven't had heavy rain today, just drizzle which has lasted most of the day, sun seems to be trying to break through now

    Lunch was jacket potato with HM coleslaw and cheese. Dinner will now be steak, asparagus, new potatoes and beans

    Have a good break in Plymouth Farway hope it's dry
    • caronc
    • By caronc 12th Aug 18, 6:18 PM
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    Good evening everyone,
    That's a shame that your apples are bug ridden MTSTM
    Chilli sounds like just the thing for the wet weather PN
    Farway - enjoy Plymouth. I've only been to Devon once, in 2006 myself, my sister & her pal took our kids to rented a house just outside Noss Mayo/Newton Ferrers on holiday. Despite it being in the middle of nowhere with a very limited bus service we had a great holiday, not always easy with a young toddler, a seven year old & two teenagers. The sun shone every day bar one (it rained the day we went to Bigbury Beach/Burgh Island but we still has a great day) and we had several trips to Plymouth and the kids just adored the Lido. I'd love to go back one day.


    No thunder so far but some really heavy, thundery showers have persisted all day. I've not strayed beyond a quick trip to the bin.


    Provisional meal plan for this week is:
    • steak dinner
    • halloumi & veg skewers with Greek pitta and tzatziki
    • pork & veg with peppercorn sauce & Ayrshire tatties
    • Stuffed pasta & pesto
    • baked pollock, chorizo & veg with butternut squash wedges
    • naan pizza
    Lunches will be the usual salads etc. though looking at the forecast I might make some soup! On Wednesday I hoping my Dad will manage for lunch and I'll make another batch of Salad Nicoise though won't open the tuna until I know he's definitely going to make it
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 12th Aug 18, 6:20 PM
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    My sister did leave having raided my cupboard for ingredients so she could make a couple of new recipes this week, and she knew I would have them just call me Mrs T
    Originally posted by Brambling
    My sister does that too!!
    Snap re the "steak dinner" tonight
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    • By moneyistooshorttomention 12th Aug 18, 6:31 PM
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    Noss Mayo = nice. Plymouth = reminds me that I've still got a draw entry in to win a house there (well....the house looked nice...as well as being back in the West Country) and I don't think they've had that draw yet - welll......you gotta be in it to win it.

    Just tried some of those buckwheaties cereal. Actually - not bad (with suitable additions). So duly had a bowl of that, with blueberries, orange slices, drizzle of maple syrup, dollop of Oatly "cream".....and yep......I shall be making them again I think.

    Shame re my apples - but I know where I can probably forage some later on this year and there's a good chance a neighbour will pass me on some (having done so in previous years) - so I'd better get picking a bit more of my surplus fruit for them (now that it's starting to produce a reasonable amount).
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 12th Aug 18, 7:05 PM
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    Well if you win the house MTSTM, I could probably be persuaded to come and cook for you.....
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    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 12th Aug 18, 7:30 PM
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    Well if you win the house MTSTM, I could probably be persuaded to come and cook for you.....
    Originally posted by caronc
    You're on

    You don't mind sharing the house with my mother do you - as her first comment was "You win that - I'm coming to live with you". I have a feeling she wasnt joking. Not sure my father would be getting any say on that somehow

    So - if you want a meal minus my mother around - make it a holiday in Wales instead - as she doesnt even want to come and visit me here....
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