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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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    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 12th Aug 18, 7:32 PM
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    My sister does that too!!
    Snap re the "steak dinner" tonight
    Originally posted by caronc


    I enjoyed mine the steak was bigger than I thought so I shall have a steak salad for lunch tomorrow with LO asparagus and LO coleslaw.

    Sitting thinking about something sweet to finish off just deciding between grapes, cherries or greengages - you can tell I've been to the SM today
    • caronc
    • By caronc 12th Aug 18, 7:37 PM
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    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....
    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention
    I could bring my Dad to balance things out



    I enjoyed mine the steak was bigger than I thought so I shall have a steak salad for lunch tomorrow with LO asparagus and LO coleslaw.

    Sitting thinking about something sweet to finish off just deciding between grapes, cherries or greengages - you can tell I've been to the SM today
    Originally posted by Brambling
    Grapes & a bit of cheese with a glass of red would my choice
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    • Brambling
    • By Brambling 12th Aug 18, 7:58 PM
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    Grapes & a bit of cheese with a glass of red would my choice
    Originally posted by caronc
    Grapes and cheese it was, decided no wine as work tomorrow
    • caronc
    • By caronc 12th Aug 18, 8:04 PM
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    Grapes and cheese it was, decided no wine as work tomorrow
    Originally posted by Brambling
    For me that's one of the pluses of earlier than planned retirement - no more "school nights".....
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 13th Aug 18, 9:48 AM
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    Good morning everyone,

    It's still raining......
    I've admin bits to sort out including yet another phone call to my Building Society who have mucked up my online account and only half fixed it.
    Halloumi skewers for dinner tonight, I'm still swithering about making soup for lunch.
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    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 13th Aug 18, 5:10 PM
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    Leftovers for lunch and dinner today - but never mind....just accepted an invite out for a meal later this week

    Thinks.....can't recall ever turning down an invite for a meal out yet LOL. Anyone would think I hated cooking - which I don't....
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 13th Aug 18, 7:29 PM
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    Good evening everyone,
    It's a quiet wee thread today must be 'cos Farway is on his holidays !
    MTSTM - I don't equate eating out with not liking cooking - just shows an overall appreciation of food to me. Hope you are going somewhere nice.
    The rain finally eased late afternoon and I had a foray into the garden. Picked about 11/2 lbs of brambles, 3 cucumbers and I reckon 3lbs of tomatoes. Quite a few of the tomatoes have split which I think must be done to the very hot temperatures recently. I'll sort through them and get any split ones roasted this evening while I'm baking the halloumi skewers. There's more beans ready but I'll pick them tomorrow as I not planning on using any tonight.
    I didn't make soup in the end as I spent nearly an hour on the phone to the Building Society, lunch ended up being a toasted corned beef & pickle sandwich, rather a lot of cherry tomatoes and a cupasoup. Halloumi & assorted veg are marinating so just need popping on skewers so won't take long to prep tonight. I'll toast a Greek pitta and make a yoghurt dip with the pan juices & some natural yoghurt which should go nicely with the skewers.
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    • Brambling
    • By Brambling 13th Aug 18, 9:01 PM
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    Evening

    I enjoy eating out as it's not just about the food but the company having said that I object spending a lot if money on something I could cook better myself at home.

    Typical Monday brain, I left my coleslaw and pita on the work top this morning with my fruit. So lunch was small steak salad . Dinner was courgette and rice filo pie I halved the recipe and cut back on the filo as I'm trying to be good I also made a spinach ricotta filo pie with toasted pine nuts which I froze uncooked. I've cooked the filling for Indian potato pie I haven't made the pie yet as I want to freeze the other one flat first before rejigging the freezer not sure about the filling as it seems a little dry but it was only an experiment so not one to cook when I have company. All were half of the recipes, I've now just sat down with a cuppa a cat cuddle and catch my breath
    • caronc
    • By caronc 13th Aug 18, 9:32 PM
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    Sounds like a very productive evening Brambling.
    I love spinach & ricotta in filo (in fact in most anything). Reckon the dryer potato pie would work well with some Indian chutneys or raita
    Did you enjoy the filo, rice, courgette pie? I thought it was defintely a "keeper".
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    • Brambling
    • By Brambling 13th Aug 18, 10:03 PM
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    Sounds like a very productive evening Brambling.
    I love spinach & ricotta in filo (in fact in most anything). Reckon the dryer potato pie would work well with some Indian chutneys or raita
    Did you enjoy the filo, rice, courgette pie? I thought it was defintely a "keeper".
    Originally posted by caronc
    I've got some mango chutney, so when I cook the Indian pie it I'll remember your tip re raita as well .

    It was a toss up between filo pie or lasagna with the spinach but I really needed to use up the filo so pie it was. I often make the filo triangles using feta rather than ricotta, one of my sister comes to stay around her birthday in Oct so it will be ideal to cook quickly after we've been out for the day.

    I enjoyed the courgette pie too I agree about it being a keeper so quick and easy as well, I'll thank my colleague tomorrow for the recipe recommendation she tell me I should invest in Hugh's book
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 13th Aug 18, 10:06 PM
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    I had a portion of chilli/rice. Then I had two bits of toast topped with chocolate spread. That's been it for today.

    The phrase "eating out" means different things to different people. I've never been to "a smart restaurant" ever... where "smart" could even mean something like TGI Fridays or Nandos I really doubt I ever will go to a "posh place", especially as food served becomes further and further away from anything I'd like. All this modern stuff's not to my liking.

    2-3x a year I'll have a 6 pub meal of fish/chips or pie/chips - that's "eating out" to me. I pushed the boat out a couple of months back and had a 9 Sunday roast dinner while I was away ... that was nice enough ... I prefer carveries though where you can pick what you want and where it is on the plate.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 13th Aug 18, 10:14 PM
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    I've got some mango chutney, so when I cook the Indian pie it I'll remember your tip re raita as well .

    It was a toss up between filo pie or lasagna with the spinach but I really needed to use up the filo so pie it was. I often make the filo triangles using feta rather than ricotta, one of my sister comes to stay around her birthday in Oct so it will be ideal to cook quickly after we've been out for the day.

    I enjoyed the courgette pie too I agree about it being a keeper so quick and easy as well, I'll thank my colleague tomorrow for the recipe recommendation she tell me I should invest in Hugh's book
    Originally posted by Brambling
    I'd second the investment in the "Every Day Veg" book, I like HFW recipes- very forgiving if (like me) you like to tweak things. My favourite "Hugh" book is "River Cottage Every Day" (that one's pretty smudged and tattered) especially for the "baked chicken curry" which is truly fab
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 13th Aug 18, 10:24 PM
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    I had a portion of chilli/rice. Then I had two bits of toast topped with chocolate spread. That's been it for today.

    The phrase "eating out" means different things to different people. I've never been to "a smart restaurant" ever... where "smart" could even mean something like TGI Fridays or Nandos I really doubt I ever will go to a "posh place", especially as food served becomes further and further away from anything I'd like. All this modern stuff's not to my liking.

    2-3x a year I'll have a 6 pub meal of fish/chips or pie/chips - that's "eating out" to me. I pushed the boat out a couple of months back and had a 9 Sunday roast dinner while I was away ... that was nice enough ... I prefer carveries though where you can pick what you want and where it is on the plate.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    Tbh if I enjoy it and it's well cooked and tasty I couldn't care less if it is "high end" or "cheap and cheerful". What I hate is overpriced "pinged" food where you are paying for the "experience" pretending to be a decent meal. Weatherspoons I'll happily eat in one (fishcakes for me please) - you know what you're getting and the price reflects that but some of the other chains well no I'm not paying that for something brought by Brake Bros etc, nuked and served at several 100 times the purchase cost, I'd much rather just "ping"/pop in the oven a pre-prepped meal at home.
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    • Brambling
    • By Brambling 13th Aug 18, 10:27 PM
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    I'd second the investment in the "Every Day Veg" book, I like HFW recipes- very forgiving if (like me) you like to tweak things. My favourite "Hugh" book is "River Cottage Every Day" (that one's pretty smudged and tattered) especially for the "baked chicken curry" which is truly fab
    Originally posted by caronc
    But I don't need any more cookery books

    not that I've ever let that stop me she says just popping off to amazon to check River Cottage Every Day I'm like you I like to tweak especially if I'm missing any ingredients

    Do you know if you can freeze LO ricotta?

    PN any time you don't have to cook and aren't eating at home is eating out, that includes chips at the beach
    • Brambling
    • By Brambling 13th Aug 18, 10:33 PM
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    Tbh if I enjoy it and it's well cooked and tasty I couldn't care less if it is "high end" or "cheap and cheerful". What I hate is overpriced "pinged" food where you are paying for the "experience" pretending to be a decent meal. Weatherspoons I'll happily eat in one (fishcakes for me please) - you know what you're getting and the price reflects that but some of the other chains well no I'm not paying that for something brought by Brake Bros etc, nuked and served at several 100 times the purchase cost, I'd much rather just "ping"/pop in the oven a pre-prepped meal at home.
    Originally posted by caronc
    Or like I overheard in a pub near me 'no you can't have the beef without gravy, it comes with it in the bag'
    • caronc
    • By caronc 13th Aug 18, 10:35 PM
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    [QUOTE=Brambling;74655906]
    Do you know if you can freeze LO ricotta?

    /QUOTE]
    Yep you can - it goes a bit grainy but is fine in cooked dishes though I wouldn't use it uncooked. I always have (at least) one tub in the freezer.
    PS- I consider my cookbook collection as a "hobby" some folk spend loads on collecting stamps or cross stitch etc. so I justify it to myself as a social activity ( and it means you are never stuck for something to read)
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    • Brambling
    • By Brambling 13th Aug 18, 10:54 PM
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    Thanks Caronc

    I may steal your cookery book excuse as my own
    • caronc
    • By caronc 14th Aug 18, 9:49 AM
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    Good morning everyone,

    It's raining again (and if you are of a certain age you can probably sing along to that phrase)
    Breakfast (not in America) was the usual toast & fruit. Tonight involves some sort of concoction involving pork chunks, "spare" peppercorn sauce from Sunday and various veg. Lunch will either be the remaining halloumi skewers or a corned beef. Apart from what I'm likely to be putting in my tummy I've no idea what my plans for today are yet!
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 14th Aug 18, 2:47 PM
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    Overcast here, some blue sky, the occasional sighting of sun for 2 minutes .. and a tiny breeze. Managed to work up the energy to mow the lawn.

    I've had chilli and rice today. I had what looked like two portions, so weighed it and scooped out half (360grams) and it was about right... served with basmati, I just made one portion of that.

    Just one chilli portion left to eat.... there are also the final 2 sausage rolls sitting in the pack that I bought on Saturday, I might have those later.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 14th Aug 18, 7:38 PM
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    Good evening everyone,

    Dark, damp and drizzling all day today but not cold.
    Ventured out to the library as I was running out of books to read which would never do, especially looking at the wet forecast for the rest of the week.
    My Dad came by and "liberated" a cucumber & good portion of the blackberries. Just as well I had roasted most of the tomatoes or they would have been away as well
    Mortgage account shennagins are still not sorted out , I'll see if the BS call me tomorrow and if not I will be making a formal complaint!
    Did a bit of financial jiggery with my savings which felt fairly satisfying. I've decided to spend an afternoon each month checking that I'm getting the best deal on my precious reserves.
    I had a halloumi skewer & the rest of the yoghurt dip with a small pitta for lunch. There's a skewer left which may well end up on a piece of toast for breakfast tomorrow, otherwise I'll freeze it.
    I've defrosted a lurking portion of pork fillet (frozen in 2016) that had got overlooked. I had vac packed it so it was well preserved. I'll slice it in medallions, flash fry and have with various veg, new tatties and peppercorn sauce. I'll cook extra tatties & green beans for Salad Nicoise tomorrow when my Dad is coming for lunch. I forgot to turn the roasted toms into passatta but don't think I cba now so that'll be a job for another day.
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