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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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    • caronc
    • By caronc 6th Feb 18, 8:24 AM
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    Good morning everyone,
    It was snowing quite heavily when I went to bed last night but no sign of any this morning though my slabs look very icy. A day for many layers I think.
    My Dad is coming round for lunch day, we're having some of the soup from yesterday with crusty bread and HM Portuguese sardine pate.
    I've souvlaki pork defrosting for tonight.
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 6th Feb 18, 9:55 AM
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    I completely forgot I'd intended to make a SC stew today! Usually I'll put the SC out on the worktop the night before so I don't forget - and sometimes get a lot of the ingredients out too in a pile.

    It's on now though. Beef bought in Nov/early Dec; a large Xmas parsnip; 3 sprouting spuds bought 31 December; 2 sticks of the Xmas celery bought in November, an onion ... that tin of butter beans and some other stuff.

    So that's used up the lurking celery, those sprouting spuds, that lurking parsnip .... stew's a winner on that front! And it's ideal weather for it
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 6th Feb 18, 11:07 AM
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    Yesterday's main meal was frying pan sweet potato hash (from that cookbook again that I'm currently working my way through).

    So it was sweet potato/cauliflower/onion/a bit of red pepper/mushrooms/canned black beans etc. Verdict = okay. Not a "visitor meal" - but passable. Having the rest of it today.

    The other meal will probably be braised tempeh and bok choy with spicy ginger sauce (same cookbook). I do hope I like tempeh - as I decided I'd better find out if I do some time back and bought a pack and put it in the freezer. Followed by forgetting I'd done so - so I bought another pack and put it in the freezer as well - whoops!

    Right - off to test if my olive oil is genuine or adulterated. I've seen a list this morning of adulterated ones and it includes Felippo Berio and Bertolli (both of which I know I've bought before).

    The test is apparently to put the bottle in the fridge for 30 minutes and it should solidify a bit (courtesy of the fats in it). If it doesnt solidify = it's adulterated with cheaper oils.
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 6th Feb 18, 11:20 AM
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    My kitchen smells..... bloody lovely. It's a nice idea to think of great smells wafting through the house until you realise that it's cold, so the windows are remaining shut ... so you'll end up with stinky knickers and all other clothes and bed linens in the bedroom as the smell permeates....
    • bouicca21
    • By bouicca21 6th Feb 18, 11:29 AM
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    Money let us know how you get on with the tempeh. For reasons I don't understand, since it is surely out of season, the f & v market has had huge quantities of cheap bok choi, so I'm expecting to be tempted to get more on my next visit.
    • kittie
    • By kittie 6th Feb 18, 11:45 AM
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    I got rid of my jar of tempeh, it looked just like brains

    I am making my casserole now, in a pressure cooker, for lunch and a couple of ready meals for the freezer. Small amount of turkey strips, whole jar of flageolet, tin tomatoes and a whole cubed celeriac plus a couple of other veg. I added half the thin garlic soup as stock, so this is going to end up as a meal in a bowl. Pressure cooker is awfully full, the frying pan size, I was waiting for something to give when it was getting up to steam but it is nice and steady. Reassuring to know it has multiple safety devices

    Yay and I have apple/blackcurrant pie to look forward to as well as a strip of dark chocolate
    • kittie
    • By kittie 6th Feb 18, 12:47 PM
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    ooh a tin of tomatoes makes all the difference, made the casserole slightly tarty, was lovely and so many different things in it that I will be having it again tonight and keeping some back for tomorrow, rest will go into the freezer with most of the liquid, will make a nice meal with added pasta. I have half the garlic soup left so will freeze for another casserole in a week or so

    I am happy with my food today, a nice variety of good stuff and I still have fruit pie and a bowl of berries
    • Farway
    • By Farway 6th Feb 18, 2:56 PM
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    Stew's bubbling/smelling great. I think it's definitely a dumpling day
    This stew smells perfect for dumplings....

    Not sure when I'll serve it, between 4-6pm depending on how I feel, how it looks and when I can be bothered to go in there and sort it all out/serve.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    I hope your stew, and dumplings, turns out as tasty as mine was. I used same Lild beef as you have, on offer at the time. I was pleasantly surprised how lean it was, no hidden grotty bits added as make weights

    Cold and sunny, still icicles in the shadows

    Nothing YS inspiring in Lild this morning, and they have run out of kg packs of frozen chips, but I spotted a lot of empty spaces, better luck on Friday mooch

    Lunch was back to Black Forest ham + salady bits sarnie
    Dinner, plenty of my pie left, but I have some LO stew so will probably chuck that bit in with a tin of beef & veg soup for dinner, just pleby dunk bread in, CBA to make croutons

    The C + O pie will do for tomorrow, next time I will cut back on quantity but because it was first time I stuck to the recipe. I think the recipe could be used to make a nice pasty
    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 6th Feb 18, 3:08 PM
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    I've made a lasagne for dinner and will have that with some garlic bread. There is enough for two meals so I'll have it again tomorrow with some salad.

    Talking of salad, I seem to have quite a lot of salad bits that need using up, so I had a cheese salad sandwich for lunch to get rid of some of it.

    I'm still on the porridge for breakfast as it's so cold out at the minute, and porridge is nice and warming. I cut a banana to put in it this morning as well.
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 6th Feb 18, 3:22 PM
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    McCulloch - still feeling a bit puzzled by you commenting that the cookbook that's coming out (very belatedly) later this year by A Girl Called Jack contains a recipe with crab in?

    The puzzlement being as to whether I'm thinking of the same book as you were reviewing? - as I thought the (very belated) "Cooking on a Bootstrap" book was going to be a vegan one.

    Have I got that wrong? Is "Cooking on a Bootstrap" vegan and it's some other cookbook of hers that you've been reviewing?

    (I know if it's supposed to be and isn't - then she wouldnt be the first cookbook writer to say a cookbook was vegetarian or vegan and the next thing you know you spot recipe/s in it that most definitely arent so). Thinking of a cookbook (of a slightly older era) that said it was vegetarian on the front and I was going through it counting the number of recipes that included fish in them.
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    • pineapple
    • By pineapple 6th Feb 18, 5:02 PM
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    This is my second stew day. I might take a leaf out of Pastures New book and make dumplings.
    • Farway
    • By Farway 6th Feb 18, 6:11 PM
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    I had the LO bit of stew mixed in tin of the beef & veg soup, actually turned out very filling and tasty

    May have HM yoghurt & honey later if space permits
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 6th Feb 18, 6:21 PM
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    Well - got the tempeh/pak choi/etc/etc dish cooking up as we speak.

    On getting the tempeh out of the freezer - I didnt find it looks like brains. It looks like a clump of beans to me. Did spot a little bit of black on part of it and promptly looked-up to see what that meant (after checking out the other packet - which hasnt got any). Google's verdict = not a problem/indeed it's a Good Sign (as in well fermented or summat).

    I still chopped those bits off I admit.

    Right - let's see what it tastes like. There's a sort of yeasty type smell to the tempeh itself. The dish as a whole looks reasonably colourful. So it's down to the Taste Test now....

    EDIT; Hmmm....the tempeh has a somewhat yeasty-ish type taste as well. Not a strong type taste and "the jury is out" a bit at the moment as to what I think about it. Seems to be a sort of equivalent situation to tofu - in that it probably takes on the taste somewhat of what it's with. At the moment - I feel I'm not going to chuck it on the one hand or rush for it eagerly on the other hand.

    Will have to think what my next cooking experiment will be now. I have the feeling that a couple more winters in a part of the country with worse winter weather than I'm used to and less to Go Out To ditto on the other hand means I should be a gourmet cook in this type of food by the time a couple more winters have passed living in this area.
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 6th Feb 18, 6:21 PM
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    I don't want to grass anybody up .... but I know somebody who popped through to the kitchen 10 minutes ago and whipped up just one huge dumpling Nothing else, just a fat dumpling ....

    Nom!
    Originally posted by PasturesNew


    It's definitely dumpling weather, wish I was having stew now.

    MTSTM - I've never tried tempeh can't say it appeals that much so interested in how you find it.

    Farway - I think the C&O pie recipe would make great pastys

    Holly - I've not had lasagne for ages. I'm roasting a tray of veg later some for tonight with the pork & pitta and some I was planning to use with veggie pasta tomorrow. I think it mught just get used in lasagne tomorrow instead.

    It's been a lovely day here but boy is it cold. My Dad came lunch and seemed to really enjoy the soup and sardine pate. He seems to enjoy eating away from his home these days much better at lunchtime than later in the day. He does like to eat and go though - no lingering for a cuppa and a chat afterwards. His comfy recliner was definitely beckoning.

    I managed a short walk today which felt like a huge achievement but boy was I shaky and unsteady afterwards. But I enjoyed it even if I did only manage 1400 steps, it was good get out in the fresh (very blinking fresh) air. The temperature is due to drop to -5C or so tonight and I think it's well on it's way already as despite decent layers of clothes I've just had to turn the heating up a notch. We're back on snow alert from tomorrow until Friday.....
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    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 6th Feb 18, 7:02 PM
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    Well - I don't think I shall be buying tempeh again I have a feeling. I've also got a feeling I'll be picking it out of the leftovers for tomorrow and binning the other packet I have in the freezer (as can't think of anyone nearby that might fancy it).

    Oh well - you don't know till you try.

    It has been bitter today and the first bit of snow since I moved here - there was snow all round the area. Fortunately, it hasnt settled.

    Don't know how old your father is caron? I'm imagining he must be a pretty similar agegroup to my own father and by now I think he must be spending the vast majority of his time sleeping and is pretty much only awake for mealtimes these days.
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 6th Feb 18, 7:19 PM
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    Well - I don't think I shall be buying tempeh again I have a feeling. I've also got a feeling I'll be picking it out of the leftovers for tomorrow and binning the other packet I have in the freezer (as can't think of anyone nearby that might fancy it).

    Oh well - you don't know till you try.

    It has been bitter today and the first bit of snow since I moved here - there was snow all round the area. Fortunately, it hasnt settled.

    Don't know how old your father is caron? I'm imagining he must be a pretty similar agegroup to my own father and by now I think he must be spending the vast majority of his time sleeping and is pretty much only awake for mealtimes these days.
    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention
    Thanks for the feedback re the tempeh - I shan't be adding it to my "to try" list!

    My Dad's not old- he turns 76 in March but has multiple health issues stemming in the main from damage a childhood bout of rhuematic fever did to his heart & kidneys which only became apparent in early middle age and prostate cancer in his 60s. He's also got unstable colitis, is an insulin dependant diabetic and has a stoma (he had to have his bladder removed). Consequently he seems older than he is but he's mentally still very sharp. He has a lot of pain as he developed diabetis during chemo/radiotherapy so it was masked by side effects from these and did quite a bit of nerve damage to his legs/feet before it got brought under control. He does well considering and still enjoys life and getting out and about but does like the comfort of his own space and comfy recliner.
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    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 6th Feb 18, 7:23 PM
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    McCulloch - still feeling a bit puzzled by you commenting that the cookbook that's coming out (very belatedly) later this year by A Girl Called Jack contains a recipe with crab in?

    The puzzlement being as to whether I'm thinking of the same book as you were reviewing? - as I thought the (very belated) "Cooking on a Bootstrap" book was going to be a vegan one.

    Have I got that wrong? Is "Cooking on a Bootstrap" vegan and it's some other cookbook of hers that you've been reviewing?

    (I know if it's supposed to be and isn't - then she wouldnt be the first cookbook writer to say a cookbook was vegetarian or vegan and the next thing you know you spot recipe/s in it that most definitely arent so). Thinking of a cookbook (of a slightly older era) that said it was vegetarian on the front and I was going through it counting the number of recipes that included fish in them.
    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention
    Cooking on a Bootstrap has a section marked 'Contraband', literally a handful of pages, page 148-159, containing a few meat and fish recipes, and there are a few others scattered through the book, the crab paste recipe included. However, you could probably do a veggie or vegan version of just about all of them.
    Her vegan-without-alteration recipes are marked with a V, and there are a lot of them
    Some examples of vegan recipes.
    Five Minute Bread
    Cakey Goodness Bread
    Gramcake
    One Ingredient Mushroom Soup
    Pappa Al Pomodoro
    Green Rice
    Black Bean Tarkari
    Tarka Daal
    ..and others!

    I got interrupted during the above post by my Amazon Pantry order arriving. Great stuff, only ordered 24 hours earlier and all there.
    Erma Bombeck, American writer: "If I had my life to live over again... I would have burned the pink candle, sculptured like a rose, that melted in storage." Don't keep things 'for best' - that day never comes. Use them and enjoy them now.
    • Glad
    • By Glad 6th Feb 18, 7:33 PM
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    evening all

    I've just been googling tempah, I'm trying to eat a lot more vegetarian meals but I haven't experimented yet with meat alternatives such as quorn etc, I probably should even if only to increase my calorie intake, in the 3 months I've been eating cleaner I've lost 12lb and I really didn't want to lose any weight just be healthier
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 6th Feb 18, 8:11 PM
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    Watching this Back in Time for Tea programme. BBC2

    Oh Lord they're bad... teenage girls didn't know how to peel an onion.
    • gt568
    • By gt568 6th Feb 18, 8:33 PM
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    Watching this Back in Time for Tea programme. BBC2

    Oh Lord they're bad... teenage girls didn't know how to peel an onion.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    Surely you can see past this, they pick the biggest biffs they can to put on the TV to shock people.
    Down with the signature fascists!!
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