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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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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 8th Feb 18, 1:21 PM
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    I ended up having the two hot sausage rolls for lunch.

    Sausage rolls are just mini pies really aren't they
    • Irenadler
    • By Irenadler 8th Feb 18, 2:43 PM
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    Hey all

    Turning colder here, drizzling, and a yellow weather warning for tomorrow for snow and ice.

    Hope your tests are ok Caronc....

    On the menu today:
    Porridge with seeds, banana and blueberries.
    Beef in black bean sauce with rice YS nuked, Kind nut and dark choc salt bar.
    Jacket spud, coleslaw and whatever needs eating in salad - a bit cold for it, but, it will kizzle up otherwise....
    "...when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains however improbable, must be the truth..."
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 8th Feb 18, 3:13 PM
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    I keep in a choice for guests too.

    I found that no-one seems to drink instant coffee ever these days - not even workmen (ie the second they spot I've got real coffee).

    So the choice is real coffee/tea (for visitors only - as I dont like it)/lemon & ginger tea/a fruit tea or two of some description.

    Currently updating - once the tea bags have gone (which is going to take some time - with me not liking them etc) then I'm swopping to loose tea (to avoid plastic sealing of teabags). Once my lemon & ginger tea is gone then I'll have to make it from grated ginger and lemon juice (fresh - now all the bottled ones are in plastic bottles at the moment) and perhaps a grating of lemon peel.

    I don't know quite what to do about my fruit teas I occasionally like to have - as it doesnt seem to be possible to buy them loose (and so would be more teabags sealed with plastic). Maybe I'll have to swop to concentrated fruit juice (in glass bottles) made up with hot water....thinks....

    I think there is precisely one brand of teabags currently that aren't sealed in plastic (though I gather the Co-op is swopping own brand teabags to non-plastic sealed ones - so maybe I don't have to swop to loose tea?). Will have to wait and see - as there isn't a Co-op store near me - so am having to wait for other supermarkets to copy them.
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 8th Feb 18, 3:25 PM
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    There was a dumpling involved
    Last portion of stew was re-heated.



    That was splendid beef. Beef Steak Cubes it called itself - 5% fat the label said... and it was VERY lean and tasty.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 8th Feb 18, 4:27 PM
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    Good afternoon everyone,
    I have various options for guests too - not everyone wants decaff or "normal" tea so good to have a few choices to offer them
    I did my usual and had a snooze after lunch, when I got up the temperature had dropped lots so the heating is on and I've piled on the layers.
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    • Farway
    • By Farway 8th Feb 18, 5:09 PM
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    That was splendid beef. Beef Steak Cubes it called itself - 5% fat the label said... and it was VERY lean and tasty.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    Yep, just as I found, def buy again when on offer. It's Lilds BTW for anyone not knowing

    Back from shopping, my feet ache now, according to my runkeeper app I traipsed over 3 miles just going round the shops

    Mid morning was coffee and a huge, still warm, cheese scone in the House of Fraser cafe

    Lunch was turkey, bacon & leek pie with usual veg, and apple crumble & custard for pud. Sort of meal deal, pud cheaper if bought with main, be rude to refuse. Now stuffed full and doubt there is any room for C & O pie slice

    However during mooching discovered a Vegan, free from everything, choc spread on offer, a jar of that is on standby in my kitchen should I find space for a bit of toast later

    PS, MTSYM, have you tried lemon balm tea? It is easy to grow, and self seeds once established. And mint of course
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    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 8th Feb 18, 5:46 PM
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    I do have a lemon balm plant in my garden - though it does seem to spend a fair bit of its time looking worse for wear. I just keep hoping it will "fight back a bit better" as it gets more established (though goodness knows I feel it should be pretty established now).

    Have had a go at a few mint plants - and don't seem to do too well with them either. Ever the optimist - I might yet have another go.

    Right - food-wise today. Got back late from voluntary work & shopping today - so it was just toast with a mixed seed spread. Must now cook up the rest of that French toast batter on bread with berry sauce thing from yesterday and oranges and walnuts. Bit of yogurt with it and some seeds maybe. No oil involved - as I've got good enough saucepans to manage without these days.

    Getting my act together fairly well food-wise. Though had to put in a couple of Amazon orders when pretty commonplace food was missing from the health food store - and I know I'm cooking recipes with it in during the next week or so (well that's the plan anyway). Feels like my stomach is a little bit flatter/clothes a tad looser....fingers crossed it's not my "positive thinking" on that to think so...
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    • wort
    • By wort 8th Feb 18, 6:00 PM
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    Yesterday I finished off the cheese and onion pie/pasty for lunch.
    I had pasta with onion peppers and mushrooms in puttanesca sauce and parmesan on top., with a slice of seeded brown crust with garlic butter on.
    Up late today had toast and my sister took me out to a place a bit like a garden centre without plants
    So it had all the shops In one place that sell all manner of stuff!. After a meander round we went in the cafe, and had a cappuccino and shared a slice of gf carrot cake with cream.
    I've finished the pasta lo for tea just added a few sun blush tomatoes to it. I had banana and kiwi with vanilla yogurt afterwards.
    I forgot I'd got salmon for tea and had lifted mash out, hope it will be ok on Saturday, as dgson is here for curry tomorrow.
    Focus on contribution instead of the impressiveness of consumption to see the true beauty in people.
    • wort
    • By wort 8th Feb 18, 6:07 PM
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    Unfortunately the nearest chippy for gfree chips is a few miles away, so I rarely have them . There are many normal chippy nearby they would do a roaring trade if they served gfree !!!!
    I have a pod coffee maker I bought it for hubby a few years ago, as we had a coffee machine and no matter how carefully we measured it into the filter or what type of coffee it never tasted good!!!
    Dd1 bought me a huge amount of pods for Xmas , which was great as I haven't seen anywhere that makes cheap pods for a tassimo.
    Focus on contribution instead of the impressiveness of consumption to see the true beauty in people.
    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 8th Feb 18, 7:03 PM
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    All this talk of sausage rolls and chips has given me a craving for them, so I dug out some frozen uncooked sausage rolls from the freezer and had them with oven chips and baked beans for dinner. It's not something I have that often, so made a nice change .

    I had what is becoming the usual cold weather breakfast of porridge this morning.

    I had a mushroom omelette for lunch, there were some mushrooms left over from last weekend, so I thought I should use them up.

    While I had the oven on I made some soda bread.


    Farway - that lunch sounds lovely.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 8th Feb 18, 7:31 PM
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    Good evening everyone,

    Farway - lovely sounding lunch. I would definitely have needed a snooze after it

    wort - I'd have been most disappointed if someone took me to a garden centre with no plants sounds like a nice day out though

    All this talk of pies is really making wish I had one stashed in the freezer. I do have a lurking "mince round" in the freezer. But it serves 2-3 and really is best eaten freshly cooked. I think my son is coming up next weekend so might look it out for next Friday. Ditto sausage rolls, though in reality the last time I made a batch it took me most of the year to eat them. They are the sort of thing I like one of and the urge goes away for ages.

    Looking at the sky I think the forecast for snow later might be right as there are lots of very low hanging, purple clouds and the temperature is dropping like a stone. Best plan for some comfort meals over the next few days I think to keep the chill out (that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it)

    My meal plan for this week is definitely going astray as I think instead of a lightish salmon meal I might make fish pie. The last time I made one I had surplus fish mix so there is enough there to make a 1 or 2 portion pie and I've plenty of spuds and milk for the sauce. I don't mind my plan going awol if I'm making things/using things up and not just going for the easiest bung it in the oven meal by default.

    I'm just off to put on the filling for my giant YP, decision time- there are 5 stuffing balls do I use 2 or 3 of them. I suspect I know the answer......
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    • kittie
    • By kittie 8th Feb 18, 8:29 PM
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    It`s the weather, I blame the weather for constantly wanting something to eat, not really hungry, just feeling that I want to eat. I did buy some salad stuff so tomorrow may well have a healthy salmon salad with bread and butter. I did really well until today when I called into the supermarket for a tank of petrol. That enticed me in and I was doomed, got some fruit and salad then wandered over to the yoghurt isle, got that and spied the thick cream. I didn`t want it, didn`t need it but I kept thinking that it would go so well with my pie, its amazing how these things can slide into a basket

    Money, I make lovely teas using these papers
    http://www.adagiotea.co.uk/teaware/paper_filters.html?googleshopping=yes&gclid=Cj0KCQ iAh_DTBRCTARIsABlT9Ma5yLoUMP0K8R9SN2k0H77bdDQH3AQ-6aS6_qjM87DQm9ne_DmJC7AaArTmEALw_wcB

    eg dried hibiscus flowers makes nice tea, also very good for health

    I also use this a lot, wonderful design and easy to wash out. Plastic but will last a very long time
    http://www.adagiotea.co.uk/teaware/ingenuiTEA_teapot.html
    • caronc
    • By caronc 8th Feb 18, 8:47 PM
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    Much as I love salad kittie, I really don't think I could eat it just now not unless it came with chips or a big baked potato with lots of butter. At the moment my tastebuds in the veg department are definitely wanting spicy or brassicas or root veg. (Or all three, steaming hot in a big bowl )
    I think the milder weather earlier has mucked up my internal central heating as despite the heating being up and the radiators toasty I'm still chilly. (That's with a vest, a top, a jumper and a thick cardi - I do hope I'm not heading foe the lurgy.) Mind you come the early hours it will no doubt be in sauna mode )
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    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 8th Feb 18, 8:47 PM
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    Thanks - but I'm not quite sure what I'd do with paper tea filters??

    I do have a herbal tea teapot (ie glass teapot with thingie in the middle to put bits in) and a mug with lid (ditto).

    Re standard tea - I'm pretty sure I've still got a lidded teaspoon with holes in. Though could always buy a teapot per se and I have a mini strainer anyway. Not that very many people seem to want tea either these days. I'd say 95% of the time then (after I've explained available choices to people) they'll ask for a real coffee. So I duly had to get a large cafetiere - as well as the one mug size I had for myself anyway.
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    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 8th Feb 18, 8:55 PM
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    It`s the weather, I blame the weather for constantly wanting something to eat, not really hungry, just feeling that I want to eat.
    Originally posted by kittie
    I'm blaming it on the weather as well. When there has been a prolonged cold spell I always seem to want something to eat, and like you, I'm not really hungry. I just end up eating comfort food.

    As soon as the weather turns a bit warmer, I won't constantly want food. I will go back to my normal eating pattern.
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 9th Feb 18, 7:29 AM
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    I've been putting down feeling hungry at times between meals to my having changed my diet rather and told it's to be expected on this sort of diet and not a problem.


    But quite a few of us are saying we're feeling hungrier on here. Wonder whether it's some inbuilt primitive response that makes people feel hungrier in a winter - because, at one time, it served a purpose = giving people extra calories to burn during the colder part of the year? So, basically, something we no longer need in the 20th/21st century (with our warmer buildings) but Mother Nature has clung onto it anyway (much to the annoyance of those of us who don't like being influenced by factors that aren't logical and aren't under our control)?

    EDIT; Just made another weeny discovery - re the trick that came up on here to thaw things from freezer quicker. I'm still having to buy my milk in plastic cartons at the moment - because it's organic and it's now become possible to buy non-organic milk in glass bottles again here. But we're still waiting for organic milk in glass bottles at the moment - no-one seems to have made a decision to do them yet in my immediate vicinity - grrr! So hoicked the milk (in plastic container - grr!) out of freezer yesterday evening to defrost and decided to put the container on metal (ie in metal saucepan). This morning found it's totally defrosted - rather than just a large part of the way towards it. So it works for defrosting stuff quicker - even if it's in a container.
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    • kittie
    • By kittie 9th Feb 18, 7:42 AM
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    [QUOTE=moneyistooshorttomention;73853629]Wonder whether it's some inbuilt primitive response that makes people feel hungrier in a winter QUOTE]

    yes it is as is hibernating or getting more dozy in the day. I always go into hibernation indoors mode in winter. It does not do me any harm, come spring I can still ride my bike up hills, when I used to think I would be struggling after not using those muscles. I do though tend to do lots of stuff while standing as it is a mini form of exercise and I go upstairs when I need something, rather than putting it off. On sunny `warm` days then I go out and do a few things, bit of weeding, tidying etc. It is what animals do

    paper tea filters: dried herbs/normal tea in pouch, put in mug, they are long so the top folds over the side. Use twice if herbs. Compost afterwards
    • kittie
    • By kittie 9th Feb 18, 7:51 AM
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    gosh my meals are sorted for today, don`t have to think, had porridge and 4 soaked dried apricots first. Lunch will be that salad as I know the sun will be shining in here. Fruit pie and topping Last meal is just about defrosted in the fridge and this one will be the soup/casserole

    New chocolate to imbibe today, vivani 85% from real foods. I bought a box and this will last me 2 1/2 months. I managed to avoid all their other lovely vivani temptations but I did buy oatcakes as it makes an energy sustaining snack with peanut butter
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 9th Feb 18, 8:49 AM
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    A freezing start. First thing every morning what I do is open the windows/patio doors and give the room a good airing .... and then it's cold, but it does need doing daily.

    Probably toasted bread crusts and baked beans for a warming breakfast.

    Awaiting those shelves to arrive at the shop, so I can collect.... checked this morning and they're on their way, but not arrived.

    http://www.homebargains.co.uk/products/7109-kis-4-tier-plus-shelf.aspx
    • caronc
    • By caronc 9th Feb 18, 8:50 AM
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    I've been putting down feeling hungry at times between meals to my having changed my diet rather and told it's to be expected on this sort of diet and not a problem.


    But quite a few of us are saying we're feeling hungrier on here. Wonder whether it's some inbuilt primitive response that makes people feel hungrier in a winter - because, at one time, it served a purpose = giving people extra calories to burn during the colder part of the year? So, basically, something we no longer need in the 20th/21st century (with our warmer buildings) but Mother Nature has clung onto it anyway (much to the annoyance of those of us who don't like being influenced by factors that aren't logical and aren't under our control)?

    EDIT; Just made another weeny discovery - re the trick that came up on here to thaw things from freezer quicker. I'm still having to buy my milk in plastic cartons at the moment - because it's organic and it's now become possible to buy non-organic milk in glass bottles again here. But we're still waiting for organic milk in glass bottles at the moment - no-one seems to have made a decision to do them yet in my immediate vicinity - grrr! So hoicked the milk (in plastic container - grr!) out of freezer yesterday evening to defrost and decided to put the container on metal (ie in metal saucepan). This morning found it's totally defrosted - rather than just a large part of the way towards it. So it works for defrosting stuff quicker - even if it's in a container.
    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention
    [QUOTE=kittie;73853652]
    Wonder whether it's some inbuilt primitive response that makes people feel hungrier in a winter QUOTE]

    yes it is as is hibernating or getting more dozy in the day. I always go into hibernation indoors mode in winter. It does not do me any harm, come spring I can still ride my bike up hills, when I used to think I would be struggling after not using those muscles. I do though tend to do lots of stuff while standing as it is a mini form of exercise and I go upstairs when I need something, rather than putting it off. On sunny `warm` days then I go out and do a few things, bit of weeding, tidying etc. It is what animals do

    paper tea filters: dried herbs/normal tea in pouch, put in mug, they are long so the top folds over the side. Use twice if herbs. Compost afterwards
    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention
    Yes I'm sure it's a legacy from when surviving the long dark days was difficult - carb craving as there would be little protein available and a general slowing down of the body to conserve fat reserves.
    I think in winter I'm definitely a product of my ancestors.

    MTSTM - yes the "pop on metal" trick works for anything frozen. It's so handy.

    No sun shining here but no snow either which is a plus. I'm hoping the cloud might lift a bit later but so far it's just wanting to give us sleety rain. Another day for lots of layers I think.

    Foodwise I'm for a cheese & beetroot sarnie at lunch time and fish pie with green beans & cabbage tonight. That will use up the last of my savoy cabbage, so until my next shop my leafyveg will be need to be sprouts and or frozen spinach. As I have extra milk this week from m y Dad, I'm hoping not to get another shop until Weds/Thurs. I've lots of different veg and bread products in the freezer so it should work out ok.
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