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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 14th Feb 18, 2:56 PM
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    https://www.aldi.co.uk/ambiano-vacuum-food-sealer/p/095220174554200

    Personally ... I don't really know what it's all about and why people'd use them... but I'm from simple stock.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    Must be our dragging up I've never heard of them either, and no idea how I would use them. But each to their own, maybe, like TV remotes or cling film, they are indispensable once you have used them?

    Lunch eaten, had a couple of crackers to follow it.

    Tried my perforated spoon thingy out for another cuppa. Getting annoyed about the A4da leaf tea, seems to be mostly dust. So annoyed I phoned them, "try me, love me" offer. Result, they are sending a voucher for 3

    I'll try the Sainsbugs or Morries loose tea next time. I prefer the 99 from Co op but seems to have vanished from my one

    Looking forward to my pancakes and getting a bit peckish so just may go a bit earlier
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 14th Feb 18, 3:16 PM
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    I fancied sausage rolls .... even though I plan to buy beef tomorrow so owning TWO pieces of food lasting 3-4 days apiece would be food overload. So I got all dressed up warm and with a little plastic mac on ... stepped outside and thought "barger this! it's cold and wet wet wet" so I came back inside and chose a big burger from the freezer (it's sat there 3 months as I didn't really like the other one that much) - and cooked that with some oven chips.

    So at least I've not got food overload .... and I used up something from the freezer that's been bugging me.

    Still had no shelf call... in a way that thought was at the back of my mind when I decided not to walk to the shop in the rain... I thought "if I'm waiting for a call it'll come right as I'm trying to count my pennies out from my purse" ....
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 14th Feb 18, 3:20 PM
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    Well that was lunch out with a friend and we duly shared a dish of baked camembert, crusty bread, various salads, grapes, avocado, halloumi, etc. I did treat myself to a rare bit of cake afterwards (chocolate cake). My hipster coffee I like (yep...duly done correctly I noted).

    We both agreed the bill was astonishingly low for what we had had - and a generous tip was given.

    My attitude towards tips is basically that I don't believe in them - because I think they're rarely warranted and certainly feel most uncomfortable about people wanting to tip for a meal that has been god-awful (it just encourages the cafe/pub/restaurant to carry right on being god-awful imo).

    But, if I do think something is rather better goods and/or services than I think is "fair" - then I will tip and do so very generously (ie to encourage them to "keep up the good work"). So I will occasionally be found handing over 30-50% extra if I think it's worth it. Yep...that's my version of "Because you're worth it". I want what I'm worth (and rarely get it....sighs...) - but I expect other people to get what they're worth (or not...) too.

    So my friend was quite pleased with me - as the place had been my suggestion and she liked it too. Friends soon learn that I'm "fussy" about what I like - and, if I say something is good, then it really is and they head there expectantly

    Tonights meal a later one then. Think I shall probably try out another recipe from current cookbook - morning grain bowls this time. Cooked whole grains (cooked rice duly hauled out of freezer), a bit of cooked cannelini beans (huh?? oh well - try it), flaxseeds, tiny bit of tumeric, berries, banana, plant mylk, date syrup, ginger.

    I should think I'll like that - time will tell.
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    • wort
    • By wort 14th Feb 18, 4:13 PM
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    I'd been to hairdressers today so missed lunch , so had my hm pizza ,smoked salmon and veg at 2.30.
    I did get some leeks whilst out , so made leek and potato soup, also made 2 portions of veg pasta, 1 I will take to work tomorrow.
    Focus on contribution instead of the impressiveness of consumption to see the true beauty in people.
    • wort
    • By wort 14th Feb 18, 4:41 PM
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    PN I would be tempted to ring the store see if your order is in, I once was waiting for an email to say my order was in, which didn't come ,when I enquired it had been in (No email) and because it wasn't collected they'd sent it back.
    Focus on contribution instead of the impressiveness of consumption to see the true beauty in people.
    • pineapple
    • By pineapple 14th Feb 18, 5:43 PM
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    Today I made the once in a blue moon journey to Penrith to get my hair cut and stock up on socks and undies. I was so overcome with the experience of being in a place with actual shops that I also came away with a shirt and some jeggings - and a free range organic chicken. Then I decided I might as well go for broke and have it tonight - instead of being sensible and getting up at dawn to cook on E7 off peak rates.
    In fact the halogen is humming away as I speak. Naughty Pineapple.
    It's back to gruel and charity shops next week though.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 14th Feb 18, 5:47 PM
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    PN I would be tempted to ring the store see if your order is in, I once was waiting for an email to say my order was in, which didn't come ,when I enquired it had been in (No email) and because it wasn't collected they'd sent it back.
    Originally posted by wort
    But that's not part of the system.
    The system says to sit and wait for a phone call

    I used their online form to have an update, not had a reply.

    I could phone the store except.... I'm guessing nobody'll answer now. I'll see if I can find their phone number....

    bar stewards.....

    I hate it when the system leaves you 'adrift' as it doesn't perform to spec and expectations they set out.

    EDIT: *spit, gnash, spit, gnash*
    They're there. It's just nobody phoned me to tell me that.
    And now it's dark/wet and tail end of rush hour ...

    I'll go out in a bit, get it over and done with.
    Last edited by PasturesNew; 14-02-2018 at 5:51 PM.
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 14th Feb 18, 6:23 PM
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    Deliveries - eh!!!

    The Post Office tried to deliver a couple of things to me today - but I was stuffing my face at lunch out (and wouldnt have waited in specially for them anyway). So a day I shall be in anyway next week is scheduled for re-delivery of those things and delivery of some garden items I've bought myself today (look on face of guy running the place equalled "I've got this one summed up that she's got plans on spending lots more here when she can..."). Errr...yep..

    Living where I do now - I'm having to have rather a lot of my shopping delivered...

    Anyways - I had my morning grain bowl recipe try-out. Verdict - was a bit surprised that an instruction was "heat in microwave" - bearing in mind this is a super-healthy cookbook. I ain't got a microwave - so quick adaptation to "plonk in a saucepan to re-heat". It wasn't bad - but I won't be adding the beans in future in this recipe. Came to conclusion they were in there basically in order to go towards "2-3 portions of pulses per day recommended". Now I'll continue with adding tumeric and ginger (which are both obviously in there for extra nutrition) - but the beans have been crossed off the list of ingredients.

    Still on steep learning curve....and one of the next questions is "I saw canned black chickpeas last time I was shopping - so I bought them (as I've not tried that before - though I frequently eat chickpeas)". No wonder there's some slightly amused raised eyebrows when I do my food shopping - which I translate into "There - I thought this one would soon find Next New Product we've just started stocking and it wouldnt be long before she bought it to try".

    Does anyone know if there's any difference between black chickpeas and standard chickpeas?
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 14th Feb 18, 6:56 PM
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    Does anyone know if there's any difference between black chickpeas and standard chickpeas?
    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention
    3 weeks left in the fridge in the tin ....or a week open on the worktop I reckon

    Been/got my shelves. It's too dark to put them together now though (you can't read instructions by low energy lightbulbs and I want to make sure I don't just make it up and end up with it half upside down first time).

    It's vile out there, chucking it down and there's so much cloud cover it's so dark you can hardly see your hand in front of your face even with street lights/car lights on!

    I got in the car to come back and the local radio man was listing off locally flooded roads to avoid. I sat and had a rollie and he was still listing them ... I finished that and drove out of the car park and he was still listing them!

    Horrible night!

    The shop didn't have my favourite biscuits ...but they had some "you'll do/you're almost the same" biscuits, so I bought those. 3 chocolate biscuits and a black coffee for tea
    • Farway
    • By Farway 14th Feb 18, 7:02 PM
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    Does anyone know if there's any difference between black chickpeas and standard chickpeas?
    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention
    Jut guessing, probably same difference as there is between yellow v red tomatoes, green v purple podded peas. Nothing except colour, and price
    My pancakes were fine, job done for the year, I had one of each filling, jam, choc spread, maple syrup, lemon & sugar. I prefer the traditional lemon & sugar.

    No more pancakes until next February

    PN, hope the shelves are just what you needed after all the faffing
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 14th Feb 18, 7:21 PM
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    PN, hope the shelves are just what you needed after all the faffing
    Originally posted by Farway
    They look a bit narrow to be honest (60cm).... I can't visualise, so I'll only know how it goes once they're together and I've picked out random items from the floor to put onto them See what fits etc.
    But, any shelves are better than none..... when you've got piles of random stuff stacked on the floor. At least on shelves you can see what's there and grab/sort out random items... and/or move stuff about to see if it fits/works better
    • caronc
    • By caronc 14th Feb 18, 7:37 PM
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    Good evening everyone,
    PN- hope you get your shelving unit ok
    Farway - yes vacuum sealers are definitely one of those things that you never realised was missing from your life until you get one I'd definitely replace mine when it dies.
    MTSTM - not a clue re the black chick peas though I suspect they are nutritionally the same

    I had a bit of a frustrating afternoon, phoned Drs for blood test results all ok and review in 4 weeks so far so good. I had been holding off ordering repeat meds pending these in case another tweak was made. I usually order them on-line but the recent change wasn't showing so had to do it over the phone. One of meds I take all the time and another with a similiar name on an ad hoc basis. Well I just knew the girl wasn't listening to me...... Checked on line just before they closed and yep she'd mixed them up, thankfully managed to get through to the surgery before they closed and I think it's all sorted now.

    My winter slaw at lunch time was really tasty but despite having some cooked turkey and a hard boiled egg it didn't fill me up so I've been a bit munchy this afternoon which is unusual for me. There is slaw & turkey LO for lunch tomorrow but I think I'll defrost some soup to have with. I'm hoping the venison sausage and lentil casserole is a bit more substantial.

    I've not bought any shopping since 03/02 (though my Dad did give me spare milk last week) and I don't think my fridge has ever looked so bare (since the kids left home ) especially the veg drawer which is down to spuds and a pepper. I still have a couple of onions & a tomato in the veg basket, loads of frozen veg/brambles and grapes & an apple in the fruit bowl so I actually still have a fair bit in and meals for tomorrow are mainly already sorted. However, I'm out of eggs, bread, cheese spread and running low on milk and teabags so a shopping is booked for Friday morning to restock.
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 14th Feb 18, 10:02 PM
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    ..... My winter slaw at lunch time was really tasty but despite having some cooked turkey and a hard boiled egg it didn't fill me up so I've been a bit munchy this afternoon ...
    Originally posted by caronc
    I find any salady style, raw-based, foods make me hungrier than if I'd not eaten at all. There's something about eating cold/raw food that just makes my brain think "you're being starved.... get some proper food now".



    If I'm filling a plate, or a pitta, or a sandwich, I feel fuller by leaving out the salady stuff usually... it looks more, but doesn't fool my stomach
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 14th Feb 18, 10:55 PM
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    You can only buy two kinds of biscuits:

    1] Biscuits that you eat and then dislike and cry with every one as you've wasted your money on biscuits you don't like.

    2] Biscuits you love and can't stop eating.....

    I've bought Type 2.

    I've had 10 of them now, which is about half the 350g bag

    (Yes, I know there's another type: "Cheap biscuits that are passable and bought as they're cheap")
    Last edited by PasturesNew; 15-02-2018 at 7:43 AM.
    • wort
    • By wort 15th Feb 18, 8:09 AM
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    Pn I hope the shelves are ok after all the faff, I'm just glad you can get them and haven't been sent back. Similar story to mine they hadn't let me know they were there. I'd bee in twice too!!

    I'm working today and having dgson for tea, as I'm out for tea tomorrow.
    Lunch will be the pasta prepared yesterday, with a passion fruit yogurt.
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    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 15th Feb 18, 8:33 AM
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    I didn't like the corn tortillas last night, yuck.

    I'm having a cup of coffee and deciding what to have, maybe baked beans on toast as I didn't have them yesterday.
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    • bouicca21
    • By bouicca21 15th Feb 18, 9:12 AM
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    It was always my mum's philosophy that biscuits should be ones everyone liked - but not that much. That way they lasted longer than if she bought biscuits that everyone loved.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 15th Feb 18, 9:41 AM
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    Been out to L&A ....

    A: bought the nuker egg boiler, don't bother - it's not like my other one, there's a "yolk pricker" in it, which is a faff. I'll try it without to be honest, my current one doesn't need the yolk pricking!

    A: Grabbed a random jar of curry sauce (bit of a pricey one) to lob into the SC with the L beef. Also got a pack of their chillies which are on special this week at 45p (so not THAT special/cheap!)

    L: Got 6 sausage rolls....
    L: Grabbed the beef and headed for the tills with 3 items. I'd added it up mentally and had the right money in my pocket, but wasn't 100% sure to the penny of the price, but I was asked more more than expected, so I checked - the beef had been priced at full price (2.59), but there was "a little man" immediately to hand so I pointed at it and got my 40p back

    You do have to double check receipts don't you!

    I tossed the beef, 2 onions and the jar of sauce into the SC. That's tea sorted. Although it doesn't come cheap as I didn't grab the cheapest curry sauce jar. 3.20 it adds up to and will make 3-4 portions. But still cheaper than buying a ready meal (which is half rice anyway) for ~1.50.
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 15th Feb 18, 9:52 AM
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    A funny thing happened to me .....

    Imagine the scene.... I am hand-carrying a pack of 6 2-litre bottles of fizzy pop from the shop to my car, which is parked close to the door, so just a 15 pace stride. I reach the car and stand on one leg with the 6-pack resting on my thigh and I open the car door and put the pack down behind the driver's door and shut the door. That's what ... 10 seconds? Fully attended, broad daylight, just me about ....

    I opened the driver's door, got in the car, keys in the ignition .... and there's a cat on my rear parcel shelf. A fully grown, large as life chubby cat!

    So .... what to do? It can't have travelled there with me .... or could it? I decided it must be the shop cat .... as there was no cat poo in the car or evidence he'd been there overnight .... so I got him out, but his collar came off in my hands and he ran off.... so I chased him. *sighs*.

    Luckily ... one of the store staff was stacking stuff outside and said "it's not our cat, he lives over there" and nods to the houses alongside. Phew! At least I didn't have any guilt I'd dumped a neighbour's cat far from home

    She held him and I put the collar back on. "He's always doing that" she said.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 15th Feb 18, 11:00 AM
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    Good morning everyone,
    re the cat PN, they do seem to manage to get into all sorts of places. My sister's one likes to "broaden his horizons" so to speak....

    Still stormy and bitterly cold here, I had to be up and out early for an apointment and boy am I glad to be back indoors.

    Breakfast was the remaining scotch pancakes with salmon spread, an unusual but quite palatable combination. Lunch will be the rest of the slaw & cooked turkey and I'll also have a mug of HM soup with it to ward off a repeat of yesterday's munchies. Tonight is the remaining savoury pancake filling with either pasta or a baked spud. So definitely a use up kind of day, the remaining portion of venison sausage/brown lentil/root veg stew will be getting popped in the freezer
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