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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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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 9th Mar 18, 10:04 AM
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    I've got things I've not seen since my move that makes me wonder if a random box went missing, it contained a brand new pair of pyjamas and a shabby old Scrabble game.... but then you can't be entirely sure .... and you're sure it'll turn up .... there are also a couple of tiny ornaments that I've not seen ... but, again, they could simply be "wrapped in a twist of tissue and tucked inside something in a box that's got stuff in still" - and without anywhere to unpack things to, you just leave it.

    My parents had a couple of those long glass fish that seemed to "disappear". I wasn't there when they moved, or unpacked... but that's what they said. Having said that, mum did have a habit of making up answers when you asked questions she couldn't be bothered to think about or answer... so who knows; it's possible they got rid of them before they moved, or after as they did take a lot of stuff down the charity shop after they unpacked.... they'd be down there nearly every day for a year with a few items/day it seemed....
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 9th Mar 18, 12:23 PM
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    Good afternoon everyone,
    It's lovely bright day here though still bitterly cold.
    I've had a busy morning wrestling with Henry (hoover) and prepping peri peri pork for the slow cooker as part of getting ready for a houseful tomorrow evening. I've still lots of cooking (and cleaning to do) but split over 2 days it should be manageable.
    No breakfast, though did have a banana mid-morning. Lunch will be toast with LO stew from last night. Dinner is finally going to be the mince round, I might make root veg mash to go with it, I'll see how I get on if not it will be oven chips and peas
    Best go and get the dusting underway.....(once I've finished my cuppa)
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    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 9th Mar 18, 12:53 PM
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    I had a guy I know propose marriage to me when I was with him (and his girlfriend!) at a gig a few years ago. Awkward! I kept hearing him apologise to her the rest of the night.
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    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 9th Mar 18, 12:56 PM
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    I slept in really late today as we had a stressful vet visit yesterday. I think I was tired from holding struggling terriers in my arms.

    I was so glad that I made that HM butternut squash soup for when I got in yesterday. It was delicious. I have some left for today.

    I just made tofu scramble, grilled mushrooms and tomatoes with a gluten free roll and marg and ketchup for brunch. I had some fresh squeezed orange juice too. Mmm, you really can tell the difference with organic fruit and veg.
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 9th Mar 18, 1:34 PM
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    lol re the proposals

    Many, many moons ago I used to work weekend in a complete dive rather rough pub. It wouldn't be closing time without at least one proposal, usually if they had teeth they weren't own
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 9th Mar 18, 1:35 PM
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    Wednesday hope your pooches are ok x
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 9th Mar 18, 2:20 PM
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    As a single female, you do get the weirdest of "offers" at inappropriate times that make you feel awkward.... like, in your own home from tradespeople etc.

    One really old (30+ years older than me), fat, panting, grey-haired/bald duffer came round to fix my back door lock .... and as he was half way through doing the job he asked me to go to a Steam Engine Rally. Christ.... just get on with that soddin' lock job and sod off out ....

    Or the time I got 2 loft extension sales people round to quote - and one included an offer of a date on his business card attached to their written quote. Needless to say he never got a call... funny little bald chap with strange glasses.

    There really are some hopeless "triers".....

    All completely inappropriate.... and a bit disconcerting/creepy when it's your home.
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 9th Mar 18, 2:26 PM
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    Money, thanks for the warning. My goodness, one has to be on 'red alert' at all times. So, what was wrong with all the guys who proposed? lol .


    . It would be nice if I could then follow this with a piece of PN's cake - but I think she may have eaten it all
    Originally posted by MrAPJI
    If that's a serious query - thinks back:

    - a VERY different society to my own (whew - lucky escape time). Daylight started to dawn when he told me an incident about what had happened to a woman (European woman) and laughed about it. Shutters started falling quite rapidly off my eyes at him having a totally different response to the appropriate one (in Western eyes).

    - ditto - very different society to my own. Nice guy this time - but nope...

    - I realised he wasn't intelligent enough I guess and I saw how he'd treated his little old grandma (when she'd been kind to us and put us up - whilst I did the "rounds" of meeting his family). He wouldnt agree to us clubbing together to buy her a nice present for having done so - and was just taking it for granted that she would treat him as "blue-eyed boy".

    - He wanted children and he loved me/but I didnt love him. He was/is a VERY nice guy/can't fault him as a person at all (faithful/caring/generous/kind/hard-working/etc/etc - except for a bit on the possessive side - wasnt keen on me having male friends). Lots of brownie points - including having my best friend as his mother (I'd have had no complaints whatsoever at having people like them for parents-in-law - ie pure gold). But I didn't love him/he very much wanted children (though his mother/my friend told me "He'd have given up the idea of having children if he had to choose between you or being a father"). I can't do that to anyone who feels as strongly about being a parent as I do about not being one. I know what "meant to be fathers" are like (I had one for a father). "Natural fathers" go absolutely gooey about any little child that hovers in their vicinity for two seconds...

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    Back to food - shame I can't lob that chocolate cake I've got sitting in my freezer in your direction through the ether. I was given it as a pressie for giving something away to a stranger - and I won't be eating it myself...I expect I'll find a use for it at some point...
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    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 9th Mar 18, 2:30 PM
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    Wednesday, fancy that guy behaving like that in the presence of his gf . Some men eh ......
    Originally posted by BucksLady
    I know, he really did think he was God's gift! God only knows why, lol.

    Wednesday hope your pooches are ok x
    Originally posted by caronc
    Thanks. It wasn't partcularly good news as one had high liver levels and they think he may have Cushing's disease, we have to take him back next week.

    One really old (30+ years older than me), fat, panting, grey-haired/bald duffer came round to fix my back door lock .... and as he was half way through doing the job he asked me to go to a Steam Engine Rally. Christ.... just get on with that soddin' lock job and sod off out ....
    Originally posted by PasturesNew

    Eek!
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    • Farway
    • By Farway 9th Mar 18, 2:34 PM
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    I had a slice of cake for breakfast. It's nice and moist and lovely.....

    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    A lovely CFO breakfast, trumps cold pizza IMO

    Last night's RM M & S pork dinner was OK, but the swines had smuggled garlic in somewhere, I could taste it all evening I have my doubts about buying more RMs from M & S now

    Nil breakfast for me, had to get out early for Dr's appointment before volunteer time

    However nil breakfast was remedied at volunteer centre, a lady brought in huge iced choccie cake, her hubby is diabetic so we scoffed it. Sort of late PN style breakfast? Marriage was not proposed

    Lunch was cheese salady sarnie

    Rain started, drizzle, shame I fancied a bit of pottering

    I have taken frozen diced beef out for tomorrow, SC stew is planned. I have a delivery expected so it will be stay in day, delivery sometime between 0730 & 2100, plenty of scope in there.

    I hope it is better than Money's one, this one is 4rgos, only small 2kg package. Silly thing is it was quicker, with free delivery, than me clicking N collecting. No doubt there is commercial logic in there somewhere

    Dinner tonight is very likely posh W/r frozen fish fingers with frozen chips & peas

    Must be spring, Gardeners' World is back tonight
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 9th Mar 18, 2:44 PM
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    I had a guy I know propose marriage to me when I was with him (and his girlfriend!) at a gig a few years ago. Awkward! I kept hearing him apologise to her the rest of the night.
    Originally posted by Wednesday2000
    ...and he was still in one piece?

    Gawd - some of us (if we'd thought it was halfway serious) would have picked up our belongings. Said one word to him, ie "Goodbye" and walked off.....

    Ask me how I know....... It wasnt another woman in that case. He slapped me. Two minutes later he didn't know me any longer....

    I'm sure BucksLady will just laugh at the anecdote...
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    • BucksLady
    • By BucksLady 9th Mar 18, 3:13 PM
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    Must be spring, Gardeners' World is back tonight
    Originally posted by Farway
    Thanks Farway. My husband loves that programme and would have missed it had you not said
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 9th Mar 18, 3:15 PM
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    AP, that was so thoughtless of that lady. Don't dwell on it though xx
    Originally posted by BucksLady
    Agreed.

    Chances are too that she may not be that good at reading British "signals" (or lack of). It does take some years to "learn the (non-verbal) language".....

    Don't worry yourself about it...
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    • bouicca21
    • By bouicca21 9th Mar 18, 3:36 PM
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    Id say she simply doesn't understand grief and equates single with available.
    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 9th Mar 18, 3:41 PM
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    Hmm re the romances.... I am completing this on my mobile, so apostrophe avoidance is the name of the game.
    Not a lot of exciting cooking going on here, but I have managed to get enough mojo together to make my own bread, it is still very cold here, and I am yet to brave the shops.
    Yet again, the A!di recipe came up trumps. Rather than 340 ml of water, it is 310 water and 30 of olive oil, to 500g of flour.
    This never fails me, and gives the result I want every time. I just wish that A!di would always have the strong bread flour in stock when I want it.
    My latest loaf is overflowing the tin... time to deal with it.
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    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 9th Mar 18, 4:24 PM
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    I really am noticing feeling a lot less hungry avoiding gluten. I think I will step on the scales after a week to see if I lose any weight.

    The breakfast I made filled me up so I've only had a pear and half a packet of crisps since then.
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 9th Mar 18, 4:39 PM
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    Thanks. It wasn't partcularly good news as one had high liver levels and they think he may have Cushing's disease, we have to take him back next week.
    Originally posted by Wednesday2000
    Fingers crossed he's ok x
    Some ladies can act inappropriately too. Over the years I can recall some very strange situations. At the moment I'm dealing with a lady who has made it quite apparent that she fancies me. Last week I did the neighbourly thing and asked the lady in question whether she would like me to clear her drive. We had really heavy snowfall and the conditions outside were dreadful. Having cleared the drive she then asked me whether I would like breakfast. In a way, I didn't feel I could refuse - felt it would be inpolite as she said she had started cooking it! This lady is single (mid forties and French) and lives with her two daughters. Her husband deserted the family a few years back. He simply left and was never seen again. Goodness knows what that was all about. Anyway, to me she was just another neighbour and I knew little more about her than what I have revealed. Returning to what happened.... I went in for breakfast and was surprised to see no sign of the daughters who I knew were at home. When I had finished eating, I noticed that her manner had changed (too friendly) and also that she had obviously taken a lot of time over her appearance and her perfume was really strong. I just ignored the signs...complimented her on the breakfast and then made a polite excuse to leave.... That's when she told me how much she fancied me and she wasn't shy in doing so. I was really surprised at her behaviour and told her so. In particular, that I had only recently lost my wife and felt her behaviour inappropriate. Never in a month of sundays' did I think an innocent act of kindness for a neighbour, would lead to so much trouble. Anyway, we are 'avoiding' each other lol and I will be glad to move away......
    Originally posted by MrAPJI
    That's shocking! You're completely right, behaving inappropriately isn't gender specific far from it.....

    I got from my usual nap to find next door's cat "baby sitting" my slow cooker (just as well the lid was on...) I'd left the back door open to help the floors dry after mopping them, the sun has shifted now but I bet tomorrow the floor is covered in paw prints
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    • wort
    • By wort 9th Mar 18, 5:47 PM
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    I've had more than one friend of my husbands ,make play for me when my husband was there! ! One even tried putting his hand down the back of my pants whilst talking to hubby. Needless to say he got a short shrift.

    On the food front lunch was lo pasta ,then 2 kiwi fruits with yogurt.
    Just had tea with dgson, chicken jalfrezi, and rice, no poppadoms so had some tortillas, left from nachos the other week.
    I also had 2 onion bhaji.
    Focus on contribution instead of the impressiveness of consumption to see the true beauty in people.
    • wort
    • By wort 9th Mar 18, 5:56 PM
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    Thanks faraway ,I'll record gardeners world ,love that.
    Focus on contribution instead of the impressiveness of consumption to see the true beauty in people.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 9th Mar 18, 7:03 PM
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    I think my prep is more or less on track for tomorrow. The pork has been pulled and I snaffled a taste (for quality control purposes of course ) and it's lovely. I do hope there are LOs
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