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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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    • kittie
    • By kittie 10th Mar 18, 6:26 AM
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    my widowed bil has been targeted by a charlatan motherly woman, to the extent that she has arranged decorating his (very expensive) house.She made a beeline after three months of widowhood. He has been completely sucked in and has aspergers and is mighty clever but vulnerable. She is talking marriage. I am keeping well out of it, I`ll just say that he is wealthy and over 70, has 5 children who should have stepped up to the mark a long time ago. He would have not needed this comfort if they had been there for him. A friend of a friend also became a target while on a cruise and has been fleeced of his life savings. I live my life in my self-protective bubble

    Food, same breakfast and will have cooked breakfast at 10, travelling to dd`s family, all of us going to the cinema. I`m going to be getting a rice medley prepared to be ready at 5.30, it stays warm for an hour. I need my evening food routine. Short visits are always best
    Last edited by kittie; 10-03-2018 at 6:45 AM.
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 10th Mar 18, 7:24 AM
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    The offensive posts concerned have now been deleted

    Right - now thought for the day. Shall I get that cake-I-dont-want out of the freezer and take it along for refreshments at voluntary work time today? Could be a plan....
    Like Frankie said - I did it my way.
    It's MY life......
    • Need2bthrifty
    • By Need2bthrifty 10th Mar 18, 8:24 AM
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    Morning All

    Caronc sounds like you have everything under control for the party Ė is it your birthday?

    PN Ė Iíve been chomping my way through the cakes I baked too, to the point where I feel quite lardy, ĺ of the fruit loaf and Ĺ of the carrot are now buried away at the back of the freezer and Iíve vowed not to touch anymore until I lose at least half a stone.

    Food wise Iím having Ĺ grapefruit, slice of toast, cheese triangle, cucumber & tomato for breakfast. Then Iíll try and get as many miles in as I can before the rain arrives.

    Maybe soup for lunch and some menu planning to be done later.
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 10th Mar 18, 8:28 AM
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    ... charlatan ...
    Originally posted by kittie
    There are many who have lived their lives relying on others to provide ... and pushy ones who will "get in their first".

    I've got nothing ... but it's all mine and paid for by me.

    Some people just can't cope being "alone"... not sure why, they're missing out on gateau for breakfast and endless scoffing of crisps while wearing odd socks!
    • caronc
    • By caronc 10th Mar 18, 8:37 AM
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    Good morning everyone,
    MTSTM - I'd definitely take the cake to your voluntary work. I'm sure your co-workers will appreciate it.
    N2TBT - no it my son & Dad's birhday do. How did my "baby" get to be 25

    We had the long awaited mince round last night. A pre-made one that I've had before and used to be good. This wasn't great, edible but not much more than that , will stick to home made in the future.

    More cleaning and cooking for me today, I think I'm as organised as I can be. Our menu is:
    • piri piri pulled pork
    • tandoori spatchcock chicken (tandoori salmon for the pesce)
    • herb roasted baby potatoes
    • spiced onions
    • halloumi & courgette bake
    • tzatziki
    • flat breads
    • salad
    My sister & cousin are organising dessert and cake so I don't have to worry about that.
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    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 10th Mar 18, 8:57 AM
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    There are many who have lived their lives relying on others to provide ... and pushy ones who will "get in their first".

    I've got nothing ... but it's all mine and paid for by me.

    Some people just can't cope being "alone"... not sure why, they're missing out on gateau for breakfast and endless scoffing of crisps while wearing odd socks!
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    Well that much - ie re your first para. I can agree with. I've lost count over the years over the number of times I've seen someone hoping to benefit from someone else's efforts.

    I was going to say "I was raised to think I was responsible for dealing with my own requirements" - but then thought "...and my brother must have been raised by different parents then....." - as he's one of these people.....well at least I know what he's like and I'm under no illusions otherwise I suppose

    Gateau for breakfast - nope...porridge with strawberries (think I've just about eaten my way through the surplus from last years crop by now), followed by sourdough toast (yep...I was being too lazy to make my own bread during the week....).

    Right - time to get the show on the road for that voluntary work and someone coming later to pick up summat else I'm giving away to a stranger .....
    Like Frankie said - I did it my way.
    It's MY life......
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 10th Mar 18, 10:15 AM
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    I had intended to go to a jumble sale this morning .... because you feel you should "go out" occasionally, but struggle to think of a single place to go that you've not been to before - and, once you've been somewhere you've mostly "seen that, no need to go again".... so when I'd seen a jumble sale advertised (and free entry) I thought "I love jumble sales and you never see them these days", so it was pencilled in.

    But the morning's cold, wet, rainy, nasty, uninviting, gloomy and miserable .... so I stayed in instead and had a toasted muffin, beans and scrambled eggs for brekky
    • Farway
    • By Farway 10th Mar 18, 10:44 AM
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    Right - now thought for the day. Shall I get that cake-I-dont-want out of the freezer and take it along for refreshments at voluntary work time today? Could be a plan....
    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention
    If you've not already gone out, do it, I think your fellow volunteers will enjoy it as much as we did our free cake yesterday. Cake is always welcome

    Up early, prepped the s/c beef stew, which is now bubbling away, sans cat "baby" sitting on top

    Raining, but had to stay in waiting for the parcel. Stop Press, it has just arrived, still raining so I'll sit tight for the day,sniffing the stew smell from the kitchen, and maybe watch my recorded GW

    Breakfast was jumbo oat porridge, with HM yoghurt & honey

    Lunch, I think will be grilled cheese on toast, with some piccalilli

    Dinner, bung dumplings in SC stew and we are go at Farway Towers
    • pineapple
    • By pineapple 10th Mar 18, 11:07 AM
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    Mr AP this business with your neighbour might be because she is not good at reading signals - or lack of them - and some people just lack any sort of sensitivity. Also, maybe French people are a little more forward in this regard? But good on you for your honest and forthright response. I should have adopted your approach in dealing with some of my own confrontations.
    The worst was when a friend was in hospital having a pacemaker fitted after long-standing heart problems. Her husband 'phoned me one night saying that 'the well had been a bit dry for a while now and how about he come over?' (he actually put it in rather cruder terms). I was shocked and advised him to get along to the newsagents and 'buy himself a magazine off the top rack'. Which was smart enough for an off the cuff response I guess, but I wish now I had called him out for being the worthless jerk he was. Consequently I avoided visiting them for a while and she died shortly after so I regret staying away. He was shacked up in no time with a replacement and the adult children left home in disgust.
    I also wish I had taken aside my cousin's husband who was rather too touchy feely - and in front of her! She just laughed it off but I knew - and he knew that I knew - the difference.
    Anyhow back to food. Last night was the third day of my pork joint and I don't like to let a joint go to the fourth day. So me and the family dog shared it. Actually we both had the same - pork, risotto rice and green beans. But mine also had a home made sweet chilli sauce, ginger, spring onion, pointy red pepper and a dribbling of sesame oil.
    Plus there was more meat in my dish
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 10th Mar 18, 11:30 AM
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    But the morning's cold, wet, rainy, nasty, uninviting, gloomy and miserable .... so I stayed in instead and had a toasted muffin, beans and scrambled eggs for brekky
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    Naughty cooked brunch here too, it was delicious
    Up early, prepped the s/c beef stew, which is now bubbling away, sans cat "baby" sitting on top
    Originally posted by Farway
    Perhaps if you leave the door open a local moggie might oblige
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    • Elona
    • By Elona 10th Mar 18, 11:44 AM
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    Having just got the gist of some of the comments made that I missed last night I was going to say I understand why some people are single . (Only referring to the insensitive, flippant and hurtful poster as all the people on here have been lovely whatever their status.)

    I am sorry Mr AP has been insulted as he does not deserve it nor did he initiate any of it.

    Just waiting for middle dd and bf to pick me up as they are taking me to lunch for Mother's day as they are away tomorrow. Oldest dd and her husband are taking me out tomorrow so it looks like a packed weekend especially as Monday is the U3A vintage film afternoon.
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 10th Mar 18, 12:02 PM
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    Well - I didnt take the cake - and just as well.

    I walked over there/did an hours litterpicking/walked back again. Sacks of litter can be pretty heavy to carry it seems. Only a small group of us today - courtesy, I guess, of the Welsh weather (rain - again) and no-one was hanging around because of that.

    Who needs exercise programs if you've moved to an area where one of your first reactions was "Look at all that litter. Just why?" It's getting to look more "normal" gradually....(ie not much litter) - though it's disheartening seeing an area you've cleared with a couple of new bits having appeared since then.

    Well-deserved mug of coffee and then I'll think about food for the day. Only got as far as hauling the last of my most recent batch of home-made soup out of the freezer - so it'll be defrosted in time for one of today's meals (probably dinner). Has feeling one of my default cba dishes (ie roasted vegetables) might be on the horizon again - perhaps with couscous.

    Pineapple - I know what you mean re friends husbands sometimes trying it on. It happens. Have had that happen to me a couple of times. One time was quite some time back now (and admitted he was ditto from a "very different culture" - ie allowed several wives if he wanted). With her being from that same culture and it was an "arranged marriage" she took it quite philosophically when I commented on what he was like - and we then both "plotted together" and set him up for a fall between us (based on his meanness). Didn't we both sit there with barely-suppressed giggles as we did so. One can't be the same with a fellow British woman (I'd expect a very different reaction from someone the same nationality as myself - and therefore not an arranged marriage). If it happens - you just keep your mouth shut and put her husband on "freeze mode" or "pretend it didn't happen" mode.
    Last edited by moneyistooshorttomention; 10-03-2018 at 12:11 PM.
    Like Frankie said - I did it my way.
    It's MY life......
    • wort
    • By wort 10th Mar 18, 12:10 PM
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    I have been invited into Manchester by my dd1, who lives the other side, so I shall be getting the train. It's wet and miserable, and having checked the trains there's a replacement bus running on the one going through Bolton, so I'll need the other station. I'm glad I checked I don't like buses and it would take an hour longer to get there.
    Dd1 is buying me a meal and we're having a cocktail as it's mothers day, so I've only had my toast for breakfast, and a pear just now to take the edge off until we eat.
    Caronc that sounds a delicious menu, I'm sure they'll enjoy it.
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 10th Mar 18, 12:21 PM
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    I have been invited into Manchester by my dd1, who lives the other side, so I shall be getting the train. It's wet and miserable, and having checked the trains there's a replacement bus running on the one going through Bolton, so I'll need the other station. I'm glad I checked I don't like buses and it would take an hour longer to get there.
    Dd1 is buying me a meal and we're having a cocktail as it's mothers day, so I've only had my toast for breakfast, and a pear just now to take the edge off until we eat.
    Caronc that sounds a delicious menu, I'm sure they'll enjoy it.
    Originally posted by wort
    Thanks wort - enjoy your time with your DD, I'm sure with food & a cocktail (or 2) inside you you'll forget about the miserable weather. It's cold & wet here too, unlike the day my son was born when it was a lovely Spring day
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 10th Mar 18, 12:27 PM
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    Food prep for tonight is now as far as I can take it until later. Just the bombsite of the kitchen to tackle and clean the bathroom. Though I think a cuppa and my feet up for a bit are beckoning first
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    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 10th Mar 18, 12:45 PM
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    Looks like I missed out on some drama on here!

    My bluddy toilet is broken so I had to go out to the nearest shopping centre to go to the loo this morning! The plumber is supposed to be here between 1-5 pm.

    All I have had is a bottle of orange juice when I was out and I probably won't drink or eat anything until he fixes it.

    Sooo annoying. *Sigh*
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 10th Mar 18, 12:50 PM
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    My bluddy toilet is broken so I had to go out to the nearest shopping centre to go to the loo this morning! The plumber is supposed to be here between 1-5 pm.

    All I have had is a bottle of orange juice when I was out and I probably won't drink or eat anything until he fixes it.

    Sooo annoying. *Sigh*
    Originally posted by Wednesday2000
    No drama missed Wednesday just unneeded nastiness

    I'll keep everything crossed your loo gets fixed , though by the sounds of it you might need to keep eveything crossed too
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    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 10th Mar 18, 12:56 PM
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    I'll keep everything crossed your loo gets fixed , though by the sounds of it you might need to keep eveything crossed too
    Originally posted by caronc
    I know, I think if I get desperate I might have to pop to my mother-in-law's house!
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 10th Mar 18, 1:22 PM
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    I know, I think if I get desperate I might have to pop to my mother-in-law's house!
    Originally posted by Wednesday2000
    Always good to have a Plan B
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    • flubberyzing
    • By flubberyzing 10th Mar 18, 2:12 PM
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    Breakfast was a tuna panini from Costa, and just had a yoghurt and hot cross bun for a late-ish lunch. The HCB's were free, as I got given them as a leftover from an over-order earlier in the week from my workplace. They are never something I usually buy, as I don't love them - but a freebie made a pleasant change. And toasted, with lots of butter, makes them very tolerable.

    Tonight I shall be off out for my tea to TGI Fridays with the bestie. It's the first time in a while I've been able to catch up with her sans her 1-year-old twins, so I'm looking forward to that! I adore her children, as I'm unlikely to ever have my own, but child-free time is still lovely.

    I had got a large chicken breast out of the freezer last night to defrost in the fridge, thinking I'd have it for tea tonight (forgetting I was going out), but it'll keep well enough until tomorrow.
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