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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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    • meg72
    • By meg72 13th Mar 18, 7:56 PM
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    It does irk me somewhat that I only pay 25% less than a house full of people. Singletons lose out everywhere. Used to live in a little hamlet where the residents had shared responsibility for maintenance of the access lane, the communal septic tank etc. Unfortunately for me, liability was calculated on a property basis and not per person. It was the only way it could be I guess, but it cost me dearly. Don't even get me started on those bumper packs of cheap potatoes etc. If you see someone scratching her head at a fruit and veg counter, that would be me trying to work out if it is worth it (or even possible) to cook and freeze, or which is cheaper - getting the cheap bulk pack and throwing some away or going for broke and getting the expensive small pack, which I am however, likely to use in it's entirety.
    'Buy loose!,' I hear you cry - unfortunately the Co-op in town doesn't seem to have got the plastics message and has taken to packaging just about everything.
    Originally posted by pineapple
    re Potatoes, I realise that not everyone has a frost free storage but if you have, garage, shed, old coal bunker or as in my case an outside meter cupboard. It is well worth buying in bulk I bought a 25kg sack for 5 last October and have just fished the last few out of the sack. Yes they are sprouting now, lol they do in Spring, but hey ho, can peel the sprouts off and use them or can plant them. if you have the space. I don't now I haven't got my allotment, I just get a pack of early seed potato from poundland and put in pots and get a few pounds of lovely early spuds.
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 13th Mar 18, 8:40 PM
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    ....I bought a 25kg sack for 5 last October and have just fished the last few out of the sack. Yes they are sprouting now, lol they do in Spring
    Originally posted by meg72
    I've bought a lot more spuds recently than ever before. I bought 2.5Kg 10 days before Xmas, then 2.5Kg for Xmas, then 2.5Kg on 31st because Mr T, then 4ld1 had them at 29p or 39p or so.... and so it seemed daft not to.

    I finished those and have bought another 2.5Kg this year.

    So, really, really, pushing it and going out of my way to plough through the spuds .... I've still only managed 10Kg in 3 months. If they "kept forever" and if I bought 25Kg and never had to rush to get through them that'd probably do me for 2 years as I could slow down and just eat them when I wanted (not when they needed using).

    Even at 5 for 25Kg (20p/Kg) ... I'd still not wish to waste a single spud, so I'd have to eat spuds every day, endlessly!

    I buy my frozen chips because they work out at about 65p/Kg, which isn't bad and they're already peeled and chipped and part-cooked ... so just need a tiny bit of cooking compared to when staring at a raw spud with a skin on....
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 13th Mar 18, 8:46 PM
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    I'm looking forward to my dinner tonight as I've not had sea bass in ages, not sure why as the one in the freezer has been there for a good bit.
    Originally posted by caronc
    Well an epic fail at first hurdle, the sea bass smelt really iffy so it wasn't getting cooked or eaten.. It was bought "fresh" and frozen the same day and it should have been fine in the freezer, however it had been in there too long to complain about it now...... I hate wasting food but I hate more the thought of eating anything potentially dodgy!
    Corned beef hash from the freezer instead
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    • meg72
    • By meg72 13th Mar 18, 9:48 PM
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    Well an epic fail at first hurdle, the sea bass smelt really iffy so it wasn't getting cooked or eaten.. It was bought "fresh" and frozen the same day and it should have been fine in the freezer, however it had been in there too long to complain about it now...... I hate wasting food but I hate more the thought of eating anything potentially dodgy!
    Corned beef hash from the freezer instead
    Originally posted by caronc
    Awwww, how disappointing, but better safe than sorry, and corned beef hash with carrots, onions and cabbage is a favourite of mine x
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 13th Mar 18, 9:57 PM
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    Awwww, how disappointing, but better safe than sorry, and corned beef hash with carrots, onions and cabbage is a favourite of mine x
    Originally posted by meg72
    Absolutely though I was , that said I thoroughly enjoyed the hash
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    • meg72
    • By meg72 13th Mar 18, 10:38 PM
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    I've bought a lot more spuds recently than ever before. I bought 2.5Kg 10 days before Xmas, then 2.5Kg for Xmas, then 2.5Kg on 31st because Mr T, then 4ld1 had them at 29p or 39p or so.... and so it seemed daft not to.

    I finished those and have bought another 2.5Kg this year.

    So, really, really, pushing it and going out of my way to plough through the spuds .... I've still only managed 10Kg in 3 months. If they "kept forever" and if I bought 25Kg and never had to rush to get through them that'd probably do me for 2 years as I could slow down and just eat them when I wanted (not when they needed using).

    Even at 5 for 25Kg (20p/Kg) ... I'd still not wish to waste a single spud, so I'd have to eat spuds every day, endlessly!

    I buy my frozen chips because they work out at about 65p/Kg, which isn't bad and they're already peeled and chipped and part-cooked ... so just need a tiny bit of cooking compared to when staring at a raw spud with a skin on....
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    So you have used 10 kg in 3 months and I have used 25 kgs in six months, bearing in mind as previously posted I cater for two at weekends and the odd friend or family mid week. don't think that is so unrealistic, I have never bought a frozen chip, it would be 40p more a kg.

    And let me assure you that not one of my of my sack of spuds has been wasted,
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    • pineapple
    • By pineapple 14th Mar 18, 7:51 AM
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    re Potatoes, I realise that not everyone has a frost free storage but if you have, garage, shed, old coal bunker or as in my case an outside meter cupboard. It is well worth buying in bulk I bought a 25kg sack for 5 last October and have just fished the last few out of the sack.
    Originally posted by meg72
    I have a lean to built against the dividing stone wall with the neighbouring property. Problem is it is very ramshackle with lots of gaps and holes. I use it for coal and garden equipment but I dare not put anything edible in it. Vermin chewed the plastic handles of my secateurs - they would probably find potatoes quite tasty!
    Today's dilemma is that it is the weekly visit from the travelling fishmonger. He gets his fish straight from the docks and it's as different to supermarket fish as you could imagine. I usually get either sea bass or hake when he has it but that's my budget shot to holes. It's so expensive! Thinking.....
    • kittie
    • By kittie 14th Mar 18, 8:23 AM
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    Co-incidence pineapple, I have just made a fish order direct from cornwall. Fish is so expensive but at least there is no waste for me as I order all my fish to be skinned and filleted. I think I have one piece of fish left in my freezer, if so that will be on the menu today. I have room in the freezer and will cut and vac pack as needed. The cod is being sent as 1kg fillets

    Today, possible fish, depends. Definitely a pasta/pesto meal for one meal
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 14th Mar 18, 8:33 AM
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    At 5.20 I put the kettle on to make a coffee....
    At 7.45 I still hadn't made it, so put the kettle on again .....
    I've just put the kettle on again and this time actually made it!

    Starving... I might just have a bread roll and marg.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 14th Mar 18, 8:49 AM
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    Today's dilemma is that it is the weekly visit from the travelling fishmonger. He gets his fish straight from the docks and it's as different to supermarket fish as you could imagine. I usually get either sea bass or hake when he has it but that's my budget shot to holes. It's so expensive! Thinking.....
    Originally posted by pineapple
    Personally I'd buy some but cut back elsewhere on my food budget. Super fresh fish is too good to miss out on.

    Good morning everyone,
    Damp, dull and chilly here this morning here's hoping it brightens up a bit.
    I plan to use up some of my abundance of leeks today. I'll make a pot of soup this morning and I'm planning leek, mushroom and chicken pie for dinner. I'm going to make individual pies in the enamel pie dishes I treated myself to last year. I've used them for quite a few things so far but this will be the first "proper" pies I've made in them. I'll have one of these with cabbage, carrots and runner beans.
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    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 14th Mar 18, 8:51 AM
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    I'm having to stay in for the workmen today to fix the toilet. What fun I have!

    I went to the shop to buy some grapes, orange juice and fresh bread rolls (the rolls were for my husband) about 7 this morning. I keep thinking eating grapes might stop me feeling thirsty if I can't use the loo.

    I probably won't eat properly until they leave. I have some GF pizza bases and will make a pizza later on.

    Wednesday - my Kittie goes outside now but when he was a kitten I bought greenwoods plant fibre litter,
    Layered deep, then scooping after each no 1 or no 2 , it didn't need throwing the whole litter away for a few weeks. There was no smell ,though my Kittie is raw fed, so his no 2 are tiny, and don't smell anyway.
    The litter is compostable and can be flushed. Though I didn't flush it.

    Sorry if TMI!
    Originally posted by wort
    A few weeks?! That is good. I've never heard of that cat litter, I might try it, thanks.
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    • bouicca21
    • By bouicca21 14th Mar 18, 9:28 AM
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    Pineapple, blow the budget and get the hake!
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 14th Mar 18, 9:29 AM
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    I've never eaten any fresh fish.
    It's been fish fingers and fishcakes for me.
    It all looks "a bit gross" ... and creepy

    Don't mind if fish is in chunks, in, say, a fish pie ... but no shrimps/prawns because they're super-creepy.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 14th Mar 18, 9:45 AM
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    PN - are you having pie today since it's "Pi" day? (3.14)
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 14th Mar 18, 9:52 AM
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    PN - are you having pie today since it's "Pi" day? (3.14)
    Originally posted by caronc
    LOL. No, I didn't even have one last week when it was Pie Week. I have a never-ending raft of "leftovers" to perpetually get through, which limits flexibility/eating what I want when I want it.

    Today .... I need to do something with those parsnips. I think I'll just cook them and shove them in the fridge for now .... maybe the freezer tomorrow. Ditto the huge swede I've got.

    So now the freezer will be full of things I don't fancy, again.

    I might make bubble/squeak just to prevent the cabbage going into the freezer.... I don't fancy it, but if I don't eat it then it'll annoy me every time I open the freezer.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 14th Mar 18, 9:55 AM
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    Parsnip and swede pie perhaps?
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    • pineapple
    • By pineapple 14th Mar 18, 10:14 AM
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    I'm having to stay in for the workmen today to fix the toilet. What fun I have!
    Originally posted by Wednesday2000
    Nightmare. When I had the bathroom done in my last house, I had to furtively wee in the garden.
    • Farway
    • By Farway 14th Mar 18, 10:32 AM
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    Up at silly o clock. Normally if I wake early I listen to radio, but blooming batteries were flat. I use rechargeable and they just die without warning

    Up and made a pot of tea and drinking it before PN had put kettle on. I use loose leaf tea if I have time. During my early morning slouching reading I noted W/r now stock a new one, so may just try it and hang the cost

    Fresh fish, I like it, and have toyed with the idea of using the free bus pass to go down the fish dock & buy freshly caught. I've seen it on sale but at the time I have been walking about doing other things, so carrying wet fish around for a few hours on a warm day did not appeal

    Breakfast was porridge & HM yoghurt, this time with pseudo maple syrup instead of honey. More Use Up stuff

    Sun's out so I intend doing a quick potter by taming a blackberry, then lunch of PB baguette, with last of the Stilton plus salady bits

    The MIA onion rescue is anticipated around Easter, my birthday near then and away day pick up already arranged, so a bit of extra curricula activity for DGS factored in
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 14th Mar 18, 10:57 AM
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    Thinks...wondering what best to do for food today. Vegetables available are cauliflower (needs using up), a solitary carrot, peppers and I do have rather a lot of tomatoes at the moment.Suggestions welcome...

    So - going a bit off-piste courtesy of those tomatoes. Wonders be praised - but there were actually some free tomatoes (which were probably organic too) there on offer to takers yesterday. I figured I was well due for "something" as the karmic balance sheet must have gone pretty well into the "black" over recent weeks (courtesy of giving away stuff that had cost me hundreds of s to buy) - so took a few. It was with rueful grin to myself at just how rare it is to get anything at all for free here. You know an area is pretty poor? mean? when the vast majority of stuff at nearest car boot sale is something I'd throw straight in the bin as rubbish - though, thankfully, I've found out where to go for a car boot sale selling decent stuff and occasionally buy a few bits from it.
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    • kittie
    • By kittie 14th Mar 18, 11:06 AM
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    farway, that happens to my radio, in fact you reminded me to charge it today. If I wake up at silly o`clock, I put my hand out and push the on button down and it is on very low and I always fall asleep again, it concentrates my mind, stops it being whizzy. I honestly could not do without that little radio by my bed.

    I am just back from sainsbury, managed to get two A2 milks and just emptied the rest of the soya milk away, I am pretty convinced that my stomach is not happy with soya milk. I have some nice new fresh veg in the fridge and all that remains today is to use the older veg for lunch. I found a chunky piece of cod, the last one and will spread that with pesto and bake. I have taken frozen berries out to have with yogurt and almonds mid afternoon and a pice of date slice for some time

    Fish is coming on friday and I like to work quickly, cut, pack in vac bags and freeze so will put quick freeze on as soon as I get up

    I made an organic order with realfoods, some nuts and pinto beans etc. Cashews to make nut cream and not a big amount of any nut. Yes I pay a premium to get smaller quantities but heyho at least they will be fresh
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