Monthly Archives: April 2013

Below The Line Day 2: Why Aren’t Our MPs Joining In?

So, it’s the end of day two, of my Live Below The Line challenge. For those just catching up, I, along with 5,000 people in the UK, am living on £5 for five days to raise money for charity. My chosen charity is Oxfam UK, as I am involved with their [...]
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Live below the line, day one summary.

At the end of my first day of this years Live Below The Line challenge, I’ve had three meals and two snacks, which is better than I thought I would do. A seasoned frugal eater, even I have struggled today with my refusal to use my store cupboard [...]
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Live below the line, first dinner, 36p

Sort-of sweet and sour veg, 36p This was a stroke of what I like to call genius, when I picked up the mixed peppers and the lemon curd, and wondered whether lemon curd and tomatoes would make a sweet and sour sauce. The short answer – yes! So [...]
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£205 raised so far for Oxfam UK – thankyou!

Sitting at my desk with a tired head, although the carb-slump is probably not helped by an extraordinarily busy weekend, I thought I would check my Living Below The Line fundraising page for some inspiration and a reminder as to why I’m taking part in [...]
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Live below the line, day one, mid morning snacks.

Well, it’s only half eleven and I’m already glad I had the foresight to pack some snacks for the day. After breakfast of lemon curd on toast this morning, with a glass of water, I packed two separate 20g portions of corn flakes to graze on, and a lemon [...]
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Live Below The Line 2013, Breakfast

My first meal for this year’s Live Below The Line challenge…. Two slices of toast with lemon curd, and a glass of water. Cost: 6 pence Calories: 288 I will also be adding my detailed nutrition calculations for the day, adding to them as each [...]
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Jack Monroe on BBC Breakfast: VIDEO

To see part one of Saturday morning’s BBC Breakfast interview with Louise Minchin and Charlie Stayt, click the link below: VIDEO: Jack Monroe on BBC Breakfast, 27 April 2013 Jack Monroe. Twitter: @MsJackMonroe

Final 60p spent! £5 for five days Live Below The Line challenge – ready to go!

After a quick whizz to my local supermarket with my remaining 60p, I found the following two items in the bottom of the reduced chiller, bringing my total spend for the Live Below The Line challenge to £5.00, for the next five days. Plus my earlier shop at [...]
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My ‘Live Below The Line’ challenge 2013

I’ve just done my Monday to Friday shop for this weeks Live Below The Line challenge. I live and eat on a very small budget already, and several of my friends have asked me what would be so ‘challenging’ about taking part in Live Below The [...]
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Reader’s Recipes: Patricia’s Dried Broad Bean Soup (Bessara)

I must say I use more and more pulses in my cooking now, as I am also trying to balance my budget, but I have to say that I really enjoy this kind of food. If you have a chance do try this recipe. It is absolutely delicious. Beyssara, or Beyssar, depending [...]
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You’ve got to believe it will be alright in the end.

I stepped off the BBC Breakfast sofa this morning, said goodbye to Louise Minchin and Charlie Stayt, and hello to a thousand new Twitter followers. I stepped into a lift at the hotel the BBC had provided for me in Media City, Salford, and a woman jumped in [...]
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£1,049 For One Night On The Streets

Remember that sleep out I did in a car park in March to raise money for the Southend YMCA? Sleeping on a box in a car park and waking up with frost on my face?! Well thanks to 67 amazing donations, I’ve raised £1049 so far to go towards tackling [...]
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Vanilla from Vanessa at Juniper & Rose

One of the fabulous things about the Internet, is its ability to connect people… In this case, a couple of weeks ago (yes, blogging has fallen slightly by the wayside lately), I received a delicious-smelling parcel to my desk at work… And [...]
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Fortnum & Mason Food And Drink Awards 2013

Well look at what just landed on my door mat…!!! :-D How exciting! And how unbelievable. I never imagined, when I started scribbling down my budget recipes on my blog to cheer myself up last summer, that anyone else would even read them, let alone [...]
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Jardaloo Ma Murghi (Curry With Apricots) 22p

Jardaloo Ma Murghi (Curry With Apricots) 87p for 4 portions, or 22p each. This is my favourite curry, my go to, my easy but perfect comfort food. I used to make this with turkey, which at £1.75 for a 600g drumstick would serve four people easily (pre-roast [...]
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“I Do Not Intend To Die, Washing A Teacup”. Margaret Thatcher, 1925 – 2013.

MARGARET Thatcher has passed away today, aged 87, following a stroke. She entered the Houses of Parliament with drive, with ambition, and with a vision that she truly believed would change this country for the better. The daughter of a grocer, and a woman, [...]
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CARROT, CUMIN & KIDNEY BEAN BURGER

This burger is where the media storm began, and dubbed ‘the 9p burger’ because of the low cost of the ingredients used to make it, it’s one of my most popular recipes. A can of value range red kidney beans is a cheap but excellent source of protein [...]
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Lemon Curd Sponge Puddings, 24p.

Lemon Curd Sponge Puddings, 95p for 4 or 24p each. Luckily for me, as I shop very carefully, I have most of the ingredients for this in the cupboard at all times. Unluckily for my jeans, that means I’m never more than thirty-two minutes away from a [...]
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Dear George Osborne, I Am Not A Sociopath

Dear George, I would like to address your comments that have been in the national media today, Thursday 4th April. When asked whether Mick Philpott, the now-notorious killer of six of his seventeen children, behaved in the way that he did as a result of the [...]
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School Dinner Days Jam Sponge, 23p

School Dinner Jam Sponge, 90p for 4 at 23p each. Ingredients:* 100g self raising flour, 4p (65p/1.5kg) 70g butter, 34p (£1.20/250g) 2 eggs, 44p (£2.65/12 free range) 50g sugar, 5p (89p/kg) 4 heaped teaspoons of jam, 3p (29p/454g) How To: 1. Place the [...]
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Leek, Savoy & Smoked Cheese Pasta, 43p

Well, Lent is over and save a few hiccups, accidental and weakness, I managed to add quite a lot to my vegan recipe repertoire over the past month and a half. However, a week ago when I was clearing out my fridge, I came across a piece of smoked cheese [...]
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