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 Enough Food If campaign, [...]
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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 ingredients and instead only use the £5 [...]
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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 here’s my answer to a Chinese takeaway, [...]
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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 the challenge. So far, by Monday lunchtime and just as [...]
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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 curd sandwich. Normally a big protein [...]
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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 meal is consumed. The calories, fat, protein etc in the [...]
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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 £4.40: Total food for the next five [...]
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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 Line for me. Well, most of my recipes are [...]
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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 on who you [...]
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