Monthly Archives: May 2013

Reader Recipes: Lesley’s Thick Onion Tart

Lesley sent me this Thick Onion Tart recipe recently… Serves 4, make in a 20cm tin Pastry 100g flour 3p Pinch salt 2 tsps mustard 40ml oil 4p Up to 40ml water 40g cheese (Asda Smartprice Cheddar £4.82/kg) 20p Filling 700g onions, chopped 32p (Asda [...]
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Reader Recipes: April’s granny’s banana bread

April said… “My nan used to make it for me and my sister every sunday and we looked forward to it every week. My nan was a frugal queen and would have loved your blog.” Banana Bread (Serves 4-6) 225g self-raising flour 3/4 level teaspoon [...]
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Reader Recipes: Laura P’s Chickpea Rice

Laura said… “Here’s another Chickpea recipe from my kitchen. I often joke of my 101 Ways With Chickpeas, so expect more! It’s a bit long-winded I know – I find it ever so difficult to be concise – but I think missing out any [...]
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Dear ATOS, my 3 year old can push a button, should I be sending him to work?

Dear Atos Healthcare, I’m writing to you with a concern about a person known to me who is not in work. I am a journalist for a local newspaper, and on doing some research for an article yesterday, came across a very long list of questions that are [...]
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Dear ATOS, my 3 year old can push a button, should I be sending him to work?

Dear Atos Healthcare, I’m writing to you with a concern about a person known to me who is not in work. I am a journalist for a local newspaper, and on doing some research for an article yesterday, came across a very long list of questions that are [...]
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Reader Recipes: Lou’s cheap n cheerful n very very tasty onion bhajis recipe

I’d like to share a ‘frugal recipe’ for onion bhajis. If you make a fairly big batch (as below) and freeze most of them, the ingredients total about £1.44 (4.5p each) which is not only bargainous but you have a ready supply of tasty [...]
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Earthy Red Wine and Mushroom Soup, 24p per portion*

Given that mushrooms are one of my staple products, I wanted to make a simple mushroom soup. It’s one of the things I craved while doing my Live Below The Line challenge, and while there’s still barely a hint of summer, I thought I could still [...]
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Reader Recipes: Nige’s baked bean lasagne

.Nige’s Baked Bean Lasagne, serves 4. Nige said… “I’ve been making this for a couple months now, two of our family of four are vegetarian and this gave them an option from the classic meat version. Most of the products are based on [...]
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Reflections from below the line

I’ve done it. Not once, but twice, I’ve made £5 of shopping last seven days, eaten three times a day, for the annual Live Below The Line challenge. I’ve had some delicious surprises, like a sad wrinkly peach chopped up and steeped in [...]
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Live Below The Line 2013 – In Pictures

Live Below The Line 2013: Take Two In Pictures. It’s not too late to sponsor me or donate, at https://www.livebelowtheline.co.uk/me/agirlcalledjack Jack Monroe. Twitter: @MsJackMonroe

LBL Day Six dinner, sausages glorious sausages.

I have just polished off my second to last dinner for this Live Below The Line challenge, and contrary to my earlier grump about sausages and beige bland muck, I devoured this in what felt like seconds. Sausage and bean burgers! I made these little patties [...]
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LBL Day Six: Beige, bland, muck.

Day Six of my ‘making a £5 food shop last seven days’ challenge, in line with this years Live Below the Line challenge. This is my second attempt at LBL this year, and I decided to go for seven days as most people do a ‘weekly’ food [...]
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LBL Day Five: Fed up and grumpy,

Day Five. Friday. Day Five. Fed up and grumpy. Breakfast was lemon curd on two slices of toast. I don’t think I’m going to eat lemon curd again for a long time after this… 7p. Lunch was a leftover cold rice salad with courgette, and lemon [...]
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£5 for 7 days challenge – Day 4 Complete!

Having spent most of yesterday in bed with yesterday’s migraine, today has become Day Four of my second basg at the Live Below The Line challenge… Here’s my ‘Leaning tower of toast’ this morning, at 7p. Washed down with a large [...]
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Over £3,000 raised for Oxfam so far – Thankyou!

I just thought, before I take my highly inconvenient migraine back to bed, that I would check the fundraising page for my Live Below The Line challenge this year…. And I’m staggered to have passed the £3k mark! Thankyou to all of you who have [...]
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£5 for 7 days challenge – Day 3

Day Three. I was sent home from work this afternoon with a migraine. Well-meaning friends have suggested that I quit the challenge to look after myself, but I’m not a quitter. I get migraines every now and again, usually stress related, but I’m [...]
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£5 for 7 days challenge – Day 2

I come to the end of Day 2 of my second take on the Live Below The Line challenge, or this time I’m stretching my fiver over seven days and I’ve tried to up my fruit and protein intake. So here goes: Breakfast, 2 slices of whole meal toast with [...]
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Live Below The Line 2: Day One Meal Summary

At the end of today – a day I have spent mostly packing up my kitchen and handing most of the contents to a friend to look after in the face of my pending move – I wasn’t really hungry enough to warrant a ‘proper’ dinner. My [...]
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Live Below The Line: Take Two

I’ve decided to reattempt the Live Below The Line challenge, taking on board my previous experience of white rice and lack of protein, and advice and comments from readers. The challenge is open until June – so I thought a second attempt would [...]
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Reader Recipes: Rod’s Perfick Hot Pud

Never forget the most simplest of hot puds. Slice and deseed any fruit….you’ll soon discover which one works best for you. We like plain old apple….but pear, pine-apple or orange are also good. A small knob of butter or other light fat in [...]
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Reader Recipes: Kate’s Spicy Lentil Burgers with Chilli Tomato Sauce

Burgers 4oz Red or Brown Lentils carrot grated celery finely chopped onion finely chopped 2oz Breadcrumbs clove of garlic crushed 1/2 tsp Mustard 1/2 tsp Cayenne 1/2 tsp ground coriander 1 egg Sauce 1/2 tin chopped tomatoes 1tbsp marmalade pinch chilli [...]
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‘Our Jack lands book deal and prestigious award': Southend Echo, 16 May

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Reader Recipes: Clare’s Kind-of-Ratatouille

My budget is not as tight as it once was, but when my son was small there were days when I was reduced to searching the cracks in the sofa for change so that I could buy milk. You don’t forget things like that in a hurry. Anyway, here is my modest [...]
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Photos from the Fortnum & Mason Food And Drink Awards

Kindly sent to me by Lindsay from Fortnum & Mason. Not to be reproduced without permission. Top to bottom: 1. Claudia Winkleman and her famous friend! 2. Impromptu nervous speech, which lots of people on Twitter then called ‘the best speech of the [...]
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WINNER: JUDGES CHOICE AWARD at Fortnum & Mason Food And Drink Awards

So… I won’t keep you all in the same suspense that I was in tonight – I’ve just got home and thought I’d better write something scrambled and incoherent about the Fortnum And Mason Food And Drink Awards… [...]
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Small Boy off to the Fortnum & Mason Awards…

Small Boy off to the Fortnum & Mason Food And Drink Awards… With me of course, but I’m not as cute in my shirt and tux as he is!! We’ve been very kindly invited up to the inaugural F&M Food And Drink Awards – I don’t [...]
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Reader’s Recipes: Laura P’s Chickpeas n Cheese

I was very excited to receive your invite for recipes, I am sure you will be inundated, but here’s one of my own. Possibly my favourite lunch though I would happily eat for every meal of the day. It serves as a sandwich/toastie filler, topping for [...]
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Reader Recipes: Laura’s Sausage Pasta

One of my recipe suggestions is sausage pasta. Buy cheap pack of port sausages – you can get about 12 for £1. Cook some of the sausages and when cool, chop them up and put them in the fridge. Next day, cook the pasta with onion, carrot, passata or [...]
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Reader’s Recipes: Maria’s Crespillos

Here I send you a recipe my mum used to cook when I was little, it is not expensive at all. it is a Spanish recipe, although I’m from Chile. It’s very easy and low cost, I make it to treat my self from time to time. I gave you approx quantities [...]
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Reader’s Recipes: Marie-Cecile’s Simple Fried Rice

I have a recipe for you. It is a simple fried rice I prepared for today’s lunch. I guess you may want to try it yourself. For two persons: Splash of vegetable oil – 20 ml Rice – 125g Sesame oil – 10ml Dark Soy Sauce – 30 ml 1 [...]
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