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 Smartprice 49p/kg) 50g butter 24p 2 eggs 20p 110ml milk […]
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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 ground mixed spice (or whatever combination you like of cinnamon, […]
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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 element of the instructions would mean a pot of burnt, stuck, […]
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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 asked at Atos ‘Work Capability Assessment’ interviews […]
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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 asked at Atos ‘Work Capability Assessment’ interviews […]
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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 bhajis. And at that price, they’re a cost effective addition to […]
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Red Wine And Mushroom Soup

Mushrooms are one of my staple products, being both cheaply available at supermarkets and greengrocers, and simple enough to grow at home. I’m a tactile cook, so I like to break them up with my hands instead of slicing them, but it doesn’t make a difference to the end result of the recipe. If you […]
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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 an Aldi shop with the addition of Tesco Every Day Lasagne sheets […]
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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 boiling water for 15 minutes makes a delicious tea, and the best […]
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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