Monthly Archives: July 2013

What can you do to help? Buy someone #22mealsforacoffee (That’s 22 meals for the price of a £3 coffee…)

While typing my previous post, I had a bit of a brainwave. And I wonder if I can get something going here, with almost 10,000 Twitter followers, 5,000 Facebook fans, 2,000 Facebook friends, 3,000 email subscribers… I wonder if… If, instead of [...]
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Hunger Hurts – Still. A year on…

Today is exactly one year since I typed out, on my battered old Nokia, the words that have been reblogged and repeated in international news reports again and again and again over the last twelve months. The post, entitled ‘Hunger Hurts’, starts [...]
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Behind the scenes at the book shoot…

So today was the first day of shooting my book with the team from Penguin, and it’s been a fun – if exhausting – day. I’ve managed to smuggle my own plates and crockery into the shoot, so eagle eyed readers may recognise some of the [...]
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Skint Foodies: Jack Monroe on Radio 4, Sun 28 July at 1230

Just a quick heads up for anyone that wants to tune in, I’m on the BBC Food Programme today at 1230 with Sheila Dillon. From the BBC Radio 4 website: “Sheila Dillon meets the cooks specialising in great food on small budgets, part of a world of [...]
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“People see me on Sky News and assume I’m loaded. They forget I sleep on a mattress on the floor in a house I share with five people.” The Guardian.

To read the full article by Patrick Butler, click here. Jack Monroe. Twitter: @MsJackMonroe. Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/agirlcalledjack

“This woman here has tattoos, and mirrored kitchen tiles. People like this show the same behaviour as crack addicts.”

I don’t normally respond to online comments to news articles, but I have been astounded over the past few days by some assumptions and ‘advice’ on the Guardian forums. Apparently having tattoos and mirrored kitchen tiles makes me akin to a [...]
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“I’m the £10 a week food shop girl” – Observer Food Monthly.

For the full article, click here: http://m.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2013/jul/20/10-pound-food-shop-blog Jack Monroe. Twitter: @MsJackMonroe. Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/agirlcalledjack

CREAMY SALMON PASTA WITH A CHILLI-LEMON KICK

This speedy fish supper – really simply a tinkering with a cheap jar of fish paste – takes just a few lazy minutes to put together and tastes absolutely divine. The sharpness of the lemon complements the salmon flavour, and the yoghurt lends a creamy [...]
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Fishes!

I’m editing and adding to my ‘fish’ chapter today, and decided to venture away from the sardines and frozen white fish fillets (and occasional bargain trout!) that I normally rely on. I’m old enough to remember when a can of tuna was [...]
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Mixed bean goulash, book preview!

This is my mixed bean goulash recipe adapted from the found-and-loved notebook I discovered in the bottom of my wardrobe earlier, and although I intended to cook it for tea tonight, I am still squirrelling away at my book draft, typing up the aforementioned [...]
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Mixed bean goulash, then and now.

How times change. I just found one of my old notebooks – back from even I had a decent, well-paying job in the 999 control room at the Fire Service – that I used to write my recipes down in. There’s 14 of these in total, and I have most of [...]
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Baked trout in best tomato sauce, with lemon and herb rice. 33p.

People often ask me why I don’t buy items from the Reduced chiller at the supermarket: well I do, I just don’t tend to blog about them, on the basis that they aren’t dependable, and price reductions vary from supermarket chain to supermarket chain, [...]
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Great British Chefs: Jack Monroe’s Pasta Alla Genovese

In a new series of blog posts for food website Great British Chefs, I have rejigged my Pasta Alla Genovese recipe, and photographed it on my favourite plate… For the full article, click here: [...]
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How to dry chillies, well, sort of…

This afternoon I decided to take my abundant chilli plant in hand, and instead of picking one or two for a recipe here and there, snipped off all of the ripe and ready red ones that I could see – 42 in total! They are clearly enjoying being in the ground [...]
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Creamy Greek cheese and courgette pasta, 28p

Ingredients (Serves four at 27p each) 1 courgette, 30p (£1.80/6) 1 tablespoon oil (sunflower or vegetable), 3p (£4.50/3l) Half a lemon, 9p (84p/bag of 5) 1 garlic clove, 3p (46p/2 bulbs avg 8 cloves each) 50g Greek style cheese (feta or goats cheese – I [...]
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Roasted courgette and feta, Greek inspired potato salad. 13p.

Mm mm mm – recipe testing for The Book still, I had some rogue Greek cheese and a courgette kicking about in the bottom of the fridge, and felt compelled to make some simple food out of such a classic combination. Harking back to my Cypriot roots for [...]
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Mumsnet Guest blog: ‘Food banks are feeding families – the government needs to face its responsibilities’

To read the full article, click here: http://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/bloggers/1796011-Guest-blog-Food-banks-are-feeding-families-the-government-needs-to-face-its-responsibilities Published on Mumsnet, Blog Of The Day, 5th July 2013. Jack Monroe. Follow me on [...]
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It is the state that is shirking its duties, not the parents, Mr Gove.

As half a million people are reportedly reliant on the distribution of emergency food from food banks, the Government seems adamant to blame feckless parenting and a ‘scrounger mentality’ for the rise of food poverty in Britain. First, Lord [...]
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Brie and bacon risotto, 26p

While testing recipes for my book this week, it was inevitable that I would start to put leftover ingredients together to come up with accidental dishes. This speedy and satisfying late lunch was born of some scraps of cooking bacon left over from Spring [...]
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MPs pay rise scandal: “They said pretend we’ve got no money…”

HALF a million people are reported to be relying on food banks in Oxfam’s Below The Breadline report taken to the house of Lords for debate this afternoon – dismissed by Lord Freud, but more on that later. In what could easily be mistaken for a woefully [...]
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Airy Fairy Easy Peasy Soda Bread

Think you can’t make bread? Or that you need a fancy pants bread maker to do so? RUBBISH. You have a natural, free bread maker in your palms and your knuckles – and this easy recipe with no proving or rising time is a great place to start. A lot [...]
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Let the cookbook cooking commence…

Today begins the first of ten days straight cooking, (hahaha – maybe ‘straight’ isn’t the right word!) as I road test every single recipe that’s going in my forthcoming cookbook. After a quick brainstorm last night, when I [...]
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