I was unfortunate enough to catch the last half an hour of the Great British Budget Menu on BBC1 this evening, as I received several text messages and a flurry of Twitter notifications telling me I needed to tune in.
Hoping for some recipes that roughly resembled my own Pasta Alla Genovese (28p per portion) or Carrot, Cumin and Kidney Bean Burger (9p), I watched through my fingers and a haze of blue air as celebrity chefs including James Martin, and commentators like Mary Berry blew their budgets on fresh salmon, while pontificating on how awful it was that people might have to use value range spices and put food back on the shelves if they couldn’t afford it.
They all called on the Government to do more about food poverty – an admirable request – but I can’t help but wonder that the policy makers and politicians watching this pile of disconnected tripe now think that all struggling single parents are dining out on poached fecking salmon and 3 for £10 chicken? If I have salmon, it’s a bag of trimmings for around £1, and chicken is only ever from the reduced chiller.
Hundreds – literally hundreds – of people got in touch to tell me I needed a series, a YouTube channel, or to have been presenting the show. I’m flattered, and believe me, I’ve had plenty of offers but been too busy writing my book to seriously consider any. BUT having watched this pile of utter crap this evening, I feel compelled to take up some of those offers and do The Great British Budget Menu – PROPERLY.
More to follow tomorrow, when I’m a bit less ragey -
Jack Monroe, follow me on Twitter @MsJackMonroe