Living Below the Line – Day 4

Posted: April 30, 2014 in food, poverty
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Well, I’m past half way, and with a bit of imagination I’ve managed to coax some quite acceptable meals out of less than a pound a day so far…

…but I’m not about to say it’s easy. Leaving aside the 3rd World for a moment, there are millions in this country living in or near to food poverty – and don’t even get me started on the socio-political aspects of that in such a rich nation – and I certainly couldn’t imagine having to do this every day of every week, every month. I’ve been craving a good coffee, some dark chocolate, roast lamb, a cold refreshing IPA… but most of all, cheese. The sharp salty tang of Roquefort, the gooey goodness of melted mozzarella, mmm…

Anyway, this was brunch:

Leek and Potato Soup

1 Potato – 8p
1/6 Onion – 3p
1/4 Leek – 11p
1 Stock Cube – 2p
Plus a handful of parsley from the garden – and half a flatbread (see day 2)

Total Cost – 28p

I basically just boiled a diced potato in stock until it fell apart, then added some chopped onion and leek, reserving a bit for garnish. Despite the lack of cream or milk, with the addition of some fresh ground pepper this was actually really nice. The bit of flatbread dough I had made up earlier in the week has started to develop a sourdough tang, and the tart lemony flavours contrasted with the heavy soup nicely. That should see me through until the evening just fine!



Patatas Bravas and Lemon Slaw

1 Potato – 8p
1/4 Onion – 5p
1 Clove Garlic – 2p
2/3 Chilli – 4p
1/3 Tin Tomatoes – 7p
Plus herbs from the garden, a pinch of paprika and a splash of oil

Cube and parboil the potatoes, drain, then drizzle with a little oil and fry until golden browned. If you were really on a budget, you’d do this in one pan to save on fuel and washing up – so remove the potatoes to a warmed plate or dish, then add the chopped onion, garlic and chilli to the pan, stirring until they take on a bit of colour. Add tomatoes, paprika and herbs, warm through and pour over your crisp patatas.

1/2 parsnip – 8p
1/4 Onion – 5p
Cabbage – 10p
1/2 Carrot – 7p
1/4 Lemon – 4p

Grate or very finely chop, season and add a good squeeze of lemon juice. That’s it!

Total Cost – 60p

Very tasty, if I say it myself 🙂

My most expensive day yet, at 88p – but still under the £1 limit

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