IMG_1999My first LBLUK day kicked off with a hearty cooked breakfast with friends … which they all thoroughly enjoyed while I ate my porridge made with water!  I think I will cope OK with this bland breakfast all week, but I am not so sure that my daughter will.  Having got used to an immediate fix to her night-time depleted sugar-levels in the way of a packaged breakfast snack, the time it takes to prepare and eat the porridge, plus the lack of sugar, hasn’t left her reaching for the next helping!

We both had jam sandwiches for lunch although my daughter pinched 2 sneaky fries from friends whilst out this afternoon!  She woke up with a sore throat, so I have also encouraged her to eat an orange which we already had at home.

For dinner I was going to try Jack Monroe’s carrot, cumin and kidney bean burger, but at 2pm I remembered that I had not soaked the beans, so instead started to defrost two pieces of chicken from my budget bag of frozen pieces.  Our meal ended up being a nice Spanish Chicken type dish served with rice and carrots (which I bought today out of my remaining budget which leaves me with a whopping 8p still to spend!).  IMG_2002

I simply fried the chicken in a saucepan with a tiny bit of oil, added 100g passata with about 100g boiling water, some mixed herbs and pepper and let it simmer for 15 minutes while the rice cooked.  The smell and taste was very much appreciated, although I have to say that there was very little meat on the chicken which is one of the most expensive things we have eaten today.  Perhaps it was not a wise purchase.  However, the most expensive thing to take into consideration today is the one orange – I have not really appreciated how expensive fresh fruit is.

After dinner we did a little calculation of our day’s costs to discover we were coming in way below budget, so my daughter tried to satisfy her still hungry stomach with a bowlful of 11p noodles.

A swift calculation suggests I have 51p left for today.  I am tempted to treat myself with something of the chocolate variety, but think it best to carry it over in case we need it another day.

Reflections and questions that have crossed my mind today:

Hospitality is a real challenge when you are living on such a small budget, yet I remember such generosity whilst visiting people in Kampala.

The number of times I casually open the fridge and cupboard door is making me increasingly aware of how much I usually graze on food and take it for granted.

I talked with a friend today about ‘skipping’, the technically illegal process of redeeming food thrown away by supermarkets from their bins at the end of the day.  Sounds quite a logical way to obtain perfectly edible food to me!

 

Today’s Menus:

Me

100g porridge 7.5p

half spoon of sugar 0.5p

2 slices of bread 5p

Jam 2p

Tea bags x 3  1p

Milk 5p

Chicken portion 17p

75g rice 3p

50g passata 3p

herbs/salt/pepper 2.5p

carrots 3p

TOTAL 49p

 

Althea

100g porridge 7.5p

half spoon of sugar 0.5p

2 slices of bread 5p

Jam 2p

Orange 30p

Squash 4p

Chicken portion 17p

75g rice 3p

50g passata 3p

herbs/salt/pepper 2.5p

carrots 3p

noodles 11p

 TOTAL 88.5p

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