20131130-001828Last week we experimented with hosting a charity curry night in our home. It was as idea hatched with our friend Jack Monroe on a road trip to Birmingham one week-end in October.  With a cookery book packed with budget-busting, austerity-appropriate recipes due out imminently, she was in an ideal position to cook a nice load of food cheaply.  And with a new home with some large flexible space, we were in a perfect position to host.

Jack has documented the evening and the recipes on her blog here.  We had a really fun evening, made new friends and raised £200 for one of our local food banks and homeless charities.  It is already looking likely to become a regular event, with the next one planned in January.  Just think, if we manage one a month we will be on route to raising £2000 in 2014.  That’s got to be good news!

And with the embarrassingly fast speed with which new food banks are opening it is imperative that we raise the profile of food poverty in the UK and ask why they are increasing so rapidly in the seventh richest country in the world.  If you haven’t added your name already, please sign #Jackspetition and show your desire for UK hunger and the rise in foodbanks to be debated in parliament later this month.