Category Archive: Food Poverty & Budget Eating

Posts relating to food poverty, budget shopping and recipes.

Feb 10

Jamie Oliver: Ninja or Whinger?

Jamie Oliver's strategy to address childhood obesity

In the last week I have read two articles on the proposed sugar tax. Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is, of course, a big fan, and has declared his intention to “get more ninja” with the government if it does not launch a strategy to combat childhood obesity.  Jamie’s proposed strategy is illustrated in this infographic …

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Aug 16

Food for Thought: An Interview

Volunteers distributing food

I have spent a while debating whether to post what I am sharing with you today.  When I did this interview after finishing my £10 challenge, the people I interviewed asked for the right to comment on the text before I published it.  I sent it to them twice, but received no reply.  However, I …

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Jul 22

Top 5 Storecupboard Essentials

As promised, I have visited a local food bank.  The volunteers were amazing, but sadly they were suspicious of me.  They have had some bad publicity in the past, and are wary of anyone who might be a journalist.  I therefore promised to send them the post I would write so that they could approve it before …

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Jul 20

My Week for £10 – Day 8

What remains after a week on £10.  A handful of rice and 6p.

Today has been a hungry day.  My husband has been finding things particularly hard for the past two days and can’t wait to finish.  Fortunately today is our last day.   I made Kushari for lunch, and finally got round to making white bean chilli for supper. So now that we are at the end of …

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Jul 19

My Week for £10 – Day 7

ONIONS!

Today I ran into Faya, author of the award-winning blog Fitness on Toast, whom I know slightly.  If you are not familiar with her blog already, I highly recommend a visit.  It is a thing of beauty, and inspires even a reluctant mover like myself to shake their booty with the best of them. I was talking …

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Jul 18

My Week for £10 – Day 6

Use any leftover vegetables you have available to stuff aubergines.  These ones have rice, peas and mushrooms.

After yesterday’s interval I am back to the challenge.  Not only was there no breakfast this morning, but my commitments today did not allow me to have lunch.  Luckily, one of the places I visited today had free nibbles, so I was able to partake of those to keep me going.  Skipping meals is definitely …

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Jul 17

My Week for £10 – Day 5

A dilemma and a compromise. A couple of days ago a friend called.  She lives in Gran Canaria, so I see her very rarely.  She is here in England, but only until Sunday.  She wanted to visit Oxford.  Would I go with her?  I explained to her that I was in the middle of a challenge, …

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Jul 16

My Week on £10 – Day 4

Headaches are common when freeing yourself from sugar, but consult your doctor if they persist.

Today I am going out to collect something I ordered on the Internet, and realise that I have barely left the house since this challenge started.  It is a quiet period for both clients and students, so unless there has been a reason to go out, I have remained indoors.  When I do tentatively venture …

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Jul 15

My Week on £10 – Day 3

My super-easy split pea burgers.

It’s obvious that I’m going to be opposed to refined ‘junk’ foods.  They tend to be high in salt, sugar and less beneficial fats, and are almost certainly one of the many factors contributing to the problem of chronic disease (1).  I can remember the last time I ate in a fast-food burger place.  It was at …

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Jul 14

My Week on £10 – Day 2

“My wife is so resourceful that she makes noodles out of almost nothing, adds water and we have noodle soup”. From “Tevye Wins a Fortune”  – discussed in my study group today, by coincidence. My first disaster in the kitchen happened at lunchtime.  I had attempted to make fish cakes out of some leftover potatoes …

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