Ever so sorry for not posting yesterday. We had an intermittent power cut for the entire day, which meant lots of candles and romance but no internet. My apple flapjacks were just cooked when the power went off again in the evening, which is a plus. Did I mention that I made apple flapjacks? They are my new favourite breakfast food, especially when accompanied by 50p instant coffee from Sainsbury’s Basics. We’re eating like queens! On a serious note, we had a good long time yesterday to think about those who can’t cook, wash their clothes or heat their homes because their money doesn’t stretch to a coin in the meter.
Today I am going to treat you to some multimedia.
Here is my second shop from Sainsbury’s, which came to £14.25:
Now, Sainsbury’s Basics is awesome. The cheap mixed veg pack is going to last us for ages, and their 35p mixed herbs are a revelation. Unfortunately, I did notice a couple of things that seemed wrong to me. First of all, there are no lentils in the Basics range, presumably because poor people don’t eat lentils; despite them being a cheap and healthy source of protein. Secondly, and most disturbingly, all of the Basics products are on low shelves, often the bottom shelf, which I recognise is a good way to make people buy the expensive stuff at eye level. The effect on shoppers, however, is that those who are strapped for cash have to practically crawl to get their shopping, and after kneeling on the floor for the best part of an hour, phone/calculator in hand, I felt quite deflated. I also had to ask the cashier to tell me if I was going over £15 at the till, because that’s all I had. The look he gave me was the same one I used to get at the Jobcentre. Why do we treat people this way, just because they have a little less money? Personally, I pity the other shoppers for not realising how much money they could save just by buying the Basics range.
I’m not going to post every recipe I make on here, but if requested I can detail the ingredients I’ve used. Below is the lovely leftovers dinner I made for myself last night (the other half was getting well fed at Mirfield on retreat):
Chickpea Fritters with peas, cauliflower and tomato sauce
You know what your mother told you about wasting food? There are children starving, in Britain, and so help me God I will never waste another morsel of food. There was too much water/tomato juice in Thursday’s pasta bake, which my partner drained off into a mug. This, thickened with flour and butter (a roux, if we’re being fancy) made a lovely tomato sauce. The chickpea fritters were a mixture of leftover hummus (technically chickpea dipping sauce, because I added too much water) and flour, with some more lemon juice thrown in for flavour. This made a gnocchi-like dough, which was very filling. I fried the fritters in oil over a high heat. A few steamed scraps of cauliflower and some peas, and there you have a yummy dinner. I would only add that if you do try this at home, add whatever herbs and spices you fancy, because I didn’t have any and that was the only thing the fritters could have done with more of. I do now have herbs and spices, which is very exciting. I miss my seasonings most of all!
An update on the soda bread front: My second loaf is in the oven now. It is stupidly easy to make, just ask Jack: http://agirlcalledjack.com/2013/07/02/airy-fairy-easy-peasy-soda-bread/
I cannot overestimate how awesome this bread is. I have just bought plain flour and malt vinegar, both very cheap. Any vinegar can be substituted for the lemon juice in a soda bread recipe, and I can testify that it’s cheaper (as recommended by a kind commenter on this blog). Any milk, including bog-standard soya milk, will do for the recipe as well.
I will leave you with some more multimedia, which has nothing to do with anything:
Have a nice day,