Well, yesterday was our first day of living below the
line, so I thought I’d jot down a few quick thoughts about it. The first thing
that surprised me was how hungry I felt – I know, that sounds stupid, but I didn't think the hunger would really kick in on the first day. I mean, I’m
still getting three good meals, right? Wrong. Turns out that tiny portions and
no snacking, plus nothing to drink except water, is not a pleasant combination.
By the time it got to dinner we were both ravenous, so we really enjoyed our
Bean Chilli – there’s an old English proverb that says ‘Hunger is the best
sauce’, and I can appreciate that already. That said, I do think the bean
chilli was pretty good – see below for the recipe.
|Food for five days|
Another thing that I noticed was how much I missed some
of my cooking shortcuts, which I couldn't afford on this budget. I have to
confess that I absolutely hate cooking rice, so I normally get those
boil-in-the-bag jobs that make it really easy. However, on £10 for the week, I couldn't get those, so it was back to Basics (literally) with a Sainsbury’s
Basics bag of broken white rice – only 45p for 1kg, which is pretty damn good,
but much more of a faff to cook with. On the plus side, I discovered that
Sainsbury’s Basics Cheddar is really rather good, which as a bit of a cheese
snob, I wasn’t expecting. Win!
Finally, I’m realizing already how much snacking as a
habit is built into our lives. Last night we went to see Avengers: Age of
Ultron at the cinema, and probably for the first time ever, had to entirely
eschew the popcorn, sweets and coke, in favour of a bottle of tap water brought
from home. Obviously this is a bit of a wonky one, because someone living on £1
a day probably wouldn’t be gallivanting off to the cinema, but it did make me
realise how much we eat even when we don’t need to. And when you’re absorbed in
a good movie, are you even really enjoying the popcorn, or just absently
shovelling it in because that’s what you do at the cinema?
Today’s challenge is taking part in a Twitter chat on
food later, one of two that I join in with weekly, and which is sure to be full
of delicious recipes and tempting photos. Wish me luck.
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