My first Below the Line breakfast was 2 slices of toast and margarine, and a drink of water – total cost about 7.5p. This is what I’m planning to have every morning.
Not that different to what I normally have at work, except maybe thinner slices of bread and the margarine wasn’t Flora (but worst of all – no coffee!!!). Except … I had breakfast about an hour and a half earlier than normal, which meant that my stomach was rumbling by about 10:30. Maybe I should try bringing it to work with me and eating it later, or would it be all cold and chewy by then?
But I remembered to pack my soup for lunch, and heated it up in a microwave in the staff restaurant. It actually wasn’t too bad, and the garlic croutons definitely gave it a bit of a lift – just as well it was okay as I’ll be having it twice more this week.
The Costa promotional materials on the table really didn’t bother me, and nor did the sight of all the food being served up and eaten in the restaurant. I wonder if this will still be the case later in the week?
Here’s what was in my lunch (3 portions):
Lentil & Vegetable Soup
100g red lentils
300g frozen mixed vegetables
Mixed herbs, salt, pepper, 1 tsp Marmite and a pinch of chilli powder.
3 slices bread
Large clove of garlic
Total cost per portion – 28.5p
I started cooking almost as soon as I got in from work – I guess I was a bit hungry! Tonight’s meal was something I often make anyway, it turned out quite well using the Tesco value rice, beans and peppers.
Veggie chilli and rice
Ingredients for 4 portions:
300g long grain rice
2 medium onions
1 400g tin red kidney beans
2 large cloves garlic
1 red pepper
2 tsp ground cumin, 2 tsp ground coriander and 0.5 tsp chilli powder.
Total cost per portion about 40p – will have to check tomorrow as my clever planning and pricing spreadsheet is on my laptop at work!
Today has gone pretty well although I really missed my proper coffee on the way to work and numerous vending machine coffees during the day. And I do seem to have been thinking about food rather a lot!
I don’t feel hungry right now but if I do I will have to try to ignore it and resort to knitting, reading or an early night!
Spend 5 days feeding yourself with £1 a day – the UK equivalent of the extreme poverty line.
To give a glimpse into the lives of 1.4 billion people who have no choice but to live below the line every day – and who have to make £1 cover a lot more than food…