Post-LBTL breakfast

It’s over! I had an early morning cup of tea, lovely.

Then for breakfast I had some freshly squeezed orange juice (it tasted so fruity and tangy), two mini-croissants with cherry jam (the jam tasted so sweet), and a small cup of coffee (it tasted so strong)!

No idea how much that all cost!

The challenge?

Spend 5 days feeding yourself with £1 a day – the UK equivalent of the extreme poverty line.

The reason?

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…

The details?

Sponsor me here, or sign up to do it yourself at: https://www.livebelowtheline.com/uk

Advertisements

LBTL Day 2

The same breakfast (toast and margarine, 7.5p) and the same lunch as yesterday (soup and croutons, 28.5p) except that I left my soup bowl at home so had to eat it straight out of the plastic container, very elegant!

This time I waited until I got to work to have my toast and so ran the gauntlet of a number of coffee outlets on my way having had nothing more than a few sips of water. Incidentally I have been ‘enjoying’ some cups of hot water, if I shut my eyes I can almost imagine it’s rather weak tea!

I’ve concocted a clever spreadsheet to help me with planning and costings of this week’s meals. I’ve also found all the nutritional data on everything I bought (yes it has been a rather quiet week at work!) and added that data too, and it turns out that I had about 1080 KCal yesterday. Doesn’t sound a lot, but then I’m not very big so maybe it’s not that much less than what I need, and although I felt hungry at various times during the day I didn’t go to bed feeling hungry!

Tonight my evening meal was cooked for me, still adhering to the guidelines of course, and very tasty it was too! Thank you Mick. We have learned though, that ‘value’ rice is probably best just boiled in lots of water, it managed to be both soggy and undercooked somehow in the biryani!

Vegetable biryani and dahl

Ingredients for 4 generous servings:

350g rice

30g margarine

190g onions

300ml passata

450g frozen mixed vegetables

50g mushrooms

130g peppers

200g lentils

4 large cloves garlic

Juice of 1/2 a lemon

Various spices!

Cost per portion – about 47.5p

After we’d eaten, I invented a dish I am calling ‘mock hummus’ using yet more lentils, to have for lunch instead of soup for a couple of days. I’ll let you know what it’s like tomorrow!

The challenge?

Spend 5 days feeding yourself with £1 a day – the UK equivalent of the extreme poverty line.

The reason?

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…

The details?

Sponsor me here, or sign up to do it yourself at: https://www.livebelowtheline.com/uk