Today is my 5th and final last day of Living Below The Line. My challenge – to raise awareness and funds for world poverty by living below the line, like 1 in 7 people who live in poverty. I have lived on just £5 over 5 days. That’s £1 a day, just 33p per meal.
Tomorrow (my birthday!) I will go back to my ‘normal’ diet. I’m starting to feel quite frankly a little lacklustre and am looking forward to some nourishing energising eats. I am now more than aware how lucky I am that I have the luxury of returning to free-range eggs, fresh green vegetables and organic meat.
Today’s breakfast was meant to be an omelette, but since I didn’t particularly enjoy my omelette earlier in the week – too much flavour of caged eggs came through I suspect – I thought about doing something different with my remaining ingredients. Yesterday I came across a kedgeree recipe and with the mound of rice I had left decided to magically transform my omelette ingredients into something more exciting! The 2 eggs, frozen veg, turmeric, and coconut oil were all from the omelette recipe. The rice was from my never ending 500g supply, and I decided to cook it in some leftover chicken stock for a better flavour (and nutrient profile). I also found a solitary garlic clove in the fridge not yet allocated to a recipe, and also a mere half tablespoon dribble of yoghurt to dollop on top. The only thing extra I used was was 1/4 tsp cumin which costs about 1p extra (my initial budget was £4.97!). Savvy.
- 60g white rice
- chicken stock
- 2 eggs
- ½ tsp coconut oil
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 50g frozen mixed vegetables (carrots, peas, broccoli, cauliflower)
- ¼ tsp turmeric
- ¼ tsp cumin
- pinch salt
- Leftover yoghurt, about ½ Tbs
- Chopped parsley from my window pot
- Rinse the rice then boil in chicken stock (or water / stock combo if that's all you have). If you get the quantities right you wont need to drain - keep that stock in!
- Meanwhile hard boil the eggs (10 mins in rolling boiling water), plunge into cold water peel and dice.
- Heat the coconut oil in a pan and saute the garlic clove until softened. Add the veg and cook until softened. Then add the spices to coat the veg.
- When the rice is ready add it to the pan, stir well. Add a pinch of salt, and stir in half a diced egg.
- Transfer to a serving dish and sprinkle over the rest of the diced egg, a drizzle of yoghurt and if you have any parsley from a window pot.
Later this morning I found myself rather irritable and short (sorry to the lady in the print shop who met my wrath). I have no idea if this was just me being generally grumpy or if it was because I’d been lacking some mood enhancing nutritious ingredients? Even the glorious sunshine wasn’t helping. I’m probably a little dehydrated to be honest. Without the plethora of herbal teas to choose from, I’m probably not drinking as much as I usually do. I ended up making some refreshing iced-green tea which helped a little. All it needed was some fresh mint and a squeeze of lime to be perfect…
Lunch was carrot soup again, and I used some extra left-over oats and the spare egg from the omelette-kedgeree transformation to make a small bread roll. Sure it looked enticing but was rock hard, and calorie-wise probably the equivalent of having a bowl of porridge as a side to my soup. I shouldn’t have eaten it all, but was finding some comfort in the carbs (why are they so mood enhancing?) I then felt like I literally had a rock in my stomach all afternoon.
After my rock hard lunch I was still hungry come dinner time! I had my Chickpea & Potato Curry with rice again. The only recipe to feature 3 times on the menu plan – and I didn’t mind this at all.
And that’s a wrap folks. 15 meals, 5 days, a whole lot of porridge oats, rice, frozen veg, tinned food and 5 solitary bags of tea. I do still have some oats, rice, and a drop of carrot soup left. Maybe I’ll find a further frugal recipe for them…. But maybe not tomorrow.
This challenge has been such an interesting process for me, and has really made me think. A lot. Once I’ve had the chance to put all those thoughts eloquently down on paper, I’ll be back to let you know.
You can donate to my chosen charity Christian Aid in support of my challenge here