On Saturday I started my challenge – to Live Below The Line. The challenge – to raise awareness and funds for world poverty by living below the line, like 1 in 7 people who live in poverty. I will live on just £5 for 5 days. That’s £1 a day, just 33p per meal.
Day 2 started with me ripping my ONE green tea bag I had allocated for today. I initially panicked, then remembered I had a loose leaf strainer that I could transfer the contents of the ripped bag to. Morning caffeine fix swiftly saved. Phew.
The reason I decided to do this challenge as creatively as possible is because getting excited about what I’m eating and creating in the kitchen makes me feel more satisfied after eating. Eggs Shakshuka is a perfect example. I’ve a more elaborate version of this on the blog from last year – but this version with cheap ingredients, and a mere bit of spice, actually did a pretty darned good job. What would Yotam Ottolenghi make of this? I did plan my meal plan around my days, so I knew I’d be cooking this up on a Sunday morning, when I had plenty of time to enjoy the process and tuck in whilst watching the London Marathon from the safety of my sofa. After brekkie I also took the liberty of giving myself a pedicure (whilst watching the runners hammer their toes over 26 miles – been there done that) instead of paying £20 to have it done, as I often do as a treat. £20 would be food for 20 whole days. Makes you think doesn’t it?
I did have an invite to go out and watch the marathon today, but I decided not to go because I’d have been out at lunchtime, hadn’t yet made my soup, and didn’t want to eat it cold anyway. I also decided not to go to London’s chocolate festival today – even though I’d got the tickets ages ago. Can you imagine being in a room full of chocolate, and not having any of it?? Too hard.
Lunch soon came round and I cooked up a batch of soup. Since this serves 3 and I only have it twice in my meal plan I gave myself a rather generous serving along with an oat flatbread and some labne to try and ward off yesterday’s afternoon hunger pangs. It almost worked.
As the weather was glorious in the afternoon I went for a sunday stroll to Greenwich, and also browsed the shops. No stopping for a cup of tea or cake (!) in a cafe or in the market. Instead I sat in the park and fell asleep listening to the radio. Man I am so tired – maybe its the sun? Keep drinking water to fill me up – not sure if I am actually super hungry or its just because food is on my mind. Still.
Came home to work on the blog which took my mind off cooking dinner at 5.30, and I enjoyed it at a much more civilzed time of 7.30. Last time I made this curry I noticed the flavours were better a few days after first eating it – always the way with spicy curries! Even so, I was amazed this dish tasted better than I remembered. I shall look forward to the spicier version later in the week…
You may have noticed these rather wonderfully designed recipe images. As I was putting all this work into doing this challenge as healthily as I could I decided to share my recipes with the people at Live Below the Line. Illustrator Zoë Kelland has magically designed a beautiful ‘whole foods’ recipe pack which is now available as resource on their website (Ceri’s whole food recipe pack). I hope this will inspire more people to do this challenge, raise lots more money and also give ideas to live as healthy as can be on a low budget.
If you think all these blog posts and recipes I’ve spent time working hard on in my spare time are worth a bit of sponsorship then my chosen charity Christian Aid will I’m sure put the funds to great use. You can sponsor me here. Or if you can’t sponsor me but want to raise awareness, then do please spread the message of what I’m doing with your peers. If you want to join in with the rest of the county – the official dates for the challenge are April 28th to May 2nd. Feel free to use my resource pack to help you through.0