Category Archives: NEWS

Don’t Throw That Away! An A-Z of leftovers, tired veg, etc and what to do with them.

This piece started after an article in the Independent about the top 10 foods that we apparently throw away in the UK. I took to Twitter to ask people what usually ended up in their bin, and then spent a whole day and night answering hundreds of queries – some of them came up a […]
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Cooking On A Bootstrap: BOOK THREE needs YOUR help!

   Well hello my wonderful readers. It’s been a year since my last cookbook came out, and I am inundated with messages every day, asking when my next book is coming out. The good news is, it is nearly written. A hundred budget recipes, in the same style as that surprisingly runaway bestseller A Girl […]
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The Transformation Of Jack Monroe (The Times, November 2015)

   Jack Monroe, true to her self-outing last month as transgender “non-binary”, is surrounded by a mountain of masculine/feminine stuff in the small two-bedroom flat she shares with her five-year-old son in Southend, Essex. The skateboard with a shark on it (matching tattoo on her thumb), for example, versus the Disney Belle dress she tried […]
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How To Shop On A Budget – from A Girl Called Jack

These are the handy hints in the front of  my first cookbook, A Girl Called Jack and are as useful now as they were then – it’s advice I give readers all the time, old and new, so I thought it would be handy to pop it here too: WRITE A LIST AND STICK TO IT. […]
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Feed a family of 4 for less than £9/week – me for the Daily Mirror

   On Monday afternoon, I received a message from the Daily Mirror, asking if I would be interested in writing a piece about food. Having discussed almost nothing but my body for a fortnight, I leapt at the chance to get back into the kitchen with gusto, and said yes. They asked if, in response […]
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Feed a family of 4 for less than £9/week: Dessert, treats and juice.

   PBJ cookies: 3 tbsp sunflower oil 2 tbsp sugar 1 egg 2 heaped tbsp peanut butter 8 heaped tbsp self raising flour Preheat the oven to 180C and lightly grease a baking sheet in preparation. Mix the oil and sugar together in a mixing bowl with a wooden spoon until well combined. Add the […]
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Feed a Family of 4 for less than £9/week: Dinnertime

Starting with a Sunday roast and breaking it down into leftovers the way my mother always did – although in her case it was a chicken made into chinese chicken curries and avgolemono soup, recipes for which are available on my blog. I’ve started with a pork shoulder, I don’t buy meat just for myself […]
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Feed a Family of 4 for less than £9/week: Lunchtime

I’ve tried to account for a variety of lunch situations – from filling protein-packed soups for homes or offices with microwaves, to portable mini pizzas for kids lunch boxes (my son’s school had a mini fit the first time I sent him in with a pizza so a I put two together and told him […]
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Feed a family of 4 for less than £9/week: The Shopping List

   Shopping list – based on Sainsburys, prices correct at time of publication. Other major supermarkets have similar products available at comparable prices. TOTAL: £35.42 or £8.86 per person Meat/Dairy/Protein: £13.80 1kg boneless pork shoulder joint, £3 670g cooking bacon, £1.15 500g frozen white fish, £1.70 1 tin of sardines, 40p 6 mixed weight free […]
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Jack-at-a-Pinch (The story or two behind the new blog title)

The eagle eyed among you will notice that the domain name of my website, formerly agirlcalledjack.com, has changed. It was inevitable, following my recent coming-out, although truth be told I had been considering it for a while anyway. At 27 years old I would have taken umbridge at being addressed as ‘a girl’ by a […]
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