Day Four, on accidentally forgetting ones lunch.

At the end of yesterday, day four of my Live Below The Line challenge, I had the following food left from my £5 food shop on Sunday:

Bread, 13 slices.
Lemon curd, approximately half the jar left.
Cornflakes, 390g.
Unsweetened soya drink: 650ml
Long grain white rice: 555g
Chopped tomatoes: 500g
Kidney beans: 300g – already made into kidney bean burgers on Tuesday, and frozen in patties.
Frozen mixed vegetables: 525g
Spaghetti: 500g
Onion: 1 (Why did I buy a poxy onion?!)
Broccoli, carrot, courgette and green beans: 240g
Mixed herbs: 13g (again, starting to feel a bit surplus to requirements!)

I left my lunch at home by accident yesterday, in the rush to get a very excited Small Boy to ‘school’, which subsequently left me sitting at my desk all day, off the back of a single slice of toast with lemon curd.

When I arrived home twelve hours later, I put some rice and vegetables on to cook before I’d even taken my coat off, too hungry to care about sauce or lemon curd or anything other than getting it down my neck as quickly as possible to alleviate the grumbling rumbling of my stomach.

That simple meal kept me going until 2am, as I attended the local county elections to see in the results.

As you can see from the list above, there’s still a fair bit of my food shop left. I haven’t had the best diet for the past few days, and I wish I had opted for whole meal bread instead of white, but I haven’t run out of food yet either…

More to follow later on Day Five, and reflections, and calculations of what’s left out of the original £5 shop…

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Jack Monroe. Twitter: @MsJackMonroe

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