LBL Day Six dinner, sausages glorious sausages.

I have just polished off my second to last dinner for this Live Below The Line challenge, and contrary to my earlier grump about sausages and beige bland muck, I devoured this in what felt like seconds.


Sausage and bean burgers! I made these little patties a couple of days ago, with the meat from one squeezed-out-sausage, and half a carton of red kidney beans. The mix made four thin patties for just under 18p – making these my cheapest burgers yet at less than 5p each. I’d be tempted to say I’ve surpassed myself, but I ate two with 100g mixed veg and 75g plain boiled rice, bringing my dinner cost to just under 20p in total – with two burgers left in the freezer!

And truly – these were completely and utterly delicious. So delicious that in fact I’m going to develop them a bit and put them in my cookbook…if they still taste as good when I’m not doing a Live Below The Line challenge.

I had dinner earlier than usual tonight, preoccupied by food and hunger. Yes, I know, I’ve only had two sausage sandwiches and a peach all day before I knocked this up, because of my own eagerness to have something for breakfast that wasn’t yellow and sticky-sweet.

It’s true that everything tastes better when you’re hungry, and this was like dinner from the gods.

One more day. Just one more day.

I have left: plain white rice, lemon curd, four slices of whole meal bread, sausage-bean mixture, half a carton of chopped tomatoes, a sad little peach, one yoghurt, some mixed vegetables, and that 15p I hadn’t spent. And a couple of beef stock cubes. So now what…? Tomorrow looks as though I may be having lemon curd on toast for breakfast, beefy vegetable rice for lunch, and these delicious bean and sausage burgers with vegetables and rice for dinner… I’ll see how the mood takes me.

Thankyou to everyone who has sponsored me so far – and to new readers, I just want to make it clear that this is not my normal diet, it’s a challenge to raise money for Oxfam!

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  1. Jack, it looks lovely…very nice presentation. Those burgers actually look browned, which does add to their appeal. Are they baked?

  2. oh…if that peach is too sad to eat on its own, might it work better to finely chop it, skin and all, and add to the yogurt or the rice?

  3. the patties looked delicious well done to have really sapassed yourself you deserve a lot of praise for what you are doing. just one more day left.i will be on the ball next week trying some of these lovely meals.:-).xx

  4. Why don’t you try a version of “pain perdu”. It is a way in France of using stale bread. It normally requires milk but a teaspoon or two of lemon curd diluted in water poured on half a slice of bread in a ramekin with half a chopped sad peach, stone split to extract kernel which can be added minutely chopped to the mixture. When cooked serve with a large teaspoon of yoghurt on top with a minute drop of curd to decorate.
    PS : cut half slice in 8 pieces.

  5. Might have been a good idea for me to say and bake until “stock” of water and curd is absorbed and top is a little bit firm !

  6. Looking at the list that’s left, and trying to think of other options:

    ‘Beef’ and tomato soup with bread, perhaps?
    Or sweet and sour sauce from the lemon curd and tomatoes, with vegetables and rice?
    Cut the peach up and cook into a thick sauce, to be eaten with yoghurt, or on toast instead of lemon curd?
    Something resembling rice pudding, but made with yoghurt instead of milk?

  7. Jack, we don’t care if you sneak some of the F&M stuff in the middle of the night. You’ve made your point about the Challenge. You’ve bought it, planned it, proved that a person could do it. You don’t have to keep eating it also. Ann

  8. hey, dont forget, there is a WHOLE 15p left……

    Might that stretch to an onion? – sliced raw, or fried. Or, a small cabbage? Shredded raw or cooked? Of course, one (i.e.Jack- grin), would have to like thse. Me, I happen to love simmered tomatoes and cabbage.

  9. 15p will buy you a pack of Sainsburys Instant Curry Flavoured Noodles 65g, if you fancy a change from white boiled rice. Slightly fewer calories in the chicken flavour. The peach might refresh if sliced and soaked in water for a bit. If I’d had more than 2 peaches to start with I might have roughly ‘bottled’ them when I first got them, to make them last longer. Bring to the boil briefly in light syrup then into a jam jar & store somewhere cool eg fridge.

  10. Jack, Are you doing live below the line 2014? If so how do you eat with the rise in prices? I think the only way I could do it is to work to use everything I bought – 1 kg rice – 20 meals, I kilo beans – 20 meals etc – so mostly worked out at 20 days. Hence I am doing 4 x 5 days with weekends off to stock up on fresh veg and fish (also the odd glass of wine?). Do you think a £1-a-day is still do-able over 5 days for 1 person?

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