Month: August 2013

Jack vs Jamie: The Evening Standard cook-off…

From Jack versus Jamie: The great austerity challenge, Evening Standard, 30th August 2013, by Susannah Butter. “Save with Jamie, by school-dinners saviour Jamie Oliver, 38, came out yesterday and aims at getting us to “shop smart, cook clever, waste less”. He says it’s possible to save £3,000 a year by following his recipes and reminds us that around 40 per cent of food bought in Britain ends up in the bin. Cue pangs of guilt about that leftover lasagne I binned last week. But single mother Jack Monroe, 25, has taken a pop at the chef, who is worth an estimated £150 million, for his approach. Monroe is known for her blog A Girl Called Jack, where she shares recipes used to feed herself and her son Jonny, three, on £10 a week. She calls Oliver “a poverty tourist turned self-appointed tour guide”, whose comments this week about poor people squandering their cash on televisions “support damaging myths that poor people are only poor because they spend their money on the wrong things, rather than being constrained by time, equipment, knowledge or practicalities”. Monroe has a book deal with Michael Joseph, who also publishes Oliver, and a book of her recipes is due next March. Unlike Oliver’s book, Monroe’s includes desserts but both insist meat can be included in a cheap diet. It also helps if you have a liking...

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Austerity cooking has been hijacked by the moralisers. (Comment is free, The Guardian)

To read the full article, Austerity cooking has been hijacked by the moralisers, click here. Published in Comment Is Free, The Guardian, 28 August 2013. Jack Monroe. Follow me on Twitter @MsJackMonroe. Find me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/agirlcalledjack A Girl Called Jack is available to order at Waterstones: https://m.waterstones.com/BookDetails.aspx?bookId=10013935 or on Amazon:...

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Slummy Mummy Recipe: Pasta, Peas-N-Cheese, 22p

“Hey Sprout, do you want tomato and cheese with your pasta, or peas and cheese?” “Cheese!” “Yes, but do you want tomatoes, or peas?” “Peas!” “Peas and cheese?” “PEAS AND CHEESE!” That’s how that conversation went with SB today, having spent all day painting and cleaning and coming home to a rather limited cupboard (and equally limited levels of energy to drag myself in the kitchen to cook – yes, I have off days too…) I decided to fall back on pasta, a piece of cheese in the top of the fridge, and gave him the option of accessorising it with either half a can of chopped tomatoes, or half a can of mushy peas. This resulted, and I watched astounded as he devoured the lot, mentally adding it to my ‘quick lazy dinners’ list… Ingredients (Serves 4): 300g pasta, 23p (39p for 500g, Sainsburys Basics) 300g mushy peas, 19p (19p, Sainsburys Basics) Cheese (I used a Sainsburys Basics mozzarella ball at 44p for 125g, I’d have preferred hard cheese but didn’t have it in!) Optional – 1 vegetable or chicken stock cube, 2p (20p for 10, Sainsburys Basics) Optional – Handful of mint – from the herb garden. First, bring a saucepan of water to the boil, adding the stock cube to the water. Add the pasta and reduce the heat to simmer for around 10 minutes. When...

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Cheese and onion drop scones

Friday morning breakfast, part of my ‘adventures in a meat-free cottage’ weekend… Ingredients (serves two): 100g self raising flour 100ml milk Half an onion 1 egg 30g hard cheese 2 sprigs of parsley 4 tbsp oil First, chop the onion very finely, and grate the cheese. I brought my small hand grater with me, which grates very finely – making a small amount of cheese go much further! Snip up the parsley, and add all to a mixing bowl. Weigh in the flour and and stir through to evenly distribute the dry ingredients. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and break in the egg. Pour over the milk, and mix into the flour etc briskly with a fork to form a smooth batter. Heat the oil in a frying pan (or in my case, a wok, as there wasn’t a frying pan here!), and drop in a tablespoon of batter. Fry on a medium heat for half a minute on each side, and remove from the pan to a plate. Repeat until all of the batter is used. Delicious eaten on their own, but I served mine with an egg and a cup of coffee – well, it was nearly lunchtime! Jack Monroe. Follow me on Twitter @MsJackMonroe. Find me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/agirlcalledjack A Girl Called Jack is available to order here:...

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Recipes for Kim: Cheese and onion pasta

This cheese and onion pasta recipe is part of a personal project, Recipes For Kim, where a reader has sent me a list of the ingredients in her kitchen cupboard and I promised to write some recipes around them. These aren’t costed, as this isn’t my kitchen cupboard, but I will add them to the Below The Line recipe section over the next few days… Recipes for Kim: Cheese and onion pasta Ingredients (serves two): 2 large white onions 2 tbsp oil 4 tbsp passatta Grated cheese 150g pasta (orzo, in this case) Peel and chop the onions, and place them in a sauté or frying pan on a very low heat to soften. Add a shake of oregano. Meanwhile, put the pasta water on to boil. Add the pasta, and reduce to a medium simmer to cook. When the onions are translucent and sweet, stir in the passatta, and toss through the pasta. Top with a handful of grated cheese, and serve. Also works well as a simple risotto! Jack Monroe. Follow me on Twitter @MsJackMonroe. Find me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/agirlcalledjack A Girl Called Jack is available to order here:...

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