Another poorly-researched Daily Mail article I find myself defending – tonight it was Liz Jones claiming that I use ‘cheap chicken with a side order of misery’. She referenced my latest Guardian recipe, a chicken casserole, where I used 4 chicken drums and thighs for £2. I (erroneously) didn’t add to the ingredients list that the chicken was free range – having blogged about choosing ethical meat here (Ethics v economics, choosing free range: http://agirlcalledjack.com/2013/10/16/ethics-vs-economics-choosing-free-range/) and using it in my sausage casserole recipe, pork lasagne recipe, et cetera, et cetera, I sort of figured that people had got the memo and I didn’t need to ram my lifestyle choices down anyone’s throats by repeating them again and again. I can say I use free range all I like – it doesn’t mean people aren’t going to pick up battery chicken if that’s all their budget stretches to, and I’m not going to act as judge and jury on that one. I have no right. Neither do I raise an eyebrow at people slipping corn-fed organic chickens into their baskets – hell, they taste GOOD, and meat is a personal choice.
But Liz, dear Liz Jones, seems to think she can judge people on the type of meat they eat. And in this case, WRONGLY.
The article lasted 30 minutes before MailOnline took it down, so I can spare your eyes from linking to it. The gist of it is here though:

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And for the record, Mail journalists and commenters and everybody else – I ONLY EAT FREE RANGE MEAT. And if some weeks my budget doesn’t stretch to that, well, I have a pretty extensive repertoire of fab vegetarian recipes to fall back on.
I’ve written to the Mail and asked for an apology. I expect I’ll get the same fuck-all I had over the Littlejohn fiasco.
WHY OH WHY CAN A ‘NEWSPAPER’ PRINT SUCH SHIT LIES ABOUT SOMEONE AND GET AWAY WITH IT?
Mildly furious of Southend.
@msjackmonroe