A few days ago I interviewed the wonderful, resourceful, innovative and very charming Nick Andrew for an upcoming feature for BBC Radio 4. For those who don’t know Nick, he’s a man who has lived in his car for the last eight years. Yes, lived in his car for eight years. And still does.

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We talked Trangias and Sporks, travel kettles, disposable cutlery, and how to boil an egg in a kettle. I left the passenger seat of his green estate brimming with a head full of ideas – not least the romantic dream of gallivanting around the country in a camper van (but unlike Nick, I have a family that includes two school-age children, so I think our experiences would be markedly different on the peace and quiet front…)
Anyway, back to the real world and a small idea started to form. For a while now I’ve been pondering playing with a microwave and seeing what I can come up with, and lots of my readers have requested meals that can be cooked in a microwave, either at home or at work. This is very much a Work In Progress, so any ideas you have, recommendations, reading material, I’m open to trying anything. And I guess that gets me to Lent. I’m a bit late to the party, but I’m going to give up my range cooker for Lent (apart from for work but I do still need to earn a living!!) For the next 40 days and nights, I have a microwave and two hob rings. I may dig out my tiny slow cooker, but time will tell, and I’m not even sure where in blue blazes it is these days….
Now, who’s got a good mug cake recipe?!
Jack Monroe. I’m on Twitter & Instagram @MsJackMonroe