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Brief letter to the Daily Mail re Chickengate.

I sent the following to editorial@dailymailonline.co.uk, news@dailymail.co.uk, letters@dailymail.co.uk, news@mailonsunday.co.uk and letters@mailonsunday.co.uk. I’m not holding my breath for it being printed, nor any retractions, corrections or clarifications, but I can ask. Dear Editor, In response to the article by your columnist Liz Jones in this weeks Mail On Sunday: Leaving aside the false implications that I use and endorse battery meat – illustrated and exaggerated with the photos of £1.99 chicken and the pigs in cages – I notice she failed to include in the article her own endorsements of ‘buttery soft leather’ goods, nor did she mention the Marks and Spencer prawns she claims to buy for her 17 cats. In the tiny world of Liz Jones, killing animals for arm candy or cat food is something to gleefully boast about, but choosing to eat a little free range meat here and there is apparently akin to apartheid. For the record, and for the umpteenth time, I only use free range meat and eggs, and not very often come to that. I don’t think that’s worth a half page hatchet job in a national newspaper, and definitely not worth the vulgar comparison to racial segregation, and thousands of deaths under the brutal apartheid regime. Perhaps Ms Jones should stick to her sperm-stealing confessionals and buttery soft leather handbags, and leave the commentary about real issues to people with an ounce of comprehension and the ability to communicate without drivelling nonsense. […]

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Dear Daily Mail, please stop printing bullshit lies about me, because I have other things to do than correct them. Cheers.

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 […]

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Have yourself a cheaper little Christmas: My Finnish-inspired budget Christmas dinner for The Guardian.

I’ve blogged each of the recipes individually – click the links below! Simple sprat starter: http://agirlcalledjack.com/2013/12/10/have-yourself-a-cheaper-little-christmas-simple-sprat-starter-37p/ Honey roasted ham with vegetables: http://agirlcalledjack.com/2013/12/10/have-yourself-a-cheaper-little-christmas-honey-roasted-ham-with-veg-1-53/ Liver and sultana casserole: http://agirlcalledjack.com/2013/12/10/have-yourself-a-cheaper-little-christmas-liver-and-sultana-casserole-30p/ Christmas pinwheels: http://agirlcalledjack.com/2013/12/10/have-yourself-a-cheaper-little-christmas-pinwheel-biscuits-8p/ First published in the Guardian and G2 magazine: Jack Monroe’s budget Christmas. As always, all prices based on Sainsburys and Sainsburys Basics range where available. Similar products available at most […]

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The Hunger Names: Handing in 130,000-signature petition to the Houses of Parliament (Daily Mirror coverage)

To read the full article, click here: The Hunger Names by Ros Wynne-Jones, Daily Mirror, Monday 9 December Jack Monroe. Twitter: @MxJackMonroe Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/agirlcalledjack   This blog is free to those who need it, and always will be, but it does of course incur costs to run and keep it running. If you use it and benefit, enjoy it, and […]

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TAGINE SPICE POTS

Alongside the charity shop offerings this year, I’ve decided to do ‘foodie gifts’ for my friends as well – and where better to start than by equipping a certain fan of my Tagine with a pot of magic to make her own with… I haven’t given specific amounts as it depends on the size of the jar – so I […]

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FISH KORMA

The first of my recipes from my charity curry night to make it onto the blog (it’s probably fair to say that it’s been a very busy week) – I half invented this, half recalled a vague korma recipe from the depths of my overcrowded brain, so it’s not really traditional, but I like to surprise myself. And surprised I […]

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David Cameron forced to debate hunger crisis as our petition reaches 100,000 signatures (Daily Mirror, 5 December)

For the full story, click here: David Cameron forced to debate UK hunger as our petition reaches 100K signatures, Daily Mirror, 5 December 2013 Again, huge thanks to everyone who signed. I will be handing the petition in to the House of Commons on Monday, along with Ros Wynne-Jones from the Daily Mirror, and Chris Mould from the Trussell Trust. […]

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WE DID IT! Foodbanks and hunger to be debated in the House of Commons. #jackspetition

Two days after launching #jackspetition, Labour have announced that the Opposition Day debate on the 18th of December will be about food bank use and hunger in the UK. We still have two weeks to get as many signatures as possible do please please add your voices to this debate – I’m reeling from the fact that we’ve managed to secure a debate in Parliament so quickly(!) but the sheer strength of public opinion on this was clearly too much to ignore. I’ll keep you all posted – it’s going to be a difficult few weeks. Many, many thanks, and please keep signing and sharing – we haven’t won yet but at least it’s coming out for discussion – something the Government has been desperately trying to avoid. People power at its best. Thankyou all so much for your support. Sign and share: Change.org/foodbanks Jack Monroe. Twitter: @MsJackMonroe

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#jackspetition Day 2: 91,186 people have signed so far – please carry on sharing!

At the end of day 2, #jackspetition has a staggering 91,186 signatures, and some great public figures coming out in support of the campaign. Let me know if there’s any that I’ve missed, but I noticed: Jane Czyzelska (editor, Diva Magazine), John Prescott, and son David Prescott, Caroline Lucas, Natalie Bennett, The Robin Hood Tax team, Paul Heaton, Church Action […]

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MUFFIZZAS

It’s sort of a muffin, sort of a pizza, sort of a ridiculously named open topped toasted sandwich bun thing. I don’t care what you call it, it was my late night munchy snack after 12 hours of travelling today, and it occurred to me that it would be a fab lunchbox alternative to sandwiches, a quick snack, or great […]

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Thankyous and acknowledgements.

To all of my readers and commenters and tweeters and people who send me emails: I’m at the point now where I can’t reply to everything any more. I wish I could, but I get literally hundreds of messages a day and I try to respond to as many as I can, but I do read every single one. And you, you wonderful people, you inspire me every day to carry on writing, cooking, campaigning, questioning. You tell me of what you donate to food banks, where you volunteer, that you’ve used my recipes to get through a bad patch or to teach yourselves to cook – you tell me where you are, where you were, where you’re going and how far you’ve come, and I love to hear from you, so please don’t stop. I often describe myself as being in a publicly elected post – I’m only here (wherever ‘here’ is) because of all my readers, commenters, retweeters, sharers, because of you. I can provide for my little family this year, because of you. And for that I thank you, and I’m overwhelmed by you, and I read and listen to what you say. And here are a few more thankyous, that have been a long time coming, in no particular order… To Adrian Sington and Charlotte Ridge at DCD, who are friends first and agents second, for keeping me organised, in the right places and on time, […]

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65,000 people sign #jackspetition on Day 1 – please keep sharing!

Today I launched a petition, #jackspetition – calling for a debate in Parliament about the rise in the use of food banks in the UK. When I spoke at Tory Party conference earlier this year, several senior Tories (who I will spare the embarrassment of ‘calling them out’ by naming them) agreed with me that we needed an inquiry into food bank use in the UK. Several months later, nothing seems to have been done about it. It seems the old adage is true – if you want something done, you should probably do it yourself. Backed by the Daily Mirror, Trussell Trust, and Unite, the petition went live today, and in the first 24 hours, over 65,000 people have signed it. The response has been incredible – but this isn’t a one day push. I’m going to keep sharing this petition and campaigning until its taken up as a debate in Parliament – because MPs have ignored this issue for far too long, or tried to pretend that it doesn’t exist, or let charities and volunteers pick up the pieces. So please – carry on signing and sharing #jackspetition – it’s clear from today’s response that I’m not the only person who thinks this is a disgrace and wants some answers. Please sign at www.change.org/foodbanks – it takes less than a minute. Thankyou. With thanks to Ros Wynne-Jones, the Daily Mirror, the Trussell Trust, Unite and Change.org. Jack Monroe. […]

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WINNER: Red’s Hot Women Awards 2013

On Monday night I was awarded one of Red magazines annual ‘Red’s Hot Women Awards’ for my blog and campaign work – a very pleasant surprise and a lovely evening, in brilliant company – I’m just sad I didn’t get to talk to all of the fabulous and inspiring women there, there just wasn’t enough time! The other winners were […]

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#JACKSPETITION – Investigate hunger and foodbank use in the UK NOW. Please sign and share.

Today I have launched a campaign in the Daily Mirror, a petition to investigate the causes of food bank use and hunger in the UK today. After speaking at both major party conferences this summer about the realities of food banks and poverty in the UK, after sharing my experiences again and again, after countless reports from Oxfam and the […]

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EASY MINCE PIES

These simple mince pies use marmalade in place of orange juice and sugar, to bring the cost down, and meld the fruits together with a spicy sweetness. I’m curious about making traditional ‘mincemeat’ – so expect to see a blog post on that later on! But for now, here’s a mince pie recipe so simple that you won’t even notice […]

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