Hello world!

Apr 29, 2013 | 12 comments


I have left the ‘Hello World’ default header of this new blog as it seemed appropriate! I am very new to this blogging lark, so am bound to make lots of mistakes, I hope you will bear with me when I do.

Anyway, the purpose of it is to provide recipes to enable you to feed yourself for £1 a day, hence the header, One Person, One Day, One £1. I was going to put One Pound, but it isn’t as eye-catching 🙂

I am aiming for full meal plans to feed 2 adults for £14 a week with recipes, meal planner and full shopping lists. Cheap meals!

I have already drawn up 3 plans of 7 days each. One is based around chick peas, red lentils and bacon, one around a chicken and some cheese, and the third around corned beef. Each will feed 2 adults, providing enough calories to feed an adult woman and an adult male. I am very excited by it and can’t wait to share the plans with you – I am hoping at some point that there will be some readers out there!

A few years ago, I was cruising round the Martin Lewis site and answered a call for recipe testers. That was the beginning of a lot of time helping Weezl to develop www.cheap-family-recipes.org.uk. I learnt a great deal during that time, I thought I had already got my food budget as low as it could go. How wrong was I!  That site shows you how to feed a family of 4 for £100 a month. During the mammoth recipe testing phase, I found many recipes that I still use today, including making pastry for pies using vegetable oil instead of butter or spread. Much cheaper, and a lovely short pastry. But more of that later

I’m off now to try and work out how to load up these 7 day plans



  1. Lesley

    Glad you think so 🙂

  2. syrahsuzie

    Popped over here from Sue’s blog – anewlifeinthecountry. I’m starting from the beginning – some great ideas.

  3. Lesley

    No, I don’t read that. I’ll go have a look, thanks

  4. Allegra

    I know, it’s a real shame we’ve let that drift away, isn’t it ?

    Do you read Elaine’s (Memory Girl from MSE) blog – mortgagefreeinthree.com ? If you click on the Forum tab on her site, there is a great little community over there – think you’d like it !

  5. Lesley

    Allegra! How lovely to ‘see’ you. I do miss our CFR chats and community.

  6. Allegra

    *Waves at Lesley* Good work, missus ! Nice to see you carrying the flame….

  7. Lesley

    welcome Sue. I’m so pleased you like what I am trying to do. I have several other weekly plans in the, erm, planning stage. I will be starting to load one up shortly, but I keep getting sidetracked by other recipes I think people might find useful!

    completely agree about the libraries and here in East Sussex my local WI use it for our book group, and I borrow lots of books to read, as well as buying them from our many charity shops (and then returning them for the shop to re-sell, don’t have room to keep them!) The library have several computers for the public to use, and they seem to be well used

    Thanks for adding me to your blogroll. I hopped over to your page to see what you write about and it looks lovely. I will have a proper read this eve when I have more time. Lesley

    PS I have been following Jack for a while now and her recipe creativity is amazing, her recent use of fish paste in a jar to make pasta sauce was genius

  8. Sue

    I’ve just found your Blog via Jack Monroe and I think it’s absolutely brilliant, so much so as you can see I’ve gone way back to the beginning to read all the posts in order.

    This should be a real resource to so many people at the moment, when my boys were small and I was struggling with pennies to feed four of us I would have loved something like this, alas like you there was no internet then and a computer even if there had been would have been out of the question. So what a boon that so many folk have free or cheap access to computers now, we should all support our local libraries so that this keeps going. All I had back in the day was a few books written by Shirley Goode, a real godsend 🙂

    I’ve also added you to the Blogroll on my Blog so that lots of my readers can discover you too.

    Well I’m off for a read now to get all caught up with your posts.

  9. Lesley

    thank you 🙂 I have lots more ideas, can’t wait to get them out there

  10. Tracey and Lesley Hibbett

    Hi, Lesley’s daughter and grand-daughter here! This is an amazing website, well done Mum. We will watch it grow and grow and become amazing! Well done for all your hard work. xxxxx

  11. Lesley

    You found me! Hooray!

    Have found a fabulous Theme for the site, so may change it to that.

    Have got all the recipes ready now for the first week and will be loading them shortly

    Will you try the wild garlic pesto, it’s seriously yummy?

  12. Vin

    I have just had my (huge) dinner and you’re making me hungry again!

    I wonder how many people can claim to recognise your garden and crockery! (like wot I can)

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