Jamie Oliver’s new programme and effing great tellys
Some people have pointed out that budgets vary hugely and that not everyone has to live on £1 a day. I do appreciate that. What I would really really like to see is a chef cooking at the 50p a main meal level. I am SURE that if they set their mind to it, they could do it, they live in the world of food after all. They would probably need to have a bit of a tutorial of some kind to get them thinking in the ‘right’ way. But I would simply LOVE to see what someone who spends their life creating fabulous flavours would come up with.
I tried to reblog this post from Jack Monroe earlier, but it wouldn’t go. So wrote this post instead.
Jack was writing about this article by Jamie in the Guardian today. He says in it that people say to him that he doesn’t understand. I would say to him that, no, he doesn’t.
There is a long government report on spending by families on food here. In it, in section 1.1, they say that in 2011 ‘household food purchases formed the largest share (of expenditure) at £24.92 per person, per week’. That is £3.56 per day, of which a portion of pea risotto, would coincidentally be exactly half. Not so very budget then is it if it is about average for a family from 2 years ago. I don’t know what average expenditure is in 2013, but with food cost inflation the way it is, I would have thought it was more, not less, even tho people are trying to deal with job losses, wage cuts, benefit changes et al.
I am trying very hard not to finish on a negative, angry note. So how about this…
There are many innovative and fantastic bloggers around now who really do ‘get it’ and can provide ideas, recipes and empathy for all those living life at the coal front of minimalism.
Was that mixing metaphors? Don’t care!!