Thursday, 28 May 2015

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Dear Desperate Diary...

Send help.
So, I gave myself the ginormous, balance­-crushing budget of a pound a day for food, for a week. The Ritz for dinner, it might not be. 
*NTS: Cancel my table, Giles.
But all jokes aside, it means a lot to me... this little project.  
It’s an important personal test of apathy with the hungry, strength of will, and an undeniable uncloaking of terrible food wasting/ indulgent lifestyle many of us (including myself) wallow in daily.
*Cue the violins and self-­orchestrated choir.
But did you know, we throw so much food away it could feed the entire world’s hungry population? Wasting this food costs £470 a year for the average household. We even blogged about it with our Top Tips for Reducing Food waste.  
So, it’s about time to rethink food waste and tackle these rumbling issues head-on.  
While it’s a challenge for me, it’s a reality for many.
I want to see if I can do it.
Every day on this week long challenge I’ll be blogging, tweeting and begging for scraps on my nearest and dearests’ doorsteps. I must tell you all this right now; resist.
While I may have those puppy-­dog-­Anglo­-Irish eyes all Bake-­Off loving grannies can’t resist, rest assured: this puppy can bite.
I WILL eat you out of house and home... and house again. Be warned.
For a peanut butter cup binge eater...this will certainly be hard. But do this, I must.
Ready, steady...cook! (On a teeny, tiny, weenie budget)... 

*Stomach rumble.

So that’s really it. Let My £1 a Day Challenge...COMMENCE! 

Day One

Dear Desperate Diary,

Here goes nothing... Literally.

Even your milky white pages are reminding me of cake frosting, or Betty Crocker's table spread 

…Is that a sponge cake I spy on the horizon?

No, it’s just a meringue.

Well, it’s Day One and all is going reasonably smoothly.

By 6pm, I was still in budget:

20p for a porridge breakfast, another 20p for second porridge breakfast 2 hours later, 25p for a fish fillet, 10p for a portion of frozen vegetables and 20p for the boiled potatoes. That’s 95p for the day. Not bad going, huh?

Truth be told, I found myself doing a lot of Math in the frozen section of the supermarket...and salivating in front bakery shop windows most of the time. *Apologises. I’ll bring window cleaner tomorrow, Greggs.

Stocking up my freezer and cupboards with one big shop, I even have left aside a little leg-room in my budget for fresh ingredients when needed.

Right now, it's 9:40pm and I’m craving something smothered in chocolate and/or marshmallows.

But all in all, I had a balanced and filling meal.

Let’s see if I can keep this up.


Chocolate fingers, and toes, crossed for me.


P.S Are tea-bags an essential item?

Tweet me your support, and sandwiches @caitlin_maggs.

Professional scribbler and wearer of scarves, Caitlin is a freelance, comedy blogger and aspiring great lesbian novelist. *So she likes to think.

When Caitlin is not picking her brain for a half-decent poem, or tip-toeing around potentially hazardous social situations, she is ordering raspberry daiquiris and re-watching the L Word. Again. Follow her on Twitter @caitlin_maggs and Instagram Caitlin.M.Maggs. You may be sorry.

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