Day 10 – rice and broad bean salad

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June 10, 2009 by missmegany

Robin suggested that I take a picture of our fridge. Tomorrow I’ll try to remember to upload photos of our fridge before and after we get our veg box, as well as our herbs&spice rack and our cupboards for dried beans/grains/potatoes/pasta and bakery items/tins.

Actually, speaking of photography, there is a journalist from the daily echo who is coming to our flat tomorrow morning with a photographer to talk to me about doing a feature article. I’m not entirely sure whether it’s about the Buy Nothing New year or about the £2 a day diet. I guess I’ll find out tomorrow morning. Hopefully I’ll have a chance to clean up the flat before she comes. I don’t want to try to suggest that our flat is a paragon of freecycled loveliness if it looks horrible. Okay, so maybe we’re going for college-student school of interior design in terms of our furniture not matching, etc, but you have to remember that we paid £50 for our futon couch, £5 for the bed frame, £190 (full price) for a new mattress, and EVERY other bit of furniture we got free. Not bad.

I”d like her to focus on the £2 a day diet, but mostly because i think that’s achievable by people, and I’d love to get more people going to farmers’ markets, getting an organic veg box and cooking from scratch. Why buy crappy food that’s going to make you obese if you can whip up something cheap, filling, and healthy while watching your soap (you know how often I watch an episode of Numb3rs or Angel while cooking?) It’s so important to get people to realise that healthy and organic food (even fair trade stuff) isn’t beyond their budget. It really bugs me how often people assume that organic food has to be really expensive. It’s a load of bull when you consider how much CRAP people buy.

Right, rant over.

Mac made a nice rice pilau tonight with the broad beans from Riverford that he got off the BBC website. Here you go:
Broad bean pilau

  • 200g basmati rice
  • 300g podded broad beans(RIVERFORD)
  • 50g butter
  • 4 spring onions , finely sliced (RIVERFORD)
  • ½ tsp ground allspice
  • bunch of dill , fronds removed and roughly chopped (Mac used mint from the garden instead)
  • handful pine nuts (used 40g walnuts)

Wash the rice in several changes of cold water until the water runs clear, then soak in warm water with a pinch of salt for 30 mins. Meanwhile, cook the broad beans in boiling unsalted water for just 2 mins. Drain the beans, then tip into ice-cold water and leave to cool. Remove the beans from their skins and set aside.

Heat the butter in a saucepan, then sizzle the spring onions, pine nuts, allspice and half the dill for a few mins until pine nuts are toasted. Drain rice, then add to the pan and stir to coat in the butter. Cover the rice with about 1cm of water, then cover the pan and bring to a hard boil. Stir once, then reduce heat to a minimum, cover again and leave for 5 mins. Turn off the heat and leave rice undisturbed for 10 mins. Finally, stir beans through the rice, pile onto a serving platter, scraping any golden crispy bits from the pan, and scatter with the remaining dill.

Breakfast: porridge, 13p
Riverford: 85p (stupid not switching to a small box…)
Lunch: leftover Lentil and vegetable stew. 26p per serving
Post-work snack – Megan had a cup of tea 3p and a tortilla (10p) with 10g of peanut butter (2p) and 5g of jam (2p)
Dinner: Broad bean pilau. 20p per serving and LOTS of garden salad (all RIVERFORD) with 1/2 tsp of cider vinegar (1p) Mac: slices of cucumber and 1 tortilla 10p both with hummus 13p
Bed-time snack: Megan, while typing up all of these stupid recipes and ingredient lists decided she was really hungry so had 50g or so (I couldn’t find the scale) of bran flakes (9p) and 1/2 cup of milk (15p).

Total: Mac 1.65 Megan £1.86 – If only I’d figured this out earlier, I could have eaten WAY more!


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