Whilst I was getting ready to go to the supermarket on Monday I asked Tom if he could see if there was anything kicking around in the cupboards/fridge/freezer that we could make meals with given a few extra ingredients. I was super impressed when he came upstairs a few minutes later having planned all of our lunches and dinners for the week, and having worked out that with just a few ingredients we could use up what we already had and eat just fine until payday. In Asda our shop for the week only cost £13 and Tom whipped up a delicious pea soup when we got home.
Impressed with Tom's 'storecupboard lunch' I decided I wanted to whip up a little Bank Holiday afternoon treat, and right at this moment Amanda from amandauniquely tweeted me to tell me about A Girl Called Jack - an amazing blog by Jack Monroe, specialising in thrifty cooking; yummy, nutritious food, on a budget. I was significantly wowed by her blog - her 9p carrot, cumin and kidney beanburgers in particular sound amazing. She's recently been given a book deal by Penguin after she gained popularity blogging about her efforts to feed herself and her son on £10 a week (makes what we spend feel very, very wrong!). I can't wait to try more of her recipes and start being more sensible about our supermarket bills.
When I came across her 18p chocolate tea bread, and then discovered I had all of the ingredients in my baking cupboard I knew it was meant to be. After some stirring, kneading and letting it prove in the Bank Holiday sunshine, my chocolate tea bread was ready. We enjoyed it in the garden with butter and a glass of wine.
I wholeheartedly recommend Jack's recipe for Chocolate Tea Bread, and her blog as a whole. I will definitely be putting her book on my wishlist when it comes out!