Live Below the Line Day 1: In summary

No idea what that title alludes to? Shame on you. Read this.

If you’re completely au fait with what this is, then you spend too much time following my life. Stop it. I can see you in that tree, don’t you think that owl costume is fooling anybody.

So this was my dinner, which was rose veal in a light blackcurrant jus on a bed of crunchy spring vegetables:

The veal worked superbly with the jus, but perhaps a selection of microherbs would have taken this dish from cow to wow

Just kidding, it was rice.

More accurately, it was egg-fried rice (as in I literally threw an egg into it and wafted it near a hot pan for 30 seconds), with a half clove of garlic and a suggestion of soy sauce to really make it something special. It was actually ok, but it did seem to be missing some small details, like an entire chicken breast and a creamy mushroom sauce.

To be concise, the rice was nice.

So here is my precise consumption for the day, so you know I’m doing this right:

3 eggs – 24p

4 slices bread – 8p

1/6th jar peanut butter – 10p

100g value rice – 4p

1 clove garlic – 3p (Assuming 10 cloves per bulb. I counted…)

5ml soy sauce – 4p

1 Apple – 12p

Total: 65p

Now I was working that out on the fly, and I’m quite surprised that I have 35p left over. It’s 10:30pm, but I feel like 3 Freddos would be a solid investment right now. Or a carrot, or anything non-beige.

Some points to note

  • Tesco Everyday Value is a surprising winner. All the food I’ve eaten today comes from the revamped range, and it actually tastes like food, which is a real plus.
  • I had to leave a bag of 5 peppers behind at Tesco today because they were £1.07 and took me over budget. I miss those peppers.
  • I hope those peppers are somewhere nice now.
  • My housemate cooked fajitas earlier. I wanted to murder her and eat her fajitas.
  • I didn’t tell her that.


Huge thanks to my latest donors, I’ve now smashed well into double figures and am on a cool £20. Thankyou to Emma Steventon (@femitarian), Rich Wilson (@richwilson17) and James McCann (who is too cool for Twitter I assume). As a show of gratitude, I have made up a fact about each of these people:

Rich Wilson – 1974 All-Belarus Bear Wrestling Champion. Collects photos of sheep.

Emma Steventon – Future leader of the free world*. Invented the world ‘clamp’.

James McCann – Hobbies include punting whilst enjoying a rather fine Cuban cigar**. Knows every third person on the planet***.

More updates tomorrow, I’ll let you know the joys of value porridge oats heated in a microwave with water.

P.S. If you’re still bored, check out this. It’s the best £5 you’ll ever spend.

*Will actually happen at some point.

**Already true.

***If this isn’t true then it certainly seems like it.

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