Eating on a Bangladesh budget: Day one
Inspired by a visit to Bangladesh with Save the Children, I’m trying to eat on 40p per day – like the villagers we met.
Today’s menu was two chapattis for breakfast, pasta for lunch and rice for tea – enlivened by carrot, onion and marjoram from the garden. Also two cups of black tea (one tea bag) and five biscuits.
The chapattis were half-cooked floury disasters. The centres looked like wallpaper paste. I’ll try rolling them out next time to get uniform thickness, so they cook better.
The rice tasted good, but half a small onion and one carrot don’t exactly give the recommended five a day, much less the amount of fruit and veg I normally eat.
The cost of today’s food was 39p, 1p under budget, but the shock was the calorie count of only 1,650, that’s 350 below the minimum I need.
The carrot and onion were expensive at 12p, but the prospect of cutting down on vegetables so I can increase the calories is daunting.
Temptation to raid the fruit basket today was almost overwhelming and this is only day one. I promised myself I’d do five days for £2. I’ll have to be more imaginative tomorrow.