Live Below the Line: the secret to the perfect shopping list
There’s only one talking point amongst Save the Children staff taking part in Live Below the Line this month: what should be on that all-important shopping list?
As part of the challenge they – and thousands of others across the country – will be trying to get by on just £1 a day for 5 days, to raise vital awareness and funds for the 1.4 billion people around the world living in extreme poverty.
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Factor in trying to eat healthily too, and you have some seriously clever shopping to do!
Our top tips for planning your £5 shop
- Make sure you shop around: Buying a single pack of lentils will set you back over your daily allowance of £1, but yellow split peas are half the price.
- Think about making your own bread: Instead of shop-bought pittas and crumpets, try making your own. They’re much nicer – and more satisfying! Give it a try with our recipe below.
- Be carb conscious: It’s really easy to get carried away with cheap rice, bread and pasta. Try sticking with one that’s versatile and spend the difference on fresh fruit and veg.
- Be healthy – but give yourself a treat, too. Investing in fresh fruit, vegetables and the odd sweet treat (see our rice pudding recipe below) will make the challenge much more enjoyable!
Recipe: Pitta breads x 8 (5p each)
These homemade pittas are more filling than shop-bought ones, and taste delicious. You could also use half the mixture for pizza bases (just roll it out very thin).
- 250g strong white flour, plus extra for dusting (£1.10/kg) – 28p
- 1x 7g sachet instant yeast (85p/pack of 8) – 9p
- 1tsp salt (2.5p/100g) – 1p
- 160ml water
- 2 tsp sunflower oil, plus extra for kneading (27p/100ml) – 3p
- If you can afford them, add fennel or nigella seeds.
- Mix together the dry ingredients. Add 120ml of water and 1½ teaspoons of oil and mix together by hand. Gradually add the remaining water and oil until you have a soft dough.
- Knead the dough for 5-10 minutes then place in an oiled bowl. Cover and leave until doubled in size.
- Preheat the oven to 250C and place a baking tray on the middle shelf.
- When the dough has doubled in size, knock it back on a floured surface. Split the dough into eight equally sized balls and roll into an oval shape, 3-5mm thick.
- Bake on the hot tray for 5-10 minutes, or until they just start to colour.
(This recipe was adapted from Paul Hollywood’s BBC food recipe – see the original here.)
Recipe: Simple rice pudding (8p a portion)
This recipe is simple to make and while it might not equal a proper rice pudding, it’s great comfort food for the mid-week dip. If you can afford to add more milk and sugar it’ll be even nicer!
- 50g rice (40p/kg) – 2p
- 50ml full fat milk (86.3p/litre) – 4p
- 2 tsp/8g sugar (90p kg) – 1p
- a grate of nutmeg or sprinkle of cinnamon – 1p
- Cover the rice with water.
- Add a teaspoon of sugar and bring to the boil, until the rice is cooked but still has some bite.
- Drain the rice. Add the milk and the other teaspoon of sugar and simmer.
- Sprinkle on nutmeg or cinnamon.
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