Day 8

£1 a day Stir fry rice • Photo by


Saturday, so we have time for a cooked breakfast today. Running low on fresh bread, so it’s beans on toast for lunch. Stocks are running out now for a lot of the fresh ingredients, but that’s ok as I can go shopping tomorrow.

We have chicken stir fry vegetables and rice to use most things up, but still had a chicken Breast left over and an egg to use. I’m missing a weekend wine, but tomorrow it’s back to normal.

There is still plenty of potatoes, rice, pasta and porridge left, as well as oil, mayonnaise, jam and plain flour. These could do another week if we needed them to, but I think my family would mutiny if I tried.

All in all its been a good week for food, we never felt hungry. A bit of chocolate would have been nice and Phil says he missed not being able to just help himself to the biscuit tin when ever he wanted to. I could handle it for longer if I needed to. But it was hard not being able to buy treats. I think me and my family started to really understand what it’s like to have to think about every meal and how some families have to cope with this every day. I’ll be buying a couple more items for the foodbank in the future.

Day 8

Egg on toast

Beans on Toast

Stir fry chicken, veg & egg-fried rice

Apple or Orange


Chicken Stir fry and egg rice

Serves 4


300g long grain rice
1 sliced chicken breast
1 egg
Half a cabbage
1 medium carrot
2 tsp Chinese 5 spice
2 tablespoon soy sauce
2 tablespoons cooking oil
2 cloves of garlic
1 inch piece of ginger
1 chilli
few frozen peas or broccoli florets if you have them


Cook the rice according to the packet instructions.

Meanwhile slice up the vegetables in to thin strips, and chop up the garlic, chilli and ginger finely.

Heat the oil in a wok or high sided frying pan, and add the 5 spice. Cook for a minute and add the garlic, chilli and ginger and cook for another minute.

Add the chicken and cook for a few more minutes until the chicken starts to go golden, then add the carrots.

After the carrots have softened in about 5 minutes add the peas and cabbage. If you have a microwave cook the egg with a little salt and pepper in a mug for about 30 seconds until cooked and mix to break it up. If not make a well in the pan and scramble straight into the dish

After the rice is cooked drain and add to the wok with the soy sauce and stir well. Add the egg, and more soy sauce if it needs it.

Serve with a squeeze of lemon if you want.
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3 thoughts on “Day 8

  1. Enjoyed your blog and recipes, thank you. Was glad to see another Morrisons shopper – we’re currently working our way through one of the £2 sacks of potatoes!
    If you did ever do it again, might you consider taking part in the charity project Live Below the Line, feeding yourself for 5 days on £1 a day? Takes place at the end of April, with fundraising through to the end of June each year.


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