by Will Green
So yeah, as the title suggests, i have been sparingly using my ingredients only to find i had misplaced my frozen veg. My challenge is almost complete and i have learnt so much about my relationship with food. Yes, i have managed to live on a pound a day and stay sain (as least i hope i have), but i dont think i could have done it with a family to feed or a labour intensive job. I was able to buy such a variety of food and use a freezer to preserve food and cooking methods that were simple, boiling for example. In a hot climate with just a fire to cook my food would have me much less efficient.
Living on a pound a day makes you recognise what luxuries we have and what food means to us. Food is never too far away, cooking facilities are taken for granted and the variety we are blessed with is something, even our parents are getting used to.
More fairly traded products may now be found on supermarket shelves, and no longer may critics claim that these are more expensive than standard brands. Where production is slightly more expensive at least there is the satisfaction of knowing the producer is going to benefit.
so, i invite you now to give it a go; live simply; live in solidarity with your brothers and sisters and see if it changes your perpective. It is our duty to act and urge those in power that we want a fairer food system, so that those living on a pound a day (everyday) can one day share our gratitude.
Final meal: Mash potato with mixed veg, chopped tomatoes and kidney beans:
Dont forget the ginger nuts for pudding!
If you have been inspired by Will’s challenge and want to get involved in CAFOD’s Hungry for Change campaign, visit www.cafod.org.uk/hungry