The Breadline Challenge: Day 3

9am: I have a late breakfast of toasted malt granary bread with peanut butter and a cup of tea, coming in at under 11p, as surprisingly I am not too hungry this morning!  I am feeling a little under the weather, there is definitely a cold or flu lurking, but I feel that this has been coming for the last month.  I have lots to do this morning but feel full enough to tackle it all.

Humble peanut butter on toasted malt granary bread and tea.  11p

Humble peanut butter on toasted malt granary bread and tea.  11p

3pm:  I have had the most productive morning and have even managed to fit a Barre class in, but now am ravenous and want something quick.  I whip up a Green Omelette (ie jam-packed with spinach) sprinkle over paprika and a little salt and it is delicious, coming in at under 42p.  Just what the doctor ordered.  I feel that I am getting on ok with the Breadline Challenge, provided that I am able to plan ahead and think if I am out for meetings that day.  But I do have, quite possibly the biggest sweet tooth in the country and I am really feeling my sugar withdrawals.  I know that this is really a good thing, but for me, life is too short to not have the odd, naughty treat… just not so great when you can’t afford it!  I use my head and realise that I have oats, a banana, peanut butter and oil, at least some of the vital ingredients for flapjacks.  I whip up a flapjack batter and pop it into the oven whilst I enjoy my omelette.  Fingers crossed it’s a good recipe…

Green Omelette (packed with spinach and sprinkled with paprika), under 42p.

Green Omelette (packed with spinach and sprinkled with paprika), under 42p.

4pm:  FLAPJACK TIME!  I can’t contain my excitement, they look nice, smell nice, I even had the patience to let them cool a bit on the wire rack.  Anyway, I sit down and sigh in anticipation, I take the first bite.  You know, it is actually quite nice.  It is never going to be like the usual, as this has no sugar/honey/maple in it at all, so it is far from saccharine, but there is a pleasant, subtle sweetness from the banana and a nuttiness from the peanut butter.  I am happy, this will do, especially as my tastebuds can't quite remember what sugar is like anyway!  In retrospect, I would have waited until the banana was a little more ripe (and sweeter), but I was too impatient.  I made 4 generous-sized flapjacks from 4 ingredients for under 24p.  Not bad.  This will definitely be relied upon for energy dips in my days.

Banana and Peanut Butter Flapjacks.  Yum.  And just 24p for 4 generous squares.

Banana and Peanut Butter Flapjacks.  Yum.  And just 24p for 4 generous squares.

7.45pm:  Still full on flapjacks, I prepare Hubble’s tuna steak and noodles, and start to puree my tomato and peppers for the base of my soup.  I finally add a little full-fat milk and chopped sausage.  The soup tastes wonderful and actually doesn’t need the sausages at all, but I thought I would pop them in for protein’s sake.  47p/portion. 

Warming bowl of creamy tomato and pepper soup with cooked sausage stirred through.  About 47p.

Warming bowl of creamy tomato and pepper soup with cooked sausage stirred through.  About 47p.

10.30pm:  I go to bed happy.

(Here is how I did on Tuesday: http://www.shiviramoutar.com/blog/2014/11/26/the-breadline-challenge-tuesday)

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