23 April 2013 by

Day 2: Grazia Lives Below The Line for The Global Poverty Project

Ok, so here’s something I never thought I would have to admit in public. Up until yesterday, at the age of 25, I had never cooked rice. Ever. But for the second day of the Live Below the Line challenge for the Global Poverty Project I decided it was time to change this. Namely because if I didn’t then I would have ended up with nothing to eat for the next five days…

To recap, Live Below the Line means living on £5 for five days – that’s £1 a day for all of your food and drink to raise awareness of the 1.4billion people living below the poverty line. So having bought all my shopping I decided it would be a good idea to bulk make lunch – largely because trying to boil an egg in the office microwave was never going to be a good idea.

I took my rice, a tin of kidney beans, sweetcorn and an onion and attempted to make some sort of ‘rice salad’ and I’m pleased to say that flavoured with some chicken stock it actually tastes alright. I even learnt that you don’t actually NEED to cook a whole 1kg of rice to feed yourself for a few days. What surprised me the most was that I managed to make about six meals worth of food for just £1.18 that's just 19p a meal - puts the lunches I usually buy into massive perspective, making me realise just how lucky I am to be able to pick and choose what I eat on a daily basis. 

Here’s to day 3…


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