Now we wondered where Nicola had disappeared. The good news is she’s still on her Cupboard Safari, trying to use up her larder and was inspired back into action by Jack Monroe, who’s supporting this week’s Live Below The Line campaign. Here’s Nicola’s latest Cupboard Safari installment.
I’ve been so remiss at keeping up my food challenge posts <awaits rapped knuckles from Mistress Karen> but this Living Below the Line blog post from campaigner and food writer Jack Monroe jogged me right back into some guilty and inspired action.
Half full bags of lentils and pulses and various indefinables such as barley litter the back reaches of my cupboards and as you might recall, I committed to using up as much of the food in my kitchen as possible when I signed up. Choosing to do this instead of wasting a whole lot of impulse buys is my way of slimming my bin because it will be slimmer if there’s less food thrown away into it. My waistline is another matter however…
So that barley… Bought when I saw a can of lamb and barley soup (which I loved as a kid) and thought “I can do it better myself with less salt” and left to linger unloved in my kitchen, the sack of creamy white grains still appear temptingly plump and good enough to do something with. This Jack Monroe recipe for Barley Pancakes with Yoghurt and Peaches (deserves capitalisation for its sheer initiative) is this week’s challenge. Make these pancakes, eat and adulterate the base recipe with other unloved herbs and spices, experiment with adding whatever fruit and vegetables I have lurking… the possibilities are endless.
Do you think it’ll go with the jar of Nopales cacti paddles I had sent from Mexico though?
Watch this space.
Find out more about the Live Below The Line challenge, where thousands of people across the world are raising money to end extreme poverty.
Quick links to Nicola’s other Cupboard Safari installments…here!
1. Suffolk’s Nicola Miller accepts the Rubbish Diet challenge
2. It was the Soup of Shame that did it