It is done. On some level I succeeded, but not without cheating here and there. Friday afternoons at work are just filled with eats and treats, so the ice lolly and beer were just way too tempting. Getting hungry and tired as I headed towards the weekend led me astray, and despite the promise of a fancy wedding meal at Wynyard Hall the very next day, I couldn’t resist. Sorry.
Wednesday night is usually punctuated with the “top-up shop”, but not this week. Unsurprisingly, I’ve learned is that I eat way too much normally (who would have guessed…), and a “recommended” serving portion will fill me until the next meal – but the lack of exciting ingredients certainly makes the food bland.
Part of my goal in doing this was to show that actually, you can eat somewhat OK food, if you try and come up with creative recipes. Well, three days in and I’ve realised you certainly can’t have any creativity at this budget.
Not feeling as hungry as I thought I would now, but I’ll take that as a sign it is going to get much worse as the week goes on. I now appreciate that you can eat on £1/day if needs really be, which makes me wonder how some people struggle putting food on the table. On the other hand, it’s easy to see how fast food is an incredibly easy option to get something that resembles food, for very little cost – a McDonalds 89p hamburger comes to mind, but I think we all know how unfulfilled that leaves you feeling…
It is Sunday night. I’ve spent the past few hours trying to work out how I can get “the best bang for my buck”. I am attempting to complete a week of living on £1/day food cost, i.e “Live Below the Line”, in partnership with Oxfam GB.
I am going to stick my neck out and call this the best satisfying brunch ever. It ticks all the boxes you need when suffering the effects of a big night out – bread, meat, eggs and something spicy. It’s a dirty version of eggs Benedict really, which glorious as it is, has been done to death on the recipe blogs.
**Update – Southbank Grill closed in 2014, and now houses River Beat**
After a string of recent restaurant openings in Newcastle which have (appeared to have) been fairly successful, I thought about the ins and outs of it, and well, the Peace & Loafs etc. of the world make it look easy, because in reality, it must be bloody hard to do so, not least for the little guy.
It’s that time again! Twice a year, everyone seems to ask where we’re off for restaurant week, and the answer rarely changes – 21, Electric East, yadda yadda yadda. This year it is bigger than ever, with more than 60 restaurants taking part, and yet again, some places just “get it” more than others when it comes to the week of gluttonous offers. Make sure you check out restaurant coupons too for further savings.
It has been a quiet & confused few months on the blog, but behind the scenes, we’ve been go go go. Apart from living off sweet potato wedges and hummus, we’ve been to a ton of “blogger” type things. Here’s your amuse bouche.
Fancy yourself as a bit of a baker? Love the warming aroma of fresh gingerbread, or decorating houses made from cake? Or just eating them? You’re in luck.
I’ve been a bad blogger.
Driving through “The Wynd”, and into the grounds of Wynyard Hall (TS225NF), it’s hard not to be jealous and impressed by the man$ions which would make Darras Hall blush, but remember – it is only Teesside. It serves you well to remember these epic estates as they give you an idea of the kind of clientele that get to call this place their “local”. They might not have too much trouble paying the bill, but in times of austerity, we can imagine the prices at Wynyard will scare off the average punter. Of course a captive, affluent customer base attracts a premium, but the quality of the food has to stand for itself. So does it?
Update: Irvin’s sadly closed for good in 2017 🙁