Mrs Grumpy Pants on fourth day below the line

I’ve been grouchy today. I didn’t feel like sludgy porridge this morning or bland minestrone soup for dinner. I burned a naan bread and set off our smoke alarm (while the baby was sleeping…argh). I moaned at hubby for eating two slices of bread as a snack when they were allocated to dinner (‘We have…

Going bananas on day three below the line

You know things are getting desperate when you google ‘what to do with banana peels’. It turns out you can use them to polish shoes but when it comes to culinary uses I am still open to suggestions. In other LBL kitchen news, after peeling sloppy dough from soggy baking parchment, I was forced to…

A bit of fun on day two below the line

Today was rather uneventful, apart from laughing hysterically at hubby gagging on his final mouthful of porridge at the breakfast table. I’m not sure why we found it so funny. Maybe we just needed to remind ourselves that laughter doesn’t cost anything. My homemade-cheese-from-yogurt experiment was entirely successful so ‘poverty’ helped me learn a new…

Going hungry for mothers

This evening I watched a film called Girl Rising. It begins with a small orphan girl rummaging through a sea of garbage in a looming, ominous rubbish dump. I was eating my dinner at the time and I felt it stick in my throat as I imagined my own daughter, Scarlett, in that situation. I…