Day 3 of Mastercheap Raw saw me heading to the office and a media launch: how will I cope with co-workers stuffing their faces? Plus: I’ve spent the last 50 cents.
Breakfast: 1/3 cup of quick oats, cooked with 1/2 cup milk and served with 2 spoonfuls stewed apple
Lunch: Diced potatoes with chilli and onion
Dinner: One serve home-made pasta, chilli and mixed vegetable topping
Snacks: 3 pieces shortbread
Hot drinks: 6 cups black tea
The colleague challenge
Being ribbed about choosing not to eat the freebies I can take, but something which might prove tougher is dealing with everyone eating lunch at the Allure Media offices. I was working off-site during Mastercheap 2010 and we had half the number of staff, so that was much less of an issue. Now I can smell all the varied options people cook in the office kitchen.
When Gizmodo editor Luke Hopewell rocks into the office with a burger, the aroma is ludicrously tempting — and that’s without considering how much I want the bread. Nearly all my meals this week are being cooked, so I can’t head outside to eat, and even if I did, my colleagues eat at different times. I’m just going to have to wear it and enjoy my steamed dice potato (pre-cooked the night before) with chilli and onion (pre-cooked last Friday). Fortunately, it’s very tasty and filling — so much so that I don’t even feel the urge to eat my afternoon snack of carrots.
$25 budget after shopping
A popular suggestion in the comments has been that I should buy some garlic. I’d love the taste, but 50 cents won’t buy you even a single garlic bulb. Nor will it buy you any packet spices, salt, pepper or mustard. So chilli it is. I’m happy to have it, and immediately incorporate some into dinner. [clear]
I’m feeling very confident with the pasta-making now, but there’s a part of me that regrets putting such carefully hand-made goods with such a basic sauce. Not to mention that tomato-based sauces are still my favourite; I’d happily have done that every time I had pasta if the budget could have incorporated it.
Tomorrow I’ll hit the halfway point, do some more elaborate cooking in the office and eat some tuna. I never thought I’d be so pleased to chow down on fish.
Lifehacker’s Mastercheap Raw experiment sees editor Angus Kidman living for a week with a food budget of just $25 and only basic ingredients.