The Cupboard Was Bare; Recipes for the Tighfisted. 3: The Rainy Day Cook

Lunchtime on a stormy Monday, rain and hail lashing the windows and high winds hurling wheelbarrows and watering cans across the road outside. The News is full of the devestation of our coastal towns, and I’m seriously worried about the rabbits. You think I’m going out to buy lunch – or indeed dinner? So, to the fridge. Yesterday’s lunch for 3000 has (again) cleared it out, but there’s a potato,…

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The Cupboard Was Bare : Recipes for the Tighfisted. 4: Sharing Lunch

Still raining, still researching Jamie, fridge still lonely but a friend is coming for lunch. Luckily the kids turned their noses up at yesterday’s lovely soup so I’ll bake it with some Atlantic cod fillets I’ve excavated from the freezer and serve with my mate’s fresh basil from her polytunnel. A bit of olive oil and a dash of fresh ground black pepper and the ciabatta she’s bringing, warmed with…

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The Cupboard Was Bare : Recipes for the Tighfisted. 5: Comfort Food

Did I mention that while I might be tightfisted with my shopping, my husband isn’t? So after two weeks of eeking out the rations into rather gorgeous meals, I eventually went to Waitrose on Saturday to stock up on organic apricots and that lovely tagine paste they do, split peas and all those other things you can’t get at the local shop. The cats will even eat tonight. On Sunday,…

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Tugging on the Shoots

It’s a weird old world, the media world. Everything is so rushed, everyone’s working to a deadline and the rules of common decency are crushed in the race to get that front page laid out. Phone a newsroom in a newspaper office or a radio station and you’ll generally get some junior newshound answering the phone with an urgent “News!” as if your call is jeopardising world security. In another…

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On Being a Film Maker; The Sequel

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5LtKowSaPw&hl=en] This is the newly elected West Sussex Youth Cabinet going through their paces at a residential in Pulborough in February 2008. The film is part of the Beacon Youth Support Programme I’m working on which aims to encourage harder to reach young people to get involved in their own communities.

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