Monday, March 10, 2014

Frugal Foodie on a British Pound: Living Below Eating Cabbage

Dear Readers,

My how time flies. It seems like just yesterday I was writing a very similar blog post, setting up my second year participating in the Live Below the Line challenge. But a year has passed, and it is time again to stand in solidarity with those fighting for equity in our food system and those who suffer due to the lack thereof. For those of you who are new, what is this "challenge" of which I speak? Basically, the idea is that from April 28th to May 2nd, participants commit to subsisting on £1.00 per day (note, the change in will be interesting to see how my approach for the week changes overseas). 

While a more difficult undertaking than it may seem at first, this really only serves as a taste of what many people around the world experience day in and day out. As I've mentioned in previous years, it is difficult to re-create such a context. If ever hungry, there are countless ways I can obtain food; and if ever I were in any dire straights, there are a number of safety nets to ensure the chances of me plunging into utter poverty are pretty darn low. On top of the privilege of a good education and many of the freedoms that affords, I (or any one in a similar position) could comfortably go through life without contemplating a broader global context. Living below the line, while not an accurate representation of living in poverty, does provide considerable opportunity to engage with this broader context more explicitly - think about the person halfway across the world making a pittance to manufacture the goods we buy at ten times the cost; the farmer whose livelihood depend on the 23p he may get per kg of coffee bean (when we pay £2 for a short black!); or a family kicked off their land with no path of recourse. 

Anywho, I will be posting on relevant topics regularly leading up to the week, and updates during. Keep visiting! Comments are welcome. You can also follow @YumMusings on twitter! Please consider supporting the cause and helping me raise awareness and funds. Any sum donated will go to the Rainforest Foundation, an organization with the mandate to protect the rights to land and resources of indigenous people in Latin American tropical forests. The foundation works to improve both the communities' livelihoods, as well as the health of the ecosystems. Woohoo.

Oh Right, A Cabbage Recipe!
1/2 yellow onion, diced
1 small carrot, finely julienned
1 medium pear, cubed
1/3 savoy cabbage, shredded
1 tsp fresh ginger, minced
1-2 tbs sesame seeds
Salt to taste
Oiled skillet  (grapeseed or mild sesame)

1. Heat oil over medium-high, adding in onion to sautee. Cook until starting to turn translucent, then add carrots and cover pan. Keep covered for another 3-4 minutes, then give a stir and throw in the sesame seeds and pears. Re-cover and cook another five minutes.
2. Lower to medium heat. Add in shredded cabbage and ginger; give it a stir and cover. Continue to stir every couple of minutes until the pear is really soft, the cabbage is tender, and the onions are hardly perceptable. Salt to taste and remove from the heat. Serve as a side or with a protein (I had mung beans...)

For more, check out all related Munchable Musings from past Live Belows! And you don't have to trust my words ... just listen to Hugh Jackman (sold)!

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