- 20 Oct 2002
- Wish i was in a Ramen Shop Counter
There is a lot of this and I think the typical British taste palette is so limited that they just don’t know what can be done cheap and good. The range of food I see people eat day in day out is so boring at times, no wonder they get takeaway (full of salt) to spice things up.There is no way to have a reasoned debate on this because if anyone dares to suggest that people on benefits or those that are complaining are ******* money up the wall all hell breaks loose.
The truth is, as always, complicated. I can be fairly certain that we spend less than 90% of people in a similar situation to ourselves (2 people living together) and between us we earn well over £100k/year. I see the vast majority of people, even those who are very much poor and have no money spending it on booze and takeaways.
The argument that its too expensive to cook at home or people don't know how doesn't even hold up to the most basic of scrutiny. I would bet that you could name any food from anywhere in the world and I would be able to make an approximation of it in the UK. The only difficulty would be some of the ingredients. How would I achieve this miracle? About 30s on the internet.
I quite often make a pasta sauce from scratch which consists of onion, garlic, chilli flakes, salt, tomatoes and a tiny bit of sugar. The whole meal for 2 of us comes to a grand total of probably about £1. If we add a pack of sausages it will do us two meals and cost £4 so £1 per portion and thats with fancy sausages.
The cheapest I can feed the two of us via a takeaway is probably about £15 vs £2 for home cooked. People shouldn't be in a position where they cannot feed themselves and I think that come next winter there will be a lot of people genuinely in that position. Currently though, many people who claim poverty are simply ******* awful with their money management.
They don’t think beyond Cheese and Ham sandwich to Beans on Toast at home. That’s as far as their cooking skill goes and some people I know have difficulty boiling an egg.
I made congee the other week. Literally things I have round the house and the freezer. It’s meant to be a cheap meal, to stretch out the rice during famine times so it’s a simple meal but 99% of people here have never heard of it. I told someone at work and she thinks it’s strange to eat rice porridge, but oats is perfectly fine!
I also made beef and potato croquette, I think for about £2 of ingredients I made like 14 of them, gave half of it away as it’s not as nice the next day.
A lot of people here who don’t live in London or the big cities and are not travelled are not exposed to other foods from other cultures (which is not as privileged than the UK) which can be made easily and cheaply (like the Korean Army Stew or Congee, things that are created due to lack of food). In their mind there are only Beans on Toast that can be eaten cheaply (which these days, will set you back about 80p a portion if yo get Heinz beans with Hovis. Together with the lack of cooking skills, laziness to google and to top of all off, picky eaters !!! it means it is easier to open an app instead.