Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Live Below the Line - Day two

Welcome to my blog. This is my second day of Live Below the Line challenge, and everything goes well. Let me just quickly remind what this campaign is about.
The campaign is asking the public to cut their spending on food at drink to just £1 per day for 5 days.
The World Bank defines extreme poverty as living on the equivalent of £1 here in the UK.
Live Below the Line is a challenge for people to eat and drink on the same amount as those living in extreme poverty.
While taking on this challenge, they will raise money for charities working to end poverty.
You can join the challenge by registering at

Day 2, I still have some pizza dough left from yesterday, yay!

Another pizza day today, no bad at all. Well, I cannot use tomato and mozzarella, but that's fine, I can survive.
In my previous post, I have published a recipe for pizza dough. For today's lunch, I am going to use the dough left from yesterday.

For breakfast (£0.093) I had the usual:
  • A cup of black coffee (£0.09)
  • Sugar, 3g (£0.003)

LUNCH - Pizza Bianca with Black Olives, £0.43

Pizza Bianca with Black Olives, £0.43
Like yesterday, let me tell you that you will not be able to finish this pizza, as it's quite a lot. However you can save a piece for dinner and maybe share some with your family, if you like.

  • Half the pizza dough you have prepared yesterday (£0.179)
  • Extra virgin olive oil, 2 tbsp (£0.11)
  • Black olives, 20g (£0.140)
  • Salt (£0.01)

Remove the pizza dough from the fridge (at least 2 hours before cooking).
Preheat the oven to the maximum (230-250 °C).
Grease a baking tray with 1 tbsp of olive oil.
Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured work surface. 
Pat your dough down, paying attention not to press down the air bubbles, which are the result of a long fermentation. Transfer onto the baking tray. Sprinkle with the sliced olives, pressing down gently, and brush with 1tbsp of olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and bake for about 10-15 minutes or until lightly golden.

As mentioned, this meal was quite filling, so far I really cannot complain.

DINNER - Egg and Potato Salad, £0.42

Egg and Potato Salad, £0.42

  • 1 free-range egg (£0.20)
  • 1 small potato, 150g (£0.10)
  • Red kidney beans, 50g (from the tin I opened yesterday) (£0.05)
  • Extra virgin olive oil, 1tbsp (£0.056)
  • Salt and pepper (£0.02)
Put the egg in a small pan. Cover with cold water and bring to the boil. When it starts boiling, put a timer on for about 7 minutes (or less if you don't like it hard-boiled).
Wash the potato under cold water. Transfer to a pan, cover with cold water and half teaspoon of salt. Bring to the boil. Cook until tender, remove from the water and let it cool a bit. Remove the skin and cut in small pieces. Add the sliced egg, the red kidney beans, the olive oil, salt and pepper to your taste.

After dinner thoughts
Today's lunch was OK, I love pizza with olives. Dinner was also OK, but certainly not my favorite dish! In terms of quantity, dinner was just about right, not a lot, also a bit dry because I could use only 1 tbsp of oil oil. However I had a piece of pizza left from lunch, so I am not feeling hungry to be honest..  Looking forward to tomorrow's challenge! 


Let's try helping beating poverty, either:

You can join the challenge by registering at


From 7th to 11th May, join Live Below the Line living on £1 a day for 5 days to change the way people in the UK think about extreme poverty - and make a huge difference. 

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