Jamie Oliver has caused a lot of controversy with his remarks about the way people on benefits manage their food budgets, including a rather unfortunate remark about mangetout being cheaper when bought from your local market.
An obvious problem, leaving aside the mangetout, is that not everyone has a local market within walking distance these days.
Food Poverty seems to be the new black. The Beeb (I think it was the BBC) had a programme on recently where celebrity chefs helped low-income families to cook nutritiously and cheaply. And it was clearly needed - one pensioner was living on cuppa soups. Of course, you could also say that a larger state pension would help... but as that is not on offer, any help has to be good.
And some of the advice was good. But some was dubious; for example, we were reminded how important it is to shop round the various supermarkets. But I'm not sure how you can do that on a low income, with no car. And small children. You, presumably, have to shop at whatever is within walking distance.
However, Jamie has a new series coming up - and its all good publicity. And I am always receptive to ideas for how to eat well on less. I had a chicken curry from the chill cabinet of a local supermarket a couple of weeks ago, and also made one from scratch for us. The curry I made was far from brilliant but it was a lot better, and cheaper, than the chill cabinet one. Plus the oil I used was olive oil.
I think that is the point Jamie is trying to make. And good for him. I think he will be able to make it effectively. He is good at showing that cooking can be fun.
Its a lovely sunny morning by the English Channel. Philip and Seppi arrived last night, having had a great holiday in the West country.
I am still waiting to find out what the new date for my postponed operation will be.