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Live Webchat with Jack Monroe: Wednesday 5 March, 12.30 - 1.30PM

(170 Posts)
KateHMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 28-Feb-14 10:44:21

We're very pleased to announce that pioneering food blogger Jack Monroe will be coming into MNHQ for a webchat on Wednesday 5 March from 12.30-1.30PM.

Facing head-on the realities of modern Britain as a single mum and responding with a 'make do and mend' way of thinking, Jack has earned a reputation as a fierce anti-austerity activist. She is best known for her blog A Girl Called Jack and is a freelance writer for The Guardian, The Independent and The Daily Mirror encouraging people to explore, enjoy and experiment with food, all on a (tiny) budget. Her first book, A Girl Called Jack, has just been published by Michael Joseph.

You can post a question for Jack in advance below, or join us in welcoming her on Wednesday between 12.30 and 1.30PM.

letsgotostonehenge Wed 05-Mar-14 12:39:58

Hello Jack, love your blog and recipes, now for the serious question...who is your favourite, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker or Princess Leia? grin

JackMonroe Wed 05-Mar-14 12:40:37

teaandcustardcreams

Hi Jack,

Fellow Essex girl here. Really admire everything you're doing to raise awareness of food poverty in Britain. I wondered who is your inspiration? Also, do you have any cheap but healthy ideas/tips for weekday lunches?

Food inspirations are Nigel Slater, Allegra McEvedy, Abel and Cole, Denis Cotter, Sarah Raven.
Political inspirations are Billy Bragg and Hetty Bower.

Go forth and google, because if I start on reasons why I will be here all day!

namechangeagaininnit Wed 05-Mar-14 12:40:48

Hi Jack, hi MNHQ

Any chance you can format the posts so it's easy to see what part of the post is the Q and what part is Jack's A? I'm reading on the app and it's just chunks of text, can't tell what's what. smile

JackMonroe Wed 05-Mar-14 12:42:26

EmpressOfTheWellOfLostPlots

Another question, partly inspired by the current MN thread. As someone who became famous almost by accident, is all this attention (and dissection) something you would have chosen if it was up to you?

Absolutely bloomin not. I wouldn't wish this level of scrutiny on anyone - I didn't 'choose' fame, or whatever this bonkers is, and I've found it extremely difficult to deal with at times. However, I have a great network of supporters and readers who keep my chin up amidst all of the death threats and rape threats and other general bullshit, and I draw my strength from them.

JackMonroe Wed 05-Mar-14 12:42:49

letsgotostonehenge

Hello Jack, love your blog and recipes, now for the serious question...who is your favourite, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker or Princess Leia? grin

Princess Leia, natch. Coz she's a hottie.

JackMonroe Wed 05-Mar-14 12:43:36

Toowittoowoo

As an avid reader of your blog and recipes in The Guardian I have just bought your book (half price in WHSmith - so I hope you still get the same cut from my purchase! ).

Anyway, I wanted to know which of the recipes is you and your son's favourite or which one you cook most often?

We eat your fish tagine from the guardian at least every fortnight as well all love it. My DH was very dubious about a sauce made out tinned tomatoes, tinned mandarins and cumin but we are all agreed that it is seriously delicious.

My favourite: mumma jack's best ever chilli
Son's favourite: peanut butter and jam thumbprint cookies
Cook most often: soda bread

smile

letsgotostonehenge Wed 05-Mar-14 12:43:43

grin

Nittynana Wed 05-Mar-14 12:43:52

What sorts of thongs do you and your son do for cheap entertainment?

Hi Jack! You're awesome. I'm in serious danger of coming over all fan-girl.

Where do you see your career going? Given that part of what you do is about cooking and part is about the politics and budgeting etc, could you see yourself doing a TV show where you show people how to cook good value dishes step by step? Like Jamie-but actually good value and not just pretending to be?! I'd watch!

HI jack
im sorry i dont have a question, i did just want to grab this opportunity to say that i think you are amazing and your son is so incredibly lucky to have you.

The fact that you have made people see that poverty is not the domain of the feckless working class who spend all of their money on fags and booze is so good for society to see.

and i have a little crush on you so was so excited to see you were coming on blush

JackMonroe Wed 05-Mar-14 12:44:49

teaandcustardcreams

Hi Jack,

Fellow Essex girl here. Really admire everything you're doing to raise awareness of food poverty in Britain. I wondered who is your inspiration? Also, do you have any cheap but healthy ideas/tips for weekday lunches?

Soup soup soup soup. I love a bit of soup for lunch, with a chunk of bread and an apple or orange. Or granola for lunch is a good one too, with some fruit on the side. I tend to lunch on the hop, so defrosting some soup from the freezer tends to be the way forward. Or chuck some soup over some pasta. It's all glamour, this life.

Death threats and rape threats angry sad

Ledare Wed 05-Mar-14 12:46:39

Hello Jack.

What are your favourite herbs, and where do you get them?

JackMonroe Wed 05-Mar-14 12:46:57

AntoinetteCosway

Hi Jack! You're awesome. I'm in serious danger of coming over all fan-girl.

Where do you see your career going? Given that part of what you do is about cooking and part is about the politics and budgeting etc, could you see yourself doing a TV show where you show people how to cook good value dishes step by step? Like Jamie-but actually good value and not just pretending to be?! I'd watch!

AAAARGGGHHHHH TELLLLLYYYY!!! Tends to be my response, but I'm warming to the idea. I'm okay to roll onto a news sofa and rant and rage about politics, but the idea of a TV series makes me want to weep. You know that 40 second Sainsbos ad was about 12 hours filming to make? If the right thing comes along and I can throw my heart and soul into it - like a good basic budget cooking programme - then I'd do it, but TV execs are too interested in poverty porn and multi layering and they don't really seem to fit with my principles and values. I just want to cook on telly. When they'll let me do that, I'm in.

JackMonroe Wed 05-Mar-14 12:48:06

Ledare

Hello Jack.

What are your favourite herbs, and where do you get them?

Mixed dried herbs, 30p, Sainsburys Basics are a godsend. Fresh herbs, I use mint liberally, and it's easy to grow - but a little plant from a garden centre or supermarket - if they can survive with little water under flourescent lighting then they'll live forever at home.

Nancy66 Wed 05-Mar-14 12:48:18

Have you been offered your own Bake Off/Masterchef/The Taste type TV show yet?

Is it something you'd be interested in?

Nancy66 Wed 05-Mar-14 12:48:52

Doh. Cross posts re TV question.

JackMonroe Wed 05-Mar-14 12:49:11

Nittynana

What sorts of thongs do you and your son do for cheap entertainment?

Thongs?! THONGS?!!! Gosh. I'm not really that sort of girl.

But we tend to lounge about in front of our massive fucking telly with our cheesy chips in styrofoam containers, naturally... Or go to the park, read, paint, draw, bake, make a general mess in the kitchen....

JackMonroe Wed 05-Mar-14 12:49:23

Nancy66

Have you been offered your own Bake Off/Masterchef/The Taste type TV show yet?

Is it something you'd be interested in?

Yes, several, and no, not yet.

JackMonroe Wed 05-Mar-14 12:49:49

LuisSuarezTeeth

Late to the party, sorry, and Welcome Jack.

I'd like to ask if you got the chance to speak to Ms Currie off air? Or any of the other participants in the "debate"?

Yes, and what Ms Currie and I said to each other is unprintable, even for Mumsnet.

JackMonroe Wed 05-Mar-14 12:50:28

FunLovinBunster

Congratulations on your fab book.
What are your hopes for your son and yourself for the future?
All the best.

To be safe and secure, emotionally and financially. Which we are, just, now, so huzzah.

MarmaladeShatkins Wed 05-Mar-14 12:50:34

You say that nothing has interested you as yet, telly-wise. What would have to be on the table to get you to say yes?

ChrisTheSheep Wed 05-Mar-14 12:50:48

Hi Jack, no question I'm afraid, but I just wanted to add my thanks for the excellent work you gave done on the book and the blog: you're an inspiration! My favourite recipe is your chilli too, by the way, and my little boy also loves the thumbprint cookies (he's actually helping to make them, which is brilliant). I'm really looking forward to reading the rest of the book. Hurrah for you!

LuisSuarezTeeth Wed 05-Mar-14 12:51:00

grin I figured as much, thanks

JackMonroe Wed 05-Mar-14 12:51:39

BornToFolk

I'm a big fan of the blog! I'm a lone parent to a small boy too so lots of the recipes work really well for us. DS loves the kidney bean, carrot and cumin burgers and my favourite is the pasta with mushy peas (cos I'm classy like that! grin)

Anyway, when I found myself on a reduced income, after splitting from my ex, I found I had to make cut backs to my food budget and be a bit more creative with recipes. I'm an OK cook but I consider myself extremely lucky that I was taught to cook as a child, by my mum and also my Gran, who was a retired Home Economics teacher and an amazing cook. I think that having these basic cooking skills are invaluable when triyng to feed a family on a budget.

So, how did you learn to cook? Are you self-taught, or did someone teach you?

Pretty much self taught, I left home a good few years ago now and explored with recipes on the BBC good food website, recipe books from charity shops, read the backs of jars and ready meals to see what stuff was made of...

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