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To have found this blog about childhood obesity intensely smug and annoying?

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MalenkyRusskyDrakonchik Thu 13-Jun-13 22:39:01

Is it just me ... what kind of la la land does she live in, where everyone who is struggling for money lives in a nice house with a cooker and has plenty of time from not working two jobs to bake bread?

What she is describing is the sort of sensible cost-cutting I would expect most people who're struggling for money but not absolutely on the bones of their arses could do. I get what she's saying, I do, but the smug tone coupled with the failure to realize that quite a lot of very poor people don't actually have good enough cooking facilities to do what she describes is getting me down.

Am I being mean?

Plus the 'chicken to feed a family for a week' makes me slightly suspect her of embroidered truth. hmm

HauntedArmchairOfDoom Fri 14-Jun-13 22:51:26

Aye. It's sad.

I tend to insist on being working class partly out of sheer mischief (It's prolly not the first thing that would strike you!) and partly because...well....I don't have property, or savings, or assets, or the kind of job where I get private healthcare, and I've never been skiing, and my Dad was kinda born in a slum, really, and my granny was in service. So what if I can play Chopin nocturnes and can recite Tennyson? Doesn't make me middle class. Tennyson isn't going to get me decking and two weeks in the Loire, is it?!

MoominMammasHandbag Fri 14-Jun-13 22:51:40

I am fibbing a bit about the council estate. I was brought up in the Welsh valleys in a long tradition of working class intellectualism (okay that sounds a bit pretentious). But my Grandad worked underground from 14, always read a broadsheet, was a big fan of people like Paul Foot and John Pilger.
I'm actually quite glad he's not around to see how dumbed down society is, he'd have hated it

BaconKetchup Fri 14-Jun-13 22:51:52

Haunted it is indeed interesting. On MN it sometimes seems to be assumed that poor people will not be able to read, use a computer, be creative.

HauntedArmchairOfDoom Fri 14-Jun-13 22:52:33

....and there are now so many identifying factors in this thread I shall I have to have my tenth namechange. WIN!


HauntedArmchairOfDoom Fri 14-Jun-13 22:55:44

Zackly Bacon. Which is such a kind of twisted combination of reverse snobbery and quasi-Victorian morality I don't even know where to start confused

On the one hand: you cannot possibly expect those poor dear working class people to cook for themselves, you smug posho! They have not had the privilege of your cossetted upbringing!

On the other hand: fuck off.

MoominMammasHandbag Fri 14-Jun-13 22:57:44

I has a bloke round to fix my gas boiler the other day. He had a knowledgable chat with me about my hardy perennials, admired my piano, and knocked out a bit of Satie. Oh yeah, and he fixed the boiler. I nearly ran off with him.
Shouldn't be remarkable should it?

HauntedArmchairOfDoom Fri 14-Jun-13 23:03:06

Well FRANKLY Moomin after the council estate debacle I don't know what to believe anymore hmm grin

No it shouldn't be surprising. Although Satie is very easy to play <sniff>grin

Offred Fri 14-Jun-13 23:04:52

Except no-one has said being working class is an insult apart from you. It is certainly not what I've said. I've simply spoken about the advantages having a better standard of living/income measurably bring. I think you are being deliberately obtuse because what you would like is for me to be conveying these sterotypes. You certainly launched into a full on assault before asking what reasoning there was behind my comment.

The BBC's class measurement is not the trad economic classification by the sounds of it.

MoominMammasHandbag Fri 14-Jun-13 23:08:57

Tis grade 5 Haunted. The DCs assure me that's very tricky smile.

HauntedArmchairOfDoom Fri 14-Jun-13 23:14:17

Oh don't be silly, that wasn't a full on assault! Meh, I took issue with your assumption that demonstrating resourcefulness and what-not excludes an individual from being working class. Doesn't seem to me to be all that surprising someone might disagree, but whatever.

Yes moonin it is vay VAY hard and attainment of G5 should be greeted with MUCH praise and treats <hasty>

MoominMammasHandbag Fri 14-Jun-13 23:16:27

Have you read that AS Byatt novel "The Children's Book"? It is quite interesting about working class people embracing education in Edwardian times.

HauntedArmchairOfDoom Fri 14-Jun-13 23:18:51

I haven't! I'm not a huge fan of hers but everyone is so positive about that one I have it in one of my guilt-piles...I'll dig it out!

starkadder Fri 14-Jun-13 23:36:10

You can't put iPhone sims into ancient Nokias. Different size SIM cards.

expatinscotland Sat 15-Jun-13 00:12:28

The class system and its perceptions will be the death knell of this nation, which is slowly eating itself from within.

expatinscotland Sat 15-Jun-13 00:14:54

So true, Haunted.

Offred Sat 15-Jun-13 10:50:02

That wasnt my assumption though haunted. I read the blog, I explained it was based on her £27k per year career at 23 in the main, yet you continued putting your agenda onto me.

Trills Sat 15-Jun-13 17:54:02

starkadder it's only iPhone 4 and later that use microSIMs, and you can get plastic converters that turn microSIMs back into regular-sized SIMs for a few pence.

Don't try to pick apart stories on technicalities unless you actually know what you are talking about.

TexasTracy Thu 18-Jul-13 11:54:26

Wow, I've obviously not been back to Blighty in a while...when did British people get so freely argumentative? I remember feeling weird in the 90s voicing my opinions on the uselessness of infant potty training and usefulness of mixed feeding...whilst hoping I wasn't offending anyone!

I enjoy the Jack Monroe food writing, especially since poverty isn't the same post-Thatcher-years: you can be doing great one year and slide off the face of the earth financially the next.

My ( 60s ) generation expected to have continual financial progress as long as we were sensible and worked hard. I'm not sure it's the same today in Britain...I don't even remember there being food banks in the UK when I lived there.

chillinwithmyyonis Thu 18-Jul-13 12:13:38

I'm deffo gonna try her fish paste pasta, I've not perused sandwich pastes for years, if something good can come from fish paste the woman is a genius

Dahlen Thu 18-Jul-13 13:28:13

Maybe it's because I read the BBC article about her using foodbanks first, but I'm failing to be offended by her blog. I think the point she makes about people needing to learn to cook is a valid one.

I don't think clever cooking is the complete answer to poor people's nutritional needs by itself, but it's certainly a part of the puzzle. For those saying it's patronising I can assure you that there are plenty of people out there - from all classes - who still don't know that most ready meals are full of crap. The MC are particularly guilty of this with their Waitrose ones which are, of course, a better class and therefore excepted from the ready meals are crap argument. hmm This isn't about class, it's about education about food.

I know someone who doesn't buy ready meals but does eat poorly IMO. She wouldn't know where to start with making her own white/cheese sauce, using a tin of tomatoes and some spices instead of a jar of Dolmio. She simply doesn't have the confidence to experiment unless someone formally teaches her. She doesn't have the confidence to attend a community-based workshop where she could learn these skills either. She's a good mum doing her best to feed her child better but she's ignorant about food.

Many people don't want schools to step in to what they see as a parent's role. I get that. I sympathise with the argument. However, with child abuse on the increase, poverty on the increase, obesity on the increase - leaving these things to the parents - who don't have the skills themselves to pass on to their children - clearly isn't working. All that does is cement the advantages of the better-educated well off. If we want things to change, someone has to start teaching this stuff. Schools are the ideal venue because education for children is compulsory. While we're at it we could extend the school day and solve half the nation's childcare problems as well. We;d have to pay greater tax, but with fewer people suffering diet-related health problems and fewer people unable to work because of childcare problems, there would be more people in work to pay those taxes.

It's not fair to castigate people for not being able to get by in France if you've never taught them French.

Shonajoy Wed 06-Nov-13 17:10:20

She didn't give up her job, when she had her child she asked for flexi time, day shifts, part time, even could she bring her child to work. All her shopping is done at sainsburys using their value products, which she costs individually. I've done a couple of her recipes out of interest and they're pretty bland and studenty but her child seems to be not fussy at all and eats everything he's given apparently, which is good. I'm not mad on her use of tinned potatoes and veg, but apparently this is to save money on fuel. I'm also surprised that the father of the child allows his kid to live in such food poverty, given she constantly praises him and says he's a very involved and caring father. She now has a book deal- I will be interested to see if she still keeps this kind of cooking up now she will have much more money. Also, the book contains 100 recipes- if you follow her blog you can get loads free on there if you're interested, the falafels were actually quite good. I'm not mad on her either, she rubs me up the wrong way and gets very snotty when questioned which I don't think is going to help her cause.

GreenVelvet Wed 06-Nov-13 18:13:42

Moomin, re. Welsh valleys, yes I understood that tradition of interest in intellectual side of things, literature and so forth in all kinds of families. Your average person e.g. bus driver, mechanic could often recite poetry, etc.

It is sad if that has changed ...

Heartbrokenmum73 Wed 06-Nov-13 18:28:30

Bashing 'Jack' again? Seriously? This was done a week/two weeks ago. And you know she's a MNer don't you? Last thread (which was also a nasty, sneery thread) she came on to defend herself. I really hope she does so this time too - some of you are awful people.

The last thread was saying that she 'only played at being poor' and now there are people on this thread calling her a liar. Nasty.

fatlazymummy Wed 06-Nov-13 18:42:10

I made Jack's falafels the other day, the nicest ones I've ever had. And the prices were accurate, for those who want to nit pick or call her a liar.I shop in Sainsbury's as well, so to the person who asked where can you buy pitta breads for 22p?They're Sainsbury basics. You know, the ones in the white and orange wrappers.
If you read this Jack, thank you and keep up the good work.
Should also mention ,there's quite a few other frugal blogs online, with similar pricing and recipes.

GalaxyDefender Wed 06-Nov-13 18:54:55

Why, why, WHY would someone ignore the massive red "This thread is ancient, are you sure you want to post?" marker and revive a dead thread? Why? Even if it's to be nice, like has happened here.

Better to start a new thread next time, Shonajoy

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