Sunday, 3 February 2013

BBC Radio Northampton lunch challenge!

My first lot of ingredients for BBC Radio Northampton's lunch challenge!

For those of you who are reading this from my neck of the woods (Northampton) you may have heard me being interviewed by Carmela Sereno Hayes for the John Griff show on BBC Radio Northampton this week.

I spent a lovely hour or two in Carmela's company last weekend talking food on a budget (and munching banana muffins!) and the interview was played out on John Griff's show on Wednesday. I was giving tips and hints for finding bargains and turning the yellow labels into tasty meals and, a bit of Twitter banter later, have found myself agreeing to a lunch on a budget challenge!

The show's presenter, John Griff, his new resident foodie Carmela Sereno Hayes, Radio Northampton news editor Laura Cook and my good self are ready to battle Monday to Friday this week to see who can come up with the cheapest, healthiest and tastiest lunches! They are going to be putting the weekly shop to one side and trying to hunt down some cut-price bargains to turn into lunches fit for a foodie.

I've already got tomorrow's lunch sorted with some cut-price celeriac and parsnips ready to turn into a tasty soup - recipe to follow.

Fancy joining in our #ShelfWars challenge? You can follow us all on Twitter @cutpricekate, @Grifster96@lauraj_cook and @carmelahayes - I'm also on Facebook at:

Please do share your photos and recipes - I reckon shelfing novices John and Laura will be in need of some hints and tips! ;-)

Let battle commence!

P.S. You can hear the interview on listen again at this link:

And hear Laura and John set the challenge here:


  1. Very much looking forward to this challenge. Its wonderful to use products that have been reduced and that are perfectly good to eat. Let's hit the supermarkets xx