Juneathon Day 26: Carrot & Cumin Burgers

My sore throat is lingering so I have been dosing up on paracetamol, Lemsip, various herbal teas and feeding a cold with everything I can get my hands on.

When I got home, I couldn’t pass up the chance to go out for a run in the Southsea sunshine so I went for a short 5km run, my legs were still feeling worn out from yesterday. On my way back to the flat, I saw some familiar faces on the lawn having a barbecue! Hannah, Luke, and baby Francis were enjoying a little family time with Hannah’s parents so I stopped (I’d almost finished at this point), stretched and a quick chat.

2606runFor dinner, I attempted to make Jack Monroe’s 9p carrot and cumin burgers. If you haven’t already heard of Jack Monroe, she’s an amazing young mother of one and blogger, passionate about food, and changing the world, one bite at a time. She recently won a Fortnum and Mason award, signed book deals, and attended the G8 Summit to discuss poverty issues… I saw her on the news and was inspired to read her blog and try out some of her recipes. As it’s the end of the month, I don’t want to spend any money on a food shop so I whipped up the burgers with everything we had in the cupboard/fridge. For more of Jack’s ‘Below-the-Line’ Budget Recipes, including soups and tasty breads, just go to her blog.


I used red onion as I didn’t have a white one, but it still tasted great. I made them slightly smaller so that I could make five instead of the recommended four servings, and have frozen the other 3 for future use. I also added a handful of cumin seeds for extra taste and crunch as well as ground cumin. Jack recommends eating these with mango chutney, so I spooned some out along with lime pickle and a mini garlic naan bread. If I wasn’t so starving hungry, I probably would have made more of an effort with these… they don’t look so appealing but they tasted chunky and spicy – perfect dinner for one!

  • What’s your favourite budget recipe?

2 thoughts on “Juneathon Day 26: Carrot & Cumin Burgers

    • I think her blog is amazing, and I feel awful because I had no energy to write last night so I didn’t do her any justice! Cough has worsened today despite countless mugs of hot vimto!

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