Can you feed your family on £50 a week?

Alex Renton feeding his daughter and family for £50

May 19th 2011, The Times

Sainsbury’s believes you can, but when Alex Renton took up the challenge, he found his household of foodies and fussy eaters had serious misgivings.

Eighty-four meals, £50, one happy family, say the new Sainsbury’s adverts. They promise to feed a family of four for seven days for less than the price of a tank of petrol: “No really, it’s possible — we know because we’ve done the maths.” If they’d done that, I thought, we really should do the experiment. My happy family of four is very bad at doing the maths — we don’t have much of a clue what we spend on food even though we suffer the usual shrinking-income fears of the times. Feed each of us for £1.79 a day? I went straight down to Sainsbury’s.

Find the full article here on Times Online (in front of the paywall).

Foodie’s angst: Are my kids food neurotics?

Alex Renton and family during lunch, Foulden, Berwick on Tweed. Tom Main for The Times

17th April, The Times

My kids want KFC. Where did I go wrong?

On the way to lunch at Giorgio Locatelli’s restaurant in London, we crossed Oxford Street. My son Adam, 11, trudging along grumpily at the prospect of a boring two hours in a posh restaurant, raised his nose. He sniffed the air, like a gourmet catching a whiff of bouillabaisse in a Marseilles back street. He sighed rapturously and said: “KFC! I just want to know what it tastes like. Imagine, I’m a child who has never even tried Kentucky Fried Chicken.”

Read on here at Times Online