Elisha Goodridge (20), from Croydon, lives in a hostel (South London YMCA) with her twin-sister, Naomi. Their food budget is around £35 a week, but this does not stop them cooking fresh, wholesome meals.
Elisha’s friend Brookie (23), however, has a slightly different diet and admits to eating 'convenience' food, which is often frozen ready meals.
Seeing this, Elisha decided to do something about the eating habits of not just her friend, but of other young people, particularly those on a budget.
She is currently creating a resource pack for young people, including advice on where to shop and recipes. (This is currently in the production stages and will be online soon. Keep checking for updates)
“Eating healthily does not need to be expensive. I love cooking, I love the flavours and the different ingredients, and there are so many dishes you can easily make yourself which taste far better than anything in the supermarket,” Elisha said.
With the help of medicinal chef Dale Pinnock, Elisha worked with her friend Brookie to show just what lavish meals can be produced on even a minimal budget.
“You don’t have to be rich or a top class chef to cook these meals,” said Elisha. “And that is what I am trying to show – that with a little bit of creativity and budgeting, you can create some fantastic dishes.”
Elisha is creating a resource pack for young people, showing them what they can do on small food budgets.