Pie in the sky

Following Jamie Oliver’s claim that he can make a mackerel pasta salad for four for £6.75 (your report, 27 Aug-ust), firstly, please enlighten us as to where he costed it.

Secondly, perhaps he could come down from his tower and complete a costing exercise in a truly rural area, with one small supermarket, where “the poor” really struggle to buy fresh food.

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To suggest using “two handfuls of black olives” illustrates his lack of knowledge of the difficulties faced by people struggling to balance their food budgets.

Helen Bowick