Sitting here looking out of the window is not pretty sight today, puddles and raindrops and a blanket of grey clouds, what has happened to our weather, September used to be lovely and warm - instead of summer clothes I have my comfy cardigan on! At least this time next week I will be in (hopefully) sunny Mexico and not needing the cardie anymore!
All this miserable weather makes me think of warming comfort food! Last night I made a vat of my pearl barley 'risotto' with petit pois and chorizo in as we had guests over, I left for an extra 30 minutes to cook and was worth the wait as the barley released its goodness and was all gooey! I even sneaked in a cheeky handful of parmesan but that was more to do with the fact I still am in love with my new microplane graters! Also I made up a one pot style dish using up a mix of wild rice and long grain, added in a sliced red pepper, shredded leeks, red onion and two sandwich steaks I found in the freezer, roughly chopped and added at the end with beef stock, was quite tasty and made a nice lunch for me today.
I think the slow cooker is going to be dusted off shortly and wintery casseroles back on the menu!