Friday, 5 September 2008

Has Winter arrived already?

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!


  1. how long do you cook the pearl barley for in total?

  2. hiya, it was just under 1 and a half hours, I am about to have some of the remainder as I type :)


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