The day didn't begin well. Sylvia rose at 6am and put on the Frozen CD. Nooooooo! We went swimming. Yessssssss! We met Sylvia's school friend and her little sister at the pool. They joined us and a couple of other little kids that we know who were taking lessons. It was a fun time splashing about. I was complimented by an old lady on 'how wonderful you young mums are taking the kids to the pool'. ('Moi?') Followed by lunch at Zaatar where Sylvia actually now eats the zaatar pizza with not too much scraping off the zaatar. Then a play in the park where the kids had fun scrambling up a tree and watching the ducks.
I love the pretty striped choggia beetroot but never know what to do with it. (Any ideas are welcome!) Initially I had hoped to make a chunky beetroot soup I love but add barley. Then I sort of got influenced by a beer and barley recipe I wanted to make but had no Worcestershire sauce on hand. I winged it. And it was very good. Much better than a honey and cider stew I made some years ago by adapting a meaty recipe. I left potato out of this stew so that I could put it in the freezer. (Actually I think that might be what is in the mysterious tubs!)
The stew was even better for being served with a hunk of fresh seeded soda bread. I was not sure it was quite cooked in the middle but even so it was a treat. I had the bread ready for Sylvia's dinner but the stew took longer. I waited until she was in bed and ate it listening to the Wonderland soundtrack. Good music and a sleeping child are every bit as lovely as good stew with fresh bread.
Coburg Farmers Market. I had hoped some of the stripes would show through in the final stew. You can see in the photos that there is not a hint of beetroots pink hues. The beetroot stripes lost their colour and became the faintest of shadows. However I was pleased that E actually said how much he enjoyed the beetroot in the stew.
I am sending this stew to Elizabeth's Kitchen for her Shop Local event that challenges bloggers to feature locally sourced ingredients.
Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
One year ago: Savoury sandwich ideas
Two years ago: Irish No Knead Bread
Three years ago: Apple Spice Cake
Four years ago: Lentil quinoa balls and fun links
Five years ago: Bizarre gnocchi and strange crumble
Six years ago: Paella with thanks
Seven years ago: Mushroom Yoghurt Pie with Spinach Crust
Honeyed beer and barley stew
An original recipe inspired by me (Green Gourmet Giraffe) and Vegan Eats
1-2 tsp olive oil
1 onion, peeled and chopped
3-4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 cup beer
5 cups water
1 heaped cup dried barley
1 cup red lentils
1 large carrot, chopped
1 large turnip or swede, peeled and chopped
1 large parsnip, chopped
2 sticks celery, chopped
3 medium beetroot, chopped choggia or golden are best
2 leeks, chopped
8-10 button mushrooms, sliced
6 tsp stock powder
2 bay leaves
few springs parlsley, finely chopped, plus extra to garnish
1 tsp salt flakes, or to taste
few stalks fresh thyme
400g tin of lima beans, rinsed and drained
1 tbsp cider vinegar
1-2 tsp honey
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
Heat oil over low heat in a stockpot and fry onion and garlic for a few minutes until translucent. Add beer, water, barley, lentils, remaining vegies, stock powder, bay leaves, parsley, salt and thyme. Bring to the boil and simmer for about 40 minutes, stirring regularly. Add lima beans, vinegar, honey and black pepper. Cook for another 5 minutes until warmed through. Garnish with parsley.
On the Stereo:
(Michael Winterbottom's) Wonderland soundtrack: Michael Nyman