Good morning, gentle readers. It's a bit milder today - no frost and no slippers (yet).
Well, yesterday was a busy day in the kitchen.
I made barley flour for the pancakes which were absolutely delicious and I have blogged about them in Teacher's Recipes.
I used the rest of the flour to try and make pasta but let's move swiftly on without exploring that idea any further, OK. No, no, no! Fortunately, I didn't waste too much.
While I was rootling in the cupboard for the bread flour, I remembered I had a ready mix (sun dried tomato and Parmesan) packet. As it needed using up, that's what I did. Before then I had 'seasoned' the two terracotta plant pots which involved brushing them with oil and baking them a couple of time in a hot oven which made the house stink a bit but never mind. I don't usually use these ready mix breads but this was rather good even thought they stuck to the flowerpot, even after copious oilings. Next time I will try it with scrunched up lining paper.
When I made the barley flour, I sieved it and the little bits that didn't go through ended up in the lunchtime soup. I was amazed at how much it lifted the whole thing and I decided not to zizz it but to have it a little chunky as the barley had thickened it beautifully. Going to do that one again, for sure.
I have, of course, a bag or pearl barley to use up so I went a hunting and in the evening I made a chicken, mushroom and barley risotto which was also very delicious so it's in the other blog too, adapted and adjusted to serve one hungry person. I used chicken left over from a roast that I had frozen last week so that was my bit towards reducing the freezer contents for the day.
So by the end of the day I was all barley-ed out and I bet my bowels are in good condition!!! Barley is supposed to be very healthy. A friend sent this link to me. http://wholegrainscouncil.org/node/5754/print
If anyone has scrummy pearl barley recipes, I would very much appreciate them, thank you!
Anyway - today's food which looks remarkably similar to yesterdays - good old leftovers
B crumpet with a poached egg
L: leek, potato and barley soup
D: chicken, mushroom and barley risotto with veg on the side because there's not quite enough left over for a full meal.
I also need to go shopping for some fresh veg and a few bits and bobs like loo rolls and I want to make some bread - normal bread, not fancy bread.
After coffee, of course!