This month the theme for the Slow Cooked Challenge over with Janice from Farmersgirl Kitchen is Rice and Grains. I’ve only tried a risotto once in the slow cooker, and it was partly extremely soggy and partly still hard, so not successful at all! So I thought I might avoid rice this time and try a different kind of grain. In the supermarket many of the grains I looked at only needed a short cooking time (things like buckwheat, couscous and so on) and so a long cooking time wouldn’t really work for them. Pearl barley though is a grain I’ve used in lamb stews I’ve cooked in casserole dishes in the oven before, so I knew it could handle a longer cooking time.
I remembered a recipe in the book Slow Cooked by Miss South
(check out her blog too) for a pearl barley risotto, or orzotto (orzo is the Italian word for barley), with beetroot. I decided to take inspiration from that recipe and make a pearl barley risotto with a similar base, using the ingredients in my fridge. A bag of spinach waiting to be used up and some light halloumi with mint caught my eye so these would go in too. Read on for my recipe for slow cooker spinach and halloumi pearl barley risotto!
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You really don’t need to give up your slow cooker come the summer. If you are busy (aren’t we all) and often out of the house, keep your slow cooker on hand even in the warmer months. OK, I admit it can’t make a salad but you can still use it for a healthy and light dish full of vegetables and summer flavours, no stew or casserole in sight! Read on for my recipe for slow cooker chicken with Mediterranean roasted vegetables, a colourful and tasty dish.
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I love it when the sun shines, it brightens up the working day and makes getting up in the morning so much easier. We eat more fruit in the summer especially when the British strawberries, blackberries and raspberries are in season. In fact I like to go and pick our own in the farm in our town (one of the perks of living in Surrey!), the kids have fun and we end up with punnets and punnets of fruit to use. It isn’t quite that time of year just yet, but I added fresh fruit to these blackberry mini bundts to give them flavour and colour as an added bonus.
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