Pork & Vegetable Stew
On the other hand, the weather also provided the perfect excuse to make this yummy, high-speed but delicious stew for supper! So as a little taste of things to come in the next few months, here is a light but satisfying and filling bowl of comfort food to make everything feel alright! And to warm those little cockles of your hearts!
I started off by chopping a carrot, a stick of celery and a quarter or a regular sized onion and briefly sautéeing them in a little olive oil with some crushed garlic and a little tomato paste. As soon as the onion became translucent, I added a handful of pearl barley, stirred it in well and then added enough boiling water to cover everything. I reduced the heat to a low simmer, added a bay leaf, some salt and pepper and let it boil gently for 5 minutes.
During the next 5 minutes, I fried the pork in a little olive oil with another quarter of a finely chopped onion and a little garlic at a high heat, stirring occasionally, but letting the pork and onion brown nicely. In the meantime, I finely chopped a handful of parsley and trimmed and chopped a handful of string beans.
Whilst the stew simmered, I cut some cocktail tomatoes in 3's and added these for the final 5-6 minutes, so that they remained intact, but so that they had time to add their flavor to the broth and to make it light and delicious. I served it up with a sprinkle of ground chili, a light drizzle of olive oil and a sprig of parsley to garnish- and there you have it! A simple stew, full of flavor yet healthy and light, to ease us gently into the cooler months ahead with a smile on out faces :-) Hope you all enjoy it!