Beef and Barley Stew

On Thursday night I was faced with some defrosted steak, no shopping done, no plan and a mother-in-law coming for dinner. It was time to call on my inner Nanny Ogg, here’s what she came up with:

Beef and barley stew

Beef and barley stew

a slosh of olive oil
3 onions, diced
1kg steak, diced
1/2 red capsicum, diced
generous sprinkling of garlic powder
a shake or three of dried chili flakes
some allspice…maybe a bit more
3 tablespoons plain flour
1L beef stock
a few bay leaves
2 tablespoons tomato paste
the rest of the bottle of worchestershire sauce (I dunno, 1 tablespoon?)
3 carrots, sliced
4 potatoes, diced
1/2 cup pearl barley
salt & pepper to taste

Brown the onion and steak in the olive oil. Add the capsicum, spices and flour and brown a little more. Add everything else on the list except the barley. Simmer for 30 minutes. Decide to add barley. Simmer till barley is cooked. Season. Eat with rice. Be smug when your fussy daughter says “It’s good!” Be less smug when she ends up feeding most of her serve to the dog.

4 Responses to “Beef and Barley Stew”

  1. suze2000 says:

    I love pearl barley, but really am useless as I've no idea how to use it! Help?

  2. mimbles says:

    Er, I just chuck it in soups or stews and simmer until the barley is cooked, can't remember how long that is right now. A little goes a long way, there was enough stew for a second meal for the family. Adam has also used it in an anglo saxon recipe that was almost like a barley risotto, cooking it with stock till the liquid was all absorbed.

  3. Leslie says:

    comfort food!!!!! I have to make this, it sounds amazing.
    Happy Halloween

  4. Poetic Shutterbug says:

    Oh, I just love stews and this sound wonderful. Perfect for this time of year.

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