beef and pearl barley stew


This is just in case you think that I’m the only one doing any cooking in our house.  My partner is an excellent cook and its only recently that I’ve got anywhere near her skill.

This combination of stew and sweet potato worked very well together.

About Andrew Brown

I live in Lewisham, South East London, and spent 9 years as a Labour councillor in the borough between 1997 and 2006.
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9 Responses to beef and pearl barley stew

  1. kate says:

    am i the only person in lewisham who has never eaten sweet potato? and do you really cook? i think you must have the secret to a 36 hour day i dont know how you fit everything in.

  2. andrewkbrown says:

    You really ought to try sweet potato, very easy to do and lovely. It has the sweetness of butternut squash and (obviously) the consistency of potato.

    Yes, I’m trying to do my fair share of the cooking now I’m at home more nights (and work from home 2 days a week at the moment). Having only 2 kids to put to bed makes it easier and we usually have that done by 7:30/8 o’clock.

    I guess it would be easy to fall back on pre-cooked stuff, and we’ve eaten our share of that, but its never as nice as the stuff you cook for yourself.

  3. kate says:

    i love cooking from scratch when i have time, but stick to what i know the kids will eat. and i havent tried butternut squash either. is that bad?

  4. andrewkbrown says:

    Well only if you don’t do something about it!

    Know what you mean about cooking what the kids like. We swing wildly between doing the tried and tested and trying not to have to make separate meals for the children. Sometimes they surprise us and thats always great. Of course when it doesn’t work there’s hell to pay.

  5. Skuds says:

    I must try that one day, to make a change from spuds.

    Kate shouldn’t worry, I lived in lewisham for about 12 years and I don’t think I ever had sweet potato. (Plenty of yam, fried plantain and palm oil though).

    Do you cook sweet potatoes like normal ones?

  6. andrewkbrown says:

    We roast them for about the same amount of time as you would a normal roast potato. Haven’t boiled them so don’t know if that works.

  7. Scrybe says:

    boiling them, I tend not to work to times, just peel, chop and boil until tender (or the texture you want). you can then add some butter and make sweet potato mash if yoo want (delicious with spicy lamb topped with mozzarella).

  8. natalie says:

    sweet potato is excellent. i have had trouble getting my daughter to eat potato but we did sweet potato mash which we told her was carrots (which she does eat) and she tried it and loved it. sweet potato is lovely with fish also, but mind you dont have everything too orange! i did salmon and carrots and sweet potato as these are all things my two year old will eat… very boring looking meal but tasted delilcious.

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