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What did you cook today, and was it good?

Peg | Oct 26, 2007 01:27 PM

What did you make today - where did the recipe come from, and was it good to eat?

Today I made a barley bake with small onions and sweet chestnuts. (I am in the UK, so ingredients may have different names and availability). The recipe was made up as I went along.

I took about a kilo of pickling onions (size - a mouthful each) and 500g sweet chestnuts. I covered them in water, bought them to the boil then turned off the heat. After about 10 minutes I peeled both the onions and the chestnuts, cutting the chestnuts in half.
I shredded 3 leeks and cooked them in a little oil with the peeled onions in a large pan till the leeks were 'melted' and sticking to the pan. I added 2 cloves chopped garlic, the chestnuts, some thyme, a 100g jar of anchovy fillets in olive oil (including the oil), and about 200g pearl barley. After stirring till the anchovies 'dissolved' I added a large glass of Sauvignon Blanc, and water to cover the pan contents. I bought the pan to the boil, reduced the heat and cooked for 45 minutes and rested for 10.

The results - YUM. Serves - maybe 6 people with a side salad.
What I'd do different next time - fry the onions on their own till brown before adding the leeks. Add more garlic.
What I wish I could do - add button mushrooms (but they cause me stomach pain), top with Gruyere cheese and bake in the oven (but I'm on cheese-free diet).

So - what did YOU make today?

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