Pearl Barley, feta, squash and beetroot salad

I love salad, and now spring is upon us i feel we should make the most of something a bit lighter. To make this super healthy super tasty salad you need:

50g Pearl Barley

half of a butternut squash cut into chunks

1 tbsp of olive oil

1 onion into small chunks 

a small amount of cabbage and broccoli chopped up

beetroot sliced

a tin of butter beans

feta cubed

2 beef tomatoes chopped 

Rocket and iceberg lettuce 

Heat oven to 200c.

Boil the pearl barley in salted water for around 30mins until cooked through (dente).

Whilst the barley is boiling. place chopped squash onto a baking tray and toss with olive oil and season, allow to roast in the oven for 20mins. take the onion broccoli and cabbage and stir fry in a pan until softened but still with a bit of crunch. 

Open the can of butter beans and drain. in a bowl toss the beans, feta, tomatoes. Once the butternut squash is roasted and vegetables softened, add to the mixture.

Drain the pearl barley. Chop up the lettuce and layer into a bowl, with the bean mixture on top, crumbled feta and beetroot. serve and enjoy.


More from my short trip to Norwich!

Rainy it may have been but here’s a few of the local foodie faves from my old home Norwich

-The grosvenor fish bar, for all your fish and chip needs

-A pint of the good stuff (oyster stout by adnams) in the Rumsey wells

-a spot of evening entertainment and good food at the Bicycle shop

-go back in time with tea and cake at Biddies Tearoom

-falafel goodness from moorish in the lanes

-a good vintage teapot at the antiques fair in the church by the birdcage

-and one of your 5-a-day, juice at funnies juice bar

when your visiting make sure you check out these places!

Biddys tearoom Norwich

So to my shame this was my first visit to Biddys, and I LOVE tea how could I!?

As you can see this tearoom is a bit of a Cabernet of curiosities, full of little quirks; teapots, stuff animals, old photographs anything that you could associate with the vintage lady.

Bar the decor there’s beautiful cakes and cupcakes and a range of different brews to keep everyone happy as Larry!

We went for a classic breakfast tea and two rather lovely cupcakes; orange and chocolate and, rhubarb and custard! They where delicious and the atmosphere was so cosy that we ended up loosing track of time! Not a bad way to spend an afternoon!

Need a simple meal! It’s all about this tasty red pepper fritarta

You need,

Half a red onion
Half a red pepper
50g new pots
4 eggs
A dash of milk
Knob of butter
Smocked Paprika

Chop the red onion and pepper and add to a frying pan with a little oil and gently hear until soft, add half a teaspoon of paprika and dill season

Chop potatoes in half and boil in a pan for 10-15mins. Once soft drain and add to the frying pan to crisp up slightly. Season.

Heat the grill to 200c.

Into a bowl beat together 4 eggs and add a dash of milk, and a knob of butter, when the potatoes have started to crisp add the eggs, and allow to cook, after a few minutes pop the whole pan under the grill to heat the top of the frittata. This should take a few mins.

Now your ready to serve make a simple side salad and enjoy. I love summery recipes and this is a great light recipe. Simple!