How was your weekend? Ours was pretty relaxing, we caught up with friends - over food of course, and ate lots of chocolate.
Over the top Easter brownies - choc macadamia brownies topped with ganache / buttercream and mini-eggs.
And if you were my mother, right about now you’d be saying, “too much chocolate is very heaty”. Remember the concept of heaty/cooling (yin/yang) foods? If not, here’s a link that came up when I googled.
Anyway, the usual recourse after eating too much of a “heaty” food, is to cool the body down by eating/ drinking something “cooling” instead. Which brings us to barley water. I don’t really believe the whole hot/cold thing, but I made barley water because
a) it was easy,
b) I had pearl barley in the pantry and didn’t have to go to the shops,
c) it was one of my favourite childhood drinks.
It’s an odd drink because it’s so viscous but I used to love it with ice. It was handy for whiling away the time while waiting for our food order to arrive, I’d attempt to suck up bits of barley through the straw one at a time.
Barley water isn’t really that hard to make, just boil up a bunch of barley, sugar and water. Some folks add pandan leaves for scent, or candied winter melon for flavour. Usually rock sugar is used but I don’t see why ordinary granulated sugar wouldn’t work as well.
I made mine with the following ratios:
½ cup pearl barley
¼ cup rock sugar (for mild sweetness, add more if you like it real sweet)
10 cups water.
Place everything in a large pot, bring to the boil then simmer for about an hour or more until the barley is soft and tender. Skim surface of drink if necessary.
Let stand for a while then serve warm or chilled. (I prefer chilled)
Did the rest of the Skewer household like it? Mr.Kitchen Hand declined a try, while MC Senior sang its praises.
MC Senior: “Mmmm, I like barley water! It’s sweet!. Come on (MC Junior) try it, it’s yummy”
MC Junior: “No, I don’t like to try it because it’s got seeds in it”
Finally, we convinced her to have a sip but she pronounced it “yucky!”
Ah well, more for us then ☺
Have a great start to the week and here are some pics from our weekend.
We met up with a lovely friend for lunch at Fratelli Paradiso in Potts Point (12-16 Challis Ave, Potts Point, NSW 2011). I'd read some mixed reviews about this place, but luckily it lived up to expectations. It felt very "authentic" and the food was spot-on and bursting with flavour. Don't worry if you don't speak Italian, the waitstaff talk you through the menu, I could sit and listen to them all day :)
Then we went round the corner and sussed out the food store Fratelli Fresh where I got carried away and just HAD to buy these pine mushrooms even though I have no idea what I'm going to do with them just yet.
Easy entertaining - get a bunch of different tomatoes, slice and arrange prettily on a plate, sprinkle on soame basil leaves and flowers from the garden, just before serving, drizzle with balsamic vinegar and olive oil and a sprinkle of salt.