What To Do With Homicidal Root Vegetables

Want to order a veggie box from the Food Co-Op but afraid of being presented with something knobbly and terrifying? Celaric, for instance, does look a bit like it’s going to grow tentactles and eat your children.

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But fear unknown root vegetables no longer! Use this an easy and very satisfying recipe, perfect for a cold and windy day, that uses any kind of root veg you have to hand; just sub in or out whatever you can find.

ROOT VEG STEW

You will need:

2 onions,
1 swede,
2 parsnips,
6 carrots,
250g pearl barley (You can substitute this for a pulse like lentils but pearl barley is creamy and soaks up flavour; basically God’s gift to soup and stews),
2tsp honey/ honey substitute,
3tsps dried sage/ rosemary/ basil,
1 pint vegetable stock,
salt and pepper,

To make:

  1. Dice the onions and fry. Peel and dice the swede and add to the pan, then dice the parsnips and add. Pour in the vegetable stock.
  2. Add the pearl barley and bring to the boil, then simmer. Dice the carrots and add to the pan. Add the honey, herbs and seasoning, then add enough water to cover the everything. Leave to simmer for approx. 30mins, adding water if necessary.
  3. Add more seasoning if necessary. The stew is ready when the pearl barley is tender and the vegetables are soft.

If you feel like ordering a veggie box you can do so from the Co-Op, running every Tuesday from week 2 in the Atrium from 12-5pm. All vegetables are organic, and you can chose whether to have local and seasonal veg, or to exclude anything you don’t like.

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