Sometimes, I believe true happiness comes in a bowl. It is the truth.
This is the best kind of happiness because it leads to a pretty good experience all round. It makes you smile, it sounds like ‘mmm’ and ‘aahhh’, it tastes like home, it fills your belly, it warms your soul…
I found happiness in this amazing Beef, Vegetable and Barley Stew, made in the Philips Electric Pressure Cooker – in no time at all.
I have had to review this new appliance from Phillips and it has been a blessing. I am much more comfortable using it as I was in the beginning, pressure cookers aren’t really my thing, you see. You can read all about it in my first post here.
But, it couldn’t be any easier presenting a good old home cooked meal when you have one of these babies around. I am now convinced that I NEED one of these, for good…
Getting all warm and cozy?
This Beef, Vegetable and Barley stew is exactly what should be on your weekend cooking list, as it is so nourishing and comforting – the perfect meal to enjoy on a freezing weekend. Happy weekend!
* Philips sent me the HD2105 Electric Pressure Cooker to review. All thoughts on the machine is my own. Recipe is my own. This post was not sponsored. *
|Prep Time||5 min|
|Cook Time||55 min|
- 1 kg beef stewing meat
- 2 stalks celery finely chopped
- 1 onion finely chopped
- 1 green pepper finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
- 2 bird eye chili finely chopped
- 1 can chopped and peeled tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon tomato puree
- 2 cups beef stock
- 1 cup water
- 2 large carrots peeled and chopped
- 1 cup frozen peas
- handful purple cabbage shredded
- 1 cup pearl barley uncooked
- extra water to cover ingredients
- salt and black pepper to season
- handful fresh parsley to serve
- Plug your Electronic Pressure Cooker in, the power light will come on.
- Add the beef, celery, onion, green pepper, garlic, chilli, tomato can, paste, stock and one cup of water, while the machine heats up.
- Set the timer knob to 40 minutes and close the lid. Ensure the pressure regulator valve is set on 'seal'.
- After the pressure cooking time has elapsed, set the pressure regular valve to 'vent' – careful - there are quite some steam escaping from this valve -until the valve has dropped and open the lid.
- Add the carrots, peas, cabbage and barley and add more water to cover the stew. Close the lid and set the cooking time to 15 minutes.
- After this pressure cooking time has elapsed, your stew should be ready.
- Season to taste and sprinkle with fresh parsley and a dollop of sour cream.