Brr! Baby, its cold outside, and I for one can barely leave the house without sliding to my doom on the slippery ice coated pavements. Here in the UK, we’re experiencing what we call ‘major snowfall’, which to most of the world I’m pretty sure is just ‘really cold rain’. Yes, I’ll openly admit that as a country, we’re pretty rubbish at dealing with snow, and will continue to complain about it until it thaws and we can carry on grumbling about the wind and rain again.
In true Brit tradition, I am hopeless at dealing with gusts of wind and ice, but what I can deal with is the comfort food that I’m entitled to eat when it arrives! Whether you’re still on the new year diet bandwagon or in the mood for some series snow day indulgence, here are my top 10 foods for eating on a snow day.
I cannot rave enough about the wonder that is pearl barley. It’s cheap (approximately 40p per 500g here in the UK), healthy, and filling, and I could personally devour its chewy goodness by the bucketload. If you’re looking for a new year alternative to your usual rice or pasta, I definitely recommend giving it a try – particularly in this warming, hearty winter stew.
I’m a vegetarian, so I stirred through some Quorn chicken style pieces. However, I’m sure this would work just as well with the real thing. If you’re a meat eater, switch out the veg stock for chicken stock and stir through some bacon lardons for an extra salty, savoury touch.