what goes up

And as quick as you can say JINX… oh dear.

The components:

* A dastardly forty minute wait in a queue at the IKEA checkouts (yes I complained to the manager and he promised he'd fire someone.)

* I bought a wonderful Manduca baby carrier at the Organic Expo on the weekend, and Ivy hates it. Something about the way her legs and hips work. She cries every time I put her in it. Back to the sling for a while. (Which is a shame because the carrier is terrifically comfortable.)

* I was running errands all day and ran out of time for lunch. Headache. Idiot.

* I burnt the dinner. Burnt it.

LUCKILY there was leftovers of this:


Spinach and Barley Dumplings!

Based on a recipe from Laurel's Kitchen (love that cookbook) you basically mix up a cup of cooked barley with a cup of cooked chopped spinach, add 2 eggs and some herbs and seasoning and then flour as needed to bind (use barley flour if you have it, I used wholewheat, about half a cup I think.)

To cook the barley, you toast it first in a large heavy pan until it turns golden and fragrant. Then cover the barley with water and bring to boil, once boiling, cover it/ put the lid on and take it off the heat. That's it. This amount of cooking and then the cooking it does in dumpling form is the perfect amount – not mushy, not hard at all. Perfect.

Roll the little devils in some more flour…

then chuck them into a pan of stock.

Cook for about 8 minutes.

I made a tomato sauce with onion, garlic and about 8 chopped tomatoes. Cook for about 10 mins then add a tin of beans, any kind you like – I like cannellini – and cook for another 10 mins.


We're getting gorgeous Jap pumpkins in season round here, so I roasted some in the skin to serve with.

Really delicious.

And all together a wonderful backup when the house smells of smoke and the mushroom and leek pasta is cremated.


6 Comments on “what goes up

August 26, 2010 at 10:53 pm

They look fantastic – just as I’d imagined them from your list on the right. Think I might experiment to see if they’ll bind without the egg (damn the egg allergy!!). Thanks for the recipe Fi!

August 26, 2010 at 11:10 pm

Just looked up your Yoghurt Maple Balls recipe – looks fab, and with all the yoghurt around I’d be crazy not to try them 🙂 Might try the crushed biscuit outer for Miss Mia… what a drag having an egg and nut allergy with a vegetarian mum!!

August 26, 2010 at 11:12 pm

oh no i cursed you yesterday when i admitted that i had burnt a few batches of cookies recently didnt I?

what’s the term? the power of suggestion? sorry it was negative!

it’s been weeks since i’ve baked sweets and I’m still not ready to try again…

August 27, 2010 at 6:26 am

looks great – love the site…i look forward to coming to visit again –

August 27, 2010 at 10:50 am

Mmm… sounds a bit like my day… ‘cept we had baked beans for dinner. Leftovers round your house are pretty spectactular.

Noel Johnson
December 31, 2012 at 3:26 am

Love that your posts provide links back to your earlier posts at the bottom – I don’t know if I ever would have discovered this post otherwise … and I can’t wait to try both this recipe, and the cook book itself!

Loved your take on the pine forrest today as well. What a great multi-family outing!


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