Smoked gammon stew with pearl barley

Make Paleo if you omit the barley.  


2 carrots cut into eight pieces

750g smoked gammon cut into chunky cubes

4 medium onions cut into quarters

6 medium potatoes halved

4 parsnips halved

6 garlic cloves

1 small butternut squash cut into cubes

3 cups chicken stock


1 small dry chilli


¾ Cup pearl barley

½ cup tomato puree or four sliced ripe tomato

Olive oil


Brown the meat and put aside. Sauté the onions and garlic add the rest of the vegetable and fry for two minutes. Put back the meat and little bit of the stock, bring to boil and scrape the bottom. Add the rest of the stock and spices, and then spread the barley on top and mix it a little. Bring back to boil.

Put in pre-heated oven at 170 degree Celsius for at least three hours, every now and then check that there is enough liquid the pan.



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