Although I didn't use the mint or the roasted red pepper, I thought the recipe needed some tweaking. Firstly, the barley was too soft at the end of cooking time. I would try putting it in after the first hour. Also, I added some carrot chunks along with the meat, and some chunked zucchini the last hour. What is a stew without veggies? It is tasty and hearty, but I felt it needed some more zing. Haven't quite determined what that missing ingredient is as yet. Any suggestions?
This is great stew! I skipped the mint, but used the wine and 1 can of broth (which I think is only 2 cups) and dried dill. Yummy and so easy too! Thanks for sharing this keeper which we will be having often!