Prep 24 hrs
Cook 2 hrs
From Nigel Slater's Taste of My Life
- 3 1⁄2 ounces pot barley
- 3 medium onions
- 2 large celery ribs
- 1 large parsnip
- 2 carrots
- 4 -5 medium potatoes
- 8 lamb chops
- 3 sprigs thyme
- 3 bay leaves
- 4 ounces corned beef (canned)
- white pepper
- water or stock, to cover
- 1⁄4 cup parsley
- Boil the pot barley in unsalted water for 25 minutes, then drain it.
- Preheat an oven to 320°F.
- Peel the onions and slice them into thick rings. Cut the celery into short lengths. Peel the parsnip, carrot and potatoes and cut them into fat chunks.
- Pile the vegetables into a large deep pot, then tuck in the chops, thyme and bay leaves.
- Add the corn beef.
- Season with a little white pepper, no salt, then pour in the drained barley and enough water or stock to cover the meat and vegetables completely. Bring it slowly to the boil.
- Skim off the worst of the froth that has accumulated on the surface.
- Transfer the pot to the oven and cook for two hours.
- Remove the lid. The broth should be thin, thickened only slightly by the potatoes. Chop the parsley and mix it in carefully, so as not to smash the vegetables, then season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
- Refrigerate overnight. Next day, skim the fat from the top, then reheat slowly on the stove til the meat is thoroughly hot and the broth gently bubbling. Season as requiered and serve piping hot.