31 May '13, 5pm
We cooked a stew outside this week.
The weather people think it's going to be out this weekend. The trails will be dusty. The ice cream vans will be out. Tarmac will be tacky. The beaches still empty. The blue bells are still out. The lawn will be dry. You can wear your favorite tee. So cook outside this weekend. Ruben cooked us an incredible stew over a fire that warmed us after a cold float down the river. Start a small fire. Get a big pot. Put in splash of olive oil. Chop an onion and garlic and throw them in. Then add some carrots, a squash, a couple of sweet potatoes, one aubergine, as many red peppers as you want, a spoon of paprika and some chopped tomatoes of your choice. Once it looks like it needs a drink then add vegetable stock and 1/2 a bottle of red wine. Then drink the rest by the fire and let the whole thing reduce. When the veg is nearly ready, drop in a cup of cous cous and simmer for 15 mi...