Beef, Cabbage, Feta and Pimiento on Barley

I may have said this before, but…..

When one is cooking for two, buying a cabbage requires planning.

I get two or three or four dishes out of one head.

I usually use it once for a first course, once or twice as a vegetable side dish and the rest gets put into stir-fries, skillet dinners or quiches.

Fortunately, we both like cabbage.

Beef, Cabbage, Feta and Pimiento on Barley

Total time: 30 minutes


  • 12oz (30gr) ground beef
  • 2 cups sliced Savoy cabbage
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4oz (120gr) pimientoes, chopped
  • 3oz, (90gr) feta, crumbled
  • 1/3 cup Greek olives, chopped
  • 1 tbs tomato paste
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup (4oz, 120gr) beef stock
  • Barley:
  • 1/2 cup (2.8oz, 80gr) quick-cooking barley
  • 1/2 cup (4oz, 120ml) beef stock
  • 1/2 cup (4oz, 120ml) water

Beef, Feta and Pimiento on Barley


  • Cook barley in stock and water, covered, until done.
  • Heat oil in large skillet.  Add onion, chili powder, cumin and stir-fry 5 minutes.
  • Add beef, garlic and stir-fry 5 minutes longer, breaking the beef up as it browns.
  • Add cabbage, stock, tomato paste, oregano and stir well.
  • Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Add pimientos, olives and heat through.
  • Add feta, stir briefly and remove from heat.
  • Spoon over barley to serve.

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Mon mari has been playing with lawn mowers and trimmers and roto-tillers and stuff so nothing new is happening in the house.

On the other hand, my potager is now ready for spring planting.

So I planted the onions and shallots.


I planted around 100 white onions, 150 red onions and 50 shallots.

The onions are tiny little things and easy to plant. But every morning I have to go around and tuck some of them back in the ground. I don’t know if birds disturb them or worms or what, but about 10% of them get popped out of there holes every night until the roots take hold.


In addition to a photo of dirt I thought I’d show you some flowers….. Above are hyacinths and plum blossoms.

Below are quince blossoms.


It’s a strange spring….. These flowers don’t normally bloom at the same time.


The quince blossoms started blooming more than a month ago, but very sparsely. The warm weather must have been what they needed as they are now covered in blossoms.

Maybe I’ll even get quince again.

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