Spelt and Chorizo Supper

I’m lucky to live just the other side of the park from the Deli Downstairs in Victoria Park Village (or Lauriston Village to use its proper name).  It’s a wonderful place to pop in for a treat- they do beautiful pies, quiches, sausage rolls and cheeses.   I’m a fan of their black pudding scotch egg.   You can also bring your own bottle to fill with some red or white from Borough Wines.  But the real reason why I love it is because it stocks the odd unusual ingredient that is just a bit harder to source- wild garlic or goats curd for example.  Or a bag of pearled spelt grain for the bargainous price of £1.50.

I’d never cooked it before, but this ancient grain turns out to be fantastic stuff.  It has a slightly nutty flavour, but much more neutral than something like pearl barley, which I always think tastes like musty, damp socks.  You simply boil it until tender and then use it as a side dish, instead of rice or in a salad as you would do with cracked bulgur wheat or couscous.  I decided to go down a more risotto-esque route by stirring in some creme fraiche, feta cheese, lime zest and thyme.  Along with a colourful salad of tomato, peppers and chorizo, this made for a satisfying supper which I highly recommend.  You just might have to pop down to South Hackney to get all the ingredients. 

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