by Raymond Blanc

For many years I’ve had a deep longing to create a form of risotto using barley, but as the Italians might tell me off, I decided to play safe and call this a stew. The spices add complex notes, but the heat should be gentle. The dish is wholesome, satisfying and healthy yet luxuriously creamy and a fantastic showcase for the big flavour of my favourite Early Nantes carrots.

Each serving provides 351kcal, 7g protein, 51g carbohydrates (of which 18g sugars), 12g fat (of which 1g saturates), 7g fibre and 0.8g salt.

Main course

Buyer's guide

Rainbow chard is available year round. Look for fresh green leaves and firm stalks with no signs of wilting or discolouration.


Keep it in a paper bag in the fridge for 2-3 days, or blanch and freeze.