Thursday, 21 June 2012

Slackers

Great name isn't it!?


Taken from this book and heavily adapted (but I had to keep the wonderful name)


The recipe is for drink that reminds me of barley water...(but without the fuss of bringing the barley to the boil)

I put 4oz/110g of oatmeal into a bowl (I didn't have any fine oatmeal so used pinhead oatmeal instead) with 1.5oz/40g of rosemary sugar. Then I added a chopped lemon. The chopped lemon could easily be substituted for a good glug of bottled lemon juice. (The oatmeal could be substituted with rolled oats or boiled barley)

4oz/110g oatmeal, 1.5oz/40g sugar & a chopped lemon

Cover with boiled water, stir to dissolve the sugar then top up with a litre of warm water. At this point I stirred in a generous handful of torn lemon balm & mint leaves.

Leave to cool, then drink...


It tastes delicious!
(The original recipe uses the same method but different amounts- 4oz fine oatmeal, 6oz loaf sugar, half a lemon and a gallon of water)

18 comments:

Stitchybritt said...

Yum! I wonder if a dash of rum would be permitted...

marigold jam said...

Barley water there's a blast from the past. Your drink sounds delicious and I love the name - must give it a try.

Rachel said...

It is indeed a wonderful name. Just remember to use unwaxed lemon!

Squirmy said...

That looks delicious, I'm definitely going to give it a whirl! Thanks for posting the recipe :)

Penelope said...

Gosh, that looks refreshing. I made some of your poor man's mackerel pate last weekend and it went down a treat, felt like it was posh pate from a posh deli (or so my husband said!) xox Thanks for sharing, Penelope

BadPenny said...

Oh a perfect summer drink - just need some summer ! I made Mackeral pate too !

Thrifty Household said...

I'm really pleased that you liked the pate- It's a real favourite of mine!

Jean said...

This sounds like a variation or offshoot of switchel, which my mother, from Canada, used to make for the farm crew when they were haying. Switchel consisted of water, vinegar, rolled oats, sugar. It was very refreshing.

tea with hazel said...

love these old recipes and that you are giving them an airing..i've only had barley water once when i sick that my mother made for me..it was delicious..i must try this..it sounds refreshing and delicious..jane

backlanenotebook said...

Good name indeed and it looks most refreshing. I too made the mackerel pate recipe and plan to make it again this weekend.
And loved the sweet dog in your last post.

Kadeeae said...

Have been reading and thought it time to comment :)

Have the mackerel pate on next week's menu and will be giving this a go too ~ thanks for the inspiration!

Calico Kate said...

Will HAVE to try this one.
CKx

Gillian said...

That actually looks really refreshing! But does it tell you why it has such a funny name? I am intrigued!

Thrifty Household said...

I am equally intrigued...to the point that I looked it up in the Online Oxford English Dictionary- it isn't there...Alison Utterly calls it 'Slackers'. The OED says a slacker is either a gate to stop the flow of water or a person who avoids work- neither really seem to relate to a drink (or perhaps you're slacking whilst drinking- or 'slaking' your thirst?)
Please note that the recipe said fine oatmeal but I only had pinhead oatmeal...

thriftwood said...

Love your thrifty blog! Have a great weekend, your new follower, Claire xx

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

I really like the sound of this. As soon as we get a summer - because it's surely a summer drink? - I'll give it a go :D

Mrs. Micawber said...

Somehow barley and lemon sound right together, though I would never have thought of oatmeal and lemon. This is such an interesting recipe. I think Mr. M would love it.

(Have you ever tried orchata? It's made from rice, milk, water, sugar and cinnamon. Another non-alcoholic grain-based drink.)

My simple life said...

hi
looks good!!!thanks for the recipe.
have a nice sunday,
regina

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