1 tbsp sunflower oil

200g smoked streaky bacon, preferably in one piece, skinned and cut into chunks

900g cheap stewing lamb like middle neck or scrag (ask at your butcher counter), cut into large chunks

small bunch thyme

3 stalk celery, thickly sliced

5 carrots, cut into big chunks

6 medium potatoes, cut into big chunks

700ml low FODMAP stock

3 bay leaves

3 scallions, green part only,  cut into chunks

small knob of lactose free butter


Heat the slow cooker if necessary, then heat the oil in a frying pan.

Sizzle the bacon until crisp, tip into the slow-cooker pot, then brown the chunks of lamb in the pan.

Transfer to the slow-cooker pot along with the thyme, celery, carrots, potatoes, stock, bay leaves and enough water to cover the lamb.

Cover and cook on Low for 7 hrs.

Stir in the scallion, and cook on High for 1 hr more until the pearl barley is tender.

Stir in the lactose free butter, season and serve scooped straight from the dish.

Recipe adapted from: Good Food

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