Too hot to cook survival guide

Temperatures are rising and the idea of staying in front of a hob for more than a split second daunts you? Fear not, here is a guide to our quick cooking grains that will have you sitting down to eat in a cool place in no time at all.

At a glance:

10 minutes or less

Couscous, wholemeal and white

Couscous, spelt and barley

Couscous, giant

10 to 15 minutes

Rice, basmati white, basmati brown, jasmine

15 to 20 minutes

Buckwheat, raw and roasted

Rice, Arborio, Carnaroli, Parboiled, Jasmine, Sushi

Bulgar, fine and medium


Quinoa, white, red, black, trio

20 to 30 minutes


Pearl Barley

And if you can stand the heat and stay in the kitchen!

30 minutes +

Brown rice, long and short

Red rice

Wild rice

Rice Trio

Pot barley

Spelt grain

Wheat grain

Eating wholegrains provides you with a nutritional explosion – complex carbohydrates, protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals. They will keep you satiated for longer, which means less time in front of the fire and more time at the beach!