soup day

Worries go down better with soup.  ~Jewish Proverb


This morning seemed awfully dark ~ I woke at 0514, peeked outside; dark.  I did my morning exercise, peeked outside; dark.  I got my son’s lunch ready, and made coffee, peeked outside; dark.  I check the online weather, and this is what I got:

Weather for San Antonio, TX

75°F | °C Tue Wed Thu Fri
Mostly Sunny Mostly Sunny Mostly Sunny Clear
Scattered Clouds
Wind: SE at 4 mph
Humidity: 94% 102° 75° 102° 77° 100° 73° 106° 75°

Even with the heat, the cloud cover and this blasted air conditioning makes it seem a perfect day for soup.  Thank goodness I put a pot of vegetable barley on yesterday! Stay warm ~ V

Vegetable Barley Soup

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 cup crimini mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 red potatoes, diced
  • 1 parsnip, diced
  • 1 red sweet pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 seeded jalapeño, finely chopped
  • 2 T butter
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 cup barley
  • 1/2 lentils
  • 4 cups stock
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flake
  • 1 tsp kosher salt, (or to taste ~ be careful, your stock is already seasoned)
  • 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp herbes de Provence
  • creme fraîche (optional), to serve

In a large stock pot, melt butter, drizzle pan with olive oil; when pan is hot, add onion, garlic, peppers and celery; sauté for 4 minutes, just until onion starts softening; add potatoes, parsnip, carrots, mushrooms, barley and lentils, stir until barley and lentils starts glistening;  add cold water, bring to boil.  Lower temperature to simmer, add hermes de Provence, pepper, red pepper flake and 1/2 tsp salt with the stock; cover with tight fitting lid; stir occasionally.  Simmer over low heat 1 hour ~ taste, adjust seasonings.  Serve with grilled flat bread, good old bread and butter or corn bread and a good dollop of creme fraiche!

One Comment Add yours

  1. It’s almost fall here in Seoul…my favorite time of year in Korea! Because of the protein in lentils and healing properties of garlic (Koreans love their garlic!), this will make the perfect post-run meal…can’t wait to try it :-p


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