Thursday, October 14, 2010

Warm Me Up!

Rarley do I find a perfect food on the perfect day.
Today, listening to the rain all day hitting the 
brightly coloured red maple outside, 
wishing for that cozy fall feeling as the weather
changes, I decided to make this wonderful soup.
It was perfect.
1/4 - 1/2 cup of pearl barley soaked overnight 
(it won't be a disaster if you do not soak it)
9 cups of veggie stock
Drain barley & place into a large pot with veggie stock.
bring to a boil & reduce the heat 
to simmer for about 45 minutes.

Meanwhile....

Chop up 8 - 10 cups of your favourite mushrooms
(I use white button, portobellini & shiitake..this time)
Olive oil for frying - 1 tbsp
5 large shallots chopped
4 tsp of fresh thyme, chopped or leaves
3 small bay leaves
2 tsp of Dijon mustard...more if you like
And good old salt & pepper

Okay...so as your barley is rolling away, 
turn on a large skillet & add the oil. 
Add the shallots & thyme & when your 
shallots are translucent, add all those crazy mushrooms.
Well, not THOSE mushrooms!
Once your veggies are prepared, & your barley is 
happily bouncing in its hot veggie bath, you will add 
the veggies to the broth & barley.  
Now you may add the bay leaves, Dijon, & salt 
& pepper.  I like to simmer for an hour.  
Served with whole wheat rolls is lovely.
Some October friends!

3 comments:

Vegan Wheekers said...

Ooh, I made something similar - a roasted tomato based pasta stew - to warm me up the other day it was cold and raining. The weather just demands certain foods, doesn't it? :-)

Laloofah said...

Mmmm... barley and mushrooms, that IS good cold weather fare!

But why NOT *those* crazy mushrooms? :-)

Izzy said...

Hee Hee....I have nothing against "those" mushrooms!!