Monday, 23 September 2019

Barley Soup



Fall is here, the weather has cooled, sweaters abound and boots are being worn! Fall means the kids are back to school and the grand parents are headed south to warmer weather. Everyone is busy running kids to soccer, ballet and football...life is busy! I always cook up a big pot of this delicious barley soup when the weather starts to turn. It's does bring back memories of my childhood, Mom would make a version of barley soup– a sustaining dish full of vegetables and cured meat, that’s actually more of a meal than a soup, and perfect for this time of year. This Swiss soup that can be dinner with a thick piece of crusty bread!

Barley Soup
(Gerstensuppe)

1 c. finely chopped onion
6 ounces pancetta, chopped
 6 c. beef broth
1/2 c. barley
3/4 c. diced carrots
1/2 diced celery
1/2 c. diced turnip
1 c. sour cream
2 egg yolks
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 c snipped chives

In a large saucepan, heat the butter and cook the onion and pancetta for about 5 minutes, stirring often. 

Add the broth and bring to a boil, then add the barley.

Cook partially covered for about an hour over low heat, stirring once in a while.



Add the diced vegetables and cook for another 30 minutes.

Combine the sour cream and egg yolks. When barley and vegetables are tender, remove from heat and stir in the egg mixture. Season to taste and fold in the chives. 

Garnish with chives and serve!




Monday, 2 September 2019

Orecchiette with clams and Sausage


 We are in Newport, Oregon enjoying the last bit of Summer. With the ocean in front of us, all I can think of is little neck clams....my favorite food! We went to the local fish market and I bought 3 lbs of clams. For Wee Bear, I proceeded to the grocery to buy hot Italian sausage, pasta and Parmesan. I had a idea for dinner........

Pasta and clams = a food hug in a bowl. Pasta is one of Wee Bear's all time comfort foods. He needs a "Noodles for life" Tee shirt!