Unwind after a busy, busy week:
Pick fresh blooms on your morning walk.
Make vegetable and barley soup
(Which you eat in an equally colourful bowl)
Curl up with the newspaper and lots of warm tea,
And maybe a little dark chocolate,
because its good for the spirit.
Vegetable and Barley Soup
1 large leek thinly sliced
1 brown onion chopped
3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
2 celery sticks chopped
1 large carrot chopped
2 small zucchinis chopped
handful or two of green beans, chopped
4 large ripe tomatoes
1 cup of barley
1.5-2 litres good vegetable or chicken stock
2 bay leaves
Gently saute onions and garlic with olive oil in a heavy-based saucepan. Add leeks and gently fry for a couple of minutes until soft and translucent. Then add rest of vegetables, including tomatoes - pour in stock and bring to the boil. Add barley, bay leaves and simmer with the lid on for 30 mins - 1hr (depending on how soft you like your barley to be). Salt and pepper to taste.