Monday, crazy Monday.
As soon as I finish making myself some DPN's for this, it will become a hat for Girly. She really needs one. The one she has is already slipping off her head. Of course she wants nothing to do with the purple and pink. She wants just pink.
"Hey, can I have a bite?" "Aw, man, I don't wanna share."
"Man, it's not even Christmas yet and the line-ups are already starting."
"Hey, what's the hold up?!"
Recipe Number 1 for the week.
Vegetable Beef Barley Soup
1 red onion (thinly sliced)
2 carrots or 5-6 baby carrots (thinly sliced)
1 red pepper (diced)
2 stalks celery (thinly sliced)
2 cloves garlic [(very finely chopped) I can't believe I forgot to add garlic!]
1 lb of ground beef (chicken, veal, pork or turkey work well too)
1 large can whole tomatoes with the liquid (squeeze them as you put them in the pot)
1/2 cup pearl barley
1/2 cup wild rice (one small can added at the end will do the job too)
1 cup beef stock (chicken stock if using any other kind of meat)
2-3 stalks fresh rosemary (1 teaspoon dried)
butter or sunflower oil for frying
salt and pepper to taste
In a very large stockpot on med heat, saute butter and onion until onion is carmelized (pale brown and smelling sweet) add celery, carrots and red pepper, saute until just softened, add garlic saute for one minute or just until it starts to smell really good. Remove from pot and set aside. In same pot, brown beef. Once beef has browned, add beef stock and scrape bottom of pot until all the brown bits are up. Add sauted vegetables, canned tomatoes and liquid, barley, wild rice, rosemary, salt and pepper. Fill the tomato can with water 5 times and add to pot. Bring everything to a slow boil (over med high heat) and let bubble merrily away stirring occaissionally for one hour. If the pot starts to go a bit dry, add half beef stock half water. It should be a very thick chunky soup.
It's a very rich soup so serve with a nice light bread. Perfect for a cold day. It also freezes quite well so you can put some away for another day.
I had to add some stuff I forgot about. I use them in nearly everything so I didn't even think about them.