Sunday, January 16, 2011

Weekend Fun and Barley Soup

We have been enjoying the weather. After temps being in the low 30s at noon just last week and lots of rain, yesterday it was in the low 60s in the early afternoon. It felt hot! Smile We took full advantage of the gorgeous weather and headed to the park and playground.

After the park, we stopped by Whole Foods to pick up a few things. It has been many months since I shopped at Whole Foods as I tend to have a problem with  “controlling myself” there. Since it was early afternoon, and we hadn’t had lunch yet, we decided to eat there. I got the spicy tuna rolls with brown rice – one of my favorites at WF. They didn’t disappoint.

Hubby and the toddler love the sugar cookies there and got some. They really enjoyed them.

The teenager is still home, and he wants me to cook all  of his favorite meals from childhood. After visiting my parents and eating barley soup in Austria a few weeks ago, he remembered that I used to make barely soup a lot when he was little. He also complained that I hadn’t made it in years. I don’t actually remember how I used to make it years ago, but I came up with a new version. I started  the soup right before we sat down to eat dinner and finished it while I was cleaning the kitchen after dinner. It worked out very well, and we have a nice homemade soup for lunch today. Plus, we had chicken for dinner, and I used the carcass after hubby carved the meat off the bones. 
Barley Soup
  • 1/2 cup organic barley (there is a lot of barley in the soup; you could use less)
  • 8-10 cups liquid (I used half water, half vegetable stock)
  • 1 chicken carcass (optional; I usually make soups vegetarian, but since we had chicken, I decided to us it)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 6 carrots, sliced
  • 3 celery stalks, sliced
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  1. Bring the liquid to a boil and add the chicken carcass and the barley.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour until the barley is soft.
  3. Remove the chicken carcass.
  4. Add the vegetables and continue to simmer until the vegetables are soft, about 15 minutes.
  5. Enjoy! 
I put the soup in the fridge, and it’s ready to be eaten today! I tasted some last night, and I really liked it. Let’s hope the teenager will like it, too! Smile

Questions: What’s your favorite childhood meal? Do you still eat it today? I loved my mom’s potato soup, but I haven’t had any in years. I think I will have to make some soon! What are you up to this weekend?
Be well,


  1. If we had 60 degree weather here I'd be out enjoying it too!

    I love my mom's chicken stir-fry and all of her baked goods from growing up...thankfully she still lives semi-close!

  2. oh that soup looks wonderful! I loved growing up with big breakfasts on the weekend - pancakes were my favorite!

  3. It looks more than a sunny Autumn day than Winter on the pics.

    I can't really think of something I really liked in my childhood, almost everything I guess. My mom's a good cook but she cooks almost only Dutch foods. When I started living on my own I discovered foreign kitchens and a whole new world of food opened up for me.

  4. So cute that your teenager wants all his favorites from when he was little! I love barley soup, too!

    My favorite childhood meal is actually pastina soup. I try to make it, but it's never as good as Mom's!

  5. One of my favorite childhood meals was "potato and egg" - a breakfast my mom made with potato, eggs and sausage in tortillas. YUM. I still eat it - just modified, but TOTALLY remember it from when I was little.

    I LOVE these pics- the slide pic of you two is adorable!

  6. I'm cooking up some soup as we speak! I loved when my mom would make barley and lentil soup as a kid!

  7. you're such a sweet mom! i love the soup recipe, thanks

  8. mmmmmm barley!

    I don't hardly eat meat at all now and haven't for years but when I think about favourite childhood meals my mind usually goes to one of two things: meatloaf with mashed potatoes and harvard beets or ground beef in mushroom sauce with mashed potatoes and green peas. Good stick to your ribs comfort food for a girl who grew up in the Great White North. :)

  9. I love that the teenager wanted barley soup, that's wonderful! It sounds great and I'll bet the carcass added a lot of flavor.

    I loved acorn squash as a kid. HOWEVER, they were sweet, stuffed with brown sugar, syrup, and pecans!! YUMMMM!

    Have a great week, Andrea!

  10. My Mom made this potato and spam thing that was always a hit (because we didn't have to eat peas...until she decided to put peas IN the potato and spam thing)

    but I have a few childhood favorites like that

    BARLEY soup sounds AMAZING

    and I LOOOOOOOOOOVE your toddler smoochie picture. made me smile so big. Toddler smooches are the best (since mine wiped off my kisses for almost a year) hehe

  11. What a nice weekend! I agree with you about Whole Foods! I could spend hours in that store!

    My mom makes the best homemade chicken noodle soup. It always reminds me of my childhood.

  12. Absolutely love the 2nd picture. So cute!

    Nothing's better than a good warm soup during this wintry weather :) Love it!

  13. Looks like a great time with the toddler and that was so nice of you to come up with a similar meal for the teenager. I love barley soup. My fave childhood meal is mac and cheese and I still eat it. I am planning a nice version with whole wheat shells next week.

  14. What a great mom you are to make that barley soup again.I too like barley!

    While our daughter was home from Spain she had me cooking all kinds of her favorite dishes!

    A favorite dish of mine from my childhood was my moms fried chicken!

    You inspired my post today. Please stop by and take a look.

  15. I just adore barley soup! My Mom made (makes) a mean chicken cacciatore. When I was a kid she served it over buttery rice. Mmmm....

  16. Andre, nice pictures of the cute your son :-) I love barley comforting and healthy...yummie!

  17. okay, when i met you at foodbuzz, you had a slightest bit of the cutest accent ever, and i could NOT place it whatsoever. but it's AUSTRIA, which happens to be one of my favorite places i've ever traveled too.

    p.s. those pictures of the toddler at the park are adorable - so is that soup :)

  18. The weather looks beautiful! It's supposed to be about 40 degrees here today, so enough for the snow to melt, but definitely not as nice as where you are. Then it will snow again tomorrow :( OH well! I will enjoy it while I can.

    The soup sounds wonerful. I've been eating a lot of soup lately because I have a small cold. My favorite childhood meal is lasagna, my dad's chili, and my mom's tuna noodle casserole. Yum.

  19. I'll bet the teenager LOVED the soup! My favorite childhood meal was (and is!) my father's chicken cacchitore - my dad uses olives and tomatoes and it tastes amazing. I ask for it every time I visit my dad :)

    Those pictures of you and the toddler are adorable! Also, I'm jealous of your gorgeous weather :P We're currently getting sleet and freezing rain and it's supposed to be the coldest temps on record this weekend - can't wait! ;)

  20. The barley soup sounds just delicious and what a great way to spend a weekend.