Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Soothing Stew and a Sneak Peak!





Today is sunny and lovely, again...

...but we've had a grey and rainy week here, overall...

...the kind of weather which requires this soup.

If it's not cold and grey where you are today...

...put this recipe away for when it is.

I guarantee that this will soothe tummies and souls!

Yummy Lentil Barley Stew

1/4 c butter or olive oil
1 & 1/2 cups chopped celery
1 & 1/2 cups chopped onion (I use mild, sweet onions)
3 cloves minced garlic or to taste(I use more!)

Saute the above ingredients in a large sauce pan or dutch oven until the celery, garlic and onions are tender and translucent.

Then add:

2 tsp salt
1 tsp freshly ground pepper (or to taste)
1-2 tsp ground rosemary leaves

1 & 1/2 c pearl barley
1 & 1/2 c dried lentils (the greenish brown ones)
6 finely grated carrots
28-ounce can of crushed tomatoes
6 cups of water

Heat soup until boiling, then reduce the temperature and simmer.
Cook until thickened, stirring occasionally (45 to 60 minutes).

The measurements are just a 'jumping off place', really...

...since you can add more of any ingredient (or more water)... order to achieve the taste and consistency you crave.

It thickens upon standing... don't be surprised if you need to add a little water on day two.
As regards my project..."What could it be?"

Materials: pre-felt pieces, wool yarn, netting from vegetable bags...

...synthetic fabric with jewels, vintage lace.

Next time..."What it is." Grin.

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1 comment:

Kelly said...

I'm intrigued...vegetable bags?! Waiting patiently... :)