Meat-Free Scotch Broth. I loved how simple and clear it looked. My regular barley soup often gets very thick stodgy with the vegies that soften around the corners. This soup had a tin of tomatoes and some red lentils, two of my favourite things. When I came to making it I had lots of barley but not much carrots - Sylvia just keeps eating them - and a dearth of onions.
home made stock and a little leftover miso lentil gravy from Isa Does It. I found that I needed to add some extra water both during cooking and after it had rested overnight. Extra water seemed to require extra salt.
Christmas in July dinner so Sylvia decided to eat dinner by candlelight. Barley soup is peasant food. Not at all posh. Candlelight made it seem a bit more special. Yet in reality barley soup in the past might have been eaten by candlelight because that was all the light that was available. Which reminds me yet again how lucky I am to eat this when I crave it rather than because there was nothing else to eat.
|Random photo of my baby lemons after today's spring rain
No Croutons Required, a monthly vegetarian soup and salad blog event hosted by Lisa this month and run with Jacqueline.
More hearty vegan stews and soups from Green Gourmet Giraffe:
- African curried coconut soup
- Baked bean soup
- Corn chowder with edamame and tofu bacon
- Creamy lentil and vegetable soup
- Japanese-style pumpkin, sprouts and tofu soup
- Shitake and star anise split pea soup
Scotch broth.with lentils and barley
Adapted from Lavender and Lovage
Serves 4 to 6
1 onion, chopped
2 carrots, diced
2 potatoes, diced
1/8 large cabbage, diced
400g tin of diced tomatoes
2 sticks of celery, diced
2 medium cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 cup dried red lentils
1/2 cup dried pearl barley
4 1/2 cups vegetable stock
salt and pepper to taste
Place all ingredients into stockpot. Bring to the boil and simmer for about 1 hour or until vegetable soft and barley is cooked. Stir regularly to check the lentils aren't sticking the bottom of the pot. Will last for a few days.
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