Thursday, April 14, 2011

Dinner on the Fly: Mushroom and Barley Soup

This rainy night I needed comfort food.  It is work to be an optimistic person and I openly accept the challenge.  Anything worth having can not be attained without the fair amount of effort including a sunny disposition and the unrelenting push forward into the abyss of could-bes.  But still, one day is full of possibilities and the next they pop like soap bubbles, am I right?  Brushing myself off, it isn't long before I decide to blow a new set of hopes and wishes into that little, plastic, circle wand.  Comfort food definitely helps.  I don't think my body would thank me for wallowing in greasy-cheeseburger-fries-and-a-shake self pity but maybe something just a little warm and starchy.

Mushroom and Barley Soup

At least 3 cups of 3 kinds of mushrooms like shitake, cremini and portabella chopped
1 red onion chopped
1 stalk of celery chopped
4 to 6cups beef broth
1/4 cup sherry
1/2 a cup chopped parsley
One sprig of thyme
1 cup barley
sea salt
black pepper
heavy cream (optional and the amount is entirely dependant on how much comfort you are needing, I will not judge you)
3 tablespoons olive oil

In a large pot or dutch oven sautee` your onion and clelery in olive oil until transluscent.  Then add your barley and toss so that it is well coated.  Add chopped mushrooms, sherry and thyme then cover to steam for a minute or two so that the mushrooms reduce in size and the flavors blend.  Note that if your barley is sticking to the pot beforehand add a small amount of liquid such as broth or water to slow the cooking. The add the rest of the broth and simmer until the barley is soft.  Before serving add salt, pepper, parley and heavy cream.

1 comment:

  1. i don know wht's on your mind seem to be restive and i think it was genius on your part to have made this warm comfort food. i love this pic. i always told you you're a genius :)