If I had to choose between a soup or a salad for lunch everyday for the rest of my life, I would choose soup. Hands down! I just love how a steamy bowl of soup can warm you up on a cold day. Also, it’s amazing how many nutrients you can pack into one bowl of comfort food. Don’t get me wrong. I love salads too, but there’s something magical about the warmth of a soup after spending a morning outside with the kids in winter or hiking with friends on a chilly fall day.
When my kids were still babies and getting food on the table after a sleepless night seemed impossible, my good friend and I used to do a soup swap each week. We had a huge glass container that we passed back and forth filled with delicious creations. It was always exciting to see what kind of soup would arrive at my door every other week. Even though it was sometimes tough to get organized and produce a soup large enough to share, it brought me such joy to know that we could help each other out with such a simple thing. And it meant I didn’t have to think about what to make for lunch for a few days each week!
One of my favorite soups to share was this simple beef barley soup. In fact, I make this one quite often. My husband is more of a stew lover, so he especially enjoys when it thickens up overnight. You can easily thin it out a bit by adding a small amount of water or broth when reheating if you prefer it to be more “soupey”.
Hi, I’m Alana. Wife, mom, daughter, friend, amateur gardener, coffee guzzler, shower singer, hiker extraordinaire and life-long learner from British Columbia, Canada. This blog is where I hope to be able to grow from an aspiring meal maker to an outstanding culinary creator. This is where I need your help. I invite you to join me on my journey of food exploration by providing feedback on the recipes we create here at Cool ‘til Yummy, so we can turn them into drool-worthy masterpieces together!