It’s Friday once again! Where does the time go? I was concerned that this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe would fall inappropriately on a warm Spring day, but luckily (for the soup, anyway) our weather cooled off quite a bit this week.
We made a simple soup called Vegetable Barley Soup with the Taste of Little India. The “taste of Little India” comes from the spices: ginger, turmeric, and garam masala. The rest of the ingredients are very basic: onion, carrots, parsnips, garlic, barley, and chicken broth. After Trevor (of Sis Boom Blog!) mentioned on Facebook that he wished he had added chicken, I decided that chicken was something we needed. I simmered two small boneless, skinless chicken breasts with the rest of the soup and chopped them up when they were cooked.
We enjoyed this hearty, yet light, soup. I was happy with my choice to add the chicken. Next time I would use a little less ginger; I felt the flavor was a bit too strong. I was looking forward to seeing if the flavors mellowed a bit after an overnight rest in the fridge, but unfortunately I accidentally left the pot of soup out on the stove overnight. Quite frustrating, as I hate to waste that much food!
This would be a great recipe to use when you need to “clean out the fridge”. Many vegetables and meats would work well with the barley and spices.
I will be out of town next week visiting my family in Seattle for Spring Break, so I won’t be making next week’s recipe, and I might not be able to comment on other soup posts. However I did make a catch-up recipe this week that I will be sharing with you next Friday!