Sunday, October 15, 2006

Barley Soup with Kale

It's getting to be soup weather here again. In fact we had a record low of 30 degrees here last night. Plus we figured a soup was a good way to eat our greens. We made this very much like our Mushroom Barley Soup, leaving out the portobellos but adding a big bunch of coarsley chopped kale. It came out quite delicious and was definitely hearty enough to make a meal out of it. Especially with this awesome apple crisp Darlene made for dessert. We braved the maddening crowds at a local orchard last weekend and came home with about 8 pounds of apples and this was a great way to use some of them.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

OOHH how much I love Kale! So which version of the soup do you think you prefer? It's getting cold here too and I'm in soup mode. The dessert looks delicious!

-Teresa

springsandwells said...

wooo hooo! That soup looks great, and so does the apple crisp! yum! I've got an apple tree full of yummy looking apples... haven't decided just yet what to do with them all.

Chris said...

Well Teresa I can't say that I love kale so I probably prefer the portobello version but I certainly don't mind eating me some greens and this was a good way to get them.

I wish we had an apple tree Amey. We do have a skinny little peach tree but the squirrels ate most of our peaches this year :-( If we did have plenty of apples I think we'd make a bunch of apple pie filling (also good for crisps and cobblers) and can it or freeze it.

springsandwells said...

That's a cool idea Chris, I think I'll investigate that. It would be nice to have it all canned and ready to go.

For the last couple of years I have made apple sauce and canned that... and it turned out absolutely great! The apple tree was already there when we bought our house, so we don't even know what variety it is, but I really love it. This year we planted a fig tree, a meyer lemon tree, and an apricot tree in our front yard. We ate our first fig today! No apricots though... maybe next year.

Chris said...

That's great Amey. Maybe we'll head back to the orchard for more apples so we can make applesauce. I don't think I've ever had homemade but I bet it's wonderful. I'd love to have more fruit trees but we don't have a lot of room in our yard. We could probably find some space though. We did plant a blueberry bush last fall and got enough berries for a few bowls of cereal this spring.

funwithyourfood said...

oh that is a lot of apples. and it is a great use for them!


Teddy

Leigh said...

The apple crisp looks great! I still need to try the apple ugly recipe you posted earlier this year, now that good apples are back.

Veggies..... said...

This apple crisp looks delightful. We have a nice stash of organic BC apples to use up, maybe dessert tonight??? Thanks for the inspiration. G

Chris said...

Thanks Teddy!

The crisp was so good G. You should definitely make one.

And speaking of good Leigh, the apple uglies are incredibly delicious. We keep saying we need to make them again. Soon... very soon.

Anonymous said...

that apple dessert looks DIVINE!