There's nothing quite as nourishing and comforting as chicken and pearl barley soup. I don't have a specific recipe with specific quantites of ingredients but I always use a chopped chicken fillet for the chicken meat pieces. Here is what I used in Friday night's soup.
chicken fillet, chopped into small pieces
zucchini (corgette), diced
fresh herbs (parsley and sage from the garden), roughly chopped
salt and pepper
olive oil to saute onion, cellery and chicken
boiling water from the kettle
I start off by chopping the onion and cellery to saute and then add small chopped pieces of chicken fillet to brown. Add the herbs and stir. Add a kettle full of boiling water to the pan. Nothing fancy about this, it just reduces the time it takes to get the water boiling on the stove. Add pearl barley, I used about 3/4 cup 'cos I like thick soup. Add chopped vegetables, whatever you feel like using. I usually like to add parsnip, but it's a bit on the expensive side at the moment so I didn't buy any. Season with salt and pepper. Simmer until chicken, vegetables and barley are cooked. Adjust seasoning. Enjoy.
We ate our soup last night with mini cheese and corn muffin which were in the freezer left over from Genevieves party. YUM!
Have you eaten something delicious or comforting today. Includes chocolate!