Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Soup with Dad and My Sister





My sister, Marilyn, is in town to spend a few days with our father. She is from Edmonton, Alberta and arrived Monday evening.


Being a dog lover, Marilyn has a beautiful Bordie Collie named Shelby. Sophie was very pleased to see her again and 'told' her so in a very 'licky' way!


               Marilyn and Sophie
Since Tuesday is my day to prepare and have lunch with Dad, Monday I decided to make an appropriate 'fall' soup.....beef and barley with lots of harvest veggies.


I have learned that in order to get the full flavour from a soup, make it the day before. It gives the soup/stew a chance to rest and develop.




I bought a kilogram of organic, free range beef, new onions, turnip, carrots, buttercup squash, parsnips and broccoli (for the stems only, as Dad does not like the flowers). 


Simmered the beef with onions for over two hours with a little water and spices. It almost took that long to cut the veggies up in cubes! I cooked the barley separately and added it with the veggies.


Got to Dad's just before noon with a loaf of hearty multi-grain bread I picked up along the way.


Everyone was hungry.


        Ron, Marilyn and Dad















23 comments:

  1. MMMmmm! That has to be one of my favorite soups, er... any time of the year! It looks soooo good!

    Hi to your sister, Marilyn (and your Dada too, naturally!) Sophie likes company!

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  2. We were just talking about making some nice hearty soup and your photos sealed the deal! Wish it were colder here though--but beef soup with barley is always good. My mother used to make all her soups (including our favorite, turkey soup after Thanksgiving) with barley--everyone here in the South puts rice in everything and finding barley isn't easy in some stores! You should be a professional photographer, sir--you are fantastic!!!

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  3. Stop that Jim! You know you are making us all hungry!! lol - Seriously this looks and sounds soooo good! Oh, and by the way... I'm still working on my hubby for the light.... I'm trying to convince him it would be a good thing and he should get it for me... If I get it myself he'll complain too much about using too much electric (that's my guy). So if it's his idea, it can work. Keep making posts about it on my blog and maybe he'll get the hint. haha. ANYWAY> I'm sure you're dad enjoyed that wonderful soup. You're a good son!!

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  4. Oh, 'get out of here' Christine!

    Bobbi, I'll do my best for ya kid! But UV lights are the best in these northern climes of ours.

    Lick to you Sharon...from Sophie of course.

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  5. Have fun with your company from beautiful Edmonton! I agree -- Autumn is the time for hearty soup. I made borscht on Sunday.

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  6. The soup sounds delicious, and very appropriate for the fall season.

    Love your header photo!!

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  7. Debra, you wouldn't be biased now would you!?

    Thanks Mark.....Ron gets all the credit for that one!

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  8. awwww what a cozy comfy looking day! i really enjoy reading your posts jimbo cuz you make me feel like home. comfy and cozy... soup looks delightful and i also love to cook for people. just wondeful.

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  9. That soup looks delicious and sooooo easy to make!

    I agree, soups and stews should be made the day beore and allowed to 'rest' and 'improve' - much more flavoursome!

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  10. Enjoy your sister! The soup sounds terrific. I am a soup gal, any time of the year. Here in South GA we really only have two seasons-hot and not that hot. So you really have to learn to like soup in the heat, and I don't mind it. Our recent faves are a cream of roasted carrots and roasted tomatoes with grilled cheese sandwiches, and a hearty Italian sausage, merlot, and ravioli soup with lots of fresh veggies. Like I said, I am a soup kind of gal.

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  11. Your soup looks a lot like a friend of mine made awhile ago. It had elk meat in it and was yummy.
    Now you've done it!!! I'm hungry thanks to you. Off to the pantry to rummage. :)

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  12. Aside from the beautiful fall colours the thing I like best about Fall is soup! It makes a lovely meal doesn't it...Yum, I think I just might have to make some this weekend.

    Thanks for the photo advice, i'll check it out.

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  13. Yum! And the bowl is very pretty too. I've just started craving soup and chili - it's that time of year. We are having crab and corn chowder tonight.

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  14. What a cozy, day....sweaters and soup and sitting around the table sharing each other. Enjoy your dad every minute of every day. That soup looks really delicious.

    Liz

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  15. Looks like you made us all hungry, Jim. I'll add my own two cents worth and say that it looks wonderful. Enjoy your sister's visit and I know your dad must be having a great time with his kids, Ron, Sophie, and that delicious looking soup.

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  16. This looks so delicious. And the picture of all three of you? It is my favorite picture of the whole day. Family is a beautiful thing, isn't it? Very, very beautiful!

    Thanks for caring about Kaishon's issue. I was so sad for him, but he seems to be handling everything just fine. Goodness I love that kid!

    I also love the doggy kisses! Much love, Becky

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  17. Looks tasty!
    Thanks for your comment today, DH takes a large cocktail of meds which do help, without them he is even more unbearable!!!
    Love Tracey xxx

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  18. umm might have to cook that soup but without the meat as I just like veggie soups though I am not a vegetarian somehow a soup seems right meatless to me !
    Your sister looks nice.

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  19. Autumn just calls for good, hearty soups!! We made up a batch of spicy New England Corn Chowder last night with the leftovers from last weekends clam/lobster bake - side that with some good bread... mmmmmmmmmmm!

    I'm sure your family is More than HAPPY to have you cook for them anytime!

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  20. That looks delicious Jim! I am sure your family just loved the soup. It is broiling hot here so I won't be making any soup soon. I love to chop vegetables.

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  21. YUM! That soup looks healthy and delicious. I love barley, and don't often hear about it in recipes anymore. The turnips and squash must have given great depth to the flavor of the soup. What a blessing you are to your dad, to bring him homemade soup and your company, to nourish body and soul!

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  22. Looks delicious! hope you had a wonderful time!

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  23. oooh I love homemade soup, it is so cosy and comforting, and yours looks yummy. It is only 9.30am here, but I could really eat that right now... send some over please! I am glad to hear that you had such a lovely time. Thank you for your supportive and kind comment on my blog! Susie xxx

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