Winter is the time when you just want to stay indoors as much as possible. The freezing cold has its way of getting through you no matter how many layers of wool and fleece you wear. Whenever I think of winter, I remember those days when I just want to stay under my blanket and watch the snowfall outside my window. But no matter what you do, reality will hit you. You will need to get up, take a shower and start the car to heat your engine.
Once you arrive at the work, you will realize that you haven’t had anything yet for breakfast but you are now too lazy to go outside and brave the cold just to get something to eat. You will then eventually settle for office coffee and empty stomach.
During those winter days, I just wish that there were someone making hot cocoa or soup for me. I can still remember the beef barley soup made by my mom and how I wish I could have those during the cold months. Beef barley soup is really easy to make and the more you reheat it, the more it tastes better. I hope you like this recipe as much as I do. Enjoy!
- 1 tablespoon cooking oil
- 1 lb. beef, cut into 2 cm pieces
- 1 medium sized onion, chopped
- 1 large tomato, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 8 cups water
- 4 teaspoon beef stock powder
- ½ cup pearl barley, rinsed
- 1 large potato, peeled and chopped
- 1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
- 2 celery sticks, chopped
- Salt and black pepper
- Heat the cooking oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Fry chopped potato and carrot until golden brown. Set aside.
- Use the same saucepan and add the beef. Cook until browned. Set aside.
- In the same saucepan, add the garlic. Stir occasionally until aromatic, and then add the chopped onion. Stir for 30 seconds and add the tomato.
- Add the cooked beef, water, stock powder, pearl barley, potato, carrot and celery.
- Bring to boil. Lower the heat and cook for an hour or until the beef is tender and the barley is soft.
- Add salt and pepper to taste and serve while it is still cold.
This recipe can make up to six servings but you can also cool it down and stock in the fridge. You can always reheat or microwave the soup.
Nothing beats those gloomy and lazy winter days than a bowl of soup that will remind you of home. You can always share this recipe with your friends or you can have it on your own and save the