Monday, December 29, 2014

Pumpkin, Vegetable and Barley Soup

The pumpkins are still in season and in the colder winter months soups are comfort for the soul. Easy to make, full of flavors and packed with nourishing vegetables its the time of year to get your soup on. I roasted a little butternut squash any pumpkin would work and a mixture of desired vegetables.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Turkey Vegetable and Barley Soup

I made this soup with the leftovers from the Thanksgiving Turkey including the broth made from the bones and some herbs and vegetables. It was easy to make nourishing and tasty. With Christmas coming up I thought it was the perfect time to share. So save those bones and make a tasty soup with them, you could even make a big batch and freeze some. My sister in law really enjoyed this we all have such lovely memories of their visit from Scotland and they really enjoyed an American Thanksgiving.


for the broth:

  • a few big Turkey or chicken bones 
  • 1/2 an onion sliced
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 stalk of celery chopped 
  • a handful of Italian herbs
for the soup:

  • about a liter of broth, 4-5 cups 
  • 2 carrots chopped
  • 1/2 an onion chopped
  • a cup of green beans
  • 1 stalk of celery chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste 
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian herbs 
  • one cup of barley (I used the quick cooking type)
  • about a cup of shredded cooked Turkey 

  1. add all the ingredients of the broth and about 4-5 cups of water let it boil for 30-45 minutes then remove the bones and big pieces of onion
  2. meanwhile saute the onion and garlic in olive oil for about 5 minutes, add the celery 
  3. then add the broth, carrots and green beans, barley and turkey 
  4. simmer for about 10- 15 minutes until the vegetables and barley are cooked
  5. enjoy 

Have a very Merry Christmas

Happy Holidays 

Much Love 

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Christmas Wreaths

When I was walking the other day I saw some parts of a christmas tree by the roadside it must have fallen off a car. I have never made wreaths before but couldn't resist taking it home to try. I found some old wire coat hangers, bent them in the shape of a circle and piece by piece wrapped the fir branches around it holding together with twine. 

There is a video below, the wreaths were surprisingly easy to make and I made 4 from my find :-) a couple for friends one for our living room and one for our sweet girls bedroom. 

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Scottish Oatcakes

Oatcakes are a traditional cracker in Scotland often eaten with a good cheese. They are made with simple ingredients and healthy I had some wonderful ones on the Isle of Arran in the summer. Anne shared her recipe with me a few months ago its super simple to follow and as we go into the holiday season these would make a great addition to a cheese plate. They are wonderful with the British Branston Pickle. 

I meet Anne on Vine a wonderful 6 second video sharing app. Anne makes wonderful and artistic vines from Scotland I have included a couple below. If your on vine be sure to follow her :-)

  Mashable a social media and news site featured some cooking vines this week and it made me smile to see my poached egg curry featured. This is a dish I learnt from my South Indian hubby its a go to meal for us as its simple to make and full of flavor. 


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