Monday, October 12, 2009

Braising Greens


A very good friend of mine is on vacation this week, so I have had the good fortune of being a 'garden caretaker'. To put it mildly, I am over-the-moon with this so-called task! My darling McDreamy is worried that his city girls have gone country, yet after he enjoyed the soup I made for dinner, which consisted of all the lovely braising greens, turnips, onions, and bell peppers the crumb and I picked and gathered, I believe we might have won him over to our side!

Barley & Braising Greens Soup

6-10 turnips chopped

2 bell peppers chopped

1 onion chopped

1 garlic clove minced

3-4 cups of braising greens (kale, chard, turnip greens) washed, stems removed, cut into strips

1 1/2 cups of Barley

32 oz. of low-sodium broth (chicken or vegetable)

6 oz. of water

2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar

3-4 tablespoons of olive oil

salt

In a large saucepan (soup pot), heat olive oil over medium heat and add onion, peppers and turnips. Cook until tender, then add minced garlic, cook for 30 seconds. Add braising greens and continue to cook until wilted. Add broth, water and barley. Bring to a boil. Lower heat, add red wine vinegar and salt (to taste) cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until Barley is tender.

[photograph by Sean Patrick McArdle]

41 comments:

  1. This really looks like such a fresh recipe!Thank you Mel! You always have some great new ones for us to try. Those figs in the smaller basket look simply perfect!

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  2. Oh Mel your in heaven! Does sound lovely and the soup sounds delish, no wonder McDreamy is coming round.
    xoxo

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  3. oh heaven is right!!!
    when are you coming to my house to help me cook up a storm.
    p.s. have i told you lately how much i love it here.
    you are the best.
    xo

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  4. Greens! My fave! I make something like this --- wish we could share a dish with one another!
    pve

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  5. mmmm!!
    What a lovely weekend of gardening.
    I had to harvest as much basil and herbs from garden as possible on Saturday the cold was setting in. Made lots of pesto and then tons of tomatoes for canning. (new thing for me, i too am a city girl!)

    I will have to try your soup recipe, sound delish!
    xx
    callie

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  6. yum! will definitely be picking up some greens at the market tomorrow.

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  7. i love the idea, of you taking care of a beautiful garden. greens are one of my favorite foods, i think i will try this recipe, over the weekend. it sounds, yummy.
    : )

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  8. that sounds so yummy! gosh i wish i had a green thumb...and i wish i could cook.

    gorgeous photo!

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  9. Yum! Sounds perfect, Melissa! I've been under the weather, but this soup would certainly pick me up. xoxo Gigi

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  10. Sounds SO yummy! Love your willow basket by the way. Happy Monday to you. :-)

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  11. What a nice soup. That is one stunning picture by the way.

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  12. I have such a hard time with greens and I love them. I'll have to try this soup. It sounds yummy.

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  13. I love it!!! Nothing wrong with a city girl who loves to tend her garden! ;) I have a small condo and tried to do the best with a container garden this year. Try sunflowers in the window! They got 3 feet high. Love your pic! :)

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  14. This will be made today~ Greens are our best friends...Thank you Mel! I love it!!! You are the best!
    xox's

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  15. Yummm...
    I'm sure you are a wonderful caretaker darling!
    When I was in Singapore, I drank delicious Barley water...they boil barley & use the liquid + rock sugar...supposedly, it helps to cool us down from the tropical heat...it works & taste delicious...we should try! xo*

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  16. It's like a city girl gone wild in the country! I'd be over the moon too to take care of such a garden!

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  17. I love it! This is my husband and my dream come true, a little vegetable garden for home made soups etc. We're half way there, just looking forward to next spring so very much!

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  18. i braised swiss chard last night! i love greens. not a fan of the barley though.

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  19. Yummy! I take soup to work everyday and was looking for some new ideas, thanks! Have a sweet day! x

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  20. ah ... just the image of you and your crumb picking and gathering these lush greens to make a soup for your fella is so so sweet!
    it's funny how we (us kids up north) equate turnip so much with thanksgiving and christmas (the turkey dinners), and of course i mashed up a pot full for yesterday's feast ... but we don't indulge nearly enough in this wonderful veggie other times of the year ...
    until now.
    thank you for sharing this recipe ~ one i will most definitely look forward to trying for sure sometime between now and christmas - wink!
    warm wishes,
    prairiegirl xo

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  21. must. make. this. soup. now. thank you you lucky gardensitter!

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  22. Yummy yum yum!!!!! You Country Girl you! xoxoxo

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  23. This sounds delicious - and perfect for this vegetarian! Thanks, Mel!

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  24. Mel you are a lucky lady to be in that garden and that garden is lucky to have you as its caretaker. The garden is one of the few places where I truly relax even though I am covered in dirt and sore as can be!! I rushed back from Vermont today so I could get back in my garden. The country needs more city girls like you dear.
    xx
    Bunny

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  25. This was a good reminder for me that i realy DO need to eat more greens! looks yum!

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  26. maybe we can try this country thing together...my mind can't seem to get used to this city life since we got back...I know I will change my mind about a million times within the next week...thanks for the recipe girly...xo t

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  27. I love all of the autumn veggies and greens. And... I am passionate about soup. Next weekend this will be on my list. Thank you.

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  28. Oh Mel, I wish you were my next door neighbour !!!! You make the best things. If there's one thing that I can't get enough of, it's homemade soup. Autumn is the season of comfort food and soup is the best comfort food. Thanks for the recipe. XXXX

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  29. i think I could become a country girl...at least for a season! sounds so yummy..will you send me some leftovers... Thanks!!

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  30. You always post the most amazing recipes... this one sound fabulous!

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  31. This picture is alive - the textures, the light, everything just pops out gracefully.

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  32. Yum! It's a greens kind of week. Last night we had white bean with braised green soup. And tons of sourdough.
    Stay warm.

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  33. I SO love vegetable gardens! Good for you...your recipe sounds scrumptious, Mel. xo

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  34. Gosh you make me want to take up cooking. It sounds like delicious fun when you describe it. What a gift! Perhaps I'll brave it with an easy recipe one of these days. Beautiful photo too. :)

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  35. Mel- the picture is amazing! How fun too! And I always can use another recipe for braising greens- healthy and yummy.

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  36. yummmy. it is so nice to have fresh veggies and herbs in the garden. i can jut pop outside and grab something.

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  37. Mel, this is PERFECT timing! There is such a bounty of autumn veggies at the Joshua Tree farmer's market and I've been hankering to make a big pot of soup, so I'm printing this out and making it this weekend.

    THANK YOU!
    xo lily

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  38. Yummy!!! the perfect recipe for winer cold evening!
    I made a pumpkin soup! It was great!!! Everybody appreciated it! Next, it will be potato soup!
    Miss you! :(

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