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Barley Vegetable Soup and Rob's Pumpkin Carving

I found the recipe for Barley Vegetable Soup at Vicki’s blog: Vegetarian Family. It was delicious and very filling. I made the pearl barley in my rice cooker before adding it to the soup. The only thing I did differently was I added more celery and only used 6 oz. of tomato paste. I really enjoy finding out about recipes from other bloggers, be it their own creation or just letting people know which cookbook the recipe is in.

Barley Vegetable Soup

Now on to Rob’s pumpkin carving. I think he did a great job. The pumpkin looks really good in person all lit up. The pattern is from the Pumpkin Masters pumpkin carving kit. The detail on each pumpkin face took the most time. While he carved his pumpkin, I roasted the pumpkin seeds. We’ve been getting about a full cookie sheet of seeds from each pumpkin!! The slightly blurred photo is my fault.

Rob's Pumpkin Carving

I’m not sure what pumpkin pattern I’m going to carve this week. I am looking forward to more pumpkin seeds though. Freshly roasted pumpkin seeds are one of my favorite snacks. Still haven’t tried any new pumpkin seed recipes but probably will do that in the near future.

Hope everyone has a wonderful day πŸ˜€

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  • Vivacious Vegan September 26, 2006, 10:26 am

    I’ve been thinking about making that barley soup also. How funny! Last night I made a split pea and sweet potato soup from Julee at MadeInAlaska’s blog. It was really good but not very picture pretty.

  • Bazu September 26, 2006, 12:26 pm

    I love barley so much. The chewy texture and nutty taste. Yum. Oh, by the way, I’ll definitely be on the lookout for snow apples! If you get some, please post a photo- that would be great!

  • K September 26, 2006, 1:54 pm

    “Pearl Barley won’t you please come home?!”

    (that may be an old reference there, so no one else but me probably will get that… not that i’m totally sure myself… iit’s song called ‘Bill Bailey won’t you please come home,’ or something like that!)

    The soup looks great! Vicki’s recipe seemed fantastic as well. Chock full of good stuff there, Emmy, well done! I haven’t had barley in a long time… i wonder if it’s good in anything else, like a nutty-type of salad, or if it could substitute for rice or quinoa??

    Rob, wow, that is a cool pumpkin! Great work there! You have carved up some great ‘kins between the two of you! I don’t think i’ll be carving any (i’d be more likely than not to cut my finger or hand or some other body part than be able to carve a pumpkin… not too adept here!) so i am living vicariously through yours. As always, thanks for sharing!!

  • vicki September 27, 2006, 12:31 am

    wow, emmy, the soup! i’m so flattered that you made it! & your bowl is so pretty — you have the best retro dishes around. thanks for giving me a shout out, girlfriend, it sure is a nice perk. :o)
    rob’s pumpkin is awesome. my girls love the photo. do you just put the pumpkin seeds in the oven for a bit, or do you have a special trick?

  • vegandiva September 27, 2006, 9:08 am

    VV, that is funny. It’s definitely a good soup to make in this crisp fall weather. Also, wanted to mention that Rob enjoyed the Spicy Lentils reheated for lunch too.

    Bazu, I’ll definitely post when I get my hands on some snow apples. They should be coming in soon. I’ve been looking forward to snow apples all year.

    Karen, yep, you can use barley in salads and other things. I usually use it in soups and stews and as part of other cooked dishes. Rob says thanks for the compliment on the pumpkin πŸ˜€ I’m a pretty clumsy person but so far *knock on wood* it hasn’t carried over to the pumpkin carving. LOL

    Vicki, Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my retro dishes. Rob’s taking the soup again for lunch today. Definitely a yummy recipe. Next time I make it, I will have to divide it into two pots so I can make one garlic free for my mom. She won’t eat garlic at all! Rob and I love garlic. It’s funny because she always talks about how picky I could be as a kid, making separate things for me and now I’m doing the same thing for her! Ha ha!

    Rob says thanks for the nice comment on the pumpkin. Glad your daughters got a kick out of it. As for the pumpkin seeds, here’s a link to my method.

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