Italian Farmhouse Barley and Vegetable Soup | Zuppa di Orzo

A creamy and hearty soup for mid to late Winter, even into the cold of Spring

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In October, 2001, I shifted back to cold Adelaide from temperate Sydney, and the cold weather was a shock! It had me craving soups. In Sydney I was not so keen on the more traditional English and heavy European food any longer – I had turned towards more Indian, Asian and Spicy food. However, coming back into the cold in Adelaide from warm Sydney made me hunger for hearty food – pasties, puddings and soups. How much heartier can you get than Barley Soup?

This really  is a hearty soup, made with caramelised vegetables that come together with the barley (some whole and some pureed) to make a great, Italian soup. Beautifully creamy, it is a delight for cold nights and wet weekends.

It can be a tad confusing, as orzo in Italian is barley while in Greek it is rice shaped pasta. For this recipe, we are definitely using barley.

If you have been preserving and freezing foods in Autumn for Winter, this is a time to use chillies, garlic and tomatoes from your freezer. It makes it sooo easy.

Are you after similar recipes? Try  Barley and Root Vegetable Soup or Stew with Umeboshi and Sesame, Parsnip and Barley Soup with Garlic and Sage, and Parsnip and Carrot Soup with Crispy Garlic.

Also try Pearl Barley and Porcini “Risotto”.

You might also like to browse all of our Soup recipes and our Barley Recipes. Our Italian recipes are here. Check out our easy Mid Winter recipes for Wintery inspiration.

This recipe is one of the vegetarian recipes from our first blog which was in existence from 1995 – 2005. It is cross posted on our sister site, Heat in the Kitchen. It appears there as part of the Retro Recipes series of recipes.

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LATE WINTER Sweet Things and Drinks for Comfort in the Cold Weather | Seasonal Cooking

Even if you don’t eat a lot of desserts, there is something about winter that desires sweet, hot dishes. Inspiration for balanced, healthy living in Late Winter.

Although it is still cold, we begin to look forward, hugging the promise of future warmth to our chest. Yet we still desire dishes warm and sweet after a meal – it is at this time of year that desserts come into their own. And we seek drinks that are warming, and those that keep winter ills at bay.

Celebrating Winter

Enjoy some inspiration for Sweet Love and Hot Drinks in Late Winter.

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LATE SUMMER’S Lentils, Goodies and Grains for Summer Sustenance | Seasonal Cooking

Goodies, Lentils and Grains add substance to a diet, for a balanced and healthy Late Summer.

 

Rice, Pasta and Grains are great in Late Summer, eaten hot, warm or cold, alone or chock-a-block full of other ingredients. They form the base of great salads, sop up the juices of a curry or other wet dish, or form the main part of a one pot meal. Having been out of vogue all through Summer, by the end of this month they are back in fashion.

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LATE WINTER Goodies, Grains, Lentils, Breads and More for Cold Weather Sustenance | Seasonal Cooking

As the cold weather continues we look for grounding, warming dishes that satisfy and keep us healthy. Inspiration for balanced, healthy living in Late Winter.

Although we look forward to Spring weather, it is still cold. More than at any other time we look for lentils and pulses, rice, pasta and noodles to sustain us in this last month of Cold. There are endless varieties of such dishes to create in Late Winter.

Celebrating Beautiful Winter

Enjoy some inspiration for nourishing Goodies and Grains (and more) in Late Winter.

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LATE SUMMER Dressings, Pastes, Pickles and Preserves for Summer Variation | Seasonal Cooking

Summer is eating outside, picnics, the beach and wonderful, fresh, healthy food for balanced and healthy living in Late Summer.

Summer is a time for enjoying light ingredients, simple vegetables, for example, with sauces or dressings drizzled over. Dipped into purees, pastes and dips. It is also a time to take great ingredients and begin thinking about how to preserve them for the winter – freeze, make pastes, ferment into kimchi.

Enjoy some Summery Pastes, Purees, Pickles and Preserves Inspiration, just perfect for Late Summer. You can also browse

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LATE WINTER Pastes, Purees and Preserves for an Interesting Winter | Seasonal Cooking

Winter and relishes, chutneys and preserves go together. And we can continue to make them with Winter produce for balanced and healthy living in Late Winter.

Winter is a time for enjoying hot sauces and making purees and pastes with the fruits and vegetables of winter. Although it is Winter and we are pulling our coats around us tighter than ever, it is also a time to take great Winter produce and freeze it, make pastes, relishes and chutneys, and ferment into kimchi. Keep warm in the kitchen!

Celebrating Beautiful Winter

Please enjoy some Late Winter inspiration for Pastes, Purees and Preserves.

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Kothimbir Wada | Coriander Vada | Coriander Fritters

Delicioius!

An excellent snack – Kothimbir is the Marathi word for Green Coriander, which is the main ingredient in this recipe. Kothimbir Wada are basically coriander fritters. In this recipe, the chickpea flour batter with coriander leaves is first steamed and then cut into rings to be fried till crisp.

Use really fresh coriander for best results, and serve with chai or coffee. They can also be served as a side dish with a meal.

Vada are traditional Indian dishes. They are commonly prepared at home and as typical street food, being popular tiffin snacks. Wada are generally crisp on the outside and soft inside.

Are you looking for snacks? Try Spicy Dried Okra, Cumin and Pepper Wedges, Falafel and Tawa Peas.

Try other Vadai – Maddur Vadai and Tattai Vadai, and Falafel.

Do you need some Chai to go with the Kothimbir Wada? Try Illaichi Chai, Peppery Chai, and Gentle Chai.

You might like to browse all of our Snacks, and all of our Indian Recipes. Try our Chai recipes here, or our general Tea recipes here. You might also enjoy Wada recipes, or explore all of our Mid Spring dishes.

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LATE WINTER Hot Soups for Cold Weather Warmth | Seasonal Cooking

Warm and nourishing, there is still a place for soups in Late Winter. Inspiration for balanced, healthy living in Late Winter.

The cold seems endless, and soups come into their own as we look for warmth in all we eat. We long for Spring weather but it is not yet the time for lighter food. Warm and nourishing, soups are a boon in Late Winter, even though they gradually get lighter as our hope for Spring and warmer weather strengthens.

Celebrating Beautiful Winter

Enjoy some inspiration for nourishing hot soup in Late Winter.

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LATE SUMMER Glorious Vegetables for Healthy Summer Eating | Seasonal Cooking

Where would Late Summer be without its salads and light vegetable dishes? Cooling and healthy, raw or cooked, salads and vegetable dishes make Summer wonderful and provide a balanced and healthy Late Summer.

The month is hot and no-one wants to spend too much time in the kitchen. Picnics are still the rage – on the beach, in the park, in the back yard. Light vegetable dishes are popular, even as Autumn approaches at the end of the month.

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LATE WINTER Healthy Salads and Great Vegetables for Cold Weather | Seasonal Cooking

As the cold weather continues we look for grounding, warming dishes that satisfy and keep us healthy. Inspiration for balanced, healthy living in Late Winter.

In the last month of Winter we feel chilled to the bone and look for dishes that warm and nourish us. Baked, fried, roasted, stirfried, steamed – there are so many ways to cook warming and nourishing vegetables to stave off the Winter chill. Winter produce is suited to the weather. Salads are not so much in demand and tend to be warm salads. Tomatoes, the staple of most of the year, are not used very much by this time – if they are, it is tinned or frozen tomatoes. Potatoes, Carrots, Pumpkin and Spinach are pretty much the main vegetables this month.

Celebrating Beautiful Winter

Despite the weather there are endless varieties of vegetable dishes to create in Late Winter. So enjoy some inspiration for Healthy Salads and Hot Vegetables.

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Mugh Ni Dal | Dry Spicy Mung Dal | A Mung Dal Dish from Gujarat

Rice or Mung Dal? A great Gujarati accompaniment to other Indian dishes.

In this Gujarati dish, the grains of the Mung Dal remain separate and look quite like rice, if you squint a little. Serve this with any Indian meal.

You might like to browse our Mung recipes here and here. And the Indian recipes here and here. Be inspired by a range of Autumn dishes here and here.

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LATE SUMMER Indian Deliciousness for Spice and Flavour | Seasonal Cooking

Oh the joy of spicy food in the heat of Summer. Cooling drinks and raitas, simple snack foods, spicy simple vegetable dishes and hot hot curries for a balanced and healthy Late Summer.

As we enjoy the final month of Summer, often the hottest month, foods are still light and cooling. Gradually over the month, as signs of Autumn appear, the foods gain a little depth. We don’t want to think yet about the end of Summer, and that it means the approaching Winter. Spicy Indian food is great in Late Summer – the heat of the dishes is cooling to the system, and there are many cooling drinks, raitas and simply prepared foods. Rasams and Sambars abound.

Enjoy some Indian Deliciousness Inspiration for Late Summer. You can also browse

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LATE WINTER Indian Deliciousness for Spicy Heat in Cold Weather | Seasonal Cooking

Warming Spices in Indian dishes are just the thing for Winter. Warm and nourishing, they are very satisfying. Inspiration for balanced, healthy living in Late Winter.

Warming Spices in Indian dishes are just the thing for Wintery cold weather. Warm and nourishing, they are very satisfying, just perfect for Late Winter and staving off those Late Winter colds.

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13 Treasure Happiness Soup | Provencale Vegetable Soup

An Extraordinary Soup

This soup is SO delicious – and makes everyone so happy when they eat it. The name comes from the 13 vegetables in the soup, and that wonderful warm, happiness feeling, but really it is from Provence in France. There it is a summer soup, but the addition here of potatoes, pumpkin and sweet potato gives it that wonderful warmth for winter and early spring, and introduces truly wonderful textural combinations in every mouthful.

My parents believe firmly that vegetables are the path to health, and so a normal meal at their place may consist of many vegetables. The record number of veggies at this time is 12, yes TWELVE, at once on a plate. But with this recipe, I think that I claim the prize. Thirteen in one sitting. Not bad.

Browse all of our Soup recipes here and here. Or explore the French recipes here and here. Be inspired by our Winter recipes here and here.

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Sakkarai Pongal | Sweet Pongal from Jaffna (without milk)

A dish for Thai Pongal especially, but also wonderful at home.

Pongal is a creamy rice and mung dal dish from South India (and from the Tamil cuisine in Sri Lanka) which can be made savoury and sweet.  In many ways, pongal is similar to the kitchari dish of North India.

Sweet pongal is made at home, but also made as naivedyam and prasadam – gifts to the gods during the different festivals. It is the essential dish for Thai Pongal, a festival each January where families cook sweet pongal over an open fire (if possible).

I love it for breakfast, particularly in the coldness of Mid Winter.

You might like to browse other Pongals, and some Kitcharis. Have a look at our other Naivedyam and Prasadam dishes, and other Thai Pongal dishes. Read about Thai Pongal, or browse other Rice dishes.

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