Some of my favorite blogs are those that host a recurring blog theme, such as a weekly recipe, weekly tutorial, weekly photo shoot, or weekly etsy round-up… so fun! And I wanted to have some fun of my own, so I thought I’d start a regular spot on my blog called Saturday soup & sewing as we typically make up a big batch of soup on Saturday and Saturday afternoons have become my prime crafting time. That said – I’ve got a big pot of soup in the crockpot and have a fun project to share with you that will shortly be appearing in my shop!
This week’s soup is a recipe I’ve come up with after combining several favorites. The beef comes from our share of a cow we purchased with some friends through a local farm. J and I have made a commitment to eat limited amounts of meat, and when we do have meat we make sure it comes from sustainable, local, free-range, grass fed, justly treated animals. As a result, we now have about 30lbs of a lovely Belted Galloway in our freezer. (On another note, the rolls we had with this meal are our favorite whole wheat rolls in the world! Click here for the recipe…)
Without further ado, I give you…
- 2 Tb vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 lbs lean beef, cubed
- 1 1/2 c chopped onion
- 1 c chopped celery
- 1 c chopped carrots
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 10-12 c beef stock
- 3/4 c barley
- 1 bay leaf
- 3 sprigs fresh thyme, chopped
- 1/2 c red wine
- 2 c cubed potatoes
- 1 1/2 c chopped cabbage
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a skillet over medium heat, saute the beef in the oil for 5 minutes, browning on each side. Transfer to slow cooker.
- In same skillet, saute onion, garlic, celery and carrots for 3 minutes until tender crisp and carrots are just turning bright orange. Transfer to slow cooker.
- Pour red wine in skillet and stir to pick up the browned bits. Add to the slow cooker.
- Add broth, barley, bay leaf, potatoes and thyme. Cover and cook all on low setting for 6 to 8 hours, or until the vegetable and barley are tender. Salt and pepper to taste.
My sewing project for today was inspired by my wonderful husband who has recently been exploring his hidden talent as a sketch artist. Who knew?! Anyway, to further encourage this new creative outlet (always helpful for a grad student) I made him a pencil roll for his Christmas stocking and I really like how it turned out! So much so, that I’ve decided to make up two more rolls today, one for knitting needles and the other for color crayons (great for mom or dad’s purse/backpack to keep the little ones busy during unexpected waits!). See photos of all three below. I’ve been busy pulling together some inventory for my shop and my goal is to get it up and going in the next couple of weeks! I can’t wait!