Thursday, 6 August 2015



The temperatures nose-dived again this week.  Soup is always the answer in the cold and I made this delicious Lamb and barley broth.  All I needed to buy was the lamb as I had the vegetables in the fridge.  It really was delicious and hearty and I hope you'll enjoy it!


3 Leeks - chopped
1 Onion - chopped
3 Stalks of celery - chopped
3 Carrots - chopped
1 Turnip - diced
1TBS finely chopped Rosemary
3 Litres Moredough Veal Stock (or any good brand)
250g Barley
Lots of chopped parsley
3 Large Lamb Shanks or 4 smaller Shanks


Pour a little olive oil (2TBS) into a large casserole pot
and heat.  Brown the shanks on all sides and remove from the pot.  Gently saute the Leeks, onion and celery in olive oil until they are soft.  Return the shanks to the pot, add the Barley, 3 litres of stock, carrots, turnips and the chopped Rosemary.   Bring to the boil and turn down to a simmer.  Allow to simmer for two hours.  Check after an hour and if looking a little dry,  add water.  After two hours,  remove the shanks and allow to cool.  When cool,  remove the meat off the bones, dice and return to the soup. Adjust the seasoning.  I like to add cracked pepper.   Reheat slightly, and serve with lots of chopped parsley.

Add the stock

and the barley
and the chopped rosemary.

Lots of chopped parsley


  1. Am with you Jenny- so love soup when the temperature plummets. I actually have a chicken simmering away as I type as have the neighbours coming over for dinner ( one neighbour doesn't eat meat so your chicken soup is always a winner.) I also love barley in a soup- rounds it out beautifully. Will give this recipe a go over the weekend when the kids will be over. So lovely to have met you and Michael in Paris and i agree we could have talked for hours. I did go past Alice Vermelins store but it was closed and looked as though they were getting it ready to close for August but will definately be on my go to next year as will be the Dior store.
    Just starting to emerge from the jet lag fog hoped you have fared better. Enjoy your weekend
    Marilyn xx

    1. The jet lag is rather lingering coming home isn't it?! So pleased you enjoy the Chicken soup too! Pity you are in Melbourne Marilyn as would love to catch up more often! Enjoy your weekend! xx

    2. had the lamb and barley soup last night- another winner. Thanks Jenny xx

    3. So pleased you enjoyed it... Going to make it again next week xx

  2. Not sure why I'm called housewife on Google !!love Serena


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