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Pink Pearl Soup and a late start to the New Year!

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Pink Pearl Soup and a late start to the New Year!

Monday, January 24, 2011

The floors have been swept, hoovered and washed, the kitchen has been bombed, blitzed and scrubbed and we are just about back to some sort of sense of normality after the TV series shoot.  While everyone else was getting into the swing of New Years resolutions, diets and spring cleans, I had my hands full so didn’t exactly start the year with the same as I normally do, full of plans and projects.  I hate to be late to the party but this week, slightly behind schedule, I’ve been busy planning for 2011!

Food wise I have two major personal kitchen goals for the new year, the first to develop my ultimate bread recipe, I mean the type of home made bread that has a crisp chewy crust with soft doughy interior, I have made a lot of bread which all tastes lovely, but I have yet to bake my perfect loaf.  My other major food goal is to travel to Asia, I am in love the cuisine and I can no longer justify banging on about it without having seen it first hand!  I’m hoping to go later this year, so you can expect a full post full of photos when that happens.  Until then I have been back in the kitchen doing what I do best… Feeding my hunger!

I first made this Pink Pearl soup this time last year and it was by complete fluke that the pearl barley turned a rosy shade of pink thanks to the red cabbage, which is clearly where the soup gets its name.  Yes I know it’s all a little bit girly with the pink pearls and all but this is a manly soup through and through!  Unfortunately at the end of the shoot for the TV show, everyone had developed some form of a cold, so we were in serious need of some a vitamin boost.  Thankfully this soup is packed with lots of the good stuff, and I originally added the pearl barley for a bit of sustenance, as sometimes you need more than just soup to keep you going.

Continue for the recipe…

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  • http://seamuskeleher.blogspot.com Séamus

    Looks great, Donal, and I like the photos as well.

    • donalskehan

      Thanks a mill Seamus! Hope you try it out! :)

  • http://www.abusynest.com/ Jennifer @ A Busy Nest

    I have never heard of pink pearl soup but I love all the ingredients. Beautiful photos!

  • Anita

    Hi Donal

    Love the blog & this soup looks fab! Just one question though: I’ve cooked with pearl barley before & the recipe always said it needs about 90 mins to become tender? Any ideas?

    Anita

    • donalskehan

      Hey Anita! :)

      I guess it varies, but generally the pearl barley I use cooks in this about 20-30 minutes at a gentle simmer. If you find it’s not tender, just continue cooking until it is. Just be careful not to overcook the veggies otherwise you will be left with mush! :)

  • Fatima (France)

    Nice ! I mix the soup and add the pearl barley.I’ll try it.

  • Anita

    Thanks Donal, will give it a whirl! I need something to kick start healthy eating for 2011