Like I've said in other blog posts, I don't really cook with set recipes. I let my knowledge of traditional foods and my culinary tradition guide me.
Today I made a simple soup that is rather exceptional. I wish I would have made it sooner!
Zeke's Barley, Turnip, and Greens Soup
4 medium sized turnips
1 bunch of greens (I used collards)
1 clove garlic
a little olive oil for the onion and garlic
2 cups barley
about 1/4 cup fish sauce
1.Place the barley in a large pot and cover it with as much water as your pot will hold. Soak it overnight. The next day pour off the water. This leaches out much of the phytates.
2. Sweat the onion in a little olive oil. When its about half done mince and throw in the garlic
3. Chop your greens and them them to your large soup pot with your barley
4. Add the onion to the pot
5. Wash and cube your turnips. Add them to the pot.
6. Top everything off with you broth and add the fish sauce
7. Cook it. This shouldn't take more than about half an hour. You really just want the barley to break open and release its goodness into the soup to thicken it. Everything else should cook pretty quick.
There you have it folks. Super simple and super tasty.