Saturday, June 25, 2011

Sausage and Barley Soup

I rarely expect both a view and good food when I dine. It's almost asking too much, isn't it? We found both at Altitudes restaurant on Grouse Mountain during our recent trip to Vancouver. It's perched at the top of the mountain with a view of the whole city below, plus the gondolas coming and going. Paul and I both ordered a certain soup on the menu, took a bite, looked at each other, and vowed to duplicate it at home.

This weekend we took our first stab at recreating it - and were even brave enough to serve it to company. It came out really well, and our guests even forgave us for serving them soup on a hot summer day.

We added our own twist with Andouille sausage for an extra kick and Swiss chard from our garden, which is doing awesome by the way. We harvested green beans, peas, chard, and 2 kinds of yellow squash this weekend. Woo hoo! Here's the soup recipe!

Sausage Barley Soup

4 cups homemade chicken broth
1 c. pearl barley
3 small links Cajun Andouille sausage, sliced into coins (we used Aidell's - highly recommended)
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 c. chiffonaded Swiss chard
1/2 c. diced onion
1/2 tsp. marjoram
1/4 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp kosher salt
Freshly ground pepper

Bring the broth to a boil and add barley. Simmer until tender, about 40 minutes. Add in the rest of the ingredients and simmer an additional 10 minutes. Serve!

Two kinds of crookneck squash - smooth and lumpy


  1. I love that you are fully eating the plants you are growing. So impressive! Can't wait for tomorrow night!

  2. Soup with a view -- very nice. Your home version looks good. I like the addition of sausage with a kick. And home grown vegetables. Life is treating you well.


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