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Karl’s Cock-a-Leekie Soup

Wife Jan has just had dental work and needs something soft and filling, a tasty soup would fit the bill. Cock-a-leekie soup is a traditional Scottish soup from the 16th Century when Scotland and France were aligned against England. Originally a French chicken and onion soup, the Scots used their local ingredients—leeks and barley to make a similar soup.

Karl’s Cock-a-Leekie Soup

Karl’s Cock-a-Leekie Soup

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Karl’s Scotch Lamb and Barley Stew (a Scotch Broth)

Jan, Big Eilene, and Little Eilene are off to Third Mesa to visit Hopi Eileen and to work on some quilts. While Jan is away, I tend to use up all of the lamb bones that have collected in my freezer to make a Scotch broth. This is a soup that I love, but that Jan cannot stand. Since I am feeding only myself, I decided to pare down the usual amount of liquid and make it more of a stew.

Karl’s Scotch Lamb and Barley Stew (a Scotch Broth)

Karl’s Scotch Lamb and Barley Stew
(a Scotch Broth)

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Karl’s Crab and Barley Bisque

It is crab season here in California and Jan really likes crab. Many seafood soups include potatoes and—with my diabetes—Jan is encouraging me to use starchy foods that are lower on the Glycemic index. Barley is only 25 on the GI—Russet potatoes are 111.

Karl’s Crab and Barley Bisque

Karl’s Crab and Barley Bisque

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Karl’s Wild Turkey Barley Soup

Jan’s new job is very stressful. When she is stressed, she wants comfort food. For her this is soup, today it is turkey. The “wild” in this title is the wild rice, not the alcoholic beverage—although if you feel cheated, it would not hurt the dish to add it when you add the leeks and carrots.

Karl’s Wild Turkey Barley Soup

Karl’s Wild Turkey Barley Soup

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Karl’s Ham and Barley Soup

I do not always look on-line for ideas for dinner. Sometimes, I simply say, “What do I have in my kitchen?” I had spent too much of today planning my birthday/Chinese New Year’s feast. When I pulled my head out of the computer, I noticed that it was time to start making dinner, before a hungry wife and daughter appeared on my door step.

Karl’s Ham and Barley Soup

Karl’s Ham and Barley Soup

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Karl’s Scotch Broth

Jan has her favorite soups, but Scotch broth is mine. Jan does not like it at all. This is something I make when she is off on a conference, like this week. Lamb, barley, and leeks, for anyone who is even a bit Scot it is paradise. (Hey, what can I say, I even like Haggis.)

Karl’s Scotch Broth

Karl’s Scotch Broth

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Karl’s Herbed Barley

I need a starch dish to go with my chicken and pears. Noodles did not seem right. Potatoes or rice did not fit the hole in my head either. Since my dish is sort of French influenced, I had considered couscous to make it a bit Algerian. I tried searching for chicken and pear recipes and found several for soups with barley. That was the one that sounded right.

Karl’s Herbed Barley

Karl’s Herbed Barley

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