Beef barley soup is one of our favorite meals. Though the price of beef has risen considerably over the last two years, the recipe we use allows for the cheaper, tougher cuts of meat.
The recipe originally came from Mr. Food Test Kitchen.
"Our recipe for Deli-Style Beef Barley Soup is so authentic-tasting,
it'll have you wondering whether someone swapped yours with one from
your favorite deli. This nutritious and hearty soup is great for cold
winter nights, 'cause it'll warm your heart and your tummy."mrfood.com Deli Style Beef Barley Soup
The simplicity appeals to me. It takes very little time to prepare, contains only a few ingredients, and isn't weighed down by heavy spices and salt.
I've toyed a bit with their recipe, mainly because the menfolk in this family don't know the meaning of "normal portion" when it comes to this meal. I generally get 8 servings out of this recipe, though it's considerably less if my father grabs a mass…
Too tired to blog, so here's some food for thought: Natura nihil frustra facit When you look outside, you see the sun
shining which enables us to see when we’re outside, you see trees
invisibly producing oxygen so we can continue to exist. Natura nihil
frustra facit: “Nature does nothing in vain.” It means that – and this
is going to sound cliché – everything happens for a reason. Everything
happens of necessity. It reminds me that, even though I should enjoy
life and enjoy as many fun activities as possible, I should also make
sure that every task I undertake has some meaning or is somewhat
significant. Which brings us to the next one…
Quam bene vivas refert non quam diu
“It is how well you live that matters, not
how long.” Most of us are somewhat afraid of the inevitable that is
part of being human: death. However, that fear is probably not
associated with actually dying, but more with how you’ve lived your life. Did you accomplish
all your goals and dreams before it w…
Trinity East has exasperated us, per the norm, once again. Mum complained of feeling "weird" at 1 am. She had an extremely low pulse. The night nurse told her that nothing was wrong, and she was "bringing it upon herself", ie her panic attacks are annoying.
The problem with that statement is that panic attacks increase blood pressure and pulse. They don't drop a heart rate down to 39 beats a minute.
The morning nurse took vitals once she came on shift, and properly raced to alert the doctors. Mum was loaded into an ambulance and taken to Trinity West.
When I arrived, she was in a small bay - the larger occupied by another cardiac patient - and hooked up to the happy red crash cart. Her heart rate was in the 50s, but her O2 was dismal at the 78-88% range. They put her through a battery of tests before moving her upstairs to a room.
I headed home without any answers as to what was causing this condition. It wasn't until the next day that I learned she ha…