I seldom buy buns or bread as I always make my own. Yesterday, unintentionally, I saw some round bread bowls right in front of me once I entered the supermarket. The bread bowls were displayed nicely in a big basket along with the price tag. That's how the whole thing caught my eye. Looking at the price, they were only selling for CDN$0.59 each. How could it possibly go wrong with this price for a big, decent size bread bowl? So I picked up a few and put them in my cart. As the cold weather is approaching, what else could be better than a bowl of hot soup. I make barley soup only occasionally. For some reason, the barley was suddenly in my head when I walked through the aisles. I decided to make some barley soup serving in these magnificent edible bowls for dinner yesterday. The soup was chunky, thick, and creamy. Thanks to the barley!
1/4 cup barley
4 cups vegetable broth
1 cup carrots - chopped
1/2 cup onion - chopped
2 garlic cloves - chopped
1/2 cup Chinese bok choy - chopped
2 to 3 French bread bowls
2 tablespoons olive oil
- Cut off the round top of the bread. About 4" diameters.
- Remove the bread in the center. Keep the bread for dipping. Set aside.
- Heat olive oil in a pot over medium heat. Add garlic, onion, and barley. Saute for 2 to 3 minutes or until slightly brown.
- Add vegetable broth and carrots. Bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to low temperature and cook for 45 minutes to one hour or until barley is tender.
- Add bok choy and continue to cook for 10 minutes.
- Remove from heat. Pour the soup in the bread bowls. Serve immediately.