Hope you’re all having a great Easter weekend!
On Saturday, Dad and Sis wanted to watch the new Captain America 2 movie. With the weather being rainy with a high of 58, it was a good day for that. Hubby and I had already seen it, but he was up for seeing it again. Since my mom isn’t a big movie fan, she and I decided to have a mother-daughter afternoon.
I took her to Due South Coffee (which I visited during their opening week) for her first latte foam art experience.
She was a fan. She was cute and asked, “Am I supposed to drink the foam art?” Yup, go for it!
Thank you, Due South Coffee, for providing a great experience!
While we were out, we decided to hit up some of our other favorite spots like Henry’s Smokehouse. Hello, BBQ sandwich plate!
And since I was one day away from being able to enjoy sweets again, we picked up two dozen of my favorite chocolate chip cookies from The Chocolate Shoppe. If you’re ever in town, definitely stop by. You’ll be greeted with a free chocolate chip cookie sample! It was everything I could do to not scarf down that free cookie. Can’t wait to dig into those on Sunday!
We also hit up The Pita House for dinner, checking off another Greenville fave visit. I must have been more hungry than I thought because I had already dug into everything by the time I thought to take a photo. Trust me, our Pita House meal was beautiful and delicious.
My parents currently don’t have a TV – just wi-fi and a ton of books and magazines. We’ve enjoyed a pretty quiet weekend so far. I spent some time working on converting a couple more recipes here on TCL for you guys and making some other blog enhancements. And I finally had a good chunk of time to spend some QT with a good book, which was a great way to wind down for the day.
On a not-so-quiet note, I showed my family this video of this amazing 80-year-old salsa dancer, and they loved it! I sure hope I can move like that when I’m Paddy’s age.
Happy Easter to those celebrating!
Go ahead and book this one for your post-Easter meal – a Vegetarian Barley Blacked Eyed Pea Soup recipe. After indulging in the traditions – ham, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, and what not – you’re going to want something a little on the lighter side afterwards.
But this Vegetarian Barley Black Eyed Pea Soup recipe isn’t just great for a post-feast recovery meal. You can use it for a light entrée any time. In fact, I made a big batch of this one Sunday and saved off individual servings to store in the freezer for later. I’ve had them after post-work workouts and just-plain lazy days, and they’ve been a relief to have on hand. Served with saltines or (my preference) toasted whole grain bread with a light smear of butter, this is easy eats perfection.
If you’ve been reading The Chic Life for long, you know I’m a big fan of homemade soup.
There aren’t many things I think re-heat better, and I’m so over canned soup. I haven’t had any in years since the canned versions usually have so many extra, unnecessary ingredients and entirely too much salt. With each passing year, I’m turning more and more into that stubborn old woman who knows exactly what she wants and demands nothing less, and I’m okay with that.
Guess I’d better stock up on craft beer and PBR to make this a complete meal.
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 4 medium-large carrots, peeled and chopped
- 2 32-ounce boxes broth of choice
- 2 cans black eyed peas, rinsed and drained
- 1 package (8.8 ounces) 10 minute barley from Trader Joe’s, rinsed (or sub any type of barley, but adjust cooking time, as needed)
- 1 teaspoon dried sage
- ½ teaspoon dried rosemary
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- ½ salt, plus more to taste
- ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper, plus more to taste
- 6 sprays Bragg’s Amino Acids, optional
- fresh parsley, chopped, optional
- Pre-heat oil in a large pot over medium heat.
- Add onions and carrots and cook until onions are translucent, about 5-6 minutes.
- Add broth, black eyed peas, barley, sage, rosemary, thyme, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer and cook until barley is done, 12-15 minutes (or until cooked according to package directions if you’re using another type of barley). Add more water if you want the soup more brothy.
- If using, spray in Bragg’s Amino Acids. Taste test and season with additional salt and/or pepper (or Bragg’s), as needed.
- Serve. Garnish with fresh parsley, if using, and enjoy.
Note: If you store the leftovers for later, you may notice the barley soaks up more of the liquid. When you go to re-heat it, you may wish to add some more broth or water to make it more liquidy.
Ingredient Note: I really like the canned black eyed peas from Eden Organic. Not only are the beans organic, the can is BPA free. The ingredients are simply organic black eyed peas, water, and kombu seaweed. Eden Organic uses the kombu instead of salt when cooking their beans since it offers many benefits, including adding flavor and working as a tenderizer for dried beans.