For my birthday last fall, I received a subscription to the British Country Living magazine. I just got the March magazine in the mail a couple of days ago and found the cooking section on grains really good. When we woke up yesterday to gobs and gobs of snow on the ground, I knew it was a good day for soup. Hopefully soon the weather will turn and we might even look forward to a chilly day with a steaming hot bowl of soup. So, I gathered up the ingredients for the winter minestrone with barley. It is chock full of lots of different kinds of veg, and beans and barley, and it is delicious. Apart from grating parmesan on at the end, there is no meat, or dairy, so it is perfect for vegetarians and vegans too. It only took about an hour to make, so it’s pretty easy to throw together even if you’ve been out all day, and boy is it worth it. Can you believe this is the first time I’ve ever cooked a turnip? I’m sure I’ve eaten them when I was a kid and we lived in the UK, but I have never cooked with them. I think they are so pretty and they are really mild. When the soup was done, nobody could tell the difference between them and the potatoes. Even the babe, who has been having a bit of a picky streak, chowed down on the soup, which is high praise indeed. This will definitely be in our winter soup repertoire. What is your favourite soup on a cold winter’s day?