Every season brings something special, and now is the time when you slow down and get ready for a snowy cold winter. This season means comfort food: stew, porridge and of course soups. I am loving preparing soups, especially for the cold days. I take my time to cook a broth first and then my imagination goes wild.

I like to cook with grains, as it brings extra texture and earthy flavors to my soups. Barley is a unique grain for me: it so simple yet it reminds me of the scent of fireplace and old cabin in the woods. You take a long walk among the trees, and you come back home where a beautiful bowl of soup with barley is cooked for you—hot and tasty. This barley soup is my husband’s favorite; he told me that he could eat it every day!