Vegetarian Pearl Barley Soup - I know it isn't quite winter yet but this morning it sure felt like it. This soup is perfect for colder days. Most soups are right? A hug in a bowl is basically how I would describe it.
Put half the stock in a pot over medium/high heat with the pearl barley and bring to a boil. Reduce and simmer for 15 minutes.
Heat the oil and butter in a pot over medium heat and add the onions and potatoes and a a little water. Cook the onions for 5 - 7minutes and season with a pinch of salt and pepper.
Add the remaining stock and all the other vegetables and garlic, thyme and bay leaves to the pot . Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes until veg is tender.
Add the puy lentils and boil for a further 5 minutes. Season and add divide between bowls. Top with a dollop of creme fraiche. :)