Ham, Vegetable and Barley Soup

Ham, vegetable, barley soupBags have been packed for a week.  I think we have everything, clothes for tropical humid weather, to be modest and to provide warmth, a big heavy sleeping bag for a trek, camera, and extra batteries.   Our 5 week long adventure has begun.

After a week in Queensland, visiting J’s family, we will be boarding a plane to Kathmandu.

We will have 30 days in Nepal.  The plan is to spend 3 weeks trekking in the Himalayas, and a week in Kathmandu.  We are going to visit friends of J’s, people who he spent close to  6 years risking his life with, climbing big mountains, long before we knew each other.  I think I have the best guide ever.

While I’m living it up in Nepal, I have some guest posts for you from some wonderful bloggers, some scheduled posts from me and I’ll be posting occasionally from afar.

Ham, vegetable and barley soupBut before I head off, I want to share possibly my favourite soup recipe yet.

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Ham, Vegetable and Barley Soup
Author: Clare – The Life of Clare
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Serves: 6
  • 800gm Ham hock
  • 2 carrots – peeled and grated
  • 2 potatoes – peeled and diced
  • 1/4 pumpkin – peeled and diced
  • 1 onion – diced
  • Tblsp oil
  • 1/2 bunch of kale – chopped
  • 200gm soup mix
  • 1/2 cup barley
  • water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Add onion to the pot with oil and fry until soft.
  2. Add all other vegetables, soup mix, barley and ham.
  3. Pour water in to cover ham.
  4. Cook until meat is falling from bone.
  5. Turn off, cool.
  6. Remove ham when cool enough to handle, take all meat off the bone and return meat to pot.


16 thoughts on “Ham, Vegetable and Barley Soup

  1. Its 6am on a rainy morning, I’ve been up for an hour and im cold. Soup would go down a treat. Cheers.

  2. Hi…this soup sounds yummy. I am from the US and was wondering what soup mix is? I’ve never heard of it here.

    have a wonderful treck!

    1. Soup mix is a packet of dried things such as split peas, lentils and barley. I hope that helps.

  3. How wonderful to be going away for a whole month. Your husband sounds very adventurous. I’m sure you’ll return with lots of great stories for us xx

    1. He is very adventurous, it’ll be a great trip! I can’t wait to share it with you guys!

  4. ooooh Clare, I love love love lerrrrrve ham hock, this recipe is perfect I can’t wait to try it.
    Hope you have a most spectacular break, sounds like the holiday of a lifetime!

    1. It should be a wonderful holiday! And the soup was delicious! Perfect for cool winter days!

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