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She Knows & Chicken and Barley Stew

She Knows is a women’s blogging site that is all encompassing and includes entertainment, beauty and love, parenting, home and living, food and health and wellness.  She Knows has listed their favourite Top 10 food bloggers and I was honoured and overwhelmed to be included on their list.

Chicken and Barley Stew

I thought I would introduce you to the other female food bloggers included in the Top 10.

  1. Helen from Grab Your Fork.  Helen writes restaurant reviews.
  2. Katie from What Katie Ate.  Katie has a cookbook coming out and she is a food writer on Delicious magazine.
  3. The Backwards Chef is a dietician who cooks recipes to suit different allergies and intolerances including vegan, vegetarian, diabetic, wheat-free and gluten-free.
  4. Emma from My Darling Lemon Thyme.  Emma is a professional chef who, when she and her children developed intolerances to gluten and lactose, created a blog to share her recipes for others in the same situation.
  5. Cindy and Michael from Where’s the Beef.  This is a vegetarian blog.
  6. Roy and Liz from Strayed From the Table.  They have over 10 years experience in the food industry and were inspired to start their blog by a love of food and drink.
  7. Frank from A Moment on the Lips.  This is a dessert blog!
  8. Maureen from The Orgasmic Chef.  Maureen is a relatively new blogging friend of mine and she is a fantastic blogger who is very generous and supportive of other bloggers.  One day we are going to dine together at Spirit House on the Sunshine Coast.
  9. Sophie from Stovetop Revolution.  Sophie is a young blogger from Sydney who bribes her friends to eat her food.

The blog post has been written by Sherri Kuhn who writes for She Knows and her post is called Delicious Sites from Foodies.

Comfort Food

Today the weather turned for the WORSE and we have had very cold temperatures, gale force winds blowing roofs off houses and sheet-rain.  This called for some comfort food and a few days I saw a great dish I was inspired to cook on a great blog, Claire’s, Claire K Creations.

Chicken and Barley Stew

Serves:  5

Degree of Difficulty:  2/5

Cost:  This fed my family for less than $20.00 and there is some left over for lunch boxes tomorrow.

Great on a wet windy night!

Claire cooks this dish in a slow cooker and as the two of us have conversed, I don’t have one.  So I cooked this dish like I would cook a risotto by heating the olive oil in a heavy based saucepan, then adding the onion, garlic, carrot and celery and cooking until tender.  I then added the barley, stirred until combined, threw in the herbs (I used fresh herbs), added the chickened, seasoned, then added the stock.  That’s where the similarity with a risotto ends because instead of stirring until I had an ache in my elbow I put a lid on the saucepan and simmered over a low heat for 40 minutes (checked it after 30 as don’t like to eat burnt food).  I removed the saucepan lid, gave it a good stir, then threw in the chopped parsley.

You can find the recipe on Claire’s blog and why not subscribe!  She is a fabulous cook who blogs almost everyday and her attention to detail and range of cuisine and recipes is outstanding.

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  1. Congratulations on your top ten – that’s awesome! It has turned to soup weather here this week also and I love a chicken and barley soup 🙂

  2. Congratulations dear Charlie, your blog is amazing. Thank you, have a nice day, love, nia 

  3. Karen (Back Road Journal) says:

    Congratulations for being on such a lovely list. 

  4. Congratulations on making the foodie list! That is wonderful and does not at all surprise me. I hope the roof stays on your house.

  5. Congratulations Charlie! And this looks like a great list of blogs to check out – and a great soup for a blustery kind of day. 🙂

  6. Thanks so much for the shout out! How nice for all of us to get some recognition for all the hard work we put into our blogs. All the best xx

  7. Thanks for listing all those lovely blogs, I’m going to check them out today. I love barley, but slow cooking the chicken slightly disarms me. I usually toast the barley in a cast iron frying pan before I cook it, it really brings out the nutty flavour.

  8. justonecookbook says:

    Congratulations on your top 10!  I see Maureen’s site there and so happy to see both of your names up there.  🙂  Your chicken and barley stew sounds light, healthy, and very comforting.  Even we entered summer, some days are really cold, like needing a sweater cold…. so this sounds very tempting!!

  9. ChgoJohn says:

    Congrats, Charlie, on making the list and thanks for sharing both, the list & this chicken stew recipe, with us. Looks like I’ve got some new blogs to check out.  🙂

  10. Congratulations Charlie, you really deserve it 🙂

  11. Juliana says:

    Congratulations Charlie…and the stew sounds and looks delicious, very comforting!
    Hope you are having a wonderful week 🙂

  12. Congrats!  

    The stew really looks like a comfort food.

  13. Choc Chip Uru says:

    Congratulations my friend, you are very deserving as are the blogs I know in the top 10 like Maureen 😀
    Im off to check the others out!


  14. It is no surprise to me, congratulations on the selection! The chicken and barley stew looks comforting and warm, perfect for the weather you are facing. It will be in the 80’s all week here, so I will save it for fall. 🙂

  15. Hi,
    Congratulations that is fantastic. 🙂
    I was reading in the paper this morning about the strong winds, terrible weather that is for sure, and a bit of damage as well. 20,000 homes without power due to trees falling on power lines, a very wild storm.

    Your chicken stew looks delicious, and it does look like the perfect recipe now we are into Winter.

  16. Congratulations Charlie that’s fantastic! What an honour!

    Oh how you flatter me, thank you for your kind words! I’m glad you all liked the stew. I have another batch in my slow cooker right now for my sister.

    I’m glad it can be adapted so easily.

    You must get one though. I would say it’s almost on par with my mixer as favourite kitchen gadget. 

  17. Congratu;ations Chalie. And nice to see some of my favourite blogs also included.

  18. Nic@diningwithastud says:

    Perfect weather 🙂 Congrats on the top 10! Well deserved!!

  19. Charlie – Suggest Carl takes ten minutes to go down to Balmoral.   Surfs up on this harbour side beach of all things and the surfers are having a ball with the waves crashing over the Esplanade wall.   Better give him some of this fab stew in a flask for sustenance………..love Elsie.

  20. Great job, and great recipe! Congrats indeed Charlie 🙂

  21. Congratulations! Very well deserved Charlie – great news. And I love barley in winter (or anytime really, but it’s best in winter) so this looks gorgeous.

  22. Congratulations Charlie!  Well deserved!  haha It looks like I just repeated what everyone is saying here but heya I really  mean it ! 🙂 

  23. Congratulations yet again, Charlie!  Another well-deserved honor for you.  And the chicken-barley stew looks so comforting.  

  24. Thanks Charlie for introducing 10 great female bloggers to me 🙂 Some which I’ve heard of but others I haven’t hehe this is definitely a yummy and comforting dish for a cold and windy night 😀

  25. OMG how cool is this???  We’re sisters I think.  LOL

    Congratulations.  This is the best blog of the bunch I reckon.  🙂

    I’m off to visit everyone now. 


  26. Ohhh I think I need this one now, its so cold and wet in my place

  27. JasmyneTea says:

    I love Grab Your Fork, and your blog definitely deserves to be on the list! Love the recipe too, I’m bookmarking it!

  28. MAJOR congrats on your nomination!  Totally deserved in every way!  We’re going through a chilly spell here in NYC and I need a stew like this in my belly!

  29. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella says:

    You definitely deserve a mention, you and Maureen are such stars 🙂 I’ve never heard of She Knows before so thanks for enlightening us 🙂

  30. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Well deserved recognition.
    It is June but cold and wet where I am, mother nature is getting the seasons all mixed up. This Chicken and Barley Stew is just what’s needed today.

  31. Major congrats, Charlie … I love your site and I’m glad to see others do, too. Thanks for introducing us to the other bloggers … I love meeting new foodies 🙂

  32. What a wonderfully comforting recipe, that’s for sure! But congratulations, Charlie. I’m not at all surprised to find you’ve been included in this illustrious group of other writers. You have such a great blog presence! I’ll be interested in finding some time to make my way to these other sites, too. It’s so fun to explore the blogging world. Keep up your own good work…don’t let dear Arabella sap your strength 🙂 Debra

  33. Congrats! Well-deserved.

  34. Bam's Kitchen says:

    I am sitting here in a Typhoon 8 . I’m not a real happy camper. Its not really cold but would love some great comfort food like your soup. Slight issue no barley and everything is closed. I guess will have to venture out when the weather breaks.

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