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Barley Soup

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Recipes for all in the family

(NC) - The benefits of increased social interaction or participation in familiar hobbies can provide both mental and physical stimulation for your loved one with Alzheimer's disease. Fall can be a special time for families to get together because of holidays such as Rosh Hashanah, Thanksgiving and Yom Kippur.

Barley Soup
Rosh Hashanah is the celebration of the Jewish New Year. It is a time of family gatherings, special meals and sweet tasting foods.


  • 2 tablespoons dried porcini mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons margarine
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 ribs celery with leaves, diced
  • 1/4 cup parsley
  • 1 carrot, peeled and sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 pound fresh porcini or other mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 2 quarts beef broth or water
  • 1 cup whole barley
  • 2 teaspoons salt


Soak the mushrooms for a half hour in enough hot water to cover. Strain through a filter. Reserve the water.

Coarsely chop the dried mushrooms.

Melt the margarine in a stockpot and saute the onion, celery, 2 tablespoons of the parsley, carrot, garlic, and fresh mushrooms until soft, about 5 minutes.

Lower the heat and add the flour, stirring every 30 seconds for about 5 minutes or until thick.

In a soup pot heat the broth or water. Add a cup of mushroom mixture at a time to the pot, stirring.

Turn the heat to high, and add the reserved mushroom water and barley. Stir well and add salt to taste.

Simmer, covered, for about an hour or until the barley is tender and the soup is thickened, stirring often.

Add additional chopped parsley, mix thoroughly, and adjust seasonings.

Where to get help

Call your local Alzheimer Society, call 1-800-616-8816 or visit Ask for a copy of the brochure Caring for Someone with Alzheimer Disease?

Canadian Alzheimer's Disease Centre or call 1-888-370-6444 to speak with a registered nurse

Victoria Order of Nurses (

Serving Size: Makes 6-8 servings

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