This is an amazingly flexible recipe, as the review variations demonstrate. I had over-cooked the Christmas roast to the point of desiccation, and I didn't know how I was going to salvage the remains. I cubed it, put it in a stewpot with the barley, bay leaf, and a carton of Pacific Brands beef broth. That came to a boil and then simmered as I sauteed the other vegetables - another reviewer is correct - the frozen vegetable mix usually has carrots, so you don't have to add more - threw it all in together, brought it to a boil, then simmered for 20 more minutes. (I left out the tomatoes at my husband's request. That worked very well.) It was perfect with some home-made wheat bread on the side,and it tastes SO much better than Campbell's or Progresso. Thank you, Margoc.
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This is an amazingly flexible recipe, as the review variations demonstrate. I had over-cooked...