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Vegetarian Irish Stew

I saw this in the paper the other day - haven't tried it, but it's from one
of the best restaurants in town & looks pretty good!

Sweet Lorraine's Vegetarian Irish Stew (adapted)

2 cups carrots, peeled & sliced
2 cups leeks or onions, diced
1 cup parsnips, peeled & diced
1 cup sweet rutabaga, peeled & diced
2 cups green cabbage, shredded
1 cup barley
1/2 teaspoon red chili peppers, crushed
1 tablespoon sweet paprika
1 (46 ounce) can tomato juice
1/2 cup brandy or Irish whiskey (optional)
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
1 tablespoon sauteeing liquid (veggie broth, water, etc. - your choice)

(1)  Heat sauteeing liquid in a large pan, add leeks & barley.  Saute until
leeks soften, then add tomato juice.  Stir and bring to a boil.

(2)  Add remaining ingredients except brandy & salt.  Cover; lower heat to
a simmer.  Cook until vegetables are tender, about 30 to 40 minutes.

(3)  Add brandy and salt to taste.

Serves 4 to 6 generously.

Meal suggestions:  Serve with roasted garlic, mashed potatoes and scones
(they suggest cheddar cheese - maybe there's an a good FF scone in the