A few days ago I whipped up a hearty soup out of chicken broth, pearl barley, and old bits of veg I had in the fridge. Namely, romanesco, cabbage, carrots, and Meyer lemon. It was really simple and really good. Today I reheated it along with some corn and a handful of fresh tarragon leaves. The veg had gone quite soft and sad, but the freshness of the corn and the tarragon gave it new life. It was most satisfactory.