In honour of Mirjam. This soup is called Fakess (pronounced 'fahKESS') in Greek. It is very good. This belongs to that category of Greek cooking called 'Ladera' which, literally translated, means 'made of oil'. Olive oil is not just a fat, it is a key ingredient and flavour booster and is totally necessary. When my oldest son was turning 4 and I asked him what he wanted for his birthday dinner, this is what he ordered. I've given directions for both conventional cooking and crockpot - which I tried today. The pearl barley is not traditional, but we really like it. I think it's the aftermath of a Campbell's Beef with Vegetables and Barley fixation I had in the a long time ago.