Healthful pea soup

3 cups water
2 Tbs dried yellow peas
1 tsp pot barley
1 yellow onion, chopped coarsely
1 carrot [sliced thinly]
1 stalk of celery [minced]
1 clove garlic
chopped vegetables{use up those broccoli stalks, whatever is available
1 stick of astragalus
1 bay leaf
1\4 Tsp cayenne pepper
several parsley stalks[chopped fine]
 no-salt seasoning to taste

Sauté onion till browned and add astragalus*, cayenne, bay leaf, peas, barley, parsley stalks and water and simmer for at least 2 hours with lid on.
Add carrot, celery and vegetables and simmer for 1 more hour.

When ready to serve, remove astragalus and bay leaf and add soy sauce{s}to serving bowl{not to pot]