Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Pearl Barley


We stayed with one of my old school friends a couple of months ago and she made us the most delicious chicken and pearl barley casserole for supper. Pearly barley has never really been on the radar before, but I have now invested 50 of my hard earned groats in a bag of my own.

Now what to use it for? Over the weekend I made my first ever batch of lemon barley water. In a bid to cut out unnecessary plastic from our lives I stopped buying cordial some time ago. Using this recipe https://daisiesandpie.co.uk/homemade-lemon-barley-water/ it was deemed a success by the family board of testers here at GBT. It's on the sharp side, but that suits my personal taste and gives me another product I can make for myself.


Next I think I shall be trying out a risotto recipe and then who knows I might go wild and venture into the realms of trying a pearl barley soup when the weather is a little cooler. The world really is my oyster😁 It makes a good addition to my thrifty larder.

If you have any favourite ways of using this stuff I'd love to hear your from you.

Arilx

10 comments:

  1. How delicious, I think I'll try making that myself, thanks for the link.

    I do enjoy a barley risotto/orzotto in the winter, very hearty.

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    1. I think I might try a rosemary, barley and chorizo one soonx
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  2. Do try pearl barley as a thickener when slow-cooking tough beef with root veg, Aril. I add it late in the process, when the meat is tender and the carrots can be cut with a fork.

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    1. Excellent idea. I use my sc quite a bit already.
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  3. Thanks so much for sharing our lemon barley water recipe - really glad you liked it :)

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    1. We found it very refreshing thank you. Sadly it didn't last long in our household!
      Arilx

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  4. I love barley in a chunky vegetable soup. The nuttiness with the broth and vegetables is so comforting.

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    1. I am looking forwards to trying some of this when the colder season starts.
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  5. Lemon Barley water reminds me of helping my auntie take cold drinks out to the hay bailing gang on the farm during summer holidays......in NZ in the 60's. For some reason it was the drink to give. I was surprised to see it being sold in a food court in Singapore a few years ago. Aloha

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    1. What a wonderful memory! I always think of the Robsinson's barley water they used to serve at Wimbledon.
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