Pearl-fect Barley

When Sue moved to Toronto, I inherited the content of her kitchen cupboard. There were ingredients I had never seen before, Pearl Barley was one of them.

Next time I saw the little pearls they were still snug in their packaging and I wrote an article about buried and forgotten ingredients.

Third time lucky, I was considering to clean the cupboard when I thought it would be much more pleasant to find a recipe which would "get rid of" these pearly things. The complete idiot's guide to vegan cooking came to the rescue with its pearl barley risotto.

This is a story with a happy ending : yes you have guessed it! Sue's packet disappeared only to be replace by a new one, I love this ingredient, its only problem to have stayed away from my taste buds for so long.

Mushroom-Barley Stew
  • 300g cup carrot, chopped thinly
  • 300g celery, chopped thinly
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 250g crimini mushrooms or other mushroom of choice, chopped
  • 2 tsp olive oil + 2 TB
  • about 20 small mushrooms, chopped
  • 150g pearl barley, rinsed
  • 1/4 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp rubbed sage
  • 1/4 cup tamari
  • 50g cup barley flour (I used rice flour)
  • 2T sherry
  • salt
  • pepper
  • vegetable broth to cover
  • 50g chopped fresh parsley

In a large pot combine carrot, celery, onion, 2 teaspoons olive oil, saute and stir for 5 minutes. Add mushrooms, garlic, herbs, saute for 2 more minutes. Stir in 2 cups of broth, bring to boil. Add barley, cover, reduce to low for 30-40 minutes. In a small bowl, whisk together remaining oil, flour, sherry, tamari, salt, pepper, cook over low heat. When the barley is tender, add the mixture, adjust seasoning.

1 comment:

Phil said...

Perhaps I ought to try your recipe in an efort to convince me. Sincew I was a little girl living with my aunt in Scotland and sh served a stew with pearl barley I have hated it. It was full of those little slippery pearls but I had to sit there until I had finished it. Sorry but it made me heave! I think it would take a lot to convince me. Anyone else with an aversion to it?



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