Lemon Barley Drink To Satiate My Sweet Tooth

 My homesickness went up a notch over the weekend. And it just doesn’t stop there. I think of my family everyday – every single one of them....more

Whole Grain Barley (No-Stir!) Risotto with Tomato, Chilli & Creamy Cauliflower

Photo credit: Nancy Anne Harbord...more

ANZAC Kheer!

Shruti Nargundkar 26th January 2013 Australia Day, Indian Republic Day As I settle down to watch the morning news with a cup of tea, the hot topic for discussion on TV is the rising incidence of drinking and alcohol related violence on Australia Day in Australia. ...more

Hearty Vegan Kale, Butternut, and Barley Soup from Cafe Johnsonia

Lindsey from Cafe Johnsonia is trying to work out a compromise with her husband on the question of whether or not to eat meat, but she reports that this lovely meatless soup with kale, butternut squash, and barley was one that pleased both of them. All three of the main ingredients in the soup are also high on my personal list of food faves, so I think this sounds like a great soup to recommend this week for Meatless Monday! ...more
some just don't like the fake meat idea so a hefty salad with beans, greens, nuts, mango and ...more

Beef and Barley Soup

 This is a perfect hearty soup to make on a cold winter day....more

Barley Risotto with Squash & Gruyere from Eats Well with Others

I'm one of those people who loves butternut squash, so as soon as it's cooler weather anything with this creamy variety of winter squash appeals to me. Besides the butternut love, this tasty-looking risotto from Eats Well with Others has barley and kale, two more of my favorite comfort food ingredients. If you haven't had Gruyere, it's a particularly flavorful cheese that I'm sure tops off this Meatless Monday dish with a lovely nutty flavor! ...more
Glad you like it, and the roasted tomato soup sounds wonderful!more

When Does Food Taste THE BEST? Part 3: Firstovers

Many foods taste better the next day. Think leftover spaghetti: You mix the noodles and sauce and let it hang out in the fridge, noodles soaking up sauce, sauce thickening. You microwave it the next day and then slurp up those reddish sauce-infused strands. I’m not usually a leftovers-lover though. I peer at Gladware in the fridge and am disappointed about having to eat the same thing again. Even though they often taste better, I find leftovers boring. This weekend I discovered a solution: Firstovers. ...more

Curried Beef Biryani With Barley

A B kinda night, if you ask me. I've been reading a lot of Clean Eating magazine lately. I like its basic message; a message of exercise, lots of water, attempting to cut down as far as possible the amount of processed food one is eating. Simple breakfast, simple meals for the most part, with much of the 'extra' fat cut out. I have decided to experiment with some of their recipes I love the most. Of course, in this house, almost nothing gets made exactly the way the recipe says. ...more

Garlic Mushrooms and Barley

This is a take on a mushroom and barley dish a friend of mine made for me a few weeks ago. It works in place of rice as a side dish for any type of meat dish, especially steak, or if you are a vegetarian like me, it's a great main course. It also tasted excellent reheated for lunch the next day. I use vegetable bouillon cubes, but you can replace it with mushroom (or chicken for non-veggies) broth. 3 cups water 3-4 vegetable bouillon cubes 1 package sliced mushrooms (use as big or small of a package you want, but minimum is 8 oz. package)...more