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A white knuckle ride of a thread about PEARL BARLEY

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Slubberdegullion Wed 02-Feb-11 21:26:08

[Florence & The Machine Inspirational Music Intro]

Pearl Barley

[Shots of young people doing parkour on walls with graffiti]

Right I have 375 g of pearl barley left in my 500g bag and unless I get some VERY EXCITING and dramatic ideas of what the chuff to do with it the dds will be clearing it out from the top back shelf in 40 years time when I have snuffed it.


Thank you

MarineIguana Wed 02-Feb-11 22:34:57

Sorry i just came on here to slag off the pearl barley

The exciting thread title drew me in...

<gets coat>

Buda Wed 02-Feb-11 22:36:53

Love pearl barley. I wanted to find some recipes for it recently and looked up in BBC good food website and did a search. There are a few including a risotto that I want to try.

My granny always used to put pearl barley in her stews. Loved it.

coldtits Wed 02-Feb-11 22:40:06

yes. It's less like polenta than rissoto, really heavy boingy risotto. be careful slicing it.

And use lots of salt and pepper when you serve.

Who knew that barley water could be made from pearl barley? Clue was in the name I guess - am keeping that recipe for the Summer, thanks BB.

Will be trying the egg thing this weekend then, thanks.

Slubberdegullion Wed 02-Feb-11 22:41:45

Barley Water! I never even made the connection [dur]. I really like barley water. Thank you beta.

Marine, you must like barley water?

AND snails like it.
(pearl barley, not barley water)

bibbitybobbityhat Wed 02-Feb-11 22:43:55

I knew this would be you Slubber.

Howzabout Irish Stew?

Expect many others have proferred this before me but, for once, I (whispers) have not read whole thread.

mathanxiety Wed 02-Feb-11 22:44:06

Could grit your drive with it if it snowed?

You can dredge it in dry breadcrumbs and parmesan, plus seasoning, and fry it as Coldtits suggests.

PerArduaAdNauseum Wed 02-Feb-11 22:44:27

I've never enjoyed barley before - not even the squash - but the thought of frying it has me thinking twice. Question - does this make me Nanny Ogg? hmm

LemonDifficult Wed 02-Feb-11 22:44:35

Pearl barley is wonderful.

Use it like risotto rice. It's called Orzotto I think.

We do a think with winter veg,pearl barley, sausages and baked with cheese on top. Yum.

MarineIguana Wed 02-Feb-11 22:44:51

Barley water is OK but again it feels like a slight con compared to nice non-barley squash.

The snails is genius though - you can start a snail farm and eat the snails.

PerArduaAdNauseum Wed 02-Feb-11 22:45:38

would definitely have to involve parmesan. damn, hungry now.

bibbitybobbityhat Wed 02-Feb-11 22:47:01

Yes, what is the chuffing point of lemon barley water? What is wrong with plain lemon squash, I ask.

Thought I was an aficionado of pearl barley what with my handful in every casserole thingy, but have learned lots tonight and I'm actually excited about using it for risotto and sliced with eggs on top now. <pathetic>

WhiteLight Wed 02-Feb-11 22:52:59

Take take the ink part out of a biro, and the little stopper off the end of the casing. Insert one piece of pearl barley into the biro casing and blow hard.

My brother and I had hours of fun doing this as kids.

WhiteLight Wed 02-Feb-11 22:53:25

Don't point it at anyone's face, mind...

Slubberdegullion Wed 02-Feb-11 22:53:59

It is a bit creamy bibbity. And lemon squash can sometimes be <arck squink lemonimy spasm>

But you were the first with Irish Stew

Mm the parmesan addition to the polenta slices sounds good.

Slubberdegullion Wed 02-Feb-11 23:00:08



That is not only silly, and potentially dangerous it comes in under the craft umbrella of suggestions.


bibbitybobbityhat Wed 02-Feb-11 23:06:39

Who the jiggery wants creamy squash?

Right, that's enough perversion for me. Up the wooden hill I go.

Greige Wed 02-Feb-11 23:35:37

Hi, this is my first (and possibly only) post to Mumsnet, tho' I've enjoyed reading the threads.

But..barley...this is my type of threadgrin

Have you heard of frumenty? Its a Medieval recipe, great instead of potatoes or bread.

Throw some into an ovenproof dish, add a little saffron then cover with chicken stock. Bung in an oven until cooked. Keep an eye on it and top up with stock if necessary. Depending on quantities this can be quite moist or slightly dry. It can also be simmered but needs more care to prevent burning.

Oh - and I'll second (or third, or fourth) the risotto idea - it's really yum


Chaotica Thu 03-Feb-11 00:12:01

So many amazing recipes turned up that I almost don't feel bad for having to reappear to admit that I've lost the Mongolian recipe... But it goes something like:

boil barley in stock, meanwhile saute onions and finely sliced mushrooms (with salt, pepper, chilli (?), whatever herbs you fancy - mongolian herbs slip my mind, but I think thyme might have been on the list, you could add paprika too to further lose authenticity). When the barley is done, cool a bit and mix the whole lot up (with hardly any of the barley liquid) with a beaten egg and put in a buttered ring cake tin (or just a normal one) in the oven for 3/4 hour or so. (160C? I don't know - I had an aga when I last made it.) Serve sliced with veg, gravy or sauce, or probably lamb stew if you're authentically mongolian about it.

This is such a vague recipe - I apologise blush It is tasty though.

Slubberdegullion Thu 03-Feb-11 08:07:19

Griege, do stay. mn needs people like you with knowledge of medieval recipes. So frumenty is a bit like mash then, a sort of soaking up on the side dish?

The Mongolian recipe juxtaposed to the frumenty is brilliant. God mn is so high brow sometimes.

I'm going to do all of these. February is going to be sponsored by pearl barley. I may have to buy another bag.

Buda Thu 03-Feb-11 08:31:21

Wonder will Mumsnet be responsible for a run on pearl barley. Will it be the next Waitrose Bottom Butter?

Buda Thu 03-Feb-11 08:33:02

Here are the BBC Good Food recipes! Enjoy.

kreecherlivesupstairs Thu 03-Feb-11 08:39:46

Mme, I saw pearl barley in a MMM migros if that helps.

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