Mushroom #3 – Barley Pilaf

April 30th, 2010 / Comments 0

Mushrooms are a low fat source of vitamins and minerals and they also deliver plenty of umani, also called the fifth taste after sweet, sour, salty and bitter. v mushroom sliced 01 Mushroom #3   Barley Pilaf

Adding mushrooms to most savory dishes make them taste better. I made Mushroom Pilaf for a ‘welcome home’ potluck dinner on Saturday night. This vegetarian dish was made with barley rather than rice and topped with sour cream. It was delicious. Here’s how I did it: … read more

Barley Salad

June 12th, 2009 / comments 5

Pasta salads, whether macaroni, orzo, or linguini have become commonplace, available at deli counters and appearing at every pot luck dinner and picnic. Why not use another grain as the featured player in a main course salad?

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Consider barley for the lead role in a salad with a southwestern flair. Barley, a cereal grain, is a major animal feed crop. Smaller amounts are used for malting in brewing beer and in health food. In Islam, the Prophet Muhammad prescribed barley for grief and the effects of aging.

The first time I was served barley salad I didn’t know what I was eating. I had only experience barley playing a supporting role in beef soup. You can find barley in your market with the bags of dried beans and lentils.  Here’s how I made it: … read more

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