Shout out to Woolies Fresh magazine for this recipe ... can't believe how delicious it is and so much easier than a conventional risotto. You really must give it a try the following is a serving for two average size bowls.
*Heat a splash of olive oil and a big blob of butter in a large saucepan and fry off half a sliced leek and a large clove of garlic also finely diced until softened (about 5 mins).
*Next add 3/4 cup of pearl barley and some fresh or dry thyme if you have it. I used dry chives tonight as this was all I had to hand. Stir to coat the barley in oil and change the colour of the grain slightly (about 1 min).
*Now deglaze with a 1/2 cup of white wine and add 2 cups of hot chicken stock cover and simmer gently stirring occasionally. The grains should be softened and the liquid absorbed by the end of this time (about 60 mins).
*Meanwhile in another pan fry until softened and browned about 300 grams of mixed mushrooms ... I kept it simple with button and portobello but be as creative as you like. If any moisture is produced add this to the barley saucepan as this is all extra flavors.
*Combine the mushrooms a handful of baby kale or rocket and a blob of butter to serve. Enjoy!