I love finding locally and organically produced treasures. This Sunday, at the West Seattle Farmer’s Market I found just that.
Biodynamic Boutique is a local organic grain producer from Whidbey Island. That means I can get beautiful, healthy, whole barley, kamut, and hard red wheat well within a hundred miles from where I live. That is something to support!
I started by buying the two pound bag of whole Purple Tibetan Barley. I was impatient to try it out, so I didn’t bother soaking my first batch (a technique that makes the nutrients even more available in grains). Instead I put 1 cup of well rinsed beautiful barley (the color really is amazing!) into the crock pot with
2 1/2cups of filtered water. I put it on low and set it for about 7 hours. I was looking forward to a delicious new whole grain porridge for breakfast and I wasn’t disappointed! It cooked up a little like a risotto, yet with plenty of texture still. It was sweet, nutty and heaven in the mouth. I added a little butter, half a fresh date chopped up and a little milk. Yum!
I did have a little sticking along the edges in my crock pot, so I plan on adding a bit more water next time. I’m looking forward to exploring all I can do with this wonderful barley. I’m pondering a pumpkin barley risotto with fried sage, barley mushroom soup, and lots more breakfast barley porridge!