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Recently, I decided we would try and make our own rice blends using a variety of grains. Our first attempt used a combination of barley, rice, and red split peas which resembled mushed up risotto. Over the past few days, we continued to try a variety of combinations and we came up with 2 amazing winners!
Have you ever tried a blend of spelt, pot barley, and medium grain brown rice? I used approximately equal parts of each, washed them and added just enough water to cover my hand. Set it on the stove and cooked it like regular rice.
Next thing you know, it’s done and it was phenomenal. The combination was perfect. Each grain added its own chew factor and the spelt added its signature nuttiness. By far, this was the best combination to date. Sadly, in my excitement to eat the rice, I uh, sort of forgot to take photos. Sorry! You’ll just have to take my word for it. 🙂
A few days later, it was my husband’s turn to cook and we decided to have rice again (we alternate but I have to admit that lately, he’s been doing more of the cooking – thank you hubby!). So, away he went to make the rice medley but, we didn’t have any more of the medium grain rice so he only used spelt and barley.
Now, prior to this whole making-your-own-rice-blends adventure, we would never have considered putting spelt and barley together as the carb for the designated meal of the day. Dinner is ready and we had the absolute best grain blend ever.
Here’s a close up shot of what the cooked barley and spelt mix looked like. Notice how every grain is separate and fluffy. The spelt and barley mix tasted delicious and there was such a great crunch that we honestly didn’t miss the brown rice at all.
The spelt added the nutty flavour with a substantial chew. As I ate the spelt, I literally felt as though my jaws were getting much needed exercise and these grains were fully cooked! The pot barley was the perfect partner in crime since it also added its own chew. It was such a hearty grain mix, I could actually feel my body screaming ‘thank you’.
Since then, this barley and spelt mix is our go-to first choice when we’re thinking of some grains for a meal. Sure, we’ll continue to experiment but for now, this combo is king!
- Persevere even when your first attempt to make your own rice medley looks like mush.
- Be adventurous enough to try something new. I mean, spelt and barley? I would have never thunk it in a million years!
- Be inspired by the smallest things. Who would have thought I’d be inspired by a bag of Uncle’s Bens? There’s always a first!
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