I have to say, I LOVED this dish! It was simple but very complex flavors. It did feel like a DINING IN experience. I never cooked with barley before. In my store, I found "pearled" barley which did not specify that it should be soaked so I skipped that step. The finished product reminded me of a risoto sort of. I don't care for the consistency of risoto but lobe that the barley here had kinda chewey texture, not as bland and creamy as a risoto. PLUS it was MUCH easier and had the depth of flavor! Thanks Brokenburner for posting!