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From Frances Moore Lappe's "Diet for a Small Planet". She says that she once demonstrated this and the moderator could not stop eating it for the entire program. About as simple as it gets.
- Heat oil in a heavy pot and saute onions until translucent.
- Add barley and saute, stirring lightly, until translucent and slightly toasty-smelling.
- When onion is well browned, add stock and cook until barley is well done, 45 minutes to an hour (or 25 minutes in a pressure cooker).
- Remove from heat, let cool a bit, and slowly add buttermilk and more stock to thin it if necessary. Sprinkle in dill and add butter or margarine.