No, it's not really risotto, but it's really good and a whole lot easier! The color is gorgeous, too. A recipe from Ottolenghi's "Jerusalem", a cookbook with great recipes, not a loser in the bunch! The things that make it special are the toasted caraway in the feta marinade and the fresh oregano. Do not use dried oregano; if you can't get fresh, then use another fresh herb, such as basil, chives, tarragon, sage, or even a bit more fresh thyme. We are not big caraway fans, but this comes together to make a delicious vegetarian main dish. All you need is a simple salad of fresh greens on the side. I use dried thyme instead of fresh, about 1 tsp. It's even better if you make your own raw tomato puree; just blend and sieve. I also like to toast the barley several minutes in the oil and veggie mixture before adding the liquids to give it a nuttier flavor.