Chop and shallow fry some onion and scallions
Add in some chopped peppers and continue to shallow fry until tender
I add in a tablespoon or three of fig & balsamic vinegar chutney to add some sharpness
Add in a load of chopped mushrooms and cook down until reduced
Add in your pearl barley and stir to coat in the juices
When your pan looks like this, add in a third of your stock and stir until absorbed
Add in the rest of your stock. Don't worry - it's not ruined!
Continue stirring until absorbed and looking like the above (about 30 minutes). Serve with a side salad and garlic bread, and enjoy!