Well, I guess they can’t all be winners. I had some problems with this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe, Lemon Barley Pilaf.
The idea of this recipe sounded good to me. It’s basically a rice pilaf made with barley. It is cooked with chopped carrot and red bell pepper, and finished with green onions and lemon zest.
The first problem came when I was ready to finish. The barley and vegetables had cooked and rested. It was time to stir in the green onions and lemon zest, but there was still a lot of liquid in the pan. The barley may or may not have been cooked enough (it was close, either way). After stirring in the final ingredients I decided to boil off some of the liquid. It helped a bit.
The next problem came when I served this to my family. My husband thought it was bland and didn’t care for it much. My daughter took a tiny taste and didn’t touch it again. I actually liked the flavors, but felt the cooking method needed some tweaking. However, since my family didn’t like it I won’t bother trying this again. Too bad, because like I said, I liked the idea of this recipe.
I am curious to see how the other Doristas fared with this one. Did I make a mistake, or are there real problems with this recipe?