I have been looking for foods that Carina has not yet tried. I stumbled upon this Mushroom Barley recipe – two things that Carina has never eaten but that are two of Jonathan’s favorites. Trying it out was a no-brainer.
In my effort to kill two birds with one stone, I used vegetable broth instead of chicken stock so that I could call it a vegan meal too. I also added a little more salt and garlic to our tastes.
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 Small Onion, diced
1/4 Tsp Sugar
1 Cup Mushrooms, chopped
2 Garlic Clove, chopped
2 Tsp Salt, divided
1 Cup Pearl Barley, rinsed
3 Cups Vegetable Broth
In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
Add the onions and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add the sugar and cook for another 5 minutes or until onions start to caramelize.
Remove the onions to a plate and add the mushrooms, garlic and 1 tsp salt to the pot. Cook for 3 minutes or until the water from the mushrooms start to evaporate, then remove to a plate and set aside.
Add the vegetable stock into the same pot and bring to a boil, add the barley, 1 tsp salt, reduce to a simmer and cook for 45 minutes or until tender.
Add the onions and mushrooms to the pot to combine and cook until heated through.
With 4 servings, I calculated each serving to be about 260 calories.
The chef and owner of this restaurant, Alex Salmassi, is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France and has owned many restaurants around the world. He has served President George H. Bush, Nelson Mandela, Emeril Lagasse, and Pink Floyd.
Our dining experience can be summed up by three words: fresh, delicious, unique.
My family and I ate at DaVinci’s last night and had a wonderful, authentic Italian meal! I ordered the Flounder Fiorentina, my husband had the Osso Bucco Milanese, and my daughter and son-in-law ate the Petti di Pollo alla Da Vinci. We all enjoyed our respective dishes and look forward to returning again soon. In addition to their regular menu, Da Vinci’s offers Nightly Specials.
Finally, an added feature of this fine establishment is their “At Home Dinner” menu! For $10.95 a person, you can select a wonderful three course meal that includes a starter, a main course, and a dessert.
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