Mushroom barley risotto wannabe

I was going for a risotto as this Bella Eats recipe described it, but I didn’t have all the ingredients on hand, so I had to make best with what was available:

    • mushrooms
    • barley
    • white and red onions
    • garlic
    • thyme
    • canola oil
    • butter

I sautéed the mushrooms, onions, and garlic in canola oil and added a bit of butter, sprinkling thyme on top. I tossed the barley in after, then stirred in butter and cheese. I ended up with something that was more fried rice-like, but I couldn’t complain, really–I had a fantastic lunch.

The preparation process also marked the debut of my OXO Good Grips Garlic Press. Months ago, it was Tj who was singing the praises of garlic presses, and now it’s my turn. I can’t believe how easy it is to smash garlic cloves and have them ready to use. I thought I would stay forever loyal to mincing garlic with a knife, but this garlic press just makes things so much easier.

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