Rice / Barley

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I love brown rice and pearl barley although these days I prefer barley over brown rice on most occasions. It is lovely in casseroles/baked dishes, soups, in patties, cold salads and more. Barley is so versatile (as is of course brown rice). It is also very healthy and packed with protein, fibre and vitamins. Although we don't grow much in Iceland (save from potatoes and carrots and then vegetables in the green houses) there are some farmers that have started growing barley. It's organic and delicious and used widely in Iceland. It is absolutely fantastic to be able to by local products and makes me very, very happy when cooking. Wherever a recipe calls for brown rice you can use pearl barley instead and vice versa. The texture might be a little different but it will still taste very nice.

The simplest treat, but absolutely lovely and gluten free too!

Chocolate Rice Cakes

I often make these because they are perfect as a treat in my lunch box. They provide me with energy but are not filled with sugar since the only sugar is from the raw cane sugar of the chocolate.

The perfect balance between noodles and soup

Coconut and Salmon Noodle Soup

This soup is the perfect one to make if you have a bit of leftover salmon in the freezer or fridge.

Lovely to eat, a bit fiddly to make

Crêpes with Garlic Sauce, Shiitake Mushrooms and Spinach

One day I looked into my fridge and cupboards and the ingredients listed below are the same ones I had available that day.

A nightmare to prepare although the end result is well worth the effort

Crêpes with Pearl Barley, Mushrooms and Mustard Sauce

I love crêpes...the French pancakes originating from Brittany in France.

Not the easiest soup to make but very much worth the effort

Mussels and Coconut Noodle Soup

This is one of those recipes which has an endless ingredients list.

A hearty meal which is very easy on the stomach and packed with vitamins

Pearl Barley baked with Spinach, Garlic and Mushrooms

This is a light yet healthy meal, perfect as a light dinner. It is packed with complex carbohydrates, iron, folate and other vitamins and minerals.

Amazingly versatile rice patties, perfect with cheese, jam or peanut butter

Rice Patties

This recipe was given to me by a friend of mine named Lisa Hjalt. She got the recipe from her friend named Sigga Runa.

The one meal that warms my body to the core

Traditional Icelandic Rice Pudding

Hands down, there is nothing that puts warmth in my body as fast as rice pudding. I absolutely adore it and could eat it every day during the winter.

A very healthy meal packed with protein and healthy fats

Tuna Steaks and Noodles with Ginger and Tamari Dressing

This is the perfect meal for those who are trying to eat healthy yet lightly.