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What pairs with almonds and barley?

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I'm making gruel. It's a dark age recipe of smashed barley boiled in almond milk. I want to try different flavors and I don't eat a lot of barley.

I'm wondering what are some common pairing with barley, that would also go with almonds.

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  1. You could go sweet and add apples, maple syrup (or honey or barley malt) and raisins or dates and maybe some nutmeg and cinnamon. Or go savory and make it into a sort of risotto with things like leeks, carrots, white wine and a bit of parmesan. Or add all sorts of mushrooms, sauteed onions and a little thyme and have a sort of mushroom barley soup gruel.

    Are there any further parameters? Must it be vegan? Must it use only Dark Ages ingredients? Must it be edible by someone dentally-impaired? Are you part of a larger Dark Ages cuisine revival?

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    1. re: ninrn

      I recently made Ottolenghi's pomegranate and barley salad that was spiced with dill and allspice. Very unusual but great flavour combinations!

    2. for a cool salad, any number of veggies - zucchini, peppers, tomatoes, etc.- finely sliced, toasted almonds, shallots, golden raisins or currants, preserved lemon rinds (finely sliced), mint or parsley, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper...

      warm - with leeks, carrots, celery, thyme

      other things i feel pair well (combine some or not):
      blueberries
      tomatoes
      chicken
      dried cranberries
      vanilla
      cinnamon
      pudding
      cottage cheese - i used to make a quick "rice" barley pudding using cottage cheese, cooked barley, sweetener, cinnamon and vanilla... was good for after a workout ....when i didn't have pesky alleries/intolerances.