I heard barley was the grain of the month in February, and I had to prepare a meal with it.
I admit, that I don't use barley as a starch very often with my meals. When I'm trying to avoid the excess of starch, it is not the first one this pasta lover would even think of.
But it was delicious. I cooked it in vegetable stock, instead of salted water, and it took some lovely flavours from it, not just the typical nutty flavour that it is known for.