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Barley Of Fun Risotto


It’s nice to have a hearty recipe that doesn’t require too many ingredients. This one here meets that requirement. If you cut out the onion and extra spices, you could totally get it down to four ingredients, but where’s the flavour and fun in that? Lost, I dare say.

So, something’s been worrying me lately. Will I run out of puns? I’m not a great punner and I’m getting really worried that these things aren’t going to last forever. Do I have an punny readers out there? Are there a finite amount of puns? How many puns are there? Help me.


I do know some very good punners whose jokes seem to flow like the Niagara Falls. One of these people (whom I know of but don’t know personally) is stand-up comedian Ryan Stout. Man, his jokes involve some seriously witty word-smithing along with the usual weird takes on things in society. Even though very little of his material actually involves puns, the ones he does throw down result in a great uproar of laughter.


Apparently there’s a world championship for puns and it’s happening this very weekend! Yes, punners of the world, gather up your words and head on down to Austin, Texas for the O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships 2013. For 35 years they’ve been holding these pun-offs and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down. So, maybe there’s hope for my delightfully punny recipe names yet.


There are a lot of band names with wordplay in them, too: Riot Gosling, Lipps Inc, Atom and His Package, Dandy Warhols, Cerebral Ballzy, Joy Orbison, Mannequin Depressives, et cetera. I decided to pick a track by the humourously-named band from British Columbia, The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra. They’re a great and lively group, making some really fun gypsy folk music. Their live shows are phenomenal, with all six members taking the stage with accordian, upright bass, cajun and fiddle. This video was shot in my hometown by a group of local film-makers who go by the name Welcome to the West. They film really cool bands in exciting locations around the city. The theatre where they shot this video closed down a year or two back, sadly. It was the city’s best independent theatre for decades.

Barley Of Fun Risotto

Makes about 12 side servings

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 small or 2 large leeks (about 2 pounds or 900 grams before trimming), white parts only, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 1 pound white and/or crimini mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 1/4 cups pearl barley
  • 1 litre broth (vegetable or chicken)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Heat olive oil in large heavy pot over medium high heat. Stir in leeks, onion and mushrooms. Sauté until softened and beginning to look cooked, about 4 minutes.
  2. Add the barley and stir for about 1 minute until there is a slightly nutty aroma.
  3. Gradually add the broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for an hour until barley is tender and most of the liquid is cooked off.
  4. Finish by stirring in the parsley. Season to taste. Transfer to an insulated serving dish (pyrex dishes are good for this) and keep warm while bringing to the potluck. Serves well both warm and cold.

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This entry was posted on May 15, 2013 by in Appetizer & Noms, Vegan, Vegetarian and tagged , , , , .

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