Mushroom and Barley Risotto


Risotto is a traditional rice-based Italian staple belonging to the "first" courses or primo piatto. Although rice was already known to the ancient Romans it was used by them solely for medical purposes. But the situation changed rapidly in the 15th century when the fast-growing population of the Northern Italian cities Milan and Turin required much more food than ever. In 1475, Galeazzo Maria Sforza , the notorious Duke of Milan wrote in a letter to the Duke of Ferrara a description of the rice fields surrounding his city, the capital of Lombardy region. The River Po valley appeared to be the ideal place for the water-loving rice plants and now Italy exports the famous Arborio rice giving the perfect al dente risotto.

With our recipe we present a barley-based risotto or orzotto as it is called in Italy. Barley cooked instead of rice gives a slightly chewier dish and provides higher levels of fibre which help to reduce the "bad" low-density lipoprotein cholesterol thus reducing the risk of heart diseases. Additionally, dehulled barley is a source of good-quality protein which nutritionally outperforms that of wheat. Some recent studies found mushrooms to have a positive impact on weight management, cognitive function and reducing the risk of cancer. Moreover, Portobello mushrooms may support immune system through interaction with gut microbiota. And let's not forget about celery which is an excellent source of essential oils, phenolic compounds and vitamins. Celery possess anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties as well. Essentially Orzotto is an energy-rich dish providing a boost for the remainder of the day.

In Italian, the word riso has a double meaning describing both rice and laughter. So when cooking our delicious risotto, remember that in Italy those who laugh easily are told: che aveva mangiato la minestra di riso meaning "who has eaten laughter or… rice soup!" So the choice is only up to you!

100 g. quick-cooking barley
200 g. baby portobellos, sliced
50 g. celery, diced
50 g. carrots, diced
100 g. white onions, diced
750 ml. vegetable stock
30 ml. olive oil
3 tsp. nutritional yeast
salt and pepper to taste
  1. Heat olive oil in a pot.
  2. Add carrots, celery, and onions. Sauté until onions are translucent.
  3. Add mushrooms and brown slightly.
  4. Add barley and stir to coat evenly in oil and...
    See the full directions on my site


64% DV

27% DV

12% DV

4% DV

20% DV

This cheese bake is very easy and quick, so anyone can make this, including those who have lots to do or those of you who have not enough time.

100 g Prawn
1/2 Bloccoli
6 tbsp Mayonnaise
4 tbsp Milk
1/2 tsp Mastard
100 g Cheese
1 pinch Salt
1 pinch Pepper
4 people

1. Cut the big prawn in half.

2. Put mayonnaise, milk, mustard , salt and pepper in a jam jar. Close the lid and shake it.

3. Place the broccoli and the prawn into an ovensafe dish.

See the full directions on my site



59% DV

43% DV

46% DV

1% DV

6% DV

This traditional German Christmas Stollen bread is a festive addition to your holiday celebration! The rich, buttery sweet bread is studded with a variety of dried fruits like cranberries, cherries and raisins, nuts, subtle notes of citrus, and plenty of warm spices. Finish it off with a blizzard of powdered sugar, grab a warm cup of coffee, and settle in for the ultimate cozy treat!

For the Fruit:
1 c raisins
1/3 c golden raisins
1/3 c sweetened dried cranberries
1/3 c dried cherries
3 T dark rum or orange juice
For the Sponge:
2 packets active dry yeast
1/4 c warm water
2/3 c whole milk
1 t honey
1 c all purpose flour
For the Dough:
1/3 c honey
1 egg
1/2 c salted butter
1 T lemon zest
1 t salt
1/2 t ground nutmeg
1/2 c chopped nuts
3-4 c all purpose flour
vegetable oil ( for coating the bowl )
For the Filling:
2 T salted butter
2 t ground cinnamon
3 T granulated sugar
For the Topping:
1/2 c confectioners sugar
2 loaves