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Lemon barley water

May 28th, 2012 · 2 Comments

You have probably read in the financial pages that Yumblog Inc. has once again upped sticks and relocated its corporate HQ a few miles up (or is it down … or along?) the road to Hebden Bridge (pop 4,500 + 3). This was no reflection on our old location of Todmorden (pop 15,000 – 3), which is a charming and thriving market town (so long as it resists Sainsbury’s persistent and predatory ambition to set up shop on the outskirts) it’s just that the quaintness and quirkiness of the then Yumblog Cottage (cold, mould and brown) was beginning to wear thin. With the move in mind we explored the darker reaches of the food cupboards in search of things to use up before we packed…hence an unopened packet of pearl barley dangerously close to its sell by date. Scant research revealed that there are only three things you can make with this particular ingredient – soup (texture of bogeys), risotto (rice is nicer) and lemon barley water.

Lemon barley water

Preparation time: 2 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Makes: 1.2 litres
Skill level: easy


  • 2 unwaxed lemons – zest and juice
  • caster sugar – 50g
  • pearl barley – 125g
  • water – boiling – 1.2 litres

Lemon Barley Water

Put the pearl barley in a sieve and rinse under running water.

Lemon Barley Water

Finely grate the zest of the lemons.

Put the zest and pearl barley in a saucepan along with a litre of water.

Lemon Barley Water

Bring to the boil and simmer gently for half an hour.

Turn off the heat, stir in the caster sugar and set aside to cool

When cool, strain through a sieve and add enough water to make up to 1.2 litres.

Lemon Barley Water

Add the lemon juice.

Chill and serve with ice.

Verdict: A lot subtler than Robinsons. A light refreshing drink with a zesty zestiness.

Drink: A plausible alternative to alcohol on those rare booze-free evenings.

Entertainment: Endless trips down the hill to the slide.

Let us prey

Tags: Drink · Vegetarian

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Bella // May 30, 2012 at 08:58

    You’re back, how lovely, thought we’d lost you!

  • 2 richard // May 31, 2012 at 08:03

    Hi Bella

    It’s nice to be missed. Sorry about the lack of posting – been busy moving house/working/etc. Always good to see the Masterchef spoof again.



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