Grandma's Grain

Grandma's Grain Recipe


I rarely cook mixed grains because I feel compelled to cook type each grain in a separate pot - a pot for barley, one for rice, another for millet, etc. No one around here looks forward to doing the resulting dishes. It's bad enough scrubbing one rice pot, let alone a collective. Each grain cooks for a different amount of time, hence the need for all those pots - or that's what I thought. Today's recipe is a simple, single pot approach to mixed grains inspired by the following reader email, a grandmother of four...

Dear Heidi...I have three children and four grandchildren. There is one simple dish my three youngest grandchildren totally expect for me to have around when they come to see me. I have named it "Grandma's Grain" and would like to share it with those who frequent your website. It smells so good when it cooks, and is delicious! My grandchildren would rather have a bowl of this cereal than almost anything else I cook - and they can be very picky. This will stick to your ribs for about 4 or 5 hours, much longer than a bowl of regular cold cereal and milk.

We season it with extra virgin olive oil, season salt, food yeast, hot sauce, or any favorite seasoning. Avocado is a wonderful addition we thoroughly enjoy. It can also be eaten with the traditional milk and sweetener. This can also be used in a casserole the way you would use rice. The best, K.J.B.

The resulting cooked grain blend is textured, peppered with flecks of color, and filling. The millet, which cooks fastest breaks down and lends a creaminess that you wouldn't get otherwise. I can think of a hundred reasons to cook up a pot of this over the weekend and use it as the foundation for many meals - breakfast, lunch, or dinner - throughout the week. In the photo up above I've simply drizzled the grains with a bit of half-and-half, and sprinkled with a bit of raw sugar and toasted walnuts. For lunch I might go for a scoop with a poached egg and a little side salad. Or I could use it as the backbone of a "fried-rice" type dish with tofu. Or a baked version of arancini in place of day-old risotto. Or, or, or...

Also, before I sign off I want to apologize for not being very responsive in the comments the past week or so. I just got back from an inspiring trip to Chile and Argentina, which means I've been plane and hotel hopping for the past ten days. I'm looking forward to sharing some stories, recipes, and photos in the coming weeks...And thanks to everyone who emailed me suggestions :)...

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Grandma's Grain Recipe

If you can't find one of the ingredients, don't be discouraged. Simply substitute more of whatever you do have - more rice, millet, etc. I made a few minor tweaks to K.J.'s recipe, mainly a bit of salt during the cooking process, along with a few little word adjustments for clarity.

1 cup long grain brown rice (I use Lundberg's)
1 cup millet
3 handfuls of whole barley
3 handfuls of whole oats (groats)
1 handful of red rice, wild rice, or a mixture of wild type rices
2 teaspoons salt

Mix all grains together, rinse, drain, and put in a large thick-bottomed pot. Stir in the salt. Cover with water up to your knuckle - about two inches above the grains. Bring to a boil, then turn down flame as low as it will go. Cook uncovered (simmering) until all water is gone, about thirty-five minutes. If you overshot the amount of water you added and your grains cook before the water absorbs entirely, strain off the extra water.

This makes a big pot of mixed grains. Plenty for a family of four to use over the course of a week.

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Comments


Mmm...

I'll have to try this with a variety of different grains. I'm sort of trying to avoid gluten so I'll see what I can come up with. Thankfully they now make oats that don't come into contact with gluten.

August 13, 2008
 

*star.mama*

mmm... Looks like a hearty harvest breakfast. Just the kinda thing to top with applesauce and yogurt. My toddler might have fun eating some of this and using the rest of his share for hair product. He can't seem to get enough rice or oatmeal. I'm sure the whole family will enjoy it!

Thanks Heidi and Grandma K.J.B.!

August 13, 2008
 

Julzz

Heidi,

I adore your blog-photography and recipes alike. I'm about to buy a better German-English Dictionary just to be able to look up all the ingredients - foodie words are not part of my regular workday English ;-) and I couldn't tell apart the different types of grains even in German if it wasn't for your inspiring recipes.

Greetings from Graz, Austria!

August 14, 2008
 

Mrs Redboots

This looks lovely. Can you get easy-cook wheat where you live? If so, I should think that would make a delicious addition to the pot, also quinoa....

Millet is high GI, so I've been avoiding it, but cooked with a mixture of low GI grains like this, it wouldn't be. This definitely goes on my "to try" list, as do your Choco Coco Clusters from the other day!

August 14, 2008
 

Kate Giles

When you say ' whole barley' is that like pearl barley?

HS: It isn't the same - whole barley is more intact and less processed than pearl barley which has had some of the nutritious bran milled off (for faster cooking).

August 14, 2008
 

I've been looking for ways to use my bags of millet and red rice. This looks great!

August 14, 2008
 

I know what I will be having for breakfast for the next week! Sounds wonderful. Thanks so much, Rosemary

August 14, 2008
 

About how much is a handful? I always have a hard time with units like that... sorry!

August 14, 2008
 

It's hard to think of eating grains in the hottest of the summer days, but this looks both complex and light -- and, as you point out, easy! As the nights start to cool off I may just have to give this a try.

Looking forward to Chilean recipes and photos! Chile is one of my favorite wine-producing and pottery-making countries -- excited to see what you saw there.

August 14, 2008
 

Jess

I am also wondering what "up to the knuckle" means. There are three knuckles on a finger - which one? I can't wait to make this! It sounds especially appealing as we head into fall - I'm envisioning it with all sorts of roasted squash and root veggies....

HS: Middle knuckle on your pointer finger.

August 14, 2008
 

Madeleine

Kate,
Pearl barley is unfortunately not whole barley. Pearled barley has had the hull removed and then the bran removed. Hulled barley isn't edible to my knowledge; dehulled barley still has the bran.

Heidi,
I made your peanut butter cookies last night and they were perfect! Such a nice treat. This looks like it might be a homemade substitute to my Kashi 7 grain pilaf.

August 14, 2008
 

Maureen

I couldn't wait to try this as I've been itching to use more of the grains I have on hand. Rather than oats and barley, I used quinoa and teff (to boost protein).

I'm fresh from reading a book on food/health and that author suggested soaking all grains for an hour and while cooking, adding a thumb sized piece of the sea vegetable, Kombu (remove like a bay leaf - acts to increase minerals of grains and legumes). I obediently soaked, but was so excited about the dish, promptly forgot the Kombu.

The pot is still hot on the stove - it smells great and looks lush.... Yum - can hardly wait for lunch.

Thanks Heidi.... love the site. I'm relatively new to cooking and have enjoyed making many of the recipes you post.

Maureen

August 14, 2008
 

Now THESE are whole grains. That's what I'm talking about, the real deal. Thanks, Grandma!

August 14, 2008
 

I love this recipe. The best part is that it is written just like a gramma recipe - "handfuls" and "water to your knuckle". These gramma precise recipes are the best. It reminds me of writing down my gramma's recipes - no cups, no tablespoons...just splashes or a lot or a little! :)

August 14, 2008
 

Talya B

In the UK 'whole barley' is called 'pot barley'. You can get it in healthfood shops. Supermarkets seem to sell pearl barley only.

August 14, 2008
 

Barb

Absolutely lovely recipe and photo, as always, but do I see walnuts in the picture? As a former editor of recipes (yep, for a newspaper food section), I would request that you please, please, please include all garnishes as ingredients, for the sake of my shopping list!!

HS: Hi Barb, you can add whatever you like to the basic grain recipe - I mention up above that I drizzled this serving with a bit of of half-and-half, and sprinkled with a bit of raw sugar and toasted walnuts. There are a few other suggestions in the main body of the post as well... "For lunch I might go for a scoop with a poached egg and a little side salad. Or I could use it as the backbone of a "fried-rice" type dish with tofu. Or a baked version of arancini in place of day-old risotto." Sorry for any confusion - you can really use the base grains 100 different ways.

August 14, 2008
 

Susan

This reminds me of the breakfast porridge we make in my house almost every day. We use a slightly different mix of grains -- equal portions on millet, quinoa, rye, barley, wheat berries, and brown rice. After rinsing the grains (1/4 c. per person) we add water in a 5:1 ratio with the grains (more or less to taste), with a drizzle of sesame oil, a little salt and about a tablespoon of honey, molasses or brown sugar. We let it cook overnight on low in the crock pot, and the porridge is ready when we get up in the morning! We usually top it with yogurt, applesauce, walnuts and a drizzle of honey.

August 14, 2008
 

jhm

I don't doubt that this recipe works, but doesn't it break every rule in the book? I thought adding salt to uncooked grains, putting the grains in cold water, and cooking them uncovered were no-no's.

I have to add my agreement that, without a specified pot size (or knuckle number) the amount of water is wholly arbitrary, especially with inexact amounts of variously sized grains.

This said, I'm intrigued that it works.

August 14, 2008
 

Yup, yet another lurker is impelled to leave the shadows by this fabulous recipe. Absolutely can't wait for Saturday breakfast...

August 14, 2008
 

Lillianne

The knuckle questions remind me of my Grandma's instruction for how hot the water should be to proof yeast. "Run the faucet until you can only keep your finger in it while you count to two, but count to three when you're my age (80)."

August 14, 2008
 

Mark

I find the recipe very interesting. I am trying to work on a grain mixture for my son, who has Crohn's disease. Especially interested in quinqua for nutritional value.

August 14, 2008
 

peterd

Madelaine,
Hulled barley sure is edible and nutty tasting. Just must cook it for longer, perhaps an hour if I am recalling correctly.

August 14, 2008
 

Looks wonderful! I love mixed grain dishes. For breakfast today we are having a mixed grain hot cereal I ground myself in my home grinder. I find that the different grains add such a variety of texture and flavor. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I will be sure to try it. :-)

August 14, 2008
 

antilia

Hello,

first of all: my vegetarian housemate will LOVE this recipe. She'll loveitloveitloveit ;-)

AND ... I've figured the covered/uncovered bit out ! It's 'cover with water' and 'simmer uncovered' ! Woohoo !

Heidi, your food, your pictures and your thoughts about food and life make me just happy. I have been admiring your work secretly from far away Singapore for years - and it is about time I tell you ... You're fabulous !

Thank you for your creative mind, your posting-discipline and for loving what you're doing.

Deeply inspired
Andrea

August 14, 2008
 

wendy

could you cook this like steel cut oats - the overnight method?

August 14, 2008
 

Snowmeg

This looks great- I would like to post a warning about improvising with the grains- do not use buckwheat. It falls apart in a bad way. I tried to cook buckwheat with brown rice once and it did not get creamy like millet, but slimy and grey. I think french lentils would work well with this, though, for the savory version.

August 14, 2008
 

Great recipe! I cook mixed grains all the time using my rice cooker, which makes things even easier.

I have this one:
http://www.amazon.com/Zojirushi-NS-ZCC10-Cooker-Warmer-Premium/dp/B00007J5U7/ref=sr_1_3/104-6423687-7953506?ie=UTF8&s=kitchen&qid=1218734197&sr=1-3

August 14, 2008
 

THANK YOU DEAR HEIDI FOR SENDING ME THIS WONDERFUL RECIPES. I WAS SO HAPPY TO SEE A EMAIL FROM YOU... MAY GOD BLESS YOU FOR SHARING YOUR PRECIOUS KNOWLEDGE OF COOKING, AND DELICIOUS RECIPES WITH ALL OF US..YOU ARE A GIFT FROM GOD TO US..

August 14, 2008
 

C.

Thank you again. You've just given me more UnFun Mom ammo! This is very similar to a recipe I have from an old church cookbook. Looking forward to making my kiddies eat it...MUAH AH AH! ;) C.

August 14, 2008
 

This is beautiful.... we love whole grains at our house and this is a gorgeous, wholesome idea.
Multo grazie!
:)

August 14, 2008
 

snapdragon

I am surprised that you're cooking this with wild rice for only 35 minutes. Most available wild rice is paddy-grown, which takes longer to cook (45-60 minutes).

August 14, 2008
 

This looks so yummy and filling. I love grains!

August 14, 2008
 

Such a good idea! I love the idea that you can cook up a huge batch to nibble on through the week, sweet and savoury.

I've been experimenting with two grain recipes after deciding it was worth the hassle after making a recipe from the Ottolenghi cookbook, but it's so much easier if you can cook them all together.

Many thanks to you and your lovely reader for sharing!

August 14, 2008
 

Matt

I love mixed grains like this for breakfast, but am unsure of the best method to reheat it a few days later.

Should I add a little liquid (water, milk, or broth) and microwave, or in a pan on a burner?

August 14, 2008
 

That looks both delicious and healthy!

August 14, 2008
 

Laura

Heidi,

I am so excited about this recipe. My boyfriend is an MMA fighter who requires a LOT of food and good food at that. I have been obsessing over our nutrition lately (Since I'm doing it for him, I'm going to get in on my nutrition plan, too!) and have been so depressed at the thought of reading all these great recipes you post and no ingredients to make them with.

Well, that is over now, I found a teeny tiny family owned grocery store that sells all these grains by the pound... everything you use here! Barley, millet, quinoa, a wall of nothing but tubes filled with these. I was so happy to finally be able to recreate all of these at home!

This might sound a bit dramatic, but I have had several health problems, mostly gastrointestinal and pain related, and since I've started eating more along the lines of your food, my health has improved so much. I have something called Chest Wall Syndrome, and even that has improved in the mere month that I have been eating this way.

Since I put us on our limited new plan, we both have gotten so much healthier, and my boyfriend has been kicking MMA butt in his training sessions since he started. I cannot imagine how much better we'll both be with this new world of food!

I really appreciate your recipes, and check your blog about 5 times a day waiting for another post.

THANK YOU THANK YOU!!
Laura

August 14, 2008
 

John

This is peculiar, having read the comment from Laura...but I'm an MMA fighter too (seriously!) as well as a weightlifter. I try to eat tons of oatmeal in the morning and hate it, so I can't wait to try this!!

An earlier commenter asked, and I'd like to know too, how would you re-heat this throughout the week? I try to do a week's worth of cooking on Sunday so I don't have to worry about it later.

Love your blog (and from your videos, I think we're neighbors...)

John

August 14, 2008
 

Tauna

I once had a recipe that was handed down to me from my great-grandmother that was simmilar to this one. It was lost during a recent move to our new home. My grandmother used to make it for us kids when we were young and she called it "Breakfast Rice".

Thanks for shareing this recipe, I am going to make it this weekend!! YUMMMM!!!

August 14, 2008
 

Alison

Oh, cool! I love how you used a readers recipe, particularly a grandma's, and particularly one that is a big pot of grains! I've never cooked grains together except in a soup, so this gives me more courage. It's also reassuring that her grandkids love it. Being that most kids today live on a diet of gummy worms and bunny shaped cookies, this gives me hope:)

August 14, 2008
 

Alison

Oh, cool! I love how you used a readers recipe, particularly a grandma's, and particularly one that is a big pot of grains! I've never cooked grains together except in a soup, so this gives me more courage. It's also reassuring that her grandkids love it. Being that most kids today live on a diet of gummy worms and bunny shaped cookies, this gives me hope:)

August 14, 2008
 

JohnnyB

I really heard the comment about cleaning saucepans! but I have got round that problem with by using a china pudding basin (the type for steamed puddings) in the microwave. I have cooked some of these grains - separately (and scrambled egg too) without horrible pans.

For the grains, they all need the same sequence of full blast for time 'x' to bring them to the boil without boiling over and then very low power for time 'y' to cook - again without boiling over.

Of course, microwaves vary and grains vary and quantities vary so there is an experimental mode required, but for instance, on my microwave; for two people:

Oats: 1:55 Full, then 5:00 power 3
Basmati Rice 3:00 Full then 8:00 power 2
Full Brown Rice 4.00 Full then 22:00 power 2
etc

Of course, scrambled eggs require stopping and stirring a couple of times to get them just right

But in every case the 'no saucepan to clean' is a joy and the china pudding basin washes very easily.

Now to go and try that Grandma's mix...

August 14, 2008
 

Oh, that looks so satisfying! I am not asking for an early winter here, but it makes me think of cold mornings with hot cracked wheat cereal. I will be trying such a simple, filling, nutritious dish out! Thanks.

August 14, 2008
 

Michael

I wanna try this, but I'm a young man and relatively new to cooking for myself.

Let me continue...

I have big hands, so you when you use handfuls as a measurement, I'm thinkin', that's gonna be a lot. So to put my soul at rest could you give an accurate measurement of how much a handful would be, or does it even matter?

And also, does the wild rice cook all the way in 35 minutes or does it stay a bit hard? Maybe hard is the point, so it's like cereal???

August 14, 2008
 

Lynette

I have been doing this for some time now, and it is a wonderful way to get youngsters to eat a variety of whole grains. Most people seem to love barley and it seems to make the others go down easier.

August 14, 2008
 

norma

I make grains, mixed, as this recipe, and single shots. I freeze the grains in bags, individually. When I need 'em, I reheat in the micro (which I use for storage most of the time). It is a quick fix when unexpected company comes. Mix two or three grains, toss in a pan, add veg stock, and enjoy! Good with a side of fresh veggies, steamed and flavorful, adds color and vitamins. I live alone, and is easy to have on hand, and not dirty pans that I have to soak and wash after they leave.
I love easy!

August 14, 2008
 

Lynne

I use a rice cooker for all grqains and often toss them in together. Red lentils along with rice, quinoa, barley, wild rice etc are wonderful and if you add a teaspoon of stock powder to the water can be eaten straight from the bowl.

August 14, 2008
 

I know what you mean about the grain pots - they're so hard to scrub! I usually default to instant oatmeal, which is easy to make but doesn't taste that great. It's nice that there is a grain dish out there that actually gets kids excited and looks good to eat.

August 14, 2008
 

Very nice! I'm looking forward to adding this to the regular morning mix when the weather chills down a bit. And I totally understand what Laura is saying (above) about trying to feed an athlete. They just don't stop eating. Ever. They're bottomless. But I think this will slow him down just a bit. :)

Thanks, and cheers!
Miss G.

August 14, 2008
 

Tony B.

I'm not too much of a cook but the person who wanted to know which knuckle to measure by? It was clarified by saying "about 2" above the grains". How much is a handful? I think the best thing to do would be to grab a handful put it in a measuring cup and see what you have. That would be about a handful. My guess is this is a flexable dish.

August 14, 2008
 

Nash

Just want to second Lee-Sean above that in Asia we are very familiar with this dish, cooked easily by a rice cooker. The macrobiotics movement is big here in Thailand and this is like their main staple. :-)
I recommend adding brown rice (from Thai jasmine rice) to the recipe. It smells georgeous!

We also have the "knuckle" measurement here when cooking rice! Some family would teach their daughters to press their palm lightly over the rice in the pot or cooker and the water level should be over their palm. Well, that's for white rice, though. For multigrains, we need more water here! :-)

August 14, 2008
 

What a wonderfully simple and delicious recipe! I made a pot of it yesterday, served a heaping spoonful in half an avocado as a side with dinner, this morning reheated some with raisins, cinnamon and barley milk for breakfast - delicious either way. And there is still so much left to be creative with ;)

I tend to cook grains a little differently if I have the time, i.e. if I think and plan ahead. Bring them to a boil, then cover and let sit for an hour or so (or however much time you have). When you resume cooking it takes less actual cooking time till they are soft.

August 15, 2008
 

Laura

John! That's amazing, we post just minutes from each other! I can't say I wouldn't think others might tap this resource for help with intense nutrition plans as that of MMA fighters as I have. What other recipes in Heidi's blog have you found to help you fill your required caloric intake? I'm trying to feed this man 6 to 7 times a day but it's too much! He's a horse! I find it hard to keep the kitchen stashed with all I need for a mere week!

What weight class do you fight in? What are your specialties? Do you find one needs to alter their food intake much depending on their weight class (in terms of what you eat, not how much)? Sorry for the bazillion questions, but my boyfriend lived off a diet of lettuce, boring chicken, and protein shakes for about 3 years until I decided enough was enough.

Good-for-you food doesn't have to be boring food, and recipes like Heidi's exemplify that. Now... to just have enough to feed him with!

August 15, 2008
 

Laura

Heidi,

What are your pointers on keeping your kitchen stocked with all your fresh produce? Do you shop 3 times a week?! I can't make it through a week without running out of food, then that's when the take out and pizza starts creeping in.

Any tips?

August 15, 2008
 

Janelle

I like the knuckle instruction. I have been living in Korea, and my housemate would laugh at me when I measured my rice and water, since everyone knew that knuckles are the only way to get it right.

August 15, 2008
 

Madeleine

peterd--you're right. What I meant to say was barley with the hull still on! Hulled and dehulled barley both have the hull removed.

August 15, 2008
 

PM

What is arancini?
Thanks!

August 15, 2008
 

alison

I'm eating your curried egg salad with apples on pita bread while reading this....and plotting this next meal!

August 15, 2008
 

Delightful! I have also always fretted over the varying cooking times. This is an exciting tip. Thanks to your reader to sharing!

August 15, 2008
 

iemaan

Hi Heidi! I just saw your book at Borders! I've been following your recipes for a while so it feels like I know you personally!

August 15, 2008
 

I am inspired by your photographs and your recipe. Sometime something simple like a bowl of mixed grains does not need anything else to make it great. Generations of people made do with this, so it must be genetic.

Your photographs make me want to pull out the posts and dig through my pantry and get going.

One thing that might be a nice addition is to serve this as a starch to something wonderful. I might even be tempted to stir in Oka cheese at the end and call it a mock rissotto. Aww gee, thanks a lot, I am not super hungry. Time to go sort out the pantry.

August 15, 2008
 

The only mixed grains we get here are those that get sprinkled on top of your rice. Missing this type of food.

August 15, 2008
 

Heidi,

Thank you for your wonderful blog. I recently took your book out of our public library and found so many recipes in it that I wanted to make - I'm going to buy my own copy for sure.

I just posted about a multi-grain breakfast cereal at my blog as well - www.Iamglutenfree.blogspot.com. It's amazing how great I feel after eating it and how long the good feeling lasts! I will definitely give your combo a try (with some modification, since I am gluten free). Thanks for your inspiration and great blog!

August 16, 2008
 

Paula

Please can someone tell me if half and half,is half milk, half cream,and if so what cream.
We have no such thing in British cooking

August 16, 2008
 

To the questions about handful size - my thinking is that a recipe wouldn't use such imprecise measurements if the exact amount was really important, so I wouldn't worry too much about it.

August 16, 2008
 

Annie

I agree with Liz that the "handful" measurement is troubling. My hands are the same size as the average 8 year old's. I doubt that the heaping tablespoon they hold would work out well in this recipe!

August 16, 2008
 

Kristin

Paula-Do you have something where you live called single cream? If so, I think that is similar to what we call half and half.

August 16, 2008
 

Jenni

WOW! I'm eating my second bowl of this for the day and couldn't be happier! I dressed mine with soy milk, raw sugar, roasted macadamia nuts & just a drizzle of agave nectar - divine!

I didn't have millet in the house, so I subbed whole amaranth seed - mmmmm! Those tiny, delicate beads look beautiful mixed in with the bigger, heartier grains.

Finally - a recipe that not only justifies, but requires, my binges in the bulk grain bins of whole foods!

August 16, 2008
 

Wow I didn't know you could do this, I always make single grain dishes. This sounds wonderful though and a great way to add multiple textures to a sidedish. Thanks for the inspiration!

August 16, 2008
 

Marie-Louise Towl.

What a wonderful idea. I have a 3 year old son called Jason and he loves food like this. Being a single mum, it`s something we can do together and cook for his grandma. We are looking forward to cooking them.

August 16, 2008
 

Meaghan Holowesko

You come up with some of the most delicious and amazing recipes. Keep them coming.

August 16, 2008
 

mmmmmmmmmmmm.... Unfortunately I have very few of these ingredients, but it looks so delicious I really think I'll be doing some shopping soon!

August 16, 2008
 

Rachel

Whoa - that is way too much salt for a breakfast cereal! I definitely recommend cutting back to one teaspoon, not two. Hope molasses will balance out the salt tomorrow morning ...

August 16, 2008
 

YUM. I can't think of a better breakfast. Maybe drizzled with maple syrup and topped with blueberries...

It might also make a great base for a veggie burger - especially with the walnuts. Yum.

Thanks for all your inspiration!

August 16, 2008
 

Steffin

Love your cookbooks

August 17, 2008
 

Allano

Tganks for your tips about cooking even though ive never cooked but i will have to try.thx

August 17, 2008
 

Thanks for sharing this recipe. This is great.
www.foodista.com

August 17, 2008
 

nicky

Heidi,
I recently came across your site and I love it. Would this recipe work in a slow cooker? If so, how long do you think?

to Paula, the nearest equivalent to half-and-half would probably be single cream.

nicky

August 17, 2008
 

Michelle

Hi All: As a self-taught cook, your comments have been invaluable to me. Heidi's photos and straight-forward ingredients inspire me, and the comments enable me. :-)

I need to cook gluten-free, and would be grateful to hear from the collective Voice of Experience about the flavor/texture/cooking-time-compatibility prospects for the following gluten free combination:

1 cup long grain rice
1 cup millet or amaranth
3 handfuls of red or french lentils
3 handfuls of quinua
1 handful of red, wild, or jasmine rice

Two additional questions:
Will someone please provide time/ heat level instructions for cooking this mixture in a pressure cooker?

Has anyone worked out the "handful" approximate measurement? (I found the "knuckles" translations especially helpful.)

Thanks!
Michelle,
mid-sized hands, big knuckles

August 17, 2008
 

What a brilliant recipe! It's a wonderful breakfast dish, topped with a poached egg - sticks with you for hours. Then I stirred in some toasted sesame oil to pair it with grilled duck breasts for dinner. Thanks!

August 17, 2008
 

Paula

Thanks Nicky and Kristen, it never crossed my mind that it would be single cream!
I love these recipes of Heidi's so much. They are a constant inspiration to me through this (yet again) gloomy summer.

August 18, 2008
 

What a great recipe - I could see me using this for lots of things.

How long do you think it would keep for??

August 18, 2008
 

srindar

Made this largely as written with the minor exception of using half the amount of groats called for and substituting buckwheat groats for the other half. Topped it with a dash of cinnamon and a bit of vanilla soy milk for breakfast - SOOO good! Can't wait to figure out how I'm going to use more of it at dinner tonight.

August 19, 2008
 

Sue

This is bubbling on the stove as I type. It looks delicious, but nothing like your picture. Could it be because I used Whole grain millet grits/meal?

That's all I could find.

What's in my pot is very creamy.

August 19, 2008
 

Another grain recipe--or you could use it in this one--is to substitute leftover pickle brine for some or all of the water. I just pour the brine that's left when the last pickle is gone into a pot and add pearl barley. It's so good I haven't even tried it with other grains. If you think it's too salty, add water, stir, and pour off as much as you added. Tasty and as cheap as food gets.

August 20, 2008
 

I love textured food, this recipe looks simple and great.
thanks to KJB for sharing!!

Teddy

August 20, 2008
 

Love you blog and book! I tried this one this weekend and have been having it as a base for breakfast and lunch all week! Yum! Will do this again FOR SURE! I do think it's a bit salty but I have to say I don't mind one bit (and it probably varies depending on the size of your handfuls!) but once I added yogurt and blueberries for breakfast, or sauted veggies for lunch I did not think the saltiness was an issue. Love it! Ordering more grains now! (Did you know there is a great seller on amazon who sells tons of this stuff?! I just typed in Whole Barley and found them yesterday- Barry Farm, they also have their own website!) Thanks for the great recipe and inspiring blog!

August 20, 2008
 

Hi again, I was wondering, does anyone have a recommended serving size for this recipe? It makes a lot and I have been portioning it off each day in a to-go container for work. I am always soooo stuffed that I get a little sleepy. I need to scale back, but not so much that I'm hungry! :-D Would one cup, cooked, be a normal serving?? I didn't give much thought to it because it's all healthy! Any input would be appreciated!

August 20, 2008
 

Melissa

I'm currently training for a marathon and made this on Saturday after a 15 mile run and it did just the trick. I added a little skim milk, brown sugar, cinnamon, cut up blueberries and strawberries. I have been eating this dish every morning for breakfast and I haven't grown tired of it. I had it one night for dinner with a poached egg on top and that, too, was delicious. Thanks for a great recipe!

August 20, 2008