Saute 1 sliced leek (white and light green parts only) in a pot with olive oil. Add 11/4 cups quick-cooking barley, 3 tablespoons golden raisins, 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt and 2 cups water; bring to a simmer, then cook over medium-low heat, covered, until tender, 12 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes, then toss with some chopped basil and chives, the zest and juice of 1 lemon, olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste.
Photograph by Antonis Achilleos
Recipe courtesy Food Network Magazine