Make a vegetable stock by pouring 500ml of boiling water from the kettle over 1 tbsp of dried mushrooms. Bring a deep pan of water to the boil then rain in 250g of pearl barley and bring it back to the boil. Lower the heat to a simmer and let it cook for 25-30 minutes till the grains are tender. They should still have a pleasingly chewy quality. Drain and set side. Peel and roughly chop a medium-sized onion. Warm […]

Chef and television personality Frankie Celenza is joining TODAY to share a couple of his favorite budget-friendly seasonal recipes. He shows us how to make a citrus and beet salad with walnuts and homemade cavatelli pasta with mushrooms and sage. Courtesy Frank Celenza I’ve always loved beets. Their color is incredible and their flavor is deep, sweet and peppery. This “salad,” which can be served warm or cold, is a celebration of wintertime fruits and veg, which saves money if […]

Harvesting wild mushrooms requires an expert eye to distinguish between the delicious and the inedible. Misidentification can have a range of consequences, from a disgusting taste and mild illness to organ failure and even death. Culinary wild mushrooms staples, such as truffles or porcini, require symbiotic relationships with specific plants in the ecosystem that make it impractical or impossible to produce them commercially. This means they can only be harvested from their natural habitat, which is why porcini and truffles […]