Quite a while ago, I purchased some pearl barley. I don't know why. I had no recipes bookmarked for it. I just kinda thought about it and bought it. And it's sat in my pantry ever since. On a whim, I added it half with rice in my rice cooker for supper last week (I can't cook rice on the stove. Don't ask me why), and it was the most delicious rice I'd ever had. I wanted to eat the entire bowl. In hindsight, I should have just had that alone with a little butter, salt, and pepper. That would have been the best supper ever.
So that got me thinking about my rice pudding and I decided to try making barley pudding instead. I figured the little pearls of chewy barley would almost be like tapioca -- which is right up there with rice pudding as my favourite pudding flavour ever.