Pearl barley works perfectly with a beef stew. Beef shoulder or shanks can be used in preparation of the stew, and should be browned before adding other ingredients and liquids for better flavor. Timing is important. Be sure to rinse the pearl barley under cold water before cooking. Although barley may appear to be a strong little grain, it can be overcooked, and this will ruin the perfect texture, so add the barley and tomatoes during the last 45 minutes of cooking.
Nikki operates 24 Prince Restaurant in New York City as the chef and co-owner. Trained for many years in back of house and in front of house operations with great chefs like Jean-Georges, Shaun Doty and Anne Quatrano, Nikki believes a great chef must understand how to run a business as well as possess outstanding cooking skills. She is also a certified sommelier with extensive wine knowledge. Nikki loves not being restricted to any one particular cuisine and experiments with flavors and ingredients from all over the world. She considers growing up in New York to be the best culinary education one can obtain and says her family and friends constantly tease her about how passionate she is about food. Her future plans are to expand her restaurant group with several new concepts.