I have come to realize that I don't like following directions. Especially when it comes to food. We have so many food issues in our home that by the time I modify a recipe to fit us it doesn't always look like what is in the cookbook. Plus, I am a cook with what you have person at times, so I also modify to fit ingredients I already have. Thankfully I am usually successful.
Take my version of the barley and red bean bowl: