It was incredibly easy and the kids love it!
A couple of days ago Buddy Boy was sick. He had a cold and was running a high temperature. We popped him in our bed to monitor him. As soon as his fever broke I tried to put him back to his bed so that we could get a good nights sleep but as soon as we lifted him upright he began to vomit! Poor boy!
Throughout all of this, I gave him barley water to drink. It was perfect! Plenty of flavour so that he wanted to drink it during his fever and then between bouts of vomiting. It had sugar to give him some energy but unlike store bought lemonade (which I used to give sick kids years back) it had goodness as well. If you google barley water you will find many people swear by its health benefits and it is nutritious as well.
I am very happy to have heaps of lemons of the tree at the moment and I love using them. So....... the recipe on the back of my McKenzie's Pearl Barley (free plug for them) -
1/2 cup barley
10 cups water
grated rind of 1 medium lemon
1 cup lemon juice
1 cup sugar
Rinse the barley well, cover with cold water and bring to the boil. Drain, place into saucepan with lemon rind and water. Cook slowly for 1 hour. Add the lemon juice and sugar and stir until sugar has dissolved - then strain and chill.
How easy is that?!
It also says on the packet that the total preparation time is 45-55 minutes. Quite miraculous considering it tells you to cook slowly for 1 hour in the middle step!!!