Wash and soak barley over night (easier then just cooking it straight)
Wash and soak beans for 5 hours.
In different pots, cooking the barley and beans in water until tender, then pour out the water and run beans and barley under the tap.
Once they are all cooked and washed, set them aside but in different bowl
If you are using tomatoes(fresh (chopped) or canned), pour in a pot and cook until all the juice is dried, make it into a paste then blend.
If you are using bell pepper, blend and cook until all the water/juice is dried leaving only the pepper.
Cook the chicken or fish with spices like: thyme, stock cube, salt, some pepper and onions. cook until tender. You can also grill your fish or chicken.