So the first thing I decided to make with my new pressure cooker the day after I put it together and washed it was beef barley soup that normally takes all afternoon because I have to brown the beef and then simmer it for a few hours till tender, etc. It also involves pre-cooking the pearl barley for about 45 minutes and adding it to the meat. I still needed to cook the barley first so following the instructions I put 1/2 cup of pearl barley into a small stainless steel bowl with about 1 3/4 cups water (the directions called for 1 cup barely and 2 cups of water but as I didn't need 4 cups of cooked barley I used less and as I didn't know if the 1 to 2 ratio would be consistent when changing the amount I used a little more water to play it safe) and then covered the bowl with aluminum foil.
It turned out there was a little too much water left so I strained it and this is what the barely looked like. It was also nicely cooked with just a bit of a chewy bite to it still which was fine as it would be added to the finished meat and vegetables at the end of the its cooking.