I _almost_ made them with white flour, but then decided the spelt kernels were getting a little long in the tooth and needed to be used. I ran half and half spelt and soft white, figuring I was only going to be using it in quick breads/cakes/etc. anyway.
We got the Eden Organics shipment today, so there are new, 50 lb bags of soft white and hard red in the pantry; I actually had run them all the way down and the containers in the cupboard were mostly empty, too. With this order, I got some barley and brown rice, too. I _think_ I can cook the barley in the rice cooker. Also, if for some reason I decide I want a closer approximation to all-purpose, I can use barley with wheat kernels in the mill.
R. claims that barley and bacon make a nice soup. I'm a little skeptical. We'll see.
The directions on the bag suggest cooking it with kombu (which I'm a little embarrassed to admit we have a bag of that is largely untouched). R.'s comment was that this seems very macrobiotic.