Ok, first off, I don't know how to cook, so all I did with them is treat them like rice (boil the stuff, put grated cheese on it). Tasted super, but I can't afford the luxury to be picky about what I make *blush*.
Both are very similar to "millet" (I got this word form a web translation service, so I hope it is what I think it is), just way smaller, and those little things are PACKED with minerals and vitamins.
Oh my, I am realizing I have not been much help *sigh*. Anybody else?
I actually tried a quinoa dish that was off of a recent recipe email from the VegWeb listserve. It had potatoes, quinoa, celery, onions, all kinds of good stuff. I'll snoop around at home and see if I can find it again and post it.
Quinoa is a cool food. You can do quite a bit with it. However, rinse it beforehand, since it might be bitter, because quinoa grows with a bitter residue called saponin on it. A rise should get it off. But I've discovered a great way to rinse the quinoa well. Boil the quinoa in a sieve. The water will turn yellow about halfway through cooking. That's Ok though. Just tip that watre down the sink (Or you could use it to make shampoo, which is what the Incans did apparently.) and then replace the water for the last seven minutes or so. Traditionally, it's said that you should cook a cup of quinoa in two cups of water. I generally cook less than a cup in all my dishes, since I'm alway cooking for one. But I use 1-2 cups in my cooking. If you can't wait for the water to boil, boil it in a kettle before you put it in the pan.
Here's one of my favourites:
Loki's Quinoa Pudding
70g (3oz) quinoa
35g (1 1/2 oz) raisins
1 Cup apple juice
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon
Firstly, rinse the quinoa well. very well!! Then cook the quinoa in water. Use between half of a cup and one cup of water. If it doesn't fully cook, just add more. Once it's cooked, add the apple juice, raisins, lemon juice and vanilla. Allow it to boil, and keep stirring. Then, once it's a few minutes away from boiling dry,. add the cinnamon. If it looks a little pale, add more cinnamon if needs be. It should be a good brown colour. And let it boil dry, and you'll have this sticky mix of quinoa, which has a pleasant apple taste. It's quite sweet.
And here's a recipe that went missing. igot of from someone at vegweb, and i printed it off. It went missing. I eventually found the A4 printout after it fell out of a cookbook. Here it is:
Onion And Mushroom Quinoa
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 cup uncooked quinoa
1 small onion, cut into fourths nd sliced
1 medium carrot, shredded (2/3 cup)
1 small green bell pepper, chopped (1/2 cup)
1 cup sliced mushrooms (3oz)
1 tsp chopped fresh or dried thyme leaves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 can (14 1/2 oz) vegetable broth.
Heat oil in saucepan over medium heat. Cook quinoa and onion in oil for 4-5 mins. stirring until light brown.
Stir in remaining ingredients. heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer about 15 mins until liquid is absorbed. Fluff with fork.
I've not tried this yet, but if I can dig up some thyme, I'll give it a go. But good luck cooking with quinoa. it can be good fun. But if you need more quinoa inspiration, you could do worse than go here:
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