Whilst I’m writing up the recipe for Quinoa Salad with Garlic and Ginger Roasted Tomatoes and Almonds, for the next post, practice saying Quinoa…….”keen wah” “keen wah” “keen wah”…..adlib to fade……
Quinoa is a Pseudocereal apparently. What a cool title.Which basically means it goes around pretending to be something it’s not……Who doesn’t!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pseudocereal ……Pseudocereals are broadleaf plants (non-grasses) that are used in much the same way as cereals (true cereals are grasses). Their seed can be ground into flour and otherwise used as cereals. Examples of pseudocereals are amaranth, Love-lies-bleeding, red amaranth, Prince-of-Wales-feather;quinoa, and buckwheat.
Quinoa is a seed that takes on the appearance of being a grain. You need to cook it like one too. Once cooked you should havea big pile of tiny fluffy yellow beads.
….Mine on the other hand, the first time I cooked it, ended up like a stoge. A very, very tasty stoge but it all glooped together. So be warned, this is quite common for first time Quinoa cooks. The tip is to bring to the boil with lid on, then reduce heat and simmer very gently for 12-15 minutes or until all the liquid has been absorbed and the grain-like balls are separate.
………Ok, so I also know buckwheat, and enjoy the texture of buckwheat flour for pancakes and buckwheat noodles a favourite too, but the others?……Watch this space as I check out what the hell is Love-lies-bleeding….for goodness sake……