Up until two weeks ago I had heard of quinoa in passing, oh you should try it sometime you will like it. With going gluten free I am trying different things, for the record gluten-free pasta was actually pretty good, I would have never known that it was gluten free. I read all these wonderful things about quinoa and it is so versatile.
I bought some and decided to make it with nothing (no sauce not in anything). It recommended to rinse the quinoa before boiling to eliminate the bitter taste, so I pulled out my mesh strainer and rinsed everything before boiling. I will say cooking it, it doesn’t have the best aroma (Booga kept asking me, “What’s that icky smell”). It cooked within 15 minutes and looked exactly like couscous. I was surprised that it had no real flavor with the smell I thought for sure it was going to be awful. I decided to add some lemon juice, parmesan cheese and black olives – it was really good.
Another thing I also like about quinoa is the versatile, you can make it sweet or extend soup (I added it to my pea soup I made this weekend and it was really good.
I have not had a chance to really bake yet – I did get some gluten free all purpose flour so I am hoping it will work like a charm.
On a blog note I am really excited to announce I was picked to write for Craft Critique. I am so excited to be joining such an amazing group of crafters and writers.