Another food I have wanted to try is quinoa although I really want to know how they got "Keen Wah" out of "Kwin Oh Uh" but anyway, I've heard really good things about
ANYWAY. I bought a box of quinoa at Trader Joe's and it's been sitting in my pantry and I've been putting off making it until I saw a recipe for quinoa in the latest issue of US Weekly magazine and it looked good so I thought I'd give it a try.
My first mistake was trying a recipe found in a celebrity gossip rag that is more known for, well, NOT cooking and recipes.
My second mistake was following the directions in the magazine instead of on the box of the quinoa.
The directions in the magazine said to take a cup, yes, one CUP of quinoa and cook it with 1/4 cup of skim milk, add in some chopped nuts and it's an even healthier alternative to oatmeal.
So what's wrong with this picture, you ask. Well. Had I read the directions on the actual box of quinoa instead of US Weekly's directions, I would have seen where it says to cook the quinoa using 1 part quinoa and 2 parts liquid. And the reason for the 2:1 ratio is because quinoa is like a sponge and will just suck up that liquid and the stuff just expands and seems to triple in volume. So when I poured in the 1/4 cup of milk into the full cup of quinoa, that milk disappeared faster than I could say, "Huh?" And the cooking directions on the box said to bring it to a boil and then simmer for about 15 minutes until all liquid has been absorbed.
So I'm looking at the pan of quinoa and there is NO liquid to boil until it's absorbed so I pour in a little more milk which also disappears in the blink of an eye and I stir and cook and after about 5 minutes I think ok, it should be done because all the liquid has been absorbed so I scrape the now 7 cups of semi-cooked quinoa into a bowl and attempt to eat it.
I tried, really, I tried. But have you ever tried to eat semi-cooked quinoa? It's like eating wet sand. My teeth hurt. That was about the time I took a gander at the box to see how it's supposed to be cooked and saw the 2 parts liquid to 1 part quinoa thing.
Which explained SO MUCH.
But now that I know how to cook it properly (I think), I will definitely be eating Keen Wah on a regular basis. And feel I'm But I think 1/2 cup of the stuff will be more than enough, seeing as it triples in volume. Seriously, I have never seen a food expand THAT MUCH.
And from now on, maybe I'll be a little more skeptical when it comes to culinary advise from a celebrity gossip magazine.
Maybe the "healthy" fried chicken recipe I got from People Magazine comes out better.
*Still not gonna try tomatoes, though. Not gonna happen.