Next up: quinoa. I’m not sure why I’m afraid of quinoa, exactly, except that it seems like a weird grain that might not taste good. Also, my mom kept telling me I should try it, which made me not want to that much more. Because I am twelve.
But this website is forcing me to cook things I’ve never wanted to cook (or have been afraid to cook), so here we are. I looked around at some recipes and found this one, which seemed easy enough and involved spinach, mushrooms, and goat cheese; all of which I love. So how bad could it be?
Except I forgot to add them. And, in the end, that was probably the biggest mishap in this whole endeavor. [Show-off - Turk] I chopped the garlic and onion and cooked them in olive oil, then added the quinoa. This seemed a little risotto-esque, especially when the next step was to add wine. But then, rather than slowly adding broth and stirring forever, I just dumped it in and covered the pot and let it go for a while. Easy! And . . . suspiciously similar to Rice-A-Roni in technique. My husband came over and hugged me while I was stirring the pot, he was so excited about how good it smelled. And that was just the quinoa!
In another pan, I cooked down the mushrooms. Having just re-watched part of Julie & Julia, I made sure not to crowd the pan, and the result was a definite improvement over past. I put those in with the quinoa, and then added the spinach and let it cook down a little.
We topped it with the goat cheese and dug in. Verdict: delicious. The quinoa has an interesting texture – more of a bite than cous cous or rice. It also has more fiber and protein than any other grain, which makes it good for vegetarian or vegan recipes; my husband and I agreed, though, that the recipe would have been more filling and satisfying with the addition of some grilled chicken.
Um . . .
that’s it? I guess? This recipe seemed almost too easy. I’m sure there will be many more screw-ups to
come. [God, I hope so.
I am feeling very inadequate in the kitchen now ... I mean, great job,
Court. May all your days be free of kitchen mishaps. - Turk]