Would you get mad at me if I told you that today I’ve got a savoury recipe to share? I really wanted to post something sweet, I mean, this is a blog about gluten free sweets. But I think after the cupcake and frosting rush of the past week, I’m ready to have something besides cupcakes for dinner.
Here’s a funny story about quinoa. A few years back, when I first moved to Melbourne with my sister, she got into the whole naturopath thing. It was mainly due to a bad case of skin reactions so her naturopath advised that she stay away for gluten just for awhile. So she proudly came home one evening armed with bags of ‘new’ groceries, including goji juice and a bag of quinoa. And while I normally did the cooking, that evening, she was going to prepare quinoa with gluten free herb sausages. Sounded good enough until it didn’t smell too well. Alarmed by the smell permeating through the walls, into my room, I went into the kitchen only to find the rice cooker lined with burnt quinoa ‘seeds’. Luckily, we managed to save enough to make up dinner!
So that’s the story of how quinoa was introduced to me. This version is much easier, no burnt bottom cookers to scrub til your arms fall out.
Sweets by Vicky’s Quinoa with Leeks, Mushrooms & Spinach (serves 2 for a light meal)
1/2 c uncooked quinoa
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 onion, diced into small pieces
1/2 c water
1 leek, washed and sliced thinly on a diagonal
150g brown mushrooms, washed and sliced thinly
1 c baby spinach leaves
1) In a medium pot, add 1 tbsp of olive oil and cook the garlic and onion until fragrant and lightly browned
2) Add in the water, cover and bring to a bowl
3) Add in the quinoa and cook, uncovered until all the water has evaporated and you can see the tiny spiral in the quinoa (about 10-15 mins)
4) Take off the heat and set aside.
5) In a pan, heat 1 tbsp of olive oil and stir fry the leeks and mushrooms until tender and cooked through. It is best to refrain from stirring the mushrooms too much as they take longer to cook.
6) Once done, add in the quinoa, toss through, add salt and pepper to taste.
7) While still warm, pop in the spinach and stir to distribute the heat. The leaves will wilt slightly.
8) I felt like having this with a crumbling of feta or a handful of toasted walnuts but I got lazy. And the smell overwhelmed me so I just…ate it!
And look what I got?
AWWW, I’m lovely, that’s what Anna of Diary of a Ladybird thinks anyway! And I get to pass on the love! The rules are I get to pass this award to 5 new blogs I’ve recently fallen in love with. Oh well, here goes!
1) Y of Lemonpi
2) Pete of Pete Bakes!
3) Angie of Anjelikuh
4) Shelly of Cookies and Cups
5) Tia of Buttercream Barbie
6) Shauna of Piece of Cake
7) Deeba of Passionate about Baking
8) Merisi of Vienna for Beginners
Okay guys! Now you get the honour of spreading the blog love to 8 recently discovered blog! :) And just drop them an email to let them know
QUESTION: Can someone please tell me why my photos are always kinda blurry when I upload them onto wordpress? They look fine when I preview them in windows…