This is a story about quinoa (which I learned should be pronounced as ‘keen-wah’ and not ‘qwin-oh-ah’), and my journey in getting to know quiona.
I first met quinoa at a party; someone brought it as a salad dish. I ate two bowls of it (despite there being 456,812 other items at this party), and had no clue as to what it was. When I asked the person who brought it, they told me the name; I was convinced I heard wrong so I nodded, said “ahhhh okay,” and walked away as bewildered as ever.
A few months later I met quinoa again at a work potluck as another awesome salad dish. Again, I asked the creator of this dish what it was and finally learned it was quinoa, with all it’s power-food related benefits.
In short, quinoa became a topic of conversation amongst several of my friends, and to my delight and surprise I recently received a pretty awesome cookbook from a couple of pretty awesome gal pals (along with a bag of quinoa of my very own!) The title of the book: Quinoa 365 . There are some pretty awesome recipes in there, some of which are Asian inspired that look especially good.
You’re probably thinking: Wait, Lydz. Hold up. What’s with this post about quinoa salads and grains? Aren’t you suppose to be blogging about desserts and treats and stuff? Are you going all Richard-Simmons–Susanne-Sommers-thighmaster healthy on us??
Truthfully, I really do love Richard Simmons and my collection of “Sweatin’ to the Oldies” VHS tapes which makes aerobicsing quite thrilling, but no. As I was flipping through this book I was totally surprised to hear from my friend that at the back of all the pages of savory recipes, there was this:
Whaaaaat?! Quinoa in desserts?! Up until then I had never heard of such thing. But there was a whack of dessert recipes and recipes for other baked confections such as:
Needless to say, I’m totally stoked in getting to know quiona on this profound and deeper level and look forward to testing out some of these recipes. Stay tuned.