Monday, April 20, 2015

"q" is for quinoa, quince

OK... not many foods start with a "Q," but it turns out that I'm interested in two of them!

Quinoa 

Part of the "healthnut craze," quinoa is actually quite a nice food. I use it often instead of rice, not because I dislike rice, but just for the variety. (I also like Farro very much.) It cooks quicker than rice, and is tastier when cooked in broth. (Have you heard about bone broth? Another new favorite of mine!) Like rice, quinoa doesn't have much flavor of it's own, so cooking it in broth gives it flavor and more nutrition, too!

Quince

I will confess that I always thought that a quince was a kumquat! Yikes! Wrong! So, I need to try quince! It's one of the few fruits that is in season in the winter, and I don't see it in my regular Harris Teeter... So I want to go to Fresh Market or Whole Foods or somewhere else so that I can try quince.

Anyone out there a quince-lover? Suggestions? Ideas?

 

 

6 comments:

  1. I love quinoa! I got introduced to it in Peru. Had to find it when I got home and make it. Definitely tastes great with broth or added to soup. I like rinse it really well and just add it to the soup and simmer until done.

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  2. Like lentils, quinoa is something I need to try. I've heard of a quince, but I'm not sure I ever really knew what it was. From the picture, it almost looks like a cross between and orange and a pear. Elle @ Erratic Project Junkie

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    1. Mark (a new blogger friend from Greece) says that quince is like a really hard apple - needs to be cooked a long time.

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  3. We have quince trees on the land here. Their blossom is beautiful. The fruit is about the size of an apple and rock hard. Quite a few Greek recipes feature quince with meat, usually pork, I think. The quince has to be cooked a long time for you to be able to eat it.

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    1. Thanks, Mark, I'll give it a try!

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