Whole magazines devoted to wine. To wine with food. To cookies. To healthy eating. To gluten-free eating. And on and on and on. Invariably, I leaf through the pages, drool over the food photography, read the articles and tear out any recipes it was likely I'd try.
Erm. Let me clarify. I BUY the magazine and take it home first...and then do all that I listed above. I do not, as a habit, vandalize periodicals I have not paid for.
Sometime earlier this summer, I'd purchased a magazine titled Eating Well. And I'd clipped out this recipe:
Strawberry-Rhubarb Quinoa Pudding
I mean, I like strawberry and I like quinoa. AND - I have a half-bag of it in the pantry that I need to use.
What better time to try it, yes? I knew you'd agree with me.
It doesn't get much more simpler than this. Boil water, fruit (frozen, straight outta da bag), quinoa, cinnamon, and salt...then reduce to a simmer. Cover, let sit for about 20 minutes. Then, add sugar and zest (I didn't have, so I used a splash of juice). In a separate bowl, whisk the cornstarch and 1/4 cup of water together and mix that into the hot mixture. Cook for another 2 - 3 minutes until it really thickens up.
Then, pour into into small cups/dishes and chill for an hour. Done and done.
I didn't do the yogurt topping. I opted instead to do a quick whipped cream.
The youngest boy really liked it, and he is by far the pickiest kid in the family. Everyone else cleaned their bowls...and that's always a good sign. The fruit cooked down into mush, but the flavor was wonderful, and I couldn't help thinking about other fruit-flavor combos to test in the future. After reading some of the recipe reviews online, I will cut the sugar in half the next time I try this.
|This was the picture that went with the recipe in the Eating Well magazine. Obviously they can pay for food stylists and the like.|
|Yeah. And this how the photography works at my house. My house is so poorly-lit, it's not even funny.|