Today is Mother’s Day and I can’t see anything more fitting than honoring where I was born: Lima, Peru. Land of the Incas, the delicious Lucuma, Machu Picchu, arid beaches, Lake Titicaca, the Nazca Lines and a huge part of my cultural heritage, the food of Peru is rich, varied, and unmatched. The three major geographical regions, Costa, Sierra y Selva (Coast, Highlands and Jungle) create a diversity of traditions, natural resources [...]
Do you ever pass the section in the produce where a large selection of dried whatevers are displayed somewhat neglected by most of the buying public and wonder what cooks do with them? I mean, does anyone every buy them? Have they been there for years?
Well, honestly, I could not give a crap. It seems most of the things I cook require fresh ingredients, and all but one time, I have been [...]
Quiche of Kugel? I can’t really tell but it doesn’t really matter as this recipe tastes heavenly coupled with a glass of wine. Using beans and tofu as a velvety base, the quinoa pearls are beautifully balanced with the custard, spinach and mushrooms. Serve with a light salad, your favorite gravy or sauce and pour yourself a generous glass of vino, just like Julia would.
Real men eat quiche, and real mean are vegan. Perhaps we eat quiche with the pinky [...]
Sometimes it takes some sleep, and a little lack of it perhaps to come up with something brilliant.
For quite sometime, I have been obsessed with falafel and I know I am not the only one (yes I am talking about you Shari). The quest for perfection in such a whimsical and unpredictable little folkish fritter is beyond non-sensical if [...]
Carbs have become evil in our society. They are the main cause of obesity, problems with the economy, the downfall of Enron, and of course, they are at the center of the ongoing healthcare debate. There are recent allegations that carbs were indeed responsible for causing Tiger Woods to have repeated faithfulness slips, caused Israel to ban the iPad as well as being directly [...]
Nothing says American comfort food like a thick slice of meat loaf served over mashed potatoes with gravy. This incredible alternative takes advantage of the high protein content OF quinoa to create a rich version with wild mushrooms and spinach.
So you have been cooking quinoa. Quinoa with this, quinoa with that, quinoa stuffed whatever, and quinoa baked with anything. There is a somewhat high probability that indeed, you have quinoa leftovers in lovely containers lining your colorful (hopefully) refrigerator. So [...]
Risotto is a delicious, labor intensive dish that unfortunately is very high in carbs. Quinoa is a wonderful substitute giving it similar texture, but lower in carbs, higher in fiber and loaded with protein. Wild mushrooms are a perfect starring partner and the white truffle oil adds an intoxicating aroma that will make you swoon.
I remember the day I fell in love with mushrooms. We were at home, I was a cute kid and my uncle was making culinary love [...]
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Quinoa was a sacred seed, not a grain, for the Inca’s. It is no wonder why this popular food is a major staple of South American cuisine. It is high in protein, 12-18 percent in fact, and contains a balance set of essential amino acids making it a complete protein.
They are all wrong. Seriously wrong.
It’s funny how foods become trendy. Hummus took off from 5 million 12 years ago to about 250 million in sales last year, veganism is the new macrobiotic, raw is esoterically and confusingly sexy (I think its the word raw), and tea has blown up exponentially among western drinkers.
Perhaps globalization, the internet, social media, the Food TV Network and blogs have sensationalized quinoa. Truthfully, I am surprised [...]