This book far surpasses my expectations and hopes. It is a beautiful book with a great selection of quinoa recipes.
Table of Contents are:
What is Quinoa? (5 photos)
Soups (2 photos)
Carrot, Ginger, Garlic and Coriander Soup (full-page photo)
Cream of Lettuce Soup (full-page photo)
Creamy Coconut Seafood Soup (full-page photo)
Greek Egg and Lemon Meatball Soup
Zucchini, Garlic and Parmesan Cheese Soup
Roasted Tomato and Fennel Soup with Basil and Garlic Pesto (full-page photo)
Sweet Potato, Chili, Basil, and Balsamic Vinegar Bean Soup (full-page photo)
Pumpkin, Tomato and Pea Soup
Breads and Pasta (2 photos)
Buttermilk Bread Loaf (full-page photo) this is a very clean healthy bread whose only
ingredients are oil, quinoa flakes, quinoa flour, baking soda, brown sugar, salt,
buttermilk, eggs, water and red or black quinoa)
Herb Bread (full-page photo) another bread recipe free of wheat, gluten, gums, yeasts,
and acid-forming ingredients. The only ingredients are quinoa flour, baking soda,
quinoa flakes, salt, paprika, fresh chives, fresh parsley, fresh rosemary, fresh thyme,
olive oil, and milk
Olive Flat Bread (full-page photo) ANOTHER clean healthy bread recipe! The only
ingredients are quinoa flour, baking soda, sugar, salt, oregano, olive oil, black
olives, and warm water
Cornbread (full-page photo)
Fresh Pasta Dough
Salads (2 full-page photos)
Mexican Corn and Red Kidney Bean Salad (full-page photo)
Lentil and Chili Salad with Lime and Fresh Coriander
Roasted Capsicum and Cannellini Bean Salad (2-page photo)
Beetroot Garden Salad (2-page photo and a full-page photo)
Pancetta, Mushroom and Zucchini Salad (full-page photo)
Tabouleh (full-page photo)
Salami, Roasted Peppers, Sundried Tomato and Olive Salad (full-page photo)
Tomato, Basil and Garlic Salad (full-page photo)
Prawn and Avocado Salad (full-page photo)
Fattoush Salad (full-page photo)
Chicken Salad (full-page photo)
Mediterranean Vegetable Salad (full-page photo)
Mediterranean Summer Salad (full-page photo)
Thai Beef Salad (full-page photo)
Vegetarian -(11 of the 19 following recipes have a full-page photo of it plated)
Mushroom and Garlic Risotto
Eggplant with Chickpeas
Tomato and Basil Baked Capsicums
Moroccan Pumpkin Halves
Sweet Potato and Zucchini Pie
Stuffed Tomatoes with Dill & Pine Nuts
Stuffed Capsicums with Herbs and Olives
Middle Eastern Bean Patties with Yoghurt and Mint Sauce
Mango, Sweet Potato and Tomato Curry
Cherry Tomato and Butter Bean Stew
Zucchini and Olive Bake
Spinach and Tomato Risotto
Broccoli and Cauliflower Panagrattato
Spinach and Cheese Souffle (recipe includes merely 3Tablespoons of quinoa flour so while
I wouldn't think of this as a quinoa recipe, it is nice to know that one can use quinoa
flour to prepare a roux.)
Spinach, Mushroom and Chickpea Curry
Curried Lentil Pilaf
White Cheese Sauce (recipe includes merely 4 tablespoons of quinoa flour so while
I wouldn't think of this as a quinoa recipe, it is nice to know that one can use quinoa
flour to prepare a roux.) includes variation for Curry Sauce, Parsley Sauce, and Plain White Sauce.
Meat (7 of the 10 recipes have full-page photo of the plated entree)
Moroccan Beef Tagine with Cardamom Quinoa
Individual Eggplant Moussaka
Crumbed Lamb Cutlets with Garlic, Lemon and Oregano
Lamb with Pomegranate, Mint and Nuts
Lamb with Garlic, Cumin and Peas
Bacon Meat Loaf
Pea and Ham Mint Pie
Chorizo Sausage with Peas and Tomatoes
Poultry (6 of the 10 have full-page photos of the finished plated item)
Roast Chicken with a Spicy Garlic Stuffing
Roast Chicken with Bacon, Mustard and Herb Stuffing
Chicken Fillets with Pancetta, Olives and Sun-dried Tomatoes
Spicy Chicken, Apricot and Almond Tangine
Christmas Turkey with Pork and Cranberry Stuffing
Herb-crumbed Chicken Tenderloins
Chicken and Preserved Lemon Tangine with Coconut Quinoa
Quail with Rocket (Arugula), Garlic, and Pine Nut Stuffing
Seafood (4 of the 8 recipes have full-page photos of finished plated recipe)
Tuna with Tomatoes and Olives
Mustard-crusted Salmon with Dill and Lemon
Whole Snapper with a Mushroom and Leek Stuffing
Salt and Pepper Squid
Sweet Things (6 of these 14 recipes have full-page photos of plated finished recipe)
Apple and Cinnamon Buttermilk Pancakes
Apple and Cinnamon Crumble
Apple and Orange Breakfast Porridge
Creamy Cinnamon Pudding
Christmas Fruit Cake
Creamy Coconut and Mango Pudding
Basic Pancake Batter
Pineapple, Banana and Walnut Cake
Another thing I like about this book is that all the herbs are fresh rather than dried. True, if the recipe called for dried, one could always substitute fresh and triple the amount BUT I like that the creator of the recipes enjoys FRESH! I think FRESH is the healthiest and tastiest and I appreciate recipes that utilize fresh ingredients.
The first recipe I tried was the Apple and Cinnamon Crumble which is a twist on the Apple Brown Betty. Quinoa flakes are mixed with sugar to form crispy clusters that are yummy. The ingredients are granny smith apples, butter, quinoa flakes, brown sugar (I substituted maple syrup), and spices. I started with this one because I had everything on hand and I had many apples that needed to be prepared before going bad. This Apple an dcinnamon Crumble was delicious and reheated well and I will definitely make this again.
The second recipe I tried was the Basic Pancake Batter and while the recipe was easy to follow I had to add flour to thicken and I found that I do not like the flavor of quinoa in my pancakes. I would not make this recipe again.
Today I am preparing the Herb Bread - see above for ingredients. I will update this review ad I prepare the recipes with my experiences and thoughts. I am enjoying this recipe book. I find it easy to read, follow and comprehend. Sometimes I have to google the ingredients because as an American I do not hear some of these British terms often. For example, many ingredients use CASTER SUGAR which is simply finely ground sugar so you can make it yourself by putting granulated sugar in your food processor or coffee grinder and grinding to a fine powder. Also, you may see in one of the recipe names that it calls for rocket which is another name for Arugula so I added that in parantheses. In the book, baking soda is called bicarbonate of soda. Sultanas are golden raisins. Mixed peel which you can google how to make yourself if your store doesn't carry. I did not notice any ingredients more exotic or harder to find than the quinoa flakes and quinoa flour.
I am very happy with this recipe book purchase so far.
UPDATE 4/5/2012 the Herb Bread turned out great! A very respectable quickbread. Mine turned out a bit dry which could have been for a variety of reasons such as I forgot to brush it with olive oil before placing in oven as the recipe instructed. So I just served it with choice of high quality olive oil for dipping or a creamy goat butter so that it seemed to be the dryness I meant it to be. It was delicious and it didn't even taste like quinoa. I imagine that if a mother had a child refusing to eat quinoa but liked the Thanksgiving stuffing that they would love this Herb Quinoa Bread. The recipe made one 8" round loaf and next time I might make two because what I kept hearing is "There's no more herb bread? That is all there is? It is all gone?"
The Herb Bread is the recipe that interested me the most and I needed to go to the grocer to get all the ingredients, but I am so glad I did!
UPDATE 4/7/2012 today we tried the Mushroom and Garlic "Risotto" which is superior in my opinion to true risotto as you do not have to stand over the stove stirring constantly. This recipe is easy to prepare and is delicious and nutritious. It will be a staple in our home and easy enough to do variations on such as substituting half of water with broth, topping with slivered almonds or goat cheese, adding other vegetables....
I was also thinking of trying the Chocolate Cake recipe today but deciding against trying it. It is 4 eggs, 3/4 cup caster sugar, 1/2 cup quinoa flour, 5 oz dark chocolate plus other things. I have learned that I do not care for these recipes whether coconut flour, almond flour, whatever that are mostly eggs with a little bit of flour. There are other recipes where the proportions are more appealing to me such as the Raspberry Muffins with 2c quinoa flour to 2 eggs and the Rock Cakes which are 1 cup quinoa flour and 1 cup quinoa flakes to just 1 egg.
UPDATE 4/13/12 Today we made the Middle Eastern Bean Patties with Yoghurt and Mint Sauce and it was yummy! Definitely a keeper. The quinoa grains added a nice crunch but one could not really taste quinoa over the red kidney beans, garlic, onions, spices, etc. The recipe calls for 3 tablespoons of chopped coriander and I interpreted that to mean chopped fresh cilantro. I used Eden Organic Kidney Beans, No Salt Added, 15-Ounce Cans (Pack of 12) as that is the only USA can linings that are free of bpa. Just a quick warning, it smells fantastic when the patties are being cooked so everyone, including the dog, is rushing in asking when will it be ready?
UPDATE 4/14/12 Today we made my favorite recipe yet! Zucchini, Garlic and Parmesan Cheese Soup! After living half a century with a taste for adventure, I had come to think I had tasted most every food available. Yes maybe someone does a slight variation of this or that with proportions a little different or different combination of ingredients. But this soup is a brand new treat I have never experienced. I nearly woofed it all down in the kitchen without sharing! It is a lovely light soup and ideal as an entree. It uses the red quinoa grain. OMG it was so incredibly good. This recipe alone is worth what I paid for the cookbook.
UPDATE 4/18/12 Today we tried the Broccoli and Cauliflower Panagrattato which is an Italian way of preparing broccoli and cauliflower. Panagrattato means grated bread, in other words, breadcrumbs. The author used quinoa flakes instead for a delicious dish that you can eat on its own or as a side dish. I am not a big fan of bread-crumbed vegetables but thought I might really enjoy this recipe however I would not make this again. If you are a fan of breadcrumbed vegetables, this will please you. I prefer the flavors and nutrition of punching of vegetables with powerhouse herbs and spices.
UPDATE 4/20/2012 we made the Zucchini, Garlic and Parmesan Cheese Soup AGAIN! Still so delicious! My favorite stock is Imagine Foods Organic No Chicken Broth -- 32 fl oz
Also today we made the Buttermilk Bread Loaf (see ingredients above) and the recipe fills a 8 1/2 x 6 x 3 inch loaf tin but I used a 9 x 5 x 2.75 pyrex and it worked great. While this bread looks very pretty in the loaf with red or black quinoa grain sprinkled on top, it is a dense sandwich bread that I wouldn't not serve on its own but definitely a good sandwich bread is best when you do not want to distract from what you are serving on the bread. This is a very healthy clean dense nutritious quickbread that makes a sandwich bread.
UPDATE 4/21/2012 the Buttermilk Bread Loaf tastes great toasted with L'Epicurien Fig and Walnuts Confit, 4.41-Ounce Unit (Pack of 3)
Later same day, we tried the Vegetable Bake which is roasted veggies, with steamed veggies, with prepared quinoa grain plus cheese sauce thickened with quinoa flour. This stated fine but required alot of clean up with all the cookware and bakeware required. I think I would make this recipe again but more like keeping it in mind as a great way to change up leftovers - add cooked quinoa and top with a cheese sauce! Friends ask my secret to my cheese sauce - and it is simply this - make it from scratch home-made such as this recipe and don't pour it from a grocery-bought jar! Freshly home made tastes SO MUCH BETTER and doesn't have all the chemicals and been sitting on the shelf for a year or longer!
UPDATE 4/25/2012 today we tried the Carrot, Ginger, Garlic and Cilantro/Coriander Soup and it was good. The recipe calls for 3 oz of uncooked quinoa grain to add to this recipe that serves 4-6. I thought the soup turned out a little sweet for my taste as I like to have the five flavors more balanced and/or less sweet in a soup but I do not think that is because of the recipe as the only sweet ingredient was the carrots and that of course would vary crop to crop. I used organic carrots from my local farmer and I guess they work particularly sweet this crop. It's nice to see the variety that the author offers in this Cooking with Quinoa: The Supergrain Cookbook
UPDATE 5/26/12 A couple of days ago, we made the Olive Flatbread and it turned out ok. The recipe offers the alternative to leave out the olives and oregano to make a plain flatbread as well. We followed the directions for the Olive Flatbread and it turned out very salty. Olives have salt in themselves and I used a very healthy brand with lots of good oils and minerals including salt which may be why mine turned out too salty. Next time I make this bread, if using olives, I would adjust the amount of salt down. I definitely preferred the fresh herb bread to this flat bread but this was ok.
I read that another reviewer found the Olive Flatbread too salty as well. Maybe it isn't about the olives and simply that the recipe book has a typo and we should adjust the amount of salt down for this particular recipe. I haven't found any of the other recipes in this book too salty so far.
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UPDATE 5/27/12 Today we tried the Zucchini and Olive Bake and I thought it was bland. Next time, I would add onion and garlic or something to spice it up! I do not care for dishes where the main flavor is salty.