Monday, 14 May 2012
Book Review - Quinoa Cuisine
There are no pictures in the book, other than the cover, which isn't a biggie for me. The recipes have dietary icons (mentioned above) to make choosing an appropriate one easier. The recipes also have season icons to give you a guide as to when the produce used in them is in season, or when the authors feel they would be best served.
The book starts with a handy "Introduction to Quinoa" reference section, including standard cooking tips, the varieties you can find, nutritional information, and history of the ingredient. I actually lent this book to a (non-vegan) friend whose daughter has recently diagnosed numerous food allergies and she especially appreciated the information as she had never used quinoa before.
The recipes I made, as always in page number order -
Page 18 Quinoa Porridge
I have made quinoa this way before, and as always I'm not convinced its the best way to showcase the ingredient. It was OK but not my favourite in the book.
(made with agave not honey) Nice, though without the big clumps of granola I do like. Very easy to eat, lovely with almond milk.
Page 49 White Bean Dip
The roasted garlic laced dip part is rich, creamy, smooth, and delectable. It is topped with herbed quinoa, which is a little strange, and I am unconvinced it is needed. I would make the dip part again for sure, though without the quinoa topping. (The dip has quinoa flakes in it so the topping is not just there to make it a "quinoa recipe")
So silky smooth and creamy, this is one luscious hummus. The quinoa flakes lend a really lovely feel to the resultant dip. Worth trying for sure!
Refreshing, vibrantly coloured, tasty, this salad is a winner.
I'd have liked a little more herb action, but that is an easy fix - next time I'll just add more. Nice flavour profile.
I made 2 black bean salads (other one coming later) and this was my number 2 choice. It was a perfectly nice salad, I just liked the other one more.
Very smooth. Very Mushroom-y. The blended quinoa added texture and did not detract from the mushroom intensity. A good soup.
A little disjointed, this one didn't do a lot for me I'm afraid.
Page 149 Dal with Kale Quinoa
Lovely. The dal was richly spiced, with a little heat, and counterbalanced by the fresh green of the kale quinoa combination. Filling and hearty but not heavy.
Page 187 Falafel
Bit of a fail for me. Tasted great but the patties fell apart easily. Maybe an hour in the fridge prior to shaping and cooking would have helped.
Page 188 Apple Cherry Trail Bars
I didn't like this one. Recipe worked perfectly fine, just not to my taste preference.
Page 199 Spicy Quinoa and Black Bean Salad
Lovely combination, nice black bean salad, with interest from the additions.