LeAndra describes herself as “currently a Charlottean, I write in the corporate world by day and bake/blog by night”.When asked why she loves baking, her reply is :” because people will do anything if you bribe them with cookies.” 🙂 Love her sense of humor
I have to admit that I had to laugh at a segment in her about page “I am grateful to my mother for preparing homemade meals nearly every day and for handing down to me the maddening-to-others habit of leaving each and every cabinet door open when I am working in the kitchen.”
I do that sometimes, especially when my mind is pre-occupied with something and it drives my husband completely mad 🙂 I was glad to know that I am not the only one.
As I went through Love and flour’s archives, I bookmarked a number of recipes but I was particularly drawn to her quinoa recipe collection. It was a toss up between Quinoa Patties with Corn, Feta and Zucchini and her coconut quinoa. But since I love both coconut and quinoa yet I never thought of putting the two together !I decided to go with the coconut.
My only modification was to make the coconut quinoa sweet by adding a couple of tablespoons of brown sugar and a teaspoon of vanilla. The result was ambrosial! The creamy richness of the coconut on a canvas of nutty quinoa with a hint of sweetness and a hint of vanilla!
- 2 cup coconut milk
- Pinch of salt
- 1 cup quinoa
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons dried coconut
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Rinse the quinoa well
- Combine the coconut milk, salt, sugar, dried coconut and vanilla in a medium saucepan.
- Add the quinoa and cook over medium heat until it comes to a boil, stirring occasionally
- Lower the heat, cover and cook for 20 minutes more (Check on it after 10 and 15 minutes to see if the quinoa absorbed the liquid)
- When the quinoa absorbs all the liquid, remove from heat and keep covered to steam for 5 minutes.
- Fluff with a fork and serve with a drizzle of honey
For more on how to cook quinoa perfectly, you can check out my quinoa salad with corn and black beans
My quinoa is bitter, how can I make it less bitter? Nearly, if not all, of the natural bitterness of quinoa’s outer coating can be removed by a vigorous rinsing in a mesh strainer. Place the quinoa in a fine-mesh strainer(you want something with small holes or else the quinoa will go through it), and rinse thoroughly with cool water. Rub and swish the quinoa with your hand while rinsing, and rinse for at least 2 minutes under the running water.