Monday, April 2, 2012

Music, Steam, and Quinoa...

Silent Sam is doing great.  He is continuing to lose and exercise.  What a guy.  After a little chat on Saturday, he is also going back to playing the guitar.  I am, you might say, a bit concerned about his stress level.  He works all the time and I don't think that is good for him.  So I am thrilled about the guitar. 

In my less lucid moments, I think about him serenading me with a love song.  I must be heavily medicated...  That will never happen but what will be great is if he starts playing and enjoys it.

(As a completely useless aside - when I was in high school, I went out with a guy who came to my house to play his violin for me.  Okay, I was a freshman in high school.  I had a giggle fit.  It is a wonder that the guy ever spoke to me again. I thought my Mother was going to kill me.) 

I have received so many wonderful tips from readers!  I am trying them out slowly.  My good neighbor suggested that I get an electric vegetable steamer and try it.  It involved shopping so I followed up.  I have used it for asparagus and broccoli.  AND LOVED IT!  It was perfect. 

I also steamed Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wa), which was another suggestion.  Really, when I get suggestions, I need to think a bit...  I thought -without really checking it - that you made and served it like rice.  HINT - you don't.  It really had no taste and if you add the low fat spread to it, it tastes terrible.

In case you are like me and have never heard of Quinoa, it is a grain product that is very high in protein.  It is organic, wheat free and gluten free and 100% whole grain.  It just needs to be served with something else - like mixed with a salad or various vegetables.  When I perfect (what a joke!) a recipe using it, I will pass it along. 

I did get some Quinoa pasta and used that in spaghetti last week.  I could not tell the difference and it is supposedly much healthier for you.  As a beginner, the pasta may be the way to go.  But for you, dear readers, I will continue to find a perfect (and easy!) recipe for Quinoa. 

So the upshot of that is

Electric Vegetable Steamer - YES!
Quinoa Pasta                     -  YES!
Quinoa                              -  In progress

So, if you have a recipe using Quinoa for me to try, please pass it along.  

Thanks for reading!

1 comment:

  1. Firstly, yes your neighbor is amazing. Seriously though, it really makes brocoli and asparagus taste great :)
    Loved reading about quinoa - it really is amazing. I haven't heard of quinoa pasta though. Do you guys like cous cous? It's a great rice subsitute.
    Finally - delighted to hear about SS breaking out the old 6 string. Can't wait for Friday night renditions of Kumbaya around the fire pit. Now that's living ;)