Friday, May 10, 2013

Happy Friday!

Quinoa for Breakfast?
Oh yes.  After living in Bolivia, I can assure you that it's a good idea to eat quinoa at any time of day -- in soup, mixed with eggs and baked to form a kind of savory cake, toasted and enrobed in chocolate, etc.  By now, most of you are probably already on board with this wondergrain (which technically isn't a grain) for its protein content.  I tried it in place of oatmeal this morning and now I actually prefer it!  If you've eaten it before, you know that quinoa has a satisfying, toothsome texture and rich, nutty flavor.  It holds its shape better than oats and takes on an almost peanut-butter-like taste when paired with sweet ingredients.  I'm officially a quinoa-for-breakfast convert.
and you will be too
I will report that soaking quinoa overnight does not work.  But you can cook it in the microwave to save time.  I used a 1/2 cup mixture of both red and white quinoa, a tablespoon of chia seeds, one chopped date, 1/2 cup of canned light coconut milk mixed with 1/2 cup of water, a few drops of vanilla, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.  Heat it on high in a covered bowl for 2 minutes, stir, and put it back in for another 2 minutes.  Stir it again and test a tiny bite to see if it's cooked yet.  If not, put it back in for one minute at a time until the quinoa has cooked through and absorbed most of the liquid (mine took about 6 minutes total).  Let sit for 1 minute and stir again before eating.  I topped mine with sliced banana.

Fun Links
Since it's Friday, let's relax.  Here are some links to entertain you.

Whether you love literature, tattoos, or both, this buzzfeed post is cool and inspiring.  http://www.buzzfeed.com/alannaokun/tattoos-inspired-by-books

This website is an ambitious music project!  It's a catalog/slideshow of songs that sound like other songs.  You get to listen to clips of each.  Maybe you'll find your new favorite, or just remember some classics.
http://soundsjustlike.com/

In case you've been a little lazy about birth control, here's some (funny) incentive:
http://reasonsmysoniscrying.tumblr.com/

This website posts images of actual letters written by celebrities and historical figures.  I'm impressed.
http://www.lettersofnote.com/

With that, I wish you a fun weekend.

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