that’s a lotta quinoa

August 21, 2009

You’ve gotta love London.

I’m working on the east side of town this week and headed over to Exmouth Market in Farringdon during lunch.  Friday is stall day, and you can always find all sorts of ethnic cuisine, including Ghanaian, Jewish, Mexican, Spanish, Indian — you name it.  Today I happened upon this darling little stall called Keenwah, which is of course how you pronounce quinoa.

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A pseudo-grain, quinoa is really a seed, and it has a high protein content.  You can cook quinoa like rice or sprout it.  You’ll find it packaged or in the bulk bins of your health-food store.

I was overwhelmed by the choice at Keenwah.  All the options were veggie, and all but two were vegan.  I asked the vendor how much of it was raw, and he pointed out that he blanched some of the veggies to make them a bit more tender.

I’m often stumped about what to do with quinoa, but this stall was bursting with colors and ideas.  It occured to me that the draw of this place wasn’t the quinoa at all but being able to have it in all sorts of guises at the same time.

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I got a medium bowl packed with about five different kinds plus olives and sunflower seeds, and I ate ever last morsel.  I can’t imagine doing that with only one recipe.  This was like the Baskin Robbins of quinoa!  I’d love to duplicate this at home, but I honestly can’t imagine myself making mutliple kinds of quinoa salad.  Maybe I’d do it once.  So, to Keenwah it is.

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  1. Jess August 22, 2009 at 07:20

    Awesome, EM, thanks for that link!

  2. earthmother August 21, 2009 at 19:22

    LOL at the “Baskin Robbins of quinoa!” I’d be in heaven for sure. Mmmm, I love to sprout my quinoa.

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