An editors note: Before I went on my Scandinavian adventure, I asked two of my favorite bloggers – Katie and Nic from Whisk Away – to guest blog for me while I was gone. Nic held up her end of the bargain, sending me a recipe for an unusual sounding quinoa recipe. I dropped the ball and picked up a box of Kleenex – I got sick at the end of vacation & didn't get around to posting it. I've been thinking about this recipe since I received it…so I made it today for lunch, as you can see above. It's amazing – truly. Original, so flavorful, and a great dish to make for friends that are veggie or gluten-free. Thanks, ladies, for the wonderful recipe contribution and fabulous post. Here goes…
Two sisters, two kitchens, one block apart, one mantra to Whisk Away. Nic keeps it real with health food for her diabetic man. But not to worry, the blog's other half, Kate, keeps the sisters' incredible sweet tooth in business.
It's a rare opportunity in food making, or food blogging, to actually create something never before seen. But if you have a flavor pairing in mind, sometimes you can out cook Google and the legions of cooks to come before. Classic ingredient combinations are a natural place to start. This past fall while traveling through northern Italy I discovered the wonder of pecorino cheese with pear. Since then, I've thrown them together against risotto, pizza, spinach salad and ice cream. No recipe required! It's the ability to translate those combinations across a range of forms that earns you 'good cook' status.
Quinoa, however, has not been the easiest thing to incorporate into my repertoire. And I have really made an effort to bring it into rotation once my #1 recipe tester's pancreas went on the fritz, and began demanding low-carb, low-sugar, generally healthy food. Pasta is out, protein packed quinoa is in. But how to make it summery? Most quinoa recipes highlight its nutty flavor, leaning heavily fall. I can't in good conscience hack into a butternut squash this time of year.
Summer naturally presented me with peaches and tomatoes at the same time. Coincidence? I think not. It's a tried and true flavor combination, that I've seen across caprese-style salads, bruschetta and gazpacho. Could it brighten up a grain sometimes compared to cardboard? My hunch was correct, and Google confirmed this to be the first ever published Peach Tomato Quinoa. And delicious to boot!
Peach Tomato Quinoa – serves 4
- Dice tomatoes and set in a colander to drain excess liquid. Peel and dice peaches and onion.
- Preheat a saucepan. Rinse the quinoa in a fine mesh strainer and allow to drip most water out. Scrape into the pre-heated pot and let it toast for a minute or two until aroma is released. Add the broth and thyme. Bring to a boil, then reduce and simmer for 20 minutes. You'll know it's done when the liquid is absorbed and the individual grains show a little spiral.
- Heat olive oil in a large frying pan over high heat, adding diced onion or shallots. Cook to take the raw edge off, about three minutes. Add tomatoes and peaches. Saute for no more than five minutes, or else too much liquid will be released and require extra time to boil off. Add basil.
- Fluff quinoa, and serve topped with peach tomato mixture.