Quinoa… Imma be honest… never had it, was sort of scared of it. I love eating healthy things,not because they’re “healthy” but because they are full of earthy flavor and pure wholesomeness. So in true chef spirit, I gave quinoa a try. Two to one ratio chicken broth and dry quinoa, cooks like rice, only faster.
Well, you can’t just have quinoa, according to me at least. My cooking is not methodical. I hate recipes. Cooking is my creative outlet and there is nothing the makes me feel more relaxed, inspired, creative, or brilliant than going to the grocery store, getting a few in season items and coming home to make something beautiful and tasty.
Sometimes, what I cook is shit. Don’t tell my sister, but have a fierce habit of burning things. I will admit that. Sometimes, it rocks. Tonight, I rocked the kitchen.
Did you see that magazine article about roasted grapes and Brussels sprouts? No? That’s fine, because I did. My inspiration tonight came from the perfectly in season fall squash (acorn, to be exact) and a half eaten bowl of grapes on my counter that I didn’t want to toss.
Side note, may I just say, proper knives make cooking a dream. However, my knives are at my mother’s house and I had to peel a squash with a dull, shitty knife. I’m surprised I still have all of my fingers. Anyways, I peeled the hell out of that squash, chopped it, tossed it with red onions, garlic, olive oil, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and grapes. I may or may not have added a bit of left over bacon grease…but that was a last minute addition.
Roasted that deliciousness at 400 until they were tender, stirring occasionally.
Bringing this dish together, plate the quinoa, top with some raw, crunchy kale, and finally, the roasted fall magic. If I could put the flavors of fall into a bowl, this might be it. Oh my, the only thing that could make this better is a glass of red wine. Texture, taste, smell, sight, this dish has it all going on! Feed it to someone you love. <3
PS: The Wandering Gypsy has settled into her first big girl apartment, seems we aren’t wandering so much anymore.