There is an ancient pseudo-cereal called quinoa that is very nutritious, high in protein and fiber, with vitamins and minerals a plenty. It’s not a true grain, not a grass plant, but a member of the amaranth family and although it cooks up much like rice it is a bit different. I wish I was practiced at using it and knew exactly how to make it a part of a meal. I don’t. But I’ve had some recently and the whole experience was so good, I was willing to try to reproduce it at home.
Location: high in the sky above Seattle. It you view the Seattle skyline you will see one dark building that rises above all the rest. At the top of the Columbia building there is an exclusive area for dining and communing and it is there that I found myself a guest, with my daughter. You would have to say that she has friends in high places, very high places. I could hardly breathe, looking out the full view glass windows over the harbor and Puget Sound. In order to calm down I had to purposely not think about where I was and what kind of structure was holding me up.
We were advised about the menu items and ordered vegetarian. The dishes came out looking perfectly cooked and presented in very attractive ways. Everything was delicious. It was a wonderful, relaxing evening in every way (as long as I kept my mind off being 80 stories high and on the same level as jets approaching SeaTac airport…).
The quinoa was light and fluffy in a creamy sauce – just wet enough to hold it together and make it easier to eat. The flavor was mild and slightly of salt, like a good comfort food. I wasn’t sure how to do this at home but a light cream/celery sauce with the quinoa did a pretty good job. The food was really great but it had a hard time competing with the view. Just sayin’…