Monday, May 2, 2011

New food and drink

Since I have been living on my own and have a little more time to spend cooking (and money for food for that matter), I have been trying to venture out and try some new food.  I've bought my own mango and also bought my own pineapple for the first time.  
So far I have had only good experiences, and this time was no exception!  I bought some naan at Garden Fresh Market to enjoy with chicken and veggie stir fry and quinoa.  I have heard quite a bit about quinoa at some new food blogs I have been reading including Lee at Fit Foodie Finds and Jenna at Eat, Live, Run, as well as Kristin over at Iowa Girl Eats.  All are great blogs with fun fresh foods and ingredients.  And Jenna's desserts looks out-of-this-world delicious.  
Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah according to the box) is a seed and it puffs up a lot like rice.  The flavor and the texture are different than rice though.  
According to the World's Healthiest Foodsquinoa is an amino acid-rich (protein) seed that has a fluffy, creamy, slightly crunchy texture and a somewhat nutty flavor when cooked.
I have to say it is definitely fluffy and has a nice creamy feel.  
It cooks up very similar to rice and taste great.  It is a nice change up from rice.  It has a lot of great health benefits as well because it contains magnesium and protein and more important nutrients.
This was my result.

The quinoa has this white grain ring that puffs out when it cooks up as well.

The stir fry included broccoli, chicken, peppers, white mushrooms, garlic, and carrots.

 I love me some veggies!
On another note, I had some wine with my dinner.  And sure that seems innocent enough, but when I was putting my little  diamond ring cork back in disaster struck.  Part of the bottle neck broke of the bottle and went flying.  A big ole chunk of it hit my in the face too.
It scared the living daylights out of me!

The close up.

The remnants.

I guess it was just a cheap bottle of wine from Trader Joe's but really that's quite the health hazard.
I decided it was a cheap crappy bottle of wine anyways and I won't buy it again.

Any good fairly cheap wine suggestions?



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