Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Quinoa Pudding with Mango and Pineapple

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Inspiration. Is it an ephemeral, elusive bit of magic? Something people lie in wait for, sometimes living life only from one flash of brilliance to the next…the time in between inconsequential and forgotten. Or is it something that is ever present? Slyly camouflaged all around us…just waiting for us to notice?

I’d like to think it is that latter. That inspiration truly exists among us and can be found in the everyday. That it is precisely in the everyday where brilliance thrives. That it is inspiration that lies in wait for us, and not the other way around.

It doesn’t take much to inspire me or make me smile in wonder. The scent of a mangoes ripening on my dining room table. The way bread dough comes together. Butter melting. The slight tickle of really long earrings brushing against my bare shoulder. What happens to vegetables when you roast them. Nice stationary. My baby’s giggle. My friends.

And all of you. Those of you that always leave your comments here even when I’ve been terribly delinquent. Those of you that are silent but keep dropping in. You who leave helpful hints and answer my sometimes amateurish questions. You who cheer me on. You who I have met. You who I have yet to meet.

Another place where I find endless inspiration is other blogs. Food bloggers’ passion, and the delicious results of that passion, never fails to inspire me. This beautiful pudding is one such example.

Quinoa Pudding with Mango and Pineapple
(adapted from Cannelle at Vanille)

  • 3 – 3 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 cup dark muscovado sugar
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1/2 cup pineapple chunks
  • 1/2 cup mango chunks

- Rinse quinoa in a strainer for a few seconds.
- Combine 3 cups of the milk and the sugar in a saucepan and bring to a simmer.
- Add the quinoa and stir. Reduce heat to medium low and cook for about 30 minutes, stirring every few minutes, especially in the latter part of cooking so your quinoa doesn’t stick.
- If mixture starts looking too dry, or you would like a more liquid pudding, add the extra 1/2 cup of milk. I didn’t have too although I must admit I do like a fairly squidgy pudding.
- Ladle pudding into bowls, cups, or glasses (as I did here) and top with mango and pineapples.

Anyone who has visited Aran’s gorgeous blog knows that it is bursting at the seams with charm and beauty. A virtual stroll through her pages always leaves me inspired. When I saw this pudding I knew I had to recreate it – not only did it look enticing, it was a quinoa version of arroz con leche (which my mum makes and I love!). I decided to make mine with our local dark muscovado sugar, whose deep molasses-y flavor got on perfectly with the quinoa’s earthiness. Instead of strawberries, I topped mine with pineapples and mangoes…our intensely sweet summer fruits. The juicy mangoes were a gift from another food blogging friend. Yet one more thing that inspires me – the generosity of food bloggers who are so willing to share even if they haven’t really “met” the person at the other end (thank you Divina!)!

This blog has always been a very personal space for me – a place where I journal my life in the kitchen (and sometimes outside of it too!). But over the course of almost five years you (yes you!) have, happily, become a part of it. No, it isn’t my birthday, nor my blog’s birthday, nor any occasion of distinction. Just another lovely everyday in which I'd like to say thank YOU for the inspiration! :)

55 comments:

MeetaK said...

oh i am loving this one mangoes always gets me and paired with quinoa - wow. i think i missed this on aran's blog! but got to make it now!

Barbara said...

...and Joey you brighten our day too. I saw this on Aran's blog and have bookmarked it to try. Sounds wonderful with mango.

Divina Pe said...

Your blog has been an inspiration too, to all of us newbies. I'm supposed to make some brown rice pudding but the heat is just too much. But since quinoa cooks faster, I might try this soon. I'm glad you love the mangoes. You're welcome Joey. It's a pleasure. You want some avocados next time?

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

An interesting pudding! I bet it tastes lovely!

Cheers,

Rosa

lobstersquad said...

well that´s lovely, and you´re right, very inspiring. I´m in love with arroz con leche so this sounds just perfect. thanks!

Loshini said...

superb pudding. am totally gonna try it out this weekend.

and you're right, inspiration doesnt come in a flash of blinding light, it's more like the constant undercurrent of mundane everyday things :)

LOVE your blog!

♥¸¸.•*¨Skip to Malou¨¨*•.¸¸♥¸ said...

divina introduced me to your blog, and i've been a follower since.
this is such a lovely post;one of the reasons why I always visit... i love the ordinary, mundane things... just noticing, basking the beauty of life's simple blessings just like this beautiful quinoa pudding with mango and pineapple... take a look at it... what a delightful sight!

kathryn said...

What a lovely, lovely pudding. It almost looks like a sago pudding, but using quinoa is a great idea. I don't use quinoa a lot, but when I do it's always in savoury dishes. I'm going to have to try this one out though.

I think you're right about inspiration being ever present and founded in the everyday. Well it certainly is for me anyway. And it's always when I take a few moments, step back from the day-to-day routine and breath that it creeps up on me.

Good stuff.

Monica said...

I've been thinking about trying quinoa as a breakfast food but wasn't really sure how to make it yummy. This post solves that problem. Thanks!

Anh said...

We have to say thank YOU to you as well for this wonderful blog! :)

Rico said...

Now that is simple and looks absolutely delicious! An alternative to champorado or goto.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Meeta! Right now is the perfect time over here to eat mangoes…nice and chilled to beat the summer heat! This is a great variation for it :) Aran’s has strawberries and pistachios, another great combination!

Hi Barbara! Aw! Thanks!!! :) It’s delicious…hope you do try it!

Hi Divina! Thank you! So happy to hear that :) Thank a bunch again for the yummy mangoes! Avocados?? *faints* If they also need a home I’d be so glad to take them ;)

Hi Rosa! It does :)

Hi Ximena! This is like an earthier arroz con leche…I really liked it! I’m thinking of making a batch with lemon rind and carabao’s (our local water buffalo) milk next time, the way my mom makes her arroz con leche :)

Hi Loshini! Thank you! :) Yes, a constant undercurrent, exactly! Hope you like the pudding :)

Hi Malou! Thanks so much for your kind words :) When we find the beauty in the everyday, well, it simply gives us all the more opportunities for happiness!

Hi Kathryn! It does, doesn’t it? But healthier! Yup, inspiration is always there waiting for us to that that “step back” and see it :) Plus it’s free!

Hi Monica! I have another breakfast quinoa post…you can check out my breakfast archives :)

Aw! Thanks Anh! Glad you enjoy it!

Hi Rico! Yes, you are right, and quite a healthy alternative at that!

Katrina said...

Thanks for this post, Joey! Before Mila left, she gave me some of her pantry's contents. One of the items was quinoa. I took it because I was curious about it, but didn't know how to use it so I forgot all about it. Now I can try cooking it...and as a dessert, too! :-D

If this pudding tastes like arroz con leche, then would cinnamon go well with it, too? And how many servings does the recipe make? I think I'm the only one at home who'll eat this, so if it makes a lot, I hope it can keep for a while in the fridge.

Christina said...

All I can say is... damn. This is a completely new idea. I can't wait to try it.

Ling said...

oh yum! can feel the quinoa grains popping already! Thank YOU for sharing your recipes, thoughts and life events with us - always a lovely read :)

pippapatchwork said...

Thank you for the fabulous blog. This recipe looks to-die-for. I can't wait to try it!

Trissa said...

Hi Jo - it's you we have to thank as well for the inspiration - I never fail to get my share when I visit your blog! The pudding looks yummy... cannelle's recipes are not only gorgeous looking - they are delicious as well.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Katrina! Quinoa is great! And this sweet preparation is very easy to do :) It doesn’t taste exactly like arroz con leche because the texture of quinoa is different (it does not get as soft as rice) and it has more of its own flavor (as opposed to rice that easily takes on other flavors). That being said I am sure it would go well with cinnamon because of its earthiness…in fact, I was thinking of infusing this with chai masala flavor next time! This will make about 4 servings and I was the only one to eat this too, and it kept just fine in the fridge :)

Hi Christina! It is lovely :) There are a number of posts out there on quinoa for breakfast cereal that provide lots of ideas for sweet quinoa preparations! :)

Hi Ling! Thank you :) I’m really loving quinoa!

Hi Pippa! I’m glad you enjoyed it :) Hope you do get to try it!

Hi Trissa! Aw thanks so much! I’m so happy you enjoy my blog :) Yes, Aran’s recipes and photos are both gorgeous and delicious!

Brian Asis said...

This was a wonderfully written post that it made me smile :) I agree that inspiration can be found anywhere and you do not have to look for it, you just have to learn how to see the beauty in everything around you.

Jane Amora said...

i love this recipe but i'm not quite sure where i can buy quinoa here in cebu. i'll ask around. thanks for the recipe!

Lori said...

This is a must-try. So glad you shared it. I've been using quinoa a lot lately and was looking for a breakfast version. It looks so good!

Suzana said...

Joey, this is such an adorably sweet post. Thank YOU! I love quinoa and I love Aran, so I'll be sure to try this out someday. :)

April said...

this looks amazing! they kind of remind me of pearl tapioca!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Brian! Thank you! Glad you enjoyed the post :) Very true!

Hi Jane! Thanks for stopping by! Do you have a branch of Healthy Options in Cebu? Because that’s where I bought my quinoa here in Manila :)

Hi Lori! Hope you like it! I also have another breakfast version here…just look under my breakfast archives :)

Hi Suzana! Thank you too :) Hope you do get to try it out one day!

Hi April! They do don’t they? Only healthier ;)

Junglefrog said...

I was just discussing this morning that I think Mangoes are one of the best fruits around! Love this and yes, love Aran's blog too!

veron said...

I love this inspiration. Pudding and mango are a match made in heaven. I have to try quinoa!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Junglefrog! I agree, mangoes are truly the best! Love them :)

Hi Veron! Quinoa is great...yummy and healthful :)

Ash said...

I tried Quinoa the other day... not sure I totally liked it. I don't know if I cooked it right. But this sure looks good. I think I should give it a second chance. haha

Manggy said...

Joey, don't worry about it. You're not delinquent at all and even if you were, you've got Lil C to take care of. Take your time and we'll always be here to enjoy your posts. I'm glad I saw this one - those are two of my favorite fruits ever, tag-teaming on a delicious pud!

Didi said...

I may have glossed over a comment but where can u buy quinoa in manila???

ChichaJo said...

Hi Ash! Maybe you’ll like it better in a sweet preparation like this :)

Hi Manggy! Thanks! Life certainly did get much busier! :) But in a wonderful way :) These are my two favorites also!

Hi Didi! I get mine at Healthy Options :)

redmenace said...

I never thought of putting quinoa in a pudding. This is a great idea. What a good way to get your protein!

Mami said...

I am not sure if I dare to try that one.... quinoa pudding...hm... original for sure...
You got a great food blog, very inspiring.

VEGAN TICKLES said...

Can't wait for mango season. Veganized of course.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Redmenace! It’ll work just like rice pudding…feel free to add in anything you would with your favorite rice pudding :)

Thanks Mami! This is an easy and yummy way to have Quinoa for dessert :)

Hi Vegan Tickles! Of course ;)

Melange a Trois said...

I'm recently obsessed with quinoa. I simmer mine in almond milk at a quinoa/milk ratio of 1/2, and then add raw honey, toasted pecans, bananas and strawberries. I literally eat it every morning. Your blog is beautiful. Glad I found it!

Midge said...

That looks nourishing and refreshing at the same time.

Oh, and if you and your dear ones will be in the QC area tomorrow (hopefully), dare I invite you to Chocolate Appreciation 101? Details are here: http://sybdive.wordpress.com/2010/03/24/chocolate-appreciation-101-an-invitation/

And I'm actually doing a demo on how to make dark chocolate truffles with lavender infusion!

Gattina said...

keep up the good work Jo. Coming to your blog is one of my happiest time too! xoxo

Christian Lucas Sangoyo said...

I am loving your blog! I would have liked to subscribe to your posts but can't seem to find out how? =P

- Mccoy
http://lakad-pilipinas.blogspot.com

Toni B. said...

Wow, it looks good.. I'll see if I can recreate the recipe at home... Then I'll pot it on a site my friends and I recommend - Its called Yummy Cebu - check it out its great!!!

ChichaJo said...

Hello Melange a Trois! That sounds so good!!!

Hi Midge! So sorry I missed that…sounds divine! Hope it all went well!

Hi Gattina! Aw!!! Thank you…I’m so happy you feel that way! I love visiting your blog too! :)

Hi Mccoy! Thank you :) On my sidebar, right under the About me, is the link to subscribe in a reader :)

Hi Toni B! Thanks will check it out :)

C said...

Man, that looks tasty! Been searching for Quinoa for a while but my supermarkets don't carry it, I'll most likely have to make a special trip to get some soon or order online. I've been dying to try some.

http://soulmadeofmeat.blogspot.com/

Yummita said...

Hmmm, I love homemade pudding and pudding with mango - that's heaven :) I simply have to try this one :) Thank you for sharing.

Cheers

Yummita

ChichaJo said...

Hi C! I get mine at a health food store :)

Hi Yummita! Love mangoes too...my favorite fruit :)

emma. our kitchen said...

I have just stumbled upon your website and I love it! The recipes are fantastic and your style of writing is beautiful to read.
I can't wait to try the quinoa pudding!

ChichaJo said...

Thanks Emma! :)

LittleMissBaker said...

Oh i love the photographs, they show so much detail.

Oh i love breakfast food too! so yummy :D

I have a foods blog as well, but based on all baking
http://littlemissbaker19.blogspot.com

Mr. Pineapple Man said...

wow that looks very good- is quinoa something like tapioca?

ChichaJo said...

Thanks Little Miss Baker :)

Hi Mr. Pineapple Man! Quinoa is a seed :)

theviciousvegetarian.com said...

Truly blew my mind here. Never considered (and now i feel silly for it, of course) this style of preparation with Quinoa. Its a wonderful grain, but i've recently run dry on new ways to put it to use.

Thanks for the inspiration, immensely helpful!

ChichaJo said...

Hello Vicious Vegetarian! Glad to be of help :) This is a lovely way to have quinoa :)

dining room table said...

This one looks really delicious. I would love to try it. I can't wait. Mango is a favorite of mine.

Anonymous said...

wow. what a great recipe. my peruvian mother in law regularly sends me quinoa from peru, i used to just boil it like rice. now this is a new way to prepare it. thanks.

Anonymous said...

This looks DELISH! I've never tried Quinoa Pudding but it definitely is worth a shot. The fact that its made with mango and pineapple reminded me of some of the desserts I saw on this show called Extreme Chef that are all made from fruits contestants collect from an island.
Great job!

Selkie said...

Going to try this with coconut milk as my partner is intolerant to milk. Regularly eat Quinoa as a savoury flavoured with tomato
and black olives.