Something incredible has happened. I found quinoa in Barletta! If you don’t understand what this means to me, I’ll have to explain a bit about Italians and health food. They don’t like it. Sure, there are a pleasant few who I can wax nostalgic about kale and hummus with, those who’ve traveled or are itching to do so. But the majority are content with their delicacies as they are. For example, the other day I was talking to a mother of a student, explaining that I drink green tea instead of coffee in the morning. Her reaction was one of genuine fear for my health. “Green tea? In the morning? On an empty stomach? Oh, no. You must drink coffee [espresso] instead, it is so much better for you than green tea! No, no. Green tea at breakfast? No, no.” She trailed off shaking her head before I could intervene to tell her that it was good for everything - digestion, energy, it was rich in antioxidants - that coffee just made me hungrier and and more tired throughout the day.
It was no use.
You can imagine my happy surprise, then, when I found actual quinoa in a shop in town. Touched by no one, I bought the first bag in the row, and practically ran home to make it.
Hearty Breakfast Quinoa
1 1/2 cups milk (I used soy)
1/2 cup rinsed quinoa
2 tsp brown sugar (or to taste)
1/2 chopped banana
1/4 tsp cinnamon
Bring milk and quinoa to a boil in a saucepan. Lower the heat and simmer until most of milk is absorbed, about 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the remaining ingredients.
For now, I’m fine with keeping my health food to myself. Hey, at least I know that store is never going to run out of quinoa!
P.S. More breakfast recipes here.