Rena Patten has a new cookbook. Cooking with Quinoa. If you haven’t heard about this supergrain – this cookbook is just the way to get started and explore the flavours and health giving properties. If you do already know about quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) this cookbook is just the way to explore delicious possibilities. Rena Patten has generously shared one of the recipes to get you started.
Makes 9 friands
You can substitute raspberries or blackberries for the blueberries if you prefer.
125g (4oz) almond meal
1 cup icing sugar, sifted
60g (2oz) quinoa flour
125g (4oz) unsalted butter, melted
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
4 large egg whites
250g (8oz) fresh blueberries
Preheat the oven to 170ºC (325ºF). Grease a 9-cup friand tin with butter.
Place the almond meal, icing sugar and quinoa flour in a bowl. Using a whisk, mix well, breaking up any lumps of mixture that may form. Lightly mix in the melted butter and vanilla extract. Beat the egg whites until foamy and soft peaks
form, and gently fold into the mixture.
Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin. Place 5–6 blueberries around the centre of each friand and lightly press them down into the mixture. Bake for about 25 minutes, until lightly browned and cooked when a metal skewer comes
Following the release of her new book Cooking with Quinoa, The Supergrain Rena Patten will be personally demonstrating some of her favourite recipes in St Ives Shopping Village’s market room on 11am to 2pm on Friday the 10th of June.
Quinoa, is an organic super grain that is high in protein, full of vitamins and free from gluten and wheat. When cooked, it has a very delicate texture and is a versatile ingredient for a whole range of meals.
With over 20 years cooking experience as a recipe developer, Rena has explored the many ways people can use the popular super food Quinoa in their everyday cooking at home.
“I have carefully selected recipes that are easy to prepare, easy to digest and most importantly enjoyable to eat!” says Patten who has been associated with St Ives for the past four years as their own resident cook.
Cooking with Quinoa, the Supergrain includes 90 delicious recipes for soups, breads, pasta, salads, meat, poultry, seafood, desserts and vegetarian options.
Cooking with Quinoa, the Supergrain by Rena Patten is published by New Holland Australia.