Add the quinoa grains and the nuts/seeds - stir until starts to turn golden brown
Add about 3 cups of water from the kettle (add warm water)
Add the chicken stock powder - this gives it flavour, you might want to add parsley or herbs at this steps too.
Let simmer slowly for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally
All the water should absorb, if the grains are still dry add more water. You know they are cooked when they form little "tails". Taste them, they shouldn't be crunchy. Add more stock if the flavour is still bland.
You can add onions at the start if you like, or spinach or fried mushrooms at the end. This makes a great accompaniment to curries and other mains. It can also be eaten on its own as a snack for lunch, perhaps with a boiled egg.
This was my first taste of quinoa and I'm impressed! Having said that, I think it needed more chicken stock powder (perhaps because I'm using a vegetarian one with no onion or garlic), more butter and salt. Possibly more pine nuts too, or at least pre-toasted ones. I made it in my rice cooker and it came out perfect. I will definitely be making this again with those minor alterations. Oh, and as a side dish, it makes plenty more than 2 serves! - 30 Dec 2013