Saturday, February 16, 2008

Second Week of Run, Swim, Bike and Cook

Happy to report that we are still doing the challenge with Chou over at Balance. We did much better this week and are beating down the cold, that we both seem to have now! I got in three power walks as well as a run - felt great! L. got in a spin class and some bouldering. Next week should be a better week!

As for the cooking portion of the RSBC challenge, the food was Quinoa or Beets and it had to be a dessert. Well, since I could not figure out a way to add a beet to dessert and for that matter, L. does not really like beets, I went with Quinoa. We love Quinoa - we actually eat it a lot; but, mostly as a side with dinner, not a dessert. This was a challenge. I found one recipe on the Food Network for a pudding . Figured it would be somewhat like rice pudding so I went with it. It came together easy enough, smelled good, looked good and tasted okay. I put it into some cute little bowls, put it in the fridge to chill while we had dinner with some friends and half way through dinner I just had second thoughts - thank god I did not serve it, it was terrible!!! Oh well, guess we will stick with Quinoa as a side with dinner. Great challenge, though, Chou!

5 comments:

Karen said...

Beautiful photos on your blog! Too bad about the Quinoa. Glad you are feeling better and got in your walks/run!

chou said...

Oooh, good call about tasting it first. That was my kale experience last week--my niece summed it up as she spit out the kale and then proceeded to pick every little piece out and drop it on the floor.

Gretchen Noelle said...

Bummer! I love quinoa and I just played with it in a flan yesterday. Creamy and nutty, just delicious! One question, did you wash it well before you used it? The bitter taste may come out stronger in desserts if it is not washed well. Just a thought.

Chez Denise et Laudalino said...

Hi Gretchen,

Yes, we soaked, cleaning, soaked and cleaned - just as the recipe said. Terrible! Which is too bad, I thought for sure it was going to be GREAT!

Gretchen Noelle said...

Very strange. Very strange. That is really a bummer. Quinoa is one of the main grains here in Peru so I have used it a bunch. I have run across a few bags that took a lot more washing than others. Instead of washing 4 times like I learned, now I just soak for about 30 minutes, rinse to make sure no "soap bubbles" appear and then i am good to go. I will get my quinoa flan posted soon, maybe you will enjoy it in that. Good luck with future quinoa endeavors!