SHAUNAS SPONTANEOUS QUINOA DISH
2 cups of homemade chicken stock
1 cup of quinoa
3 cloves of garlic
1/2 cup of fava beans, removed from their husks
1/2 cup of green beans
1 cup of homemade chicken stock
1 orange tomato (any flavorful tomato will do)
1 cup of freshly shaved corn kernels
1/2 cup of garlic-herb tofu
splash of good olive oil
sea salt and pepper to taste
Boil two cups of homemade chicken stock. Store-bought will do, if you must, but remember that nothing matches the flavor of homemade. I used the recipe from the Zuni Cafe Cookbook (post to follow soon), but you can use any recipe you like. Make it on a weekend and use it all week long. Also, a highly flavored vegetable stock would do well here too.
When the chicken stock is boiling, throw in one cup of quinoa, already rinsed. When it has come to a full boil, reduce the heat to a healthy simmer and let the mixture steam for twelve to fifteen minutes. When nearly all the liquid has evaporated (but not so long as to let the quinoa grow dry), take the pan off heat. Save for a few moments.
Shuck the fava beans by ripping the top, grabbing the thread, and pulling down. Each bean pod yields about eight beans. Throw them in the boiling chicken stock. Boil for four minutes.
Cut off the ends of the green beans and cut in half. When the fava beans have boiled for four minutes, throw in the green beans too. Cook for only one minute. (You dont want the green beans to grow soggy.) Take off the burner and strain the beans from the liquid, reserving the stock for later.
While the beans are boiling, heat a saucepan to high. Throw in the olive oil, then add the chopped tomato, the kernels of corn, and the tofu. Add sea salt and pepper to taste. Stir until they are starting to brown. Throw in some chicken stock (enough to make a skim of stock on the surface of the food) and continue cooking until that stock has simmered down.
Throw all of it together in your favorite bowl. Add just enough of the hot chicken stock with which you cooked the beans to make this a little soupy. Gobble it up.