(Tea)ser: Roasted Red Quinoa "Tea"

>> Friday, February 4, 2011

Even I think I'm a little crazy for doing this. So, keep that in mind as you feast your eyes on my latest drink invention: Roasted Quinoa "Tea" -- that's right. It's what you get when you roast red quinoa on your stove-top . . . pulverize it in your food processor . . . and run it through your espresso machine.

Would you like a taste?

Roasted quinoa turns such a rich, beautiful, d.e.e.p. shade of red . . . it's a shame to turn it into powder, really. But necessary.

At least I think . . .

My decision to run it through the espresso machine was made purely by smell. Yeah -- roasted quinoa smells somewhat like ground coffee. Plus, I was in a rush -- it was the fastest way to turn the grinds into a warm beverage.

It sure looks convincing. And it tastes pretty great, too!

Just add almond milk and a spoonful of maple syrup -- it's sort of like chai minus the spice . . . with some added nutty flavor, but totally caffeine-free.

Then, package the rest to save for another day.

No recipe for this concoction -- yet.

I'm waiting to have Stephen try it . . . to make sure I'm not just a crazy person. And then more taste-testing by me, of course. Plus, I'm interested to see if the turning-it-into-powder and espresso-madness are necessary. One of our favorite drinks -- roasted corn tea -- can be made with the kernels left whole.

What's your favorite warm beverage? Of course, I love my chai lattes -- especially since I came up with my own, top-secret blend of the stuff. Just leave a comment or email us at neverhomemaker [at] gmail [dot] com.

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