Monday, April 22, 2013

Mushroom Quinoa Frittata

I added another cook book to my library from Costco this time. It is called 500 Best Quinoa Recipes by Camilla Saulsbury. I loved the book and have been making some of recipes already and wanted to give it a try to this one.  

8-inch square glass baking dish, sprayed with olive oil
Preheat oven to 350F (180C)

6 large eggs
1/2 tsp fine sea salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 tsp olive oil
8 oz. cremini or button mushrooms - sliced
1 1/2 cups chopped green onions
1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa - cooled
1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

In a large bowl, beat eggs, salt and pepper until blended. Set aside
In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and green onions; cook, stirring, for 5 to 7 minutes or until softened. Stir in quinoa and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
Spread quinoa mixture in prepared baking dish and pour egg mixture over top. Sprinkle with cheese.
Bake in preheated oven for 23 to 28 minutes or until golden and set. Let cool on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes before cutting. Serve warm or let cool completely. 

Sunday, April 14, 2013

A New Chapter

Today marks an important chapter in my life. I have decided to start blogging my cooking journey here so when I look back years later, I could see how far or little I've come. I was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey and moved to USA in 2006 after I met my husband. It was difficult in the beginning to make decent food because we lived in apartments and most of them equipped with old electric ranges which did not help my cooking. I started getting better at cooking when we bought our gas range.

Cooking is/was an ordinary part of daily life in Turkey. People teach their daughters at an early age to cook. Every Turkish woman is a chef who knows how to bake bread, prepare delicious dessert including baklava, sear meat, cook fish properly and so many other things that I cannot count. 

In our house my dad was the cook. He would use different ingredients and create interesting yet delicious meals. I watched him a lot and learned one or two things from him. That is how it started for me. 

I am going to capture the food I am cooking with the information of the origin as some of them will be from Turkish cuisine. I hope this blog will help people out there who want to try delicious, nutritious and different meals. 

Enjoy the journey.