cinnamon quinoa porridge w/ orange + rosemary apple recipe


quinoa porridge w/ orange + rosemary apple

You know one of the things that makes me laugh the most about this whole online world thing? The fact that I can take photos of my breakfast while still in my pajamas, robe (dressing gown) and ugg-boots and no one is none the wiser! Ha. I'm sure if my neighbours ever happened to look over our fence they would think I was crazy, heck they probably already do think I'm crazy from all the fighting they hear my kids doing out in the backyard... but to see some lady standing on a chair hunched over a wooden board taking photos at 7am while still in her jimmy-jams, well that would make for one strange sight!

To make up for my complete early-morning madness yesterday, after breakfast the kids and I did what any sane person would do when the sun is shining and went for a bike ride to the park. See, totally sane and normal eh? I feel like I've not seen the sun this past month as I've been head down - tail up finishing off the book, so it was really so lovely to get out of the house and get a little vitamin D into my system.



On the way to the park, we checked in on a couple of olive trees down the road that we're lining up to raid when they're ready. We watched them all drop to the ground and waste last year so have decided that if the same is going to happen again this year, we'd better just go and ask the owners if we can help ourselves. I hate seeing perfectly good food go to waste! 

quinoa porridge w/ orange + rosemary apple
So, back to this breakfast that had me looking like a crazy woman... after the markets on Saturday where we filled our trolley with all sorts of new season apples I got thinking about a lovely new way to eat them in the morning, other than going down the usual stewed apple route. Our rosemary bush is going berserk out the back and Australian oranges are just starting to show their faces around so I figured it was worth a shot to throw them all in together. I like making porridge using all sorts of different grains (you'll notice this in the book!) and had some leftover cooked quinoa in the fridge from recipe testing that needed using up (if you don't have any leftover's I've added in how to cook from scratch too, so don't you worry). I was really happy with how this one turned out and the thought crossed my mind for a moment that I might be able to squeeze this into the book too, before I realised there really is no more room for another porridge recipe. Well not in this book anyway.
Before I go today I just wanted to say a huge thank-you to Kidspot, who have named me as one of the 5 food + wellbeing finalists in their Voices of 2013 competition! I was humbled to be included in their top 25, but to be picked as one of the final 5 and sitting alongside some of my favourite Aussie food bloggers as well, is pretty damn amazing.
quinoa porridge w/ orange rosemary apple
cinnamon quinoa porridge with orange + rosemary apple
This is the perfect breakfast to make when you have leftover cooked quinoa at hand, as I often do. I recommend using homemade almond milk and if you haven't made your own before, now is your chance to try it out. It's ridiculously easy and much cheaper and better for you than store-bought. I used 2 granny smith apples, but any lovely tart green apple will do. Golden delicious would have been my next choice had they had some at the markets this week.
Serves 2-3

1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa*
1 cup (250ml) almond milk
1/2-1 cup (125-250ml) water
1/4 cup (35g) currants, or use raisins/sultanas if preferred
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
pinch fine sea salt
orange + rosemary apple
2 medium green apples, skin on, cored and finely diced
1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil or ghee
2-3 teaspoons roughly chopped rosemary
1 tablespoon runny honey
The finely grated zest + juice 1/2 orange
Place quinoa, almond milk, 1/2 cup water, currants, cinnamon and salt into a medium saucepan and bring up to the boil over high heat. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally for 8-10 minutes, adding in more water as needed until the quinoa is soft and of a porridge consistency. 
Meanwhile heat a frying pan over medium-high heat, add coconut oil or ghee and add rosemary. Cook while stirring for about 1 minute or until fragrant and slightly crispy around the edges. Add finely diced apple and cook, stirring occasionally for 4-5 minutes or until tender and slightly caramelised around the edges. Add honey and orange zest and continue to cook for a further minute until lovely and sticky before adding in the orange juice and reducing to a slightly sticky glaze. Remove from the heat and serve over cinnamon quinoa porridge.
* To cook quinoa, bring 1 1/2 cups (375ml) water to the boil in a medium saucepan, add 1/2 cup (92g) rinsed quinoa
cover with a lid and reduce heat to a gentle simmer and cook 10-12 minutes
until all the water has been absorbed and quinoa is tender. Remove from the
heat, leave the lid on and set aside to steam for a further 5 minutes before
removing lid and fluffing up with a fork. This will give you approximately 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa, however I don't ever cook quinoa in such small amounts and tend to cook 1-2 cups of raw quinoa at a time, leaving me with plenty of leftovers to use in recipes such as this!

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    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    May 20, 2013 at 8:36 am

    that sounds yummy. I'd never admit to working in my nightgown 🙂

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      May 20, 2013 at 11:37 am

      Haha, yeah well sometimes I'm too honest for my own good 🙂

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    May 20, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Ha, I do exactly the same thing, snapping pictures of my breakfast in my pjs like a crazy lady!
    I'm slowly learning to love quinoa for breakfast – I don't love the taste as much as oats and the texture is a little strange but I know how good it is for me! This looks delicious – I love the addition of cinnamon.

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      May 20, 2013 at 11:38 am

      Yeah I admit quinoa porridge is an acquired taste and nothing like real oat porridge that's for sure! But for those of us who can't eat large amounts of oats, quinoa's awesome 🙂

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    Thess -
    May 20, 2013 at 9:34 am

    What a beautiful blog you have! I have just discovered it, and I am thrilled! Lovely recipes, well-written texts and amazing photos! Hehe, I had to laugh about your morning photography, I often feel the same way – everything around the table (including myself) look like a mess, but luckily that doesn´t show in the pictures :p The porridge looks absolutely delicious!

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      May 20, 2013 at 11:39 am

      Hi Thess, thanks for your lovely comment and welcome! xx

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    May 20, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Hi Emma 🙂
    This recipe looks so good..i´ll try it 🙂
    I´ve never had quinoa for breakfast but after seeing this..i can´t resist hehe
    Have a nice day*

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      May 20, 2013 at 11:39 am

      Thanks love, I hope you give it a go 🙂

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    london bakes
    May 20, 2013 at 11:03 am

    What a wonderful breakfast bowl (and such a great way to use up leftover grains!)

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      May 20, 2013 at 11:40 am

      Thanks! xx

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    The InTolerant Chef ™
    May 20, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    What great flavour combinations indeed Emma! I may or may not have been guilty of dropping the kiddies off at school while wearing my PJs, but it's my word against theirs 🙂

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      May 20, 2013 at 1:49 pm

      I nearly woke the kids up with my laughter just now after reading your comment Rebecca!! Love it xx

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    Sandra / Kitchen Apparel
    May 20, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    This looks and sounds like a delicious breakfast…and I could even see having this for dinner as well. (Who doesn't love breakfast for dinner)

    Is your book going to be available in the USA? I have been following your blog for a while and I would love love love to purchase your book!!!! Cheers 🙂

    • Reply
      May 20, 2013 at 1:48 pm

      Hi Sandra, at this stage I'm not 100% sure but I am hoping it will be available in the states or online. I'll let everyone know once I know more. Thanks love xx

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    Irina @ wandercrush
    May 20, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    This makes me think of the first time I ever tried quinoa—as a sweet breakfast porridge 🙂 Thanks for the recipe. I haven't had rosemary with sweet spices before, but it sounds delicious.

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    Christie @ Fig and Cherry
    May 21, 2013 at 6:26 am

    Oh I just love the unusual addition of rosemary in this! Will definitely be trying it.

    ps. BIG congrats on your nomination – you're in such good company, but I'm crossing my fingers tight for you 🙂 xx

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      May 21, 2013 at 10:25 am

      Thanks love!! xx

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    May 21, 2013 at 7:38 am

    I've no idea how many times I've taken work calls in my pj's and bed-shoe-socks, thinking to myself how lucky I am that I can do that! Lines however may have been crossed when I lived in a three story townhouse, with no air con, and an upstairs office as I would take those calls in much less than pj's… survival skills for a Melbourne Summer, I had no choice!
    Congrats on the nomination too, I've only just discovered your blog and am already in love based on the most recent recipe. Looks and sounds amazing!

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      May 21, 2013 at 10:26 am

      Ah if only those people on the phone knew! Haha. Thanks for your congrats too and welcome 🙂

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    Colette Just for Foodies
    May 21, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    This is such an interesting mix of flavors.
    I've gotta try this for breakfast.

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    May 21, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Congratulations, Emma! And the addition of rosemary sounds incredible… been meaning to try quinoa porridge for ages, thanks for the inspiration!

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    Claudia ~ Food with a View
    May 22, 2013 at 5:40 am

    Your porridge looks like great and healthy comfort food! I had to laugh out loud about your description of taking food photos while still in your pajamas – I sometimes guess that experiences like that are the true (and shared) essence of blogging ;-).

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    May 23, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    I have honestly never seen a bowl of porridge look so good! Had to comment and tell you that i can't stop looking at this post, i just want to drop everything and make porridge! I'll definitely be making this as a post-market sunday breakfast this weekend, can't wait 🙂

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    May 25, 2013 at 12:13 am

    Hey Emma 🙂
    What a cool recipe you shared with us..This looks so delis and I am surely going to try this.

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    May 30, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    You're recipe is so healthy and it looks so yummy Emma! I would love to try this recipe and prepare this for my wife!:-)

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    Nathan H
    May 20, 2014 at 4:40 am

    I know this is an old post, but I can't wait to try this now that we're heading into winter

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