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We boiled up a double batch to see what this tasted like. The tiny electrified red quinoa was popping up and down on the surface of the other ingredients, sliding along the sides of the plastic packaging and playing magic tricks when I tried to pour the product into a new container. Those little red quinoa are only ¼ the size of the other more regular quinoa I had purchased. And I am an expert on that now, as every time we ate it Bonnie was quoting stats on quinoa – where it is from, how it is grown and exported, and why it is popular now. Mati and I had to go to the ingredient list to figure out where the Italian orzo pasta was coming from – green ellipticals of durum semolina, dried tomato, dried spinach and rosemary. Most people just eat their pasta. Mati and I had to separate everything out and figure out why only 1/3 cup of this was worth 170 calories. That did not stop us from adding butter and Parmesan cheese.
Real Food for Real People. That is what the logo on the package said. “As opposed to what? Fake food for fake people”.
“That kind of soft sell is used even in Nepal,” said Mati. “I will always remember a big roadside sign there, on which was a large bottle of vodka and on the other half of the sign was a picture of Einstein. The text read Great brains drink alike. Go figure on that one.”
Fun in the kitchen and we still don’t have an idea of what to do with that soft, white curd-like feta.