Quinoa, Quilts and Daniel Craig!

Welcome friends to Natasha in Oz. Thanks so much for visiting me in my little corner of the world Down Under!

As I quietly enjoyed a nice hot cup of Queen Anne tea this morning, I kept looking for inspiration for things to include in today's "Q" post? 

Should I share Martha Stewart's recipe for Quiche perhaps? 

I could google "words beginning with Q" on my Qwerty-keyboard laptop.

Maybe I should have some Quaker oats for breakfast.....

....and then go back to bed and hide under a quilt!

Images from John Lewis

Hang on...why have oats for breakfast when I can have a delicious bowl of quinoa?

Quinoa (pronounced Keen-wah) has been cultivated in South American Andes since at least 3,000 BCE. The ancient Incas called quinoa the "mother grain" and revered it as sacred. Each year at planting time it was traditional for the Inca leader to plant the first quinoa seed using a solid gold shovel!  Quinoa was of great nutritional importance in pre-Columbian Andean civilizations, being secondary only to the potato, and was followed in importance by maize.
The quinoa seed is high in protein, calcium and iron, a relatively good source of vitamin E and several of the B vitamins.  The protein it supplies is complete protein, meaning that it includes all nine essential amino acids. In addition to protein, quinoa features a host of other health-building nutrients. Quinoa is a very good source of magnesium, iron, copper and phosphorus making it a rather  valuable for people who suffer from migraines, diabetes and atherosclerosis. (Source)

Question? How does one make Breakfast quinoa?

2/3 cup quinoa

1 1/3 c. water
1 1/3 c. apple juice
1/2 c. raisins
1/4 c. dried cranberries

2 T. lemon juice, freshly squeezed
1/4 c. maple syrup
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. sea salt

1 tsp. vanilla extract (Queen brand is best!)

1 T. chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)

 First rinse the quinoa under running cold water. Drain it thoroughly, place it in a 
medium saucepan with the water. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and 
simmer for about 15 minutes or until the water is absorbed.

Add apple juice, raisins and cranberries, lemon juice, maple syrup, cinnamon and salt. 
Cover and simmer an additional 15 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. 
Serve warm with a splash of milk and the optional chopped nuts. 

This isn't the quickest recipe so I might have a game of quoits while I wait for it to cook!


I am ready to quit writing this post now, but not before I have shared a clip of the trailer for Quantum of SolaceI am sure there will be no quibbles when I say Daniel Craig is the quintessential 007.

Thanks for visiting today and, just quietly,


my friends,

are the very quintessence of lovely!

Best wishes,
Natasha In Oz 

Do not shorten the morning by getting up late; look upon it as the quintessence of life, and to a certain extent sacred
Arthur Schopenhauer


  1. Great use of the letter "q." Some of your items, I don't even know what they are. :)

  2. I am GF and can eat Quinoa...I will try your concoction...it looks so good...super post and wonderful photos...Peace and blessings

  3. I will have to try your recipe. It sounds wonderful. I loved all the other q things too.

  4. lovely post darl! LOVE quinoa its definitely on my comfort foods list :) Those quilts are gorgeous!

  5. Quite a good post, Natasha! Learned something new about quinoa and Queen Vanilla bean paste. Interesting!


  6. I love the idea of this post! Of course, since my son's name starts with a Q, I particularly like the letter choice!

  7. Your quinoa recipe is reminding me that I'm hungry! What a fun post with lovely images!

  8. quinoa, I was going to look this up now I won't have to LOL. It looks like an interesting breakfast food. The quiche looks wonderful. Now that's something I know about ;-)

  9. Quoits - that's a new one for me! Clever Q post, Natasha. I enjoyed my visit. The Quacker Oats graphic is wonderful. I often start my morning with Q oats, but will need to try your suggestion. :-)

  10. Nice photos and interesting info. We alway enjoy your blog.

  11. Natasha, I didn't realise you could get quinoa in Australia. There you go -I must look for it next time I do grocery shopping. xx

  12. I got it at coles too Anita! I think it is most of the big stores now, where the organic foods are kept!

  13. Natasha it's a wonderful post!Your blog is always a charming surprise for me...have a good day darling...kisses

  14. oh i do need that pink quilt, it is just way too pretty! Cute Q post!

  15. I have been looking for a new breakfast fed up of quaker oats yjank you

  16. Love all your "Q's" Natasha, they all worked seamlessly together.
    "Your" bedroom is queenly, don't you just love John Lewis?? I miss Heelas, the JL store in Reading, Berks.UK. sooooooooo much!

  17. Hoi Natasha,

    I never use the letter Q.....but I love the way you use your Q.

    Have a Q day ...
    Love from Japan!

  18. What a funny post you made with all the "Q". Nice as always.
    Greetings, Johanna

  19. Great choices for Q! I've never heard of quinoa, but it looks wonderful the way you've made it. Thanks for stopping by and the Sunday invite. It sounds like fun, music is a huge part of our family life. I may not be able to join this week, Cait is graduating from college Saturday and I have a feeling I'm going to be toast on Sunday :) But I'm following now, so I will look forward joining soon! Kathy

  20. I missed your tea time Thuesday..............but this is quality Time !!!!!!....hahahhahhah!!

    Nice.!!!!.............hugs from Ria

  21. Lovely Q's!

    I do like Daniel Craig, but I'm older and nobody can surpass Sean Connery as 007 in my book.....

  22. What a great way to start my morning~ Daniel Craig & a bowl of Quinoa! Thanks for the recipe :-)


  23. Lots of good Q-words shown here in a wide variety of ways. I am a quilt-lover and sometimes maker. I am personally most grateful for your detailed explaination and recepe for Quinoa, as it is a totally new grain to me.
    Thanks for sharing!

  24. Very clever post :)! I love your kitchen faucet...it's beautiful.

  25. What wonderful images that you gathered and took. The recipe ones are great! You are the 2nd Quinoa post for me today. I wish I had come here before googling it. Your information is so much better anyway. Thank you for the lovely post and pleasant stop on Alphabe-Thursday.

  26. You are so good at these letter posts - they always make me smile...

  27. Wow! You are so creative. I love this fun linky party. I must start thinking about the letter R for next week.
    Have a great day!
    :) Jen
    I think I'll have my Quaker Oats and go for a Quick run! Maybe I'll throw my quilt down in the yard and enjoy a little quiet time, too. Okay, this is fun!

  28. Who would have thought there was so much "q" out there. Wonderful!

  29. what a brilliant Q post Natasha, it must have taken you ages to plan. I even learnt something new having never heard of Quinoa before.

  30. A Q post....now that is creative! That breakfast looked like something my husband & ANnie would LOVE!!! I would steal a bite or 2 of course. :)

  31. I'm still mentally half way through your post with those lovely quilts, but I'm glad I made it to the end to find Daniel Craig.

  32. What a great Q post. This game is so much fun, I love it every week.Quite possoble I will come back here next week.

  33. Wonderful photos..WOW..
    pleasure to know you...
    Mine is here
    Happy Sensational Thursday!

  34. You certainly minded all your Q's here.

    What a neat post!

    I really enjoyed the variety you shared with us here and the breakfast quinoa recipe sounds great. I will be making that tomorrow morning. I only use it for salads and I think this sounds quite delicious!

    Thanks for making Alphabe-Thursday the wonderful diverse journey that it is each week!


  35. I love the recipe Natasha! It is hard to find an illustration on how to prepare it. Your recipe covered it all. I will try it as it is a great source of iron. Brilliant blog today.... Susan :)

  36. Daniel Craig is brilliant as Bond, but I was a bit disappointed with Quantum :(

  37. I love quinoa too, and love that recipe!

  38. thanks for the recipe--quinoa rocks! how lucky for you to have fortnum and mason tea...that place is magical!

  39. Hi, Natasha, the quinoa looks great! Did you ever get my email about the Le Creuset cups? I didn't know if you preferred a gift certificate.

  40. Now I have two recipes for quinoa. Started out with none. I will have to pick one and try it soon.

  41. I want to hide under that quilt. It is quite lovely!

  42. Natasha, cute q post. I will have to try that recipe.

  43. We love quinoa. Just not sure about breakfast. Might remind me too much of cream of wheat

  44. I love, love, love quinoa. Great recipe!


  45. What a fun post! Good job! :)


  46. I love quinoa but have never had it for breakfast...what a great idea! - www.delightfulcountrycookin.com

  47. quinoa looks good, but I've never tried it. Now I simply must!

  48. What a great post!
    I am going back to read it again!

    Enjoyed visiting,

    White Spray Paint

  49. Hi Natasha,
    Well, that was Quite qlever! I love the taste of quinoa, I put chopped dried apricots in mine, but your recipe sounds delicious so I'll try it next time! Daniel Craig is good, but please, in my opinion - the only James Bond is the real James Bond - Sean Connery Que? The quilts are lovely, I think I'll go crawl under mine right now!!
    Heidi - Heart and Home

  50. I have never had Quinoa fro breakfast, but I do enjoy Quaker oats on a regular basis! :-) If my bed had quilts that looked that pretty, I would never get out of the bed.

  51. Yum, looks and sounds delicious... and good for you too:) Bonus! Your kitchen sink caught my eye... is that a window above it that opens and overlooks a deck??? Gorgeous!
    ps. thanks for stopping by myeverydaygraces:) nice to see you!

  52. Such a lovely, tasty post today!
    Now I must eat!
    Let me go read more of your blog...



  53. Ah, Daniel Craig - a good way to end the week! Great post. And thanks for the lovely note you left on my blog!

  54. Qreeping away quietly! Lovely pictures!

  55. wow! what a fun post.. full of knowledge and lovely photos! thanks for sharing and have a good weekend

  56. I really enjoyed this post!

    ...and thanks for the quinoa recipe. I've been wondering what to do with the quinoa that I have.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  57. You HAd me at Quinoa. I am pretty sure I talk abotu that amazing little seed at least 3 times a week. Forever explaining all its wonders. Great post, beautiful pictures.

    Fabulous nest Friday


  58. Totally cool Q post! WOW! I am a BIG quinoa girl myself:) This is a great way to enjoy it...I think I may replace rice with quinoa permanently LOL! It is an amazing food and I had no idea it was considered sacred enough to plant with a gold shovel!! WOW! Great post, check me out!

  59. I have never tried quinoa but it looks good...I love oatmeal though!
    I love the bedroom pictures too....

  60. Wonderful Q post Natasha! The recipe looks divine...I am going to give it a try!


  61. What a fun and creative post. I love quinoa.

  62. Such a fun Q post! I have a bag quinoa in my cabinet I've yet to try, but you've made it all the more interesting.

    Thanks for coming to visit and your kind comments.

    - The Tablescaper

  63. I enjoyed your fun Q post! :)

  64. Hi Natasha,
    It's nice to meet you. I'm so glad you visited, and thanks to Canadian Cottage!!
    Your Q blog is hilerious!! I love the picture of the white, chippy painted bed...so pretty.
    I'm a happy new follower, too.:)
    Bye for now, ~ Jo

  65. oh my heavens loooooooveee the quilts!

  66. THANKS for linking up. I had no idea how many thing I like starting with Q. I seriously vote for the Quaker Oats and hiding under a quilt! And quinoa...have always had it in the pantry...never made it until recently and am looking for new ways with quinoa! Great recipe!

  67. I have been looking for a quinoa recipe so this came at the perfect time.
    Thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving the sweet note there.

  68. Quinoa--we sometimes eat it , but unfortunately my hubby can't get around the texture (he does not like the texture!). But it is gluten free, which is good for me! Your recipe looks good!

  69. Your Quinoa looks wonderful.

  70. I have three hours left of a 10 hour night shift. thanks for teasing me with pictures of comfy beds! ;)



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