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Verses from my Kitchen: Quinoa Cakes with Poached Egg and Parsley

May 31, 2011

Quinoa Cakes with Poached Egg and Parsley

I was dead to the world on Sunday morning. Outside, people had been awake for a couple of hours and my neighbours were rejoicing in the beautiful weather, yet I was in my dark cool place fast asleep. And I didn't feel guilty for a moment. There was no room for that on this day.

My wife and I were out at a wedding shoot most of the day Saturday, so when the time came to choose between sleep and an early start to Sunday, the choice was easy. Sleep is my friend, my landing pad when I need to recharge. I cherish the moments in my life when I can escape in the afternoon for a quick nap.It balances me. There's something about Sunday mornings tucked away inside my soft, delicate duvet that I really come to expect and enjoy. Love.

When I finally awake to greet the day that's already in full motion, I do so methodically. I flip my pillow and playback the previous day's events. One beautiful memory after another plays on repeat in my mind as I roll through the stages of my yesterday and close my eyes one more time to capture the last of the darkness inside.

I finally mustered up the energy to walk downstairs to the kitchen to make breakfast. All the familiar breakfast options appear before me but I'm in the mood for something different. Better, maybe. So before I can debate the merits of one item over another, these quinoa cakes flood my head and take over my thoughts.

Recently I had been hearing a lot about Heidi Swanson and her new book, "Super Natural Every Day"  which features healthy recipes like these cakes. I figured it was time to tackle something new. And of all the recipes in her book this is the one that spoke to me.

I had picked up a bag of quinoa recently to experiment with. I made a quinoa salad which was wonderful and reminded me of the season we're in now. So I cooked some quinoa and followed her recipe fairly closely. And before you knew it I had made these cakes. Wonderful, healthy and lovely cakes.

The fact that it was Sunday morning meant I needed to flip this into a breakfast item. So I poached a few eggs and ripped up some parsley and seasoned everything until this landed on our table. I love adding poached eggs to brekfast cakes so this didn't take a lot of thought. Which was exactly what I was hoping for on this stress-free day.

Wendy and I grabbed our plates and headed out to our cute little table in the backyard. We sat down and reflected together and enjoyed this tiny gem as our morning reward to a job well done. And we listened to the neighbourhood come alive with each passing moment. It was the perfect way to start a Sunday off.

For the rest of the day I worked around the house and enjoyed the routine that happens on Sunday. And all the while my mind was on breakfast and how unique and amazing it was.

From my kitchen to yours, happy eating!

Quinoa Cakes (By Heidi Swanson)

The Goods:
  • 2 1/2 cups / 12 oz / 340 g cooked quinoa, at room temperature
  • 4 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
  • 1 tsp. cracked pepper
  • 1/3 cup / .5 oz / 15 g finely chopped fresh chives
  • 1 yellow or white onion, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup / 0.5 oz/ 15 g freshly grated Mozzarella cheese
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 cup / 3.5 oz / 100 g whole grain bread crumbs, plus more if needed
  • Water, if needed
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin
  • Olive oil or clarified butter (see page 224)
  1. Combine the quinoa, eggs, and salt in a medium bowl. Stir in the chives, onion, cheese, and garlic. Add the bread crumbs, stir, and let sit for a few minutes so the crumbs can absorb some of the moisture. At this point, you should have a mixture you can easily form into twelve 1-inch / 2.5cm thick patties. I err on the very moist side because it makes for a not-overly-dry patty, but you can add more bread crumbs, a bit at a time, to firm up the mixture, if need be. Conversely, a bit more beaten egg or water can be used to moisten the mixture.
  2. Heat the oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-low heat, add 6 patties, if they’ll fit with some room between each, cover, and cook for 7 to 10 minutes, until the bottoms are deeply browned.
  3. Turn up the heat if there is no browning after 10 minutes and continue to cook until the patties are browned. Carefully flip the patties with a spatula and cook the second sides for 7 minutes, or until golden. Remove from the skillet and cool on a wire rack while you cook the remaining patties. Alternatively, the quinoa mixture keeps nicely in the refrigerator for a few days; you can cook patties to order, if you prefer.


At May 31, 2011 at 11:57 AM , Anonymous Georgie said...

Absolutely scrumptious!

At May 31, 2011 at 12:38 PM , Blogger Carole Nelson Brown said...

love the quinoq cake!

At May 31, 2011 at 1:51 PM , Blogger Wenderly said...

Oh does that look divine in every way!

At May 31, 2011 at 2:13 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

Can't wait to make these! Although your photos are definitely something to live up to. :)

At May 31, 2011 at 5:32 PM , Anonymous Barbara | Creative Culinary said...

I shop at Costco. Costco just started carrying quinoa. Know what that means? I have a whole lot of it and desperately need some recipes, thank you very much!

I just did a poached egg recently. I have a poached egg pan and someone in a blogging group that I am a part of pretty much dissed my pan and said how easy it is to make poached eggs without one.

I like using it but I have to say this...yours looks perfect!

At May 31, 2011 at 5:43 PM , Blogger Brian Samuels Photography said...

I was never a fan of poached eggs until I started throwing them on top of other dishes and then I feel in love. The textures and flavors here look magnificent, Mike!

At May 31, 2011 at 9:39 PM , Anonymous Lisa H. said...

wow ... your second photo is really enticing and inviting... love runny yolk ;D
I have just discovered the wonders of Quinoa ;)

At May 31, 2011 at 11:44 PM , Blogger Marnely Rodriguez-Murray said...

I'm just going to say...that egg yolk dripping down...looks damn sexy! :)

At June 1, 2011 at 10:22 AM , Blogger Kristen - Dine & Dish said...

Oh my goodness... that yolk dripping down the side has my mouth watering. What a great image! Glad you are rested and recharged!

At June 1, 2011 at 7:14 PM , Anonymous Sonia | Food Obsessed said...

This is beautiful and looks absolutely delicious. Wow... I never thought an egg could look this good, seriously.

This dish is so going on my must try list! Not sure I will have as much success with my egg as you did with yours, though. Vinegar in water, that's the trick, right?

Off to check out the rest of your site!

At June 1, 2011 at 8:51 PM , Anonymous bakerbyNature said...

After seeing those pictures; I think I may call it a night so breakfast can come quicker. Mouthwatering good.

At June 1, 2011 at 9:56 PM , Anonymous MikeVFMK said...

Thanks everyone for the kind comments. I hadn't really eaten a lot of quinoa before this but it's really amazing. So thanks again! Much appreciated!

At June 2, 2011 at 12:03 AM , Blogger All That's Left Are The Crumbs said...

I purchased a large bag of quinoa a few days ago thinking I would like to try something new. Now I know exactly what I am going to start with. These look like the perfect breakfast. As always your photos are just beautiful.

At June 2, 2011 at 4:59 AM , Blogger Maria said...

I really love Heidi's recipes and this is no exception. It looks so delicious and I really love quinoa!

At June 2, 2011 at 8:05 AM , Anonymous kitchenarian said...

I have just recently cooked quinoa for the first time. I have been looking for different ways to cook this superfood. This looks delicious. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

At June 2, 2011 at 9:58 AM , Anonymous Charlie said...

Now I wish I hadn't just finished breakfast. :~(

At June 2, 2011 at 10:22 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I tried these just today- surprisingly easy to make and delicious!! Picky-eater boyfriend enjoyed them too :) Thanks for this one.

At June 2, 2011 at 11:34 AM , Blogger Marion Ashley said...

I would never have thought to do this with quinoa! GENIUS! And it looks absolutley delish too.

At June 2, 2011 at 1:27 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

these look absolutely delicious, can't wait to make them!!!

At June 2, 2011 at 1:54 PM , Anonymous Michelle said...

Just finished making this recipe :) I love quinoa and I'm always excited to try out new recipes.Thanks for posting!

At June 2, 2011 at 2:04 PM , Anonymous RavieNomNoms said...

WOW! I am so impressed! The quinoa cake just makes this amazing. I am loving that. I gotta try that like ASAP

At June 2, 2011 at 2:45 PM , Blogger Natascha Kessler - Heaven on Hearth said...

Looks delicious. I have never really cooked with quinoa but looking at this, I will go and buy some. A nice change to the egg and toast for breakfast. Lovely!

At June 2, 2011 at 3:40 PM , Blogger Betsy said...

Yes! I love quinoa, and if you add a poached egg to anything its immediately awesomer! I'm definitely going to try this one!

At June 2, 2011 at 5:31 PM , Anonymous sheryl said...

This looks amazing. Anything is delicious with a poached egg on top. Beautiful photo too! Never made a quinoa cake, but would like to try!

At June 2, 2011 at 5:47 PM , Anonymous apaler1 said...

What a tasty way to dress up quinoa. I have a whole box of it in my cupboard that has been sitting there forever. Finally, I have inspiration to use it!

At June 2, 2011 at 8:21 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quinoa cakes? Of course. The poached egg pairing is fabulous. The photos are so amazing I almost felt I could eat off the screen.

At June 2, 2011 at 9:24 PM , Blogger LaPhemmePhoodie said...

I am obsessed with quinoa. Add it to so many things. I'm not really supposed to eat eggs but I may have to use this as my "cheat" meal because it looks too good to pass up. Pics are gorgeous as always.

At June 3, 2011 at 11:29 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe that this may be the most beautiful quinoa preparation I've ever seen! I don't even care for poached eggs all that much, but you just sold me... I'm running for the kitchen!! :)

At June 11, 2011 at 8:48 PM , Anonymous Kristin @ The Pastry Affair said...

I bought quinoa for the first time simply because your photos were so gorgeous that I decided I needed to eat this as soon as possible. You've inspired me to try something new. Thank you!

At June 12, 2011 at 1:51 PM , Blogger wazzra said...

Loving everything about this post : the stress-free inducing words, the mouth-watering pictures and the inventive use of quinoa.

Today, my Sunday, will be my version of a relaxing day off: spinach and lemon stuffed veal roast, but tomorrow, tomorrow, quinoa cake will be my guest.


At June 13, 2011 at 12:20 PM , Blogger CharlesR said...

Guess what we are having tomorrow morning!

Could these cakes be frozen until they are ready to be cooked?


At July 7, 2011 at 2:59 PM , Anonymous SG said...

That looks absolutely delicious!

At August 17, 2011 at 2:39 PM , Blogger Lindsay said...

Made these the other day and they were FABULOUS! My hubby even loved them and he was very skeptical--not a huge fan of quinoa or poached eggs, but he loved them.


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