Quedgeree (Quinoa Kedgeree!)

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I think we can all agree that kedgeree is yumm. Best way to spruce up brown rice in my opinion. I like to make it with Mediterranean vegetables, and what goes amazingly with Mediterranean vegetables? Quinoa! Since I replaced rice with quinoa I have not looked back. Trust me and try it out!

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You will need:

  • Quinoa, of course (1 serving is approx. 40g)
  • All the Mediterranean veggies your heart desires (I used 3 peppers and 1 aubergine for about 5 portions)
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of cumin
  • Smoked mackerel (or salmon if you prefer)
  • 1 egg per portion
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

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First things first, rinse your quinoa (to get rid of that bitter taste) and put it on to boil – the length of time it takes will depend on the type you are using, so check the packet. When it’s on, get to work on your vegetables.

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I like to grill my veggies in my George Forman grill as I think it gives them a better flavour, but they can easily be done in a pan. Slice/chop as you prefer, and get them cooking.

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Chop your onion and garlic and fry them up in a pan (if you’re pan frying your veggies you might want to combine these steps), then add your vegetables, salt, 1 tablespoon of cinnamon and 1 tablespoon of cumin. I sometimes use half a tablespoon of curry too – I haven’t been lately, as I have a stomach ulcer, and curry and stomach ulcers don’t really deal well together.

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Apologies for all the veggie pictures, they’re just so preedy!

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Once your quinoa is all boiled up nicely add that to the pan as well and simmer for a few minutes. It should smell amazing.

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In the meantime, get your eggs ready. You can boil them, poach them, fry them – the sky’s the limit really! I took the quickest option and chose to fry them today. My two secrets for the perfect fried egg are as follows:

  • The best herby salt I have ever come across (so much so that I get my mum to ship it to me from Italy) ‘Sale aromatic alle 7 erbe’. I put it in most things to be honest, but it gives fried eggs in particular an extra yummy oomph .
  • I fry the eggs on a super high heat for a few seconds, then add a little water to the pan, cover it and turn down the heat for a couple of minutes. And voila! Your fried egg experience will never be the same again.

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Arrange your quinoa and vegetables, egg and mackerel prettily on a plate, cut into the gooey yolk so it dribbles attractively into the quinoa, instagram and enjoy!
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