My order from Amazon of quinoa pearls finally came two days ago. It's an organic brand and it didn't call to rinse it first, and, it has no bitterness when cooked.
First we tried it hot with chicken broth and butter. Instead of cooking it 15 minutes, we cooked it about 20 minutes with extra chicken broth, until the interior of the pearl was translucent and the curlicue came off the interior.
We liked it a lot, much better than rice.
The next day I tasted it cold, again delicious, a little nutty, and good texture, not mushy.
Then with the leftovers made a cold salad of quinoa, chopped: tomato, green onions, parsley, and fresh squeezed lemon and lime. I really liked it--I like savory more. Trapper didn't.
Today I made more, with chicken broth and olive oil, to eat plain, and some for a cold salad mixing quinoa with chopped pears, chopped pecans, a little chives, a tablespoon of lemon and honey and a tiny bit of S&P for Trapper--he likes sweets more.
I'm SO glad we were able to try quinoa pearls. Share your recipes please. We'll be eating this all summer for sure.