This week's French Fridays with Dorie recipe can be found on page #138 of Dorie Greenspan's cookbook, Around my French Table. The quinoa, fruit, and nut salad is something that I would have never picked-out to try without a group like FFwD.
When we were in the process of adopting our oldest daughter, "Penguin" from a Russian orphanage, we lived in the orphanage with her for a week or so while we waited for the court hearing and paperwork to come through so we can travel with her to Moscow and then back to the USA. I do not have good memories of Russian food, esp the food we ate in the orphanage. We paid for our meals there, but I think they still fed us what the kids in that home ate. On numerous occasions, they placed a bowl of some kind of boiled grain in front of us ... no syrup, sugar, or anything to put on it except weird butter, salt & pepper ... certainly no nuts or fruits!! No amount of salt could make that boiled grain taste good. I think they were feeding us millet, but when I look at quinoa, those flavors, smells, and memories come rushing back to me. FYI: If you want to lose a quick 5+ pounds, take a trip to Russia.
Back to the recipe ... I sent my husband to Wal-Mart late one night to get the ingredients that I needed to make this recipe. He couldn't find quinoa anywhere and when he asked for assistance, the Wal-Mart workers were no help. So I ended up getting my quinoa from a bin at a health-food-type-store a few nights later. This recipe was very easy & quick to make. I made mine with dried cranberries, almonds, & walnuts. I really liked the nuts with the quinoa. This recipe was good, but I can't say I loved it. It's no Double-Chocolate Mousse Cake!! And now after making it and trying all the flavors together, I think I'd prefer making some quinoa with some fruits and nuts and serving it as a breakfast food rather than in a salad.