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  1. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    Anise and cinnamon go so well together. I will definitely try this one out. I was really surprised to see in Chile how popular anise was!

  2. Gabby

    I love the idea of pairing this with a savoury curry! So smart 🙂

  3. Johanna GGG

    Wish I had a scratch and sniff computer screen! I haven’t cooked with pandan before but I have admired its lovely colour – but am surprised there is no green in the final product – have you cooked with pandan before and got any green out of it? Or maybe it is only the powder that makes food green

  4. SarahKate (Mi Casa-Su Casa)

    Oh, how lovely! I adore quinoa. And it seems like pandan is EVERYWHERE lately. I’ve never tried it, but I love the sound of it.

  5. Emma


    lovely photo, wanting to try pandan, trying, trying to imitate free verse




  6. Libby

    I’ve never thought to mix quinoa with wonderful Asian ingredients such as pandan and star anise. This looks amazing, Hannah!

  7. Lou


    LOVE everything about this post… words/thoughts/ingredients/dish…. LOVE 🙂 Perfect winter comfort food!

  8. Ellie@Fit for the Soul

    wow, this simple recipes really intrigues my quinoa loving heart! I have never actually used anise before, and I’ll definitely refer back to this once I get the ingredients in the future.

  9. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts

    Captivating title, and words, and recipe…my heart now wants this more than I can say.

    And please, one day, write that book 🙂

  10. Margaret

    I love all those ingredients except pandan.
    I’m so not fussy about foods, but that’s one thing I really don’t like.
    However I do love cooking quinoa porridge in coconut milk or almond milk. 🙂

  11. leaf (the indolent cook)

    When I first saw the title I assumed it was a dessert, but- so versatile, love the savoury serving suggestions you made!

  12. Hannah

    Yum, I’m always looking for new ways to use quinoa 🙂 I can imagine how fragrant and delicious this would be! At first I read this post as “panda quinoa”- I was getting worried, lol.

  13. fatboo

    This is a truly novel way to use quinoa, I never thought of it as a dessert ingredient. Interesting mix of rather Asian ingredients too, I love the fragrance of pandan but it seems to have such faint presence in my dessert soups when I use it. I’ve also recently tasted almond milk (at Cumulus Inc) – *swoon*!

  14. Catherine

    This looks like a wonderful recipe, but the text worries me a little. Beautifully written, but are you OK?



  15. Hotly Spiced

    Oh, this is so much better than how I cooked quinoa last night. I cooked a green chicken curry and instead of serving it with rice, I served it with quinoa that I cooked in water! How boring compared with your recipe. I will have to try this xx

  16. Daisy@Nevertoosweet

    Wow i’ve never thought of using quinoa like this and you’ve used some really authentic oriental ingredients 🙂 INTERESTING!

  17. Kath Lockett

    I ain’t a poet but

    the fragrance reaches me

    as I strain

    to grasp the truth

    of life ahead

    and ponder the challenge, now rising

    to search, find and attain

    some fresh Pandan leaves

    in a land

    of Alpine herbs, electric cheese melters and fireworks

  18. Choc Chip Uru

    What a gorgeous looking porridge my friend! I am a sucker for quinoa and am in love with star anise too 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  19. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Yes please!! Thanks for making me this today 😀

  20. ck

    I just made this for breakfast and it was bloomin’ awesome, thank you for sharing Ms Hannah. I added toasted pistachios and black sesame seeds to the mix. Yummy yummy yummy. I am a lover of pandan and the way it makes the home smell when cooking with it, it is one of my favourite things. I hope all is well in your world. xx

  21. Fiona


    Been on such a cinnamon kick lately

  22. Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake

    I love the sound of pandan with star anise and cinnamon…sounds so aromatic and delicious…definitely a heart warming dish that comforts the soul. Hope your day is getting better because although your writing is beautiful, it makes me cringe to think life is not at its best in your world. xxoo

  23. ChopinandMysaucepan

    Dear Hannah,

    I have yet to try quinoa but pandan start anise and cinnamon is definitely a good combo for a dessert.

  24. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    beautiful, lovely. gorgeous words, very wise. do remember those things. we are lucky to have every day.
    Heidi xo
    p.s. I made coconut quinoa yesterday without even seeing this! in tune, I tell ya. Yours looks so fluffy and divine.

  25. E. Moonbeams

    Can I be your heroic sidekick?

  26. Catherine

    Lovely post, lovely message, lovely food xx

  27. Sig

    You know this reminded me so much of Sri-Lanka that I was almost transported back to being back on the beach or at one of the many awesome places we ate “rice and curry”. And I’ve been wanting to make some curries and home so this will be the perfect thing for it instead of rice perhaps. I think I’m musing out loud, but I don’t think you mind. Ok one last thought…


  28. Ricki

    Well, I may not know what pandan leaf is, but I do know: 1) This sounds divine. 2) This sounds even more divine the way you had it for breakfast. 3) How I do miss pistachios! 4) You are an amazing poet. 5) This post made me smile. 6) Very big (see #5).

  29. Claire

    This looks lovely. I’ve never tried pandan, but I am always up for a new way to enjoy quinoa. I’m just discovering your blog, and I like how you incorporate your poetry. So cool!

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