Quinoa Mushroom Pilaf with Black Beans

Happy International Women Day, Beautiful People! On this day, I want to commemorate three great ladies of my family: my mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother . To all of you, ladies – enjoy your day!


I wouldn’t dare call it plov, and not because the base is quinoa instead of rice. During WWII, when Odessa was occupied by the Nazi and all men were fighting in the army, the women on my mother’s side of the family were evacuated to Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan. The three of them, my mother who was eleven years old, my grandmother, and my great-grandmother, were housed in a women’s half of the little house owned by an Uzbeki. He used to come to my grandmother quite often with the same request:

“Raika-Khanum (Mrs. Rachel), give rice, a little rice, guests came, brought lamb, need rice, need make plov”

“How much do you need? A cup? Two?”

“Raika-Khanum, understand guests came? Brought lamb? Need make plov, need a kilo, two, maybe five…”

She couldn’t refuse the extortionist, of course, and the second part of the exchange followed:


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29 Comments Add yours

  1. Shivee❤ says:

    Happy women’s day!!!😇👍💕

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  2. PriyaPandian says:

    Wish you a Happy Women’s day Dolly😊

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    1. Same to you, dear Priya! Have lots of fun!

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  3. Sumith says:

    Absolute drool worthy!!

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    1. Hi Sumith, thank you so much, dear!

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      1. Sumith says:

        You are very welcome my friend!

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  4. feistyfroggy says:

    This is a very interesting recipe. I’ve been trying to learn to make quinoa in different ways.

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    1. Thank you! There are many different ways to make and to use quinoa. I find that it works well to substitute for rice or pasta in all my recipes, but it is also great in salads and soups.

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  5. lilyandardbeg says:

    and happy International Day to you, too 🙂

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    1. Thank you! Today we are entitled to extra care, all kinds of fun, and lots of chocolate!

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      1. lilyandardbeg says:

        well, I had a kick-boxing lesson and a glass of whisky 🙂 x

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      2. Whatever floats your boat, as long as you enjoyed it!

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      3. lilyandardbeg says:

        I enjoyed the whisky more 😉

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      4. As I said, whatever floats your boat. ON the topic of boats, ours got pretty much banged up during the storm, so we are temporarily grounded. Major repairs are finished, but there are still odds and ends. Oh well, life in South Florida…

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  6. lilyandardbeg says:

    International Women Day, of course 😉

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  7. Sounds delicious and really nice with the quinoa 👌

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    1. Thank you, dear Myra!

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  8. Eva@L.E.EBakers says:

    Yum, I love quinoa!

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    1. Thank you, dear Eva!


  9. Oh! This looks so fabulous! 💕

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    1. Thank you! It’s one of those “grab what’s there and put it together” dinners!

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      1. I thought it looked great! I liked the story too.

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  10. Jess Wen says:

    Happy Women’s Day! I love the way you mix your fantastic recipes with engrossing stories: they really add another dimension to the food! By the way, I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award, which you can find here: http://bit.ly/versatileDTJ

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Jess, for your kind words and for the nomination!

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      1. Jess Wen says:

        Thank you for your inspirational recipes! They are a joy to read 🙂

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