Quinoa, pronounced keen-wa, should be thoroughly rinsed prior to preparation to help remove any powdery residue that can remain following the removal of a protective substance called saponin (protects grain from insects and weather). Rinse in a fine strainer until water runs clear. Use two parts liquid to one part quinoa. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes or until grains are translucent and germ has spiralled out from each grain. All the water should have disappeared.