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Weird food: Cooking quinoa, David Lynch-style

With quinoa on the Taste page as our featured Element, I thought you might check out another caliber of cooking video.

Did you enjoy David Lynch's work in television shows like "Twin Peaks," or movies like "Blue Velvet" and "Mulholland Drive?"

Want to cook quinoa?

Answer "yes" to both, and your ship has really come in. Lynch, a Palme d'Or-winning director with a penchant for translating surreal visions to film, is a quinoa enthusiast. In this two-part short, totalling about 20 minutes, he makes a favorite meal of quinoa and broccoli, flavored with vegetable bouillon, Bragg's Liquid Aminos, and extra virgin olive oil. It was an extra with the DVD of his film "Inland Empire."

Rated "likely to supply 200 percent of your recommended daily intake of weird."

Besides ominous, tuneless background music, and a simple recipe, watchers also get Lynch describing a 1965 journey into Yugoslavia on a coal-burning train.

"Back in time, 1965, in the summer, maybe early in August of 65, the train pulls out of Greece into Yugoslavia at night," Lynch intones. "The train went through a barren landscape, you couldn't see anything, it was so dark, I mean a moonless night. Suddenly the train slows and stops."

The train stopped at a place with no buildings, Lynch says. The passengers were told they could get off to buy drinks. "You come off the metal stairs on the train, and dust was blowing, dust was filling the air. It was somehow warmly lit from the interior lights of the train spilling out onto the barren dust-filled landscape.

There through the dust we saw a little stand, canvas and wood, some small lamps around it."

For the rest of the story, here's part two



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