As promised, here is the recipe for the quinoa and apple drink that is so popular in the mountains. It comes from Cocinando con Carmen, a booklet of recipes we picked up from SAE Cuzco.
1 cup cleaned quinoa
1/2 kg apples, cut into quarters
2 cinnamon sticks
1/2 tbsp cloves
sugar to taste
1/2 cup sugar to give colour
1. Fill a pot with 2 litres of water and add the quinoa, apple, cinnamon, and cloves.
2. Bring the mix to a boil and let it simmer. When the apple is cooked, remove it and place it in a blender and blend until it is a liquid, then pour it through a sieve and return the juice to the pot. Drink is done when the quinoa is done.
3. To give some colour, heat the sugar until it caramalizes and add it to the pot. Add extra sugar for taste, if you desire.