It's supposed to have potetially harmful chemicals in it if you don't wash it first. I toast it in the pan and then add water gradually, like with cous cous/bulghur, then cook it until the outer bits of the grain separate from the main round bit - like little rings around Saturn (very poetic!). Quinoa, which is supposed to be pronounced keen-wah, is very nutritious and high in protein, so it's good to go with a veggie-based main course dish eg ratatouille or some tomatoey stew. Delicious!
I cooked some tonight. Didn't wash it first though. Am I going to die in the night? Anyway, sorry to buck the majority opinion here, but I thought it was DISGUSTING. And I'm not exactly spoiled for choice atm as I have had to give up wheat.