This last week we have finally been hit with winter in Niagara. For months we knew it was just around the corner but we have had days and days of blue skies and mild weather. I think we were all getting a little too confident. Knowing it is only a few weeks left until Spring, I think we were all hoping we would be spared the wrath of winter altogether.
But alas we had it coming. I have spent my time shoveling now and I am sore. I shouldn’t complain though, I did only a few feet… barely enough to free my car from the driveway and slowly make my way to work. There is nothing worse than spending an hour outside shoveling and another hour driving to work only to find out that no one expected you to make it there anyways. Or so I thought until halfway through my day when things got FAR worse for someone else.
Just after lunch a taxi spun out on the road in front of my office and got buried deep into the ditch. We knew he would be out there waiting for a tow for a long time so we invited him in to have some chili, and coffee and wait somewhere warm. We went back inside while he called the tow truck and began his trek inside. Across the ditch and lawn covered 4 feet high with snow (we don’t know why he didn’t take the paved driveway :p). And just as we yelled for him to stop… splash right into the pond!!!
Crashing his car, trekking through 4 feet of snow and landing in a pond… my day was starting to look a lot better in comparison. Sometimes all it takes it a little perspective for me to appreciate my warm mug of tea and cozy work environment.
Lets talk talk chia seeds for a minute. Chia seeds are amazing little things. Yes they are the same seeds used to grow hair on the head of Chia Pets back in the day. It turns out they are incredibly good for you, and are a complete protein. I am not a nutritionist so I will let you google to your hearts content on the nutritional value.
I am more interested in their transformation. When added to a liquid they jell up into this awesome jelly/pudding like consistency. I mix them with coconut or almond milk to make Chia Pudding for my breakfast on a regular basis.
When mixed with water it makes a fantastic egg replacement for baking just as flax does.
But today I am using their nifty skills to make a super healthy fruit jam. You can use just about any fresh or frozen fruit but I am a big fan of using berries. Blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and raspberries all work amazing.
- 3 cups fresh or frozen fruit
- 2.5 Tbsp chia seeds
- sweeten to taste
- Add frozen fruit to a small pot and bring to a simmer
- Once the fruit begins to soften (about 5 minutes) stir in the chia seeds
- Cook down mixture another 5 minutes until it begins to thicken
- Pour into a mason jar or small airtight container and store in the fridge. It will thicken as it cools