Guys, it was only a matter of time until I started using annoying word plays on this blog. I am very proud that it has taken me so long to crack and use one in the title. This post is about strawberries. They are in season. In a big way! My sister-in-law very kindly helped me get my car from the panel beater’s today and on the way we stopped at one of the local strawberry farms and picked up a 1.2kg box of seconds for $3. Yup, you did read that correctly. I am not a huge fan of strawberries, I’ve always thought that made me weird. So I was very happy to hear Rebekah wasn’t overly fussed on them either. But $3 for 1.2kg?! I had to get some and rise to a strawberry challenge.
So, this afternoon I have made some strawberry jam. It took me about 5 minutes. And no, I didn’t need to go anywhere near a stove. And it does not include even one gram of white sugar. I’ve seen a few recipes pop up on the interwebs for jam made with chia seeds. These little miracle seeds are full of fibre and omega-3s and are seriously healthy. They also swell up in liquid to form a gel-like consistency. So what I’ve done is blend up some strawberries with chia seeds and a dash of rice malt syrup and I’ve put it into the fridge overnight. The theory is that the chia will swell up and I’ll get a lovely jam. If it doesn’t really work I can just add it to my morning smoothie. Win-win!