Thursday, 4 September 2014

Strawberry chia seed jam and strawberry fairy folk

Chia seed jam has been doing the round of blogs for some time now.  I never thought it was for me.  I was so wrong.  I made it because strawberries were cheap.  Within a few days of making this strawberry chia seed jam, it was gone.  It isn't intense and syrupy like regular jam.  The berries taste so fresh and delicious, Sylvia and I could have just eaten the whole lot from the jar.

Recently I was amused by the Superheroes episode of Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom - a children's cartoon that Sylvia loves.  One fairy character is called Strawberry and was The Ice Queen.  She was called Strawberry Ice Cream by other fairies who couldn't get it right.  So I did a quick online search for strawberries and fairies.  (If you have been following my blog for years you might remember my history posts where I loved finding quirky information about fruit and vegetables.)

Here are a few fun 'facts' about strawberries and fairies:
  • In parts of Bavaria, country folk still practice the annual rite each spring of tying small baskets of wild strawberries to the horns of their cattle as an offering to elves. They believe that the elves, are passionately fond of strawberries, will help to produce healthy calves and an abundance of milk in return. From The London Strawberry Festival.
  • If you walk into a room or garden and you can smell strawberries but there are no strawberries to be seen, a fairy has been there. Fairies have a very mild strawberry scent.  From The Irish Fairy Door Company.
  • Bean-Tighe are known as faery housekeepers that watch over children, hearth and even pets. She even helps with household chores! These friendly faeries can be attracted by leaving out their favorite food-strawberries and cream. They are especially drawn to people of Milesian ancestry.  From Faery Lore (Ireland)
  • I was pleased to see that Cecily Mary Barker who draws those sweet flower fairies has a Strawberry Fairy.

As for the jam, it seemed like magic that such a short simple process could produce such yumminess.  The berries tasted fresh and only slightly sweet.  It was like a jelly (in the Australian/British sense of the word) that blobbed about rather than runny.  Most of ours went on porridge in the morning.  Some was stirred into yoghurt, spread on bread and some went into a nut roast.  But that is a story for another day.

More vegan strawberry recipes from Green Gourmet Giraffe:

Strawberry chia seed jam
Adapted from Oh She Glows
makes about 2 small pots of jam

500g strawberries (makes 2 cups hulled and chopped)
4 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp chia seeds

Hull strawberries and chop finely. *  Mix berries, maple syrup and chia seeds in a small saucepan.  Bring to the boil gently and simmer uncovered for 10 to 15 minutes until it is just thickened.  It will thicken as it cools.  Spoon into jars (or tubs) and cool before eating.   It should be ready after 15 minutes in the freezer.  It will keep in the fridge for about a week.

*NOTE: I chop them finely so the jam is not so chunky.  I have also seen someone who has mashed her berries with a potato masher and I guess you could chop in food processor too.

On the Stereo: 
Costello Music: The Fratellis

This post is part of Vegan Month of Food September 2014.  This year for Vegan MoFo my theme is The Letter S.  Today is Sticky Thursday.  Go to my Vegan MoFo list for more of my 2014 Vegan MoFo posts. 

19 comments:

  1. this is one of my MoFo recipes too ;)

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  2. I've seen several posts about chia seed jam and not being very big on jam myself I've never had any urge to try it. But I think you've changed my mind! All I can think about right now is the taste of fresh strawberries on toast.

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  3. Snap snap snap your right chia jam has been making the rounds on blogs most recently and will soon be featuring on mine too, I have made a raspberry version, love the colour on yours

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  4. Ohh this sounds delicious and much more healthy than regular jam. I suppose the key here is using fresh ripe fruit for best flavour. I want to try it now

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  5. I have put off trying chia jam- I thought it would be too chia seedy, but it looks and sounds delicious!

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  6. I love chia jam! It makes jamming SO MUCH EASIER and less stressful.

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  7. I love Cicely Mary Barker's illustrations, especially the Flower Fairies! Thanks for the yumful jam recipe...I might need to try a spiked version too, maybe with a little Grand Marnier? :)

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  8. I've made this jam and it's fantastic. My husband loved it on yogurt and we couldn't keep it long enough :)

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  9. Oh, yum! I should try this instead of buying that pricey jam from the store!

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  10. I love how simple this is! I will definitely have to give it a go - especially as our strawberries are not so nice now, but I still keep buying them, and so end up with half punnets that really need to be cooked instead of eaten fresh.

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  11. ooh love it! My kids will be eating chai seeds in no time :-) Pinned!

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  12. Wow, and no kilos of sugar! Will have to try this...I have some strawberries ready to go too!

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  13. I've never made chia jam, but all this interesting discussion of fairies has drawn me in and I'm going to try it now!

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  14. Your picutes are so gorgeous! I love the combination of that light, bright red and the brown tones.

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  15. That looks amazing, Johanna! Strawberries _ Chia Seeds_Maple Syrup. So delicious together!

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  16. Wow, I will definitely be trying this stew! Sounds perfect for an easy meal to make extra for the week. Thanks!

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  17. I made jam exactly like this just a fortnight ago!
    It was delicious but didn't keep for very long!

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  18. My favourite recipes are the ones with few ingredients. I'm not sure I've actually ever made jam. I think I will make this - it sounds so delicious =)

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  19. David LOVES blackberry jam and I can't wait to surprise him with this! He'll be so impressed when I tell him I slaved over the stove ALL DAY making this just for him. ;) lol

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