I just couldn’t help myself.
I’ve been on vacation this week, enjoying my time off in the garden and getting some odds and ends done at home. The weather has been overcast and or rainy all week, but I’m good with that. I’m not a lover of the heat so this weather works for me, and it makes it easier to deal with the overgrown mess that is the flower beds around here. The wet ground makes it much easier to pull out those pesky weeds.
The veggie garden is coming along nicely. I thought I was going to lose a lot when hurricane Arthur visited a couple weeks ago, but everything survived and has for the most part recovered nicely. So far I’ve harvested, bok choy, mixed greens, kale, early turnip, radish, and garlic scapes. Still waiting on the tomatoes, cukes, cabbage, brussel sprouts, onions, peppers, potatoes and zucchini. I didn’t want to let those garden spaces sit empty so I just planted some more radish, mixed greens, and peas a couple of days ago for a second harvest, and they have sprouted already.
One of the the yummy things I wait all year for is our amazing Valley Strawberries. These little red bundles of deliciousness just can’t be beat. If only they were around longer.
There were a couple of boxes hanging out in the fridge that seemed to be destined for some jam. Since I can’t make traditional jam to save my life Chia jam is a perfect solution.
Strawberry Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia Jam
1 pound fresh strawberries
2 –3 tbsp local honey or maple syrup
2 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 tsp vanilla
squeeze of lemon (optional)
Wash, hull and chop strawberries. I pulse mine in the blender or food processor a few times to speed the process up since strawberries take a little longer to break down than other berries, but you can skip that step if you like.
Place chopped berries, and sweetener of choice in a pot over medium heat. Mash with potato masher once they start to heat up (if you didn’t blend first) to get desired consistency. Bring to a boil add chia seeds, turn heat down to a simmer. Continue to cook for another 5 – 7 minutes, stirring frequently. you can cook a little longer if the mixture still seems very liquid. Remove from heat, add vanilla and squeeze of lemon if using. While it’s cooling the magical chia seeds will do their job and thicken it nicely.
Store in fridge to use right away or freeze for later use.
Enjoy, have a qreat day!