After last week's meat-free "meatball" extravaganza (if you missed the recipe, you can find it here), this week I wanted to share with you a super simple fridge staple that I love. You can literally make this delicious recipe in under 5 minutes, including clean up - and it will last in the fridge for at least a week.
I absolutely adore homemade jams and relishes, and whenever I get to a market I'm always tempted (by the samplers first of all), and then by all the glorious homemade preserves with local seasonal ingredients. Market jams and relishes are normally made by hand, without any preservatives and additives, and often with spray-free or organic produce. They're also a great place to try out new flavours. Last week for example I picked up a delicious Tamarillo chutney, and needless to say it was half empty after only two days!
Back to the jams. When you don't have time to make your own (which is most of us), and you don't have a nana or auntie delivering fresh batches of homemade jam to your door, then this recipe is for you. What's more, because it's not cooked and remains raw, the berries retain all of their powerful and beneficial antioxidants. It also has the bonus addition of chia seeds, which are super high in Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids. Our bodies cannot create these and thus we need to get them from our diet.
Most people think they need to eat fish and seafood to get Omega 3, but those products can be high in toxic mercury, rancid if you're taking them via fish oil capsules, not to mention unsustainable. If you're interested in that topic I highly recommend the documentary "The End of The Line" - which essentially is about the UN forecasting that we will have no fish left in the world within 50 years. No joke. None.
So the chia seeds in this jam really are our friend. If you don't like the thought of chia seeds getting stuck in your teeth, you can blend them up into a powder before adding the berries. The final benefit of this jam is that it is super low in sugar, we're talking 10 times lower than regular jams from the supermarket. And as I mentioned, they're so so easy to make. My favourite flavours depending on the season are using fresh raspberries, blueberries, cherries, black doris plums, juicy apricots, or gold kiwifruit. Make sure your fruit are quite soft and ripe so they're full of natural sweetness and blend to a beautiful consistency.
There are so many uses for this delicious jam, I'm sure it will become a simple fridge staple for you too. Here are some of my favourites:
Hope you enjoy it - let me know what fruit combinations you try!
Makes a small 200g jar
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1/2 tsp vanilla powder
*This depends on your sweet preference, and the sweetness of your fruit.
c = 250ml cup, tbsp = 15ml tablespoon, tsp = 5ml teaspoon
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