From June 2016

Chia pudding could be the easiest [and yummiest] thing you ever make

We went out for dinner recently. AND a gig. Pretty smug, that we still ‘got it’. Until we lined up to settle the bill for dinner. When asked what we were doing afterwards [and who was playing], the friendly restaurant dude [probably half our age] grinned and exclaimed: “old school!”. I was at a loss for words. How did I find myself in this age bracket? Yes, I am here, I have arrived. Officially OLD SCHOOL.

So, it only seems right that I denounce all attempts at wannabe-cool and admit to being completely late off the blocks with this one. I might be late, but she’s goodie and has revolutionised mornings around here: I am officially obsessed with chia. A bit tired of breakfast, I find it the hardest meal of the day to be excited about. Not strictly limited to any meal time [thankfully], this ‘pudding’ preparation requires so little fuss, it just needs enough time for the seeds to soak and swell. Keeps for about a week in the fridge [if it hangs around that long]. Wink, wink.

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C O C O N U T   A N D   L  I M E   C H I A   P U D D I N G  [ F O R   A N Y   T I M E   O F   T H E   D A Y] :

[makes 2 cups]

  • 250 ml / 8.8 fl oz milk*
  • 50ml / 1.7 fl oz maple syrup
  • 2-3 kaffir lime leaves, crushed slightly in your hand [or feel free add some lemon or lime peel; star anise or a cinnamon quill].
  • 250 ml / 8.8 fl oz coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds [I used black]

[*or substitute for coconut milk if you’d prefer dairy free].

Place first 3 ingredients into a saucepan over low-medium heat. Bring milk to a gentle simmer, then turn down the heat to low. Leave for around 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. This just gives the lime some time to infuse. Add coconut milk to saucepan, heating through gently and dissolving any lumps of coconut.

Add chia to milk mixture, stir through and cover. Leave seeds to soak and swell, stirring occasionally. I often leave overnight, but you could have it ready in 2-3 hours in a rush. Once cooled, place mixture in the fridge. I like to leave kaffir lime leaves in the chia mix, they continue to add flavour. [They are big enough to fish out prior to serving].


P O A C H E D   F E I J O A   A N D   L I M E :

[loosely based on David Lebovitz’ caramelised pineapple]

  • 1 kg feijoa [about 10-15 feijoas]
  • 125 ml / 4.4 fl oz maple syrup [or to taste]
  • zest and juice of 4-5 limes [about 100 ml / 3.5 fl oz]
  • 1 tsp each cardamon, cinnamon and mixed spice
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste/essence
  • 2 tablespoons marmalade or apricot jam
  • 75ml / 2.6 fl oz malibu liqueur [optional]

Heat oven to 100 deg C. Peel feijoas and place them in a shallow oven dish [you want them packed in snugly together, in a single layer]. You can either slice feijoa into large chunks, or of late, I have been leaving them whole. Pour liquid over feijoas and bake for around 2 hours, until feijoas soft. Place into preserving jars or into an airtight container once cooled. Will keep in the fridge for a good week or so.

Served here with poached feijoa and honeycomb, but any fresh or preserved fruit will be delicious. Of course, honeycomb is entirely optional [but just for the record, it still tastes as good as it did in school science].

Three cheers for chia! Four cheers for old school, [I may or may not be in denial].

xx

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