Strawberry & Vanilla Chia Seed Jam Recipe

Strawberry & Vanilla Chia Seed Jam

Have you heard of chia seed jam? I'm sure you have, it's been popular for a couple of years now, but have you made any?

I've been meaning to try some of this simple strawberry jam for such a long time. I used to make a lot of different traditional jams. Strawberry and peach jam, Scottish raspberry jam, caramelised nectarine and apricot jam, which is a personal favourite and mango and orange peel jam to name a few.

Traditional Jam vs Chia Seed Jam

The trouble with traditional jam is that it has a lot of sugar. That doesn't trouble me too much because we don't eat a huge amount of jam, but I think the sugar can sometimes overpower the flavour of the fruit a bit. Have you noticed that?

Actually now I think about it Cooper does eat quite a lot of jam. Graham and I, not so much.

Chia seed jam has a lot less sugar and tastes much more fruity.


Oaty Chocolate and Banana Cookies

Oaty Chocolate and Banana Cookies

Just look at those bad boys. Oaty chocolate and banana cookies.

To be honest they are more like a flapjack in a cookie form. In fact they are very similar to my chocolate and banana flapjacks but no butter or dairy free spread is added, so they are a bit kinder to our waistlines. There are no eggs in these cookies either, but you know I try to avoid eggs in my recipes.

Flapjacks or Cookies?

Just to clarify, these cookies are chewy and full of oats like a Scottish flapjack, which is a chewy oat bar. They are nothing to do with what my American friends class as flapjacks, which are called pancakes here.  I never like to leave anyone scratching their heads in confusion. We are talking about chewy, oaty cookies today.

Never let anyone tell you a flapjack should be crisp, that is just wrong! They have obviously cooked the flapjacks too long if they are crisp!


Back to School Vegan & Vegetarian Lunchbox Ideas

vegan kids lunchbox including hummus and carrot sandwiches, blueberries, breadsticks and cucumber and cherry tomatoes

How do you build up a veggie lunchbox for kids that they will enjoy, but has enough of the good stuff like fruit and vegetables in it?

Planning. That's the key. Trying to scramble something together the night before or in the morning before you leave will just lead to stress and a lunchbox that comes home barely touched

Follow my lunchbox plan for a stress-free term and scroll down for a list of ideas and recipes.


Mini Margherita Puff Pizza Pies

Mini Margherita Puff Pizza Pies

My wee boy is staying with his grandparents in Cyprus just now and I'm missing him like crazy. It's lovely to see how much fun he is having, but it's still hard.

In his honour, I thought I'd share one of his favourite recipes with you. Simple Margherita puff pizza pies.

He asks for these little pizza pies a lot and they are super simple to make. In fact they are easy enough for him to make himself.


Creamy Mushroom and Leek Risotto

Creamy Mushroom and Leek Risotto

A well cooked risotto is a thing of beauty. An over or under cooked risotto is a tragedy on a plate. Believe me, I've been served both when I've ordered them in restaurants. I don't order them now as I really don't want to be disappointed.

What makes a good risotto?

A risotto should be creamy and rich, but cream should never be added to achieve this. The rice should be soft, but have a bit of firmness or bite to it. A bit like what you look for when you cook pasta. That al dente finish. You don't want the rice too soft or you'll end up with a mushy mess that no-one will enjoy.

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