RASPBERRY CHIA SEED JAM

Raspberry Chia Seed Jam || Easy and delicious raspberry vanilla jam recipe with no refined sugar! Less than ten ingredients, dairy free, pectin free, plant based + vegan with substitution of agave for honey. || www.creamandhoney.ca

Full winter mode is in effect. I'm making soup after soup, the tea kettle is always warm, and I've resolved to my usual winter introversion of staying in most evenings. I swing back and forth between embracing hibernation and seriously contemplating why I live in such a cold place during these months.

Pros of Winter

  • daydreaming about summer
  • romancing a hot babe with 69 candles and a dusty grey-brown space heater because every old building in Toronto is never warm enough.
  • pasta every other night seems reasonable
  • wearing big blankety scarves. No joke, the other day someone told me my scarf made me look like I was from The Revenant. Ummm thank you. They were bad asses and also very cold like me.
  • catching up on all your tv shows and internet memes
  • onesies are appropriate at any hour (are they though?", said a work friend when I demanded I should be allowed to wear one to my job.)
  • The snow is pretty and makes it look like Narnia. (But let's not forget how messed up Narnia was. Firstly, the evil queen cast a spell so that it's permanent winter. So yeah, it was beautiful and magical or whatever, but even the evil queen couldn't think of a worse punishment than infinite winter. Also, Mr. Tumnus is a uber creep. He lures a little girl into his underground lair or home", drugs her drink, and then hypnotizes her with his pan flute and fire demons. Ummmmm whaaaaaat?!?!  Just watch this scene and try and tell me different.)

Cons of Winter

  • toes turn to icicles for 5 months straight
  • buying tubs of moisturizer to prevent a reptile-like appearance
  • everyone has a slight to severe amount of depression
  • the air hurts your face
  • the air hurts your lungs
  • produce is often unripe. My current avocados are more fossilized dinosaur eggs rather than fruit or vegetable. 
  • morphing into a jelly-like blob from too many hours of Netflix and bowls of pasta
  • slipping on ice because 1) it hurts and 2) it's very embarrassing and people always ask if you're okay and you say yeah, I'm fine" when you're not really sure if you are fine and all you want to do is have a frustrated-painful cry for like one minute. 

To improve my winter depression I must have light and fresh things around to whisper sweet summer nothings into my ear. Raspberry jam is my favourite preserve and reminds me of my grandmother's garden where fresh herbs, rhubarb and raspberries would flourish. I bought some lush plants the other day to help remind me that we will eventually emerge from the heaviness of winter – revitalized and fresh, into a lighter and more care-free season.

Raspberry Chia Seed Jam || Easy and delicious raspberry vanilla jam recipe with no refined sugar! Less than ten ingredients, dairy free, pectin free, plant based + vegan with substitution of agave for honey. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Raspberry Chia Seed Jam || Easy and delicious raspberry vanilla jam recipe with no refined sugar! Less than ten ingredients, dairy free, pectin free, plant based + vegan with substitution of agave for honey. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Raspberry Chia Seed Jam || Easy and delicious raspberry vanilla jam recipe with no refined sugar! Less than ten ingredients, dairy free, pectin free, plant based + vegan with substitution of agave for honey. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Raspberry Chia Seed Jam || Easy and delicious raspberry vanilla jam recipe with no refined sugar! Less than ten ingredients, dairy free, pectin free, plant based + vegan with substitution of agave for honey. || www.creamandhoney.ca
In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
In the bleak midwinter, long ago
— In The Bleak Midwinter by Christina Rossetti
Raspberry Chia Seed Jam || Easy and delicious raspberry vanilla jam recipe with no refined sugar! Less than ten ingredients, dairy free, pectin free, plant based + vegan with substitution of agave for honey. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Raspberry Chia Seed Jam || Easy and delicious raspberry vanilla jam recipe with no refined sugar! Less than ten ingredients, dairy free, pectin free, plant based + vegan with substitution of agave for honey. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Raspberry Chia Seed Jam || Easy and delicious raspberry vanilla jam recipe with no refined sugar! Less than ten ingredients, dairy free, pectin free, plant based + vegan with substitution of agave for honey. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Raspberry Chia Seed Jam || Easy and delicious raspberry vanilla jam recipe with no refined sugar! Less than ten ingredients, dairy free, pectin free, plant based + vegan with substitution of agave for honey. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Raspberry Chia Seed Jam || Easy and delicious raspberry vanilla jam recipe with no refined sugar! Less than ten ingredients, dairy free, pectin free, plant based + vegan with substitution of agave for honey. || www.creamandhoney.ca

This raspberry jam uses all natural ingredients and is lightly sweetened with a bit of honey to create a tart and fresh preserve. The recipe is simple, with only a few ingredients, and uses chia seeds to thicken it to the perfect jammy texture that invites eating straight from the spoon.

May your winter and jam be fruitful and your skin still in tact by Spring.

xx

Raspberry Chia Seed Jam || Easy and delicious raspberry vanilla jam recipe with no refined sugar! Less than ten ingredients, dairy free, pectin free, plant based + vegan with substitution of agave for honey. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Raspberry Chia Seed Jam || Easy and delicious raspberry vanilla jam recipe with no refined sugar! || www.creamandhoney.ca
Raspberry Chia Seed Jam || Easy and delicious raspberry vanilla jam recipe with no refined sugar! Less than ten ingredients, dairy free, pectin free, plant based + vegan with substitution of agave for honey. || www.creamandhoney.ca

RASPBERRY CHIA SEED JAM

the magic

inspiration:            raspberry picking in my grandma's garden                 

the feels:                tart + slightly sweet

eat with:                 a thick piece of toast w/ butter or coconut oil,                                   oatmeal, yogurt + granola, in a smoothie, muffins,                               croissants, scones with clotted or whipped                                         cream, in a cocktail, on vanilla ice cream

might like it you're into:       picnics, cartwheels, the smell of grass,                                               quiet sunny mornings, cheese boards,                                                 English gardens, The Lion The Witch                                                 and The Wardrobe

 

the science

makes one cup jam || prep + cook time: 20 minutes + extra to cool

ingredients:

  • 2 cups raspberries
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • zest of half a lemon
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds (I used white)
  • 1/2 tsp natural vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt
  • optional: 1/4 tsp powdered ginger

method: 

  1. In a medium pot add everything except for the chia seeds (raspberries, honey, lemon juice, lemon zest, vanilla and salt). Place on stovetop over medium heat and stir to combine. Once mixture begins to warm up and berries begin to get mushy (within a few minutes), mash with the back of a wooden spoon until it is all evenly broken down.
  2.  Leave for 5 minutes on medium then reduce to low-medium for another 10 minutes, stirring once in a while. 
  3. Remove from heat, add chia seeds and stir to evenly combine. Leave to cool. Pour into jar and refrigerate. 

Keeps for 3 to 4 weeks in the fridge. 

SMALL BATCH APPLE BUTTER (SLOW COOKER + SUGAR FREE)

Small Batch Apple Butter (Slow Cooker + Sugar Free) || This easy recipe for apple butter is only a few ingredients and completely unsweetened using only the apples natural sugars. Makes a great Christmas gift and perfect on toast, muffins, pork chops or yogurt. Vegan, dairy free, gluten free, no refined sugars + plant based. || www.creamandhoney.ca

Winter is here. There is snow on the ground, I bought a scarf that is basically a blanket, and my furry winter jacket has me nuzzling my face into it while out in the cold Toronto air. The other day I walked outside my door and watched an lady on the other side of the road do an unintentional Elaine dance before falling over on to the icy sidewalk. I held back a laugh and did my best surprised yet concerned person face, Are you okay?!" I asked loudly. She said nothing. MA'AM! ARE YOU OKAY?! DO YOU NEED HELP?!" I yelled, because then I was like, maybe she hit her head and is concussed! Yes yes, I'm fine.", she said clearly embarrassed and wishing I hadn't drawn attention to her. Oh, uhhhhh okay. Well, ummmmm, have a good day! Not that it was going good at this moment, but you know what I mean! Like I mean, I hope it gets better!" It was an awkward interaction. I felt bad she felt embarrassed but then I felt embarrassed for myself because of my weird response. But what was I supposed to do? Just watch and laugh and walk away? That's cold. Ice cold. Ha.

Small Batch Apple Butter (Slow Cooker + Sugar Free) || This easy recipe for apple butter is only a few ingredients and completely unsweetened using only the apples natural sugars. Makes a great Christmas gift and perfect on toast, muffins, pork chops or yogurt. Vegan, dairy free, gluten free, no refined sugars + plant based. || www.creamandhoney.ca

I made apple butter this week which makes these cold days easier. I turned the slow cooker on and basically just dumped everything in and left it for hours while it warmed up my apartment and spread Christmasy scents of cinnamon and nutmeg wafting around. I put on Christmas music and let the holiday feel fully set in.

This apple butter has no extra sweetener added since the apples themselves always lend enough sweetness in my opinion. It's a very easy recipe, takes no skill at all and makes a great holiday gift for your vegan paleo gluten–free lactose intolerant friend. Their life sounds depressing so they need this in a very big way. Also good for other people who eat all food. Might be okay for your cat, but I may be wrong as I'm just making this up right now. But a cat licking apple butter off a spoon would be super cute. You can use it on lots of things– spread on some toast, smothered on a pork chop, added to a cheese board, or dolloped into some yogurt or oatmeal. It's perfect just to eat right off the spoon as well. 

So pick out your favourite Christmas movie, put the tea kettle on, and pull out that dusty slow cooker that sits in the crawlspace underneath all the weird craft projects you started and never finished in the last year. I hope this apple butter makes you as happy as it did for me.

Small Batch Apple Butter (Slow Cooker + Sugar Free) || This easy recipe for apple butter is only a few ingredients and completely unsweetened using only the apples natural sugars. Makes a great Christmas gift and perfect on toast, muffins, pork chops or yogurt. Vegan, dairy free, gluten free, no refined sugars + plant based. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Small Batch Apple Butter (Slow Cooker + Sugar Free) || This easy recipe for apple butter is only a few ingredients and completely unsweetened using only the apples natural sugars. Makes a great Christmas gift and perfect on toast, muffins, pork chops or yogurt. Vegan, dairy free, gluten free, no refined sugars + plant based. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Small Batch Apple Butter (Slow Cooker + Sugar Free) || This easy recipe for apple butter is only a few ingredients and completely unsweetened using only the apples natural sugars. Makes a great Christmas gift and perfect on toast, muffins, pork chops or yogurt. Vegan, dairy free, gluten free, no refined sugars + plant based. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Small Batch Apple Butter (Slow Cooker + Sugar Free) || This easy recipe for apple butter is only a few ingredients and completely unsweetened using only the apples natural sugars. Makes a great Christmas gift and perfect on toast, muffins, pork chops or yogurt. Vegan, dairy free, gluten free, no refined sugars + plant based. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Small Batch Apple Butter (Slow Cooker + Sugar Free) || This easy recipe for apple butter is only a few ingredients and completely unsweetened using only the apples natural sugars. Makes a great Christmas gift and perfect on toast, muffins, pork chops or yogurt. Vegan, dairy free, gluten free, no refined sugars + plant based. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Small Batch Apple Butter (Slow Cooker + Sugar Free) || This easy recipe for apple butter is only a few ingredients and completely unsweetened using only the apples natural sugars. Makes a great Christmas gift and perfect on toast, muffins, pork chops or yogurt. Vegan, dairy free, gluten free, no refined sugars + plant based. || www.creamandhoney.ca

SMALL BATCH APPLE BUTTER (sugar free)

makes 3.5 to 4 cups of apple butter || prep time: 10 minutes // cook time: 6 hours  

the magic

inspiration:          roaming apple orchards with my sister      

the feels:              lightly sweet + smooth texture

eat with:              toast, muffins, pork chops, yogurt, oatmeal,                                        layered between cakes,whipped cream,maple syrup. 

might like if you're into:      picking your own fruit, rolling hillsides,                                            cider, fermentation, bourbon, hot                                                      buttered rum, mulled wine.

the science

ingredients:

  • 4 lbs (10-12 medium) apples of your choice (I used Ambrosia)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg, fresh grated
  • 1/2 tsp natural vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves

method:

  1. Leave skins on; core and slice apples. Add apples and water to slow cooker and cook on high, covered. Leave for 3.5 to 4 hours stirring once in awhile. 
  2. Use potato masher or big wooden spoon to mash apples well. Blend up apple mixture using a hand blender, Vitamix or regular blender. Add the apple butter back into the slow cooker (unless hand blended) as well as the remaining ingredients and cook on high, uncovered for another 1 to 2 hours depending how thick you want it. Keep cooking longer to reduce down to whatever thickness you desire.

BLACKBERRY MAPLE BOURBON JAM

Blackberry Maple Bourbon Jam || Cream + Honey

A three way of heart-capturing ingredients united into one delicious preserve. That would be this jam's movie tagline. 

Blackberry Maple Bourbon Jam || Cream + Honey

Part One: Blackberries

Stumbling upon a blackberry bush and plucking the ripe fruit feels like finding hidden treasure to me. Ooh la la! Blackberries are simple yet elegant–sweet with a hint of tartness. The tiny explosions from each round morsel of every berry are my favourite. As fresh as the day, they are perfect raw but even more flavourful when cooked. The blue-red juices are a passionate and violent colour and their thorny brambles radiate a forbidden appeal. In the same botanical family as the rose, it is no wonder I find this fruit sensuous and desirable. 

Blackberry Maple Bourbon Jam || Cream + Honey
Blackberry Maple Bourbon Jam || Cream + Honey

Part Two: Maple Syrup

Maple speaks deeply and with weight, like a rich bassline. A Louis Armstrong or James Earl Jones of flavours, it’s grounding. Powerful and bold on it’s own but when paired with lighter elements like fruit or cream, it harmonizes into an elegant chord. 

The process of making maple syrup was originated by the First Nations people who used it for food and as well as medicine. It is an age-old tradition of Canada and is literally set into the roots of this country. 

Maple syrup farms are a childhood pastime for many here. In March you can wander through forests of maple trees with taps and metal pales hanging from them. Watch maple sap drip from the trunks, put your finger under and taste it straight from the source. Much lighter than it’s condensed future self, it is easily drinkable with a fresh taste. The sugar house is where the sap is boiled down into the sweeter denser syrup we know and love. Of course pancakes are served at the end of the journey, usually in a wooden lodge where you can load up with fresh maple syrup and purchase way too many maple candies. Bordering on overly sweet, I regret every maple candy after the first one. That is enough.  

Blackberry Maple Bourbon Jam || Cream + Honey

Part Three: Bourbon

Bourbon has heart. Bourbon has soul. Bourbon’s got the blues.

It’s intriguing and dangerous as the best things always are. There’s a fine line between it’s warmth and darkness and it holds many names including hedonist, thrill seeker, instigator, charmer and a brute. I have a respect for bourbon, as well as a cautiousness around it’s whirlwind of pleasure and menace.

The taste of straight bourbon is not always my favourite but I most certainly love the way it can make you feel. It whispers in your ear that you're the most wonderful dancer! Your magnetism is undeniable! You're most definitely hilarious! And always right! About everything ever! These “truths” told by bourbon don’t always seem completely accurate the next morning while laying in bed, hoping you managed to hold onto a sliver of grace throughout the night. Or maybe that's just me...

Blackberry Maple Bourbon Jam || Cream + Honey

These three enchanting parts are combined to create...

something extraordinary…

Blackberry Maple Bourbon Jam || Cream + Honey

something divine…

Blackberry Maple Bourbon Jam || Cream + Honey

something transcendent…

Blackberry Maple Bourbon Jam || Cream + Honey

Jam.

Yeah, uhhhhh... 

It’s just jam.

Maybe that was a  bit dramatic, but in my defence the word jam doesn’t do this jam (or any) justice. I mean, come on, it rhymes with ham. And yam. (I love both, but still.) And flim flam. What does flim flam even mean?! 

(I just googled “what does flim flam mean” and here’s what is says:

“nonsensical or insincere talk.”, then gives it context in this sentence,

“I suppose that you suspect me of pseudointellectual flimflam.”)

Uhhhhh what. in. the. f*$k did I get myself into here?! 

So, apparently it’s one word and now I have to google what pseudointellectual means. 

I shouldn’t have said anything, I would have seemed way smarter to youse guyses.

... the bourbon is clearly having it's way with me. 

Blackberry Maple Bourbon Jam || Cream + Honey
Blackberry Maple Bourbon Jam || Cream + Honey

Guys, don't drink too much bourbon during jam making. Jam casualty is a real thing and it's very very serious. Wait until after when you can write a blog post and truly embarrass yourself. That's way more fun and your jam will still taste good.

Blackberry Maple Bourbon Jam || Cream + Honeyjam mason jar

But seriously, this jam really is delicious and full of flavour.  

Blackberry Maple Bourbon Jam || Cream + Honey

(Above) a scene from Macbeth starring toasts. 

Blackberry Maple Bourbon Jam || Cream + Honey

When all else fails, everything is good in whipped cream. And whipped cream is good for you. 

Well, it's not really. But it could be. If there was no dairy. And no fat. So that apparently leaves us with... (I'm reading the back of a cream carton right now), carrageenan and polysorbate 80–neither of which sound good, I'm not even going to bother googling those so let's take those out too. Ta da! We are left with air. And air is definitely good for you. Therefore whipped cream is good for you.

You're probably really happy you stayed for this lesson in logic and food nutrition.

You're welcome.

Now go eat all the jam and cream you like. 


BLACKBERRY MAPLE BOURBON JAM

t h e  m a g i c

i n s p i r a t i o n :      a sick obsession with maple syrup + my grandma (shoutout to all grannies!) 

f e e l s :                        soft & elegant.                                                                                                                                                                            rare & exclusive, as if brought over seas by a ship carrying spices and rugs.              

e a t   w i t h :              biscuits! (you need these in your life), crumpets, scones, toasts of all kinds!,                                                      butter, between cake layers or cookies, folded into frosting, puff pastry, oatmeal,                                          pancakes, french toast, yogurt, whipped cream, on top of                                                                                        ice-cream, in a cocktail (as a substitute for simple syrup), an old fashioned. 

m i g h t   l i k e   i f   y o u ' r e   i n t o :     cottages, picnics, natural fabric dyes, fake blood, amorous                                                                                        hues, horror movies, Macbeth, garnets & rubies,                                                                                                          all things booze infused. 

t h e   s c i e n c e

time: a few hours

i n g r e d i e n t s : 

  • 454 g blackberries
  • 1/2 cup Canadian maple syrup (I used # 2 amber, but you can use any. #2 maple syrups have a stronger maple flavour. Look here to learn about grading).
  • 1 tbsp bourbon
  • 1 tsp natural vanilla
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
  • The tip of 1 lemon (about one inch)

m e t h o d :

  1. Put blackberries, maple syrup, bourbon, vanilla, and lemon juice into a pot and mix until combined.
  2. Take a fork and mash the mixture. 
  3. Add the lemon tip to the pot and let sit for a few hours to macerate.
  4. While the fruit mixture sits, put a few spoons into the freezer to test the jam later on.
  5. Heat the fruit mixture on medium until it comes to a gentle boil. 
  6. Cook jam for 10-15 minutes. Check if the jam has set by stirring a frozen spoon through the jam and hold it above the pot. If the jam is thick and doesn't run off the back of the spoon easily, then it is done.
  7. Let cool and place into jar(s). 

*Will keep for up to a few weeks in the refrigerator. 

 

Recipe adapted from Honestly Yum  

http://honestlyyum.com/6275/blackberry-vanilla-bourbon-jam/