I don’t think I’ve never made jam before. It’s not something I really eat though when I do, it’s because my mother in law (who makes awesome jam) or my brother in law (who also makes awesome jam) have given us some jars. I had considered making some myself just to tick if off a culinary bucket list but the thought of using so much sugar always put me off.
Enter the Oh She Glows Cookbook recipe for Magical Chia Seed Jam. Arthur and DeeW would eat a jar of store bought strawberry jam with a spoon if they could. I figured if we made our own, they might just be happy enough with it and stop nagging me to get some from the shops.
This recipe is super simple: strawberries, vanilla, a little maple syrup and a heap of chia seeds in a saucepan. The tricky part, when it came to the kids, was the chia seed. That could have blown the whole op. Bad photo:
DID MY KIDS SAY HEY THAT IS NOT FROM THE SUPERMARKET THIS JAM IS AN IMPOSTER? (Arthur age ten and DeeW age nearly-seven)
DeeW: “This is the best jam I’ve ever tasted. I’m going to have a jam sandwich for supper every day”.
Arthur: “Really good. You can taste the real strawberries. Can I make the next batch?”
Sure, it’s a sweet dish and chances are they would like it, but my challenge was a) potentially having them be turned off by the sight of the chia seeds and b) they love the jam from the big labels sold in supermarkets and may well have done the “but the supermarket jam is bettaaaaaaah” nagging. As it turned out, they nagged for jam sandwiches ALL the time. Drove me nuts.