Saturday, January 18, 2014

Lemon Chia Pudding

If you haven't gotten the memo, chia seeds are all the rage these days. Here's a little history lesson on the chia seeds that I came across in this month's ADA Food & Nutrition Magazine: 

"Grown in Mexico & South America, chia seeds are said to have been used in Mayan and Aztec cultures for supernatural powers. Like flaxseeds, chia seeds have a mild, nutty flavor, but unlike flaxseeds, they can be eaten whole as well as ground... Chia seeds are an integral ingredient in the Mexican and Central American favorite drink chia fresca, in which the seeds are mixed into lime or lemon juice with added sweetener. The suspended seeds make an impressive drink presentation."  

Here is their version of lemon chia seed pudding I recreated.


1 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. of maple sugar
2 tbsp. of maple syrup
1 large lemon, zest & juice
1 cup almond milk
1/4 cup chia seeds 

**I ended up having to just about an 1/8 cup more chia seeds just to get the right viscosity. And I also substituted the maple sugar with real sugar because I didn't have any maple sugar at the time.**

Blend together the olive oil, maple sugar, maple syrup, lemon juice and zest, and almond milk. Add chia seeds, whisk together and let sit for 15 minutes (in the fridge) until jelled.  Serves 4. Bon Apetit!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Update


This month, I am beginning the biggest adventure of my teenage (or end of my teenage) years.  This "Grand Adventure" will include studying/living abroad in Sevilla, Spain, traveling Europe, and possibly living in Alaska for the summer... but I'll get to that last part later.

The first stop on my trip was Ireland.  My mom and I planned to spend five to six days exploring the magical land of my ancestors and reconnect with a long lost friend.  But as we all know, things change.  My mom recently contracted Lyme Disease, and it has taken a toll on her body.  The last thing I wanted to do was to was for her condition to worsen due to the stress of travel.  Since we made this decision to postpone Ireland for a later date, my mom's health has vastly improved and she is on the homestretch to recovery.  So for that I am immensely grateful.  Also I can take this time to prepare for what lies ahead... Like, study Spanish.

Things do not always happen the way we want them to, but everything happens for a reason and usually end up for the better.

Enough about that.  Here are some of my favorite things I've wandered upon this week.  Enjoy!

I've been going through a Swedish design phase and I don't know if it's going to end...
This Heirloom Weekday Bag is the perfect bag.

Peppermint White Chocolate Tart With A Hazelnut Crust & Candied Mint Leaves. YUM.

This resume is genius.

Beth Cavener Stichter


Take my money. 

I love this quote and the composition.


All of these & more can be found on my Pinterest