I’ll never forget my great-granddad standing in his kitchen making marmalade. Isn’t it wonderful that we can connect to enjoyable memories of past through food? Certain drinks and foods can be used to remember special people that can no longer be a part of our life. They can also be used to connect with places we have been to that may have brought us feelings of joy and happiness. As adults it is also important to nurture our inner child from time to time and again foods and drinks can be used to do this. Now some health and fitness professionals out there regard jams as “empty” calories meaning that they bring us no beneficial nourishment. This is certainly NOT the case with my Chia Honey Marmalade recipe. Chia seeds contain healthy fats the majority of which are Omega 3s which are an anti-inflammatory fat. Not only this, chia seeds also contain fibre, protein, calcium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, potassium, and vitamins B1, 2 and 3. The oranges provide a source of vitamins B and C, calcium, copper, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, bioflavonoids, pectin and natural sugars. The golden berries contain many of the same vitamins and minerals as the oranges but are superior in their vitamin C and protein content. Honey also connects us to the past as has long been used as a remedy for coughs and colds. This is because it is a natural antibiotic, beneficial for easing anxiety, inducing sleep and healing from internal or external infections. So can there be anything else great about this recipe?! YES! It’s kind to the environment as involves no cooking and kind to your diary because it’s very fast to make!
80g dried chopped golden berries (Cape Gooseberry)
3 tablespoons chia seeds
Pinch of Celtic sea salt
2 unwaxed oranges
3 tablespoons raw set honey
Grate the zest of both oranges into a food processor/blender. Remove any remaining skin from the oranges and as you divide up the segments remove any pips before placing these in the blender. Add to the oranges the salt, honey, chia seeds and golden berries and pulse the ingredients until well mixed. Spoon the mixture into a glass jar and allow it to thicken more in the fridge.