When it is berry season and you have them in abundance – make jam! My go-to is this strawberry jam recipe. Jam is normally very sweet, but you don’t need as much sugar in this recipe. The lemon juice helps to set the jam and the vanilla pod adds a wonderful flavour, making it more than just jam for toast or buttered bread. It goes well with French toast, waffles, crumpets and even for breakfast or dessert with yoghurt, fresh fruit and nuts. Spread it between two layers of butter cake or use it as a sauce for pudding.
Chia seeds have become quite a popular ingredient lately. These little black seeds swell out when exposed to moisture and will set liquid to a jelly-like consistency. Added to that chia seeds have many health benefits, ranging from a high protein and fibre content to lots of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. Add it to smoothies or sprinkle over breakfast to enjoy them as part of a healthy meal or used in a dessert, like in this recipe. The combination of coconut milk and vanilla is delicious or try it with cinnamon, it’s as yummy with the apples (see the tips). This is such an easy dessert to make and the crunchy, sweet ‘apple spoons’ are perfect with the toasted toppings.