Summer Foraging Recipe: Elderberry-Blueberry Jam with Chia Seeds

In the woodland valleys of Central California, Elderflower trees have been in bloom all spring with their prolific, lacy white blossoms.  I've enjoyed making Elderflower syrup, candied elderflowers and sweet Elderflower Tempura.  A few days ago, I noticed that some of the trees are starting to bear fruit -- diminutive, tart little berries, deep purplish-blue growing in heavy clusters.  

Inspired by a love of biscuits and jam, foraging, and adapted from a recipe from Simply Beyond Herbs, I whipped up a simple and delicious jam made from the foraged Elderberries, fresh blueberries and using chia seeds for a perfect jammy consistency.

Enjoy and Happy Foraging!
PrintWith ImageWithout Image Elderberry-Blueberry Chia JamYield: One half-pint jarAuthor: Jenn Erickson Prep time: 10 MCook time: 10 MTotal time: 20 M An easy and delicious sweet-tart jam to make from foraged Elderberries. Ingredients:1 1/2 cups elderberries, rinsedPinch of salt1 cup blueberries, rinsed2 Tablespoons Chia Seeds1/2 Tabl…

Have Your Tea and Coffee Too ~
Hong Kong Yuanyang Iced Coffee Tea with Seattle's Best

East Meets West
Coffee Meets Tea

Visit any restaurant or dai pai dang (open space food vendor) in Hong Kong and you're likely to find patrons sipping Yuanyang -- served hot or cold, this delicious drink is a harmonious marriage of coffee and traditional Hong Kong milk tea.

Step into a bustling coffee shop in the U.S. and you'll likely find a menu filled with specialty coffee and tea drinks inspired by Western cultures.  But mark my words, it's only a matter of time before East meets West and we start seeing Yuanyang Coffee Tea on menus everywhere.  Why?  It's delicious, and in one brilliant fusion you can enjoy your coffee and your tea all in one.

I'm pleased to be working with Collective Bias and Seattle's Best Coffee to promote the Red Cup Showdown (#RedCupShowdown).  Now through July 27, 2012, Seattle's Best Coffee, along with Food Network Star Jeff Mauro, are searching coast to coast for the best new coffee drink in America.  You can submit your original coffee recipe, using Seattle's Best Coffee HERE for a chance to win a trip to New York City and a shot at the $10,000 prize!  Did you know that the Seattle's Best line includes organic and fair trade coffees?  To stay up on the latest from Seattle's Best, follow them on Twitter!  

Tea from the East and Coffee from the West
Yuanyang -- what's in the name?  Yuanyang refers to mandarin ducks, a symbol of conjugal love in Chinese culture.  The male and female of the species, light and dark respectively, pair up and mate for life.  So the name Yuanyang is perfectly fitting for a drink that pairs the flavors of coffee and tea.  And I couldn't help but showcase a drink inspired by birds!  

In Hong Kong, each Yuanyang vendor has their own coveted recipe.  In the spirit of the Red Cup Showdown, although I'm not a competitor, I'm excited to share mine!  

Hong Kong
Yuanyang Iced Coffee Tea

1/2 cup (4oz.) of your favorite Seattle's Best Coffee, room temperature
(I love the Organic Fair Trade Level 4 which is just $6 for a 12 oz. bag at Walmart)

1/2 cup (4 oz.) strong Black Tea, room temperature

1/2 cup (4 oz.) Nonfat Sweetened Condensed Milk
(skip the fat here, save it for the whipped cream)

Real Whipped Cream


Large cocktail shaker

I found everything I needed, including great quality and great prices at my local Walmart!  Read more about my path to purchase HERE in my Google+ Gallery.

In a large cocktail shaker, combine a handful of ice, coffee, tea, and condensed milk.  Shake vigorously for 30  seconds.  Pour in two mugs or glasses.  Garnish with whipped cream and a sprinkling of fine black tea.  Enjoy!

Disclosure:  I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and Seattle’s Best Coffee #CBias #SocialFabric.  All opinions are my own.

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