Summer Foraging Recipe: Elderberry-Blueberry Jam with Chia Seeds

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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…

A Little Sunday Nosh ~ Oil Cured Cheese with Fresh Herbs


Here's a wonderful little nosh for cheese lovers that's easy to make.  Treat yourself to an artful melange of  flavors when the mood strikes; serve with antipasti, or give as a hostess gift!

When you're done with the cheese, you have an exceptional flavored oil that is perfect for salad dressing or for dipping pieces of crusty French bread.


Oil Cured Cheese with Fresh Herbs
(makes a one- pint jar)

 8 oz. hard or semi-hard cheese*, cubed
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
3 garlic cloves, peeled and pressed with the side of a chef's knife to release flavor
1 sprig fresh rosemary
4 sprigs fresh thyme

Step 1:  With the back edge of a chef's knife, lightly bruise the herbs on a cutting board to release the essential oils.

Step 2:  In a one-pint sterilized mason jar, stir together oil, smoked paprika, crushed pepper and garlic.   

Step 3: Add herbs, then cheese.  Turn jar upside-down for 1 minute to distribute oil.

Step 4:  Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour and up to two weeks.  Bring to room temperature before serving.

*some cheeses that work well are parmesan (not Reggiano), dry jack, gruyere, gouda, iberico, and manchego.
 


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