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…

Holiday Entertaining with Stuffed Brie -- 4 Recipes


I love brie!
Do you love brie?

Many years ago, when I was a student in Berkeley, I got hooked on an amazing stuffed brie from The Cheese Board -- a wedge of brie stuffed with house-made pesto and topped with sundried tomatoes and toasted pine nuts.  When I moved back to the Monterey Peninsula, I went through withdrawls, so I started to make my own.


I love bringing stuffed brie to potluck parties.  It's very simple to make and can be prepared weeks in advance.  During the holidays, I always like to keep a few in the refrigerator for last-minute entertaining, or to bring as a hostess gift with a nice olive wood cheese board.

 

Over the years I've shared a few of my stuffed brie recipes here at Rook No. 17.  With the holidays upon us, I figured it was a good time to share them in a single collection.  

Which one will you try?


Pesto Brie & Almond Apricot Brie
recipes HERE 
 


Bacon & Caramelized Onion Stuffed Brie
recipe HERE

You can use any type of jam or fruit compote you wish for this recipe.  In this photo, I used a fig jam and drizzled the baked brie with balsamic vinegar.  In the recipe, I used an easy homemade cranberry compote.
 
A wheel of brie topped with a fruit compote and wrapped in puff pastry.


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