Remember that time I posted my Baba Ghanoush recipe a week early for Amy’s veggie of the month link-up? Turns out I am terrible at reading instructions. I’d like to believe it was my way of reminding you to go pick up your strawberries and eggplants in prep for the link-up, but really I just don’t know how to read.
Well I’ve finally figured out the rules and I think I am posting my strawberry recipe on the right day! Since I have had ZERO inspiration to cook anything these days besides oatmeal, take a wild guess as to what strawberry dish I made for the link-up? Yeah I know…not so creative. Sorry if I have been overloading you with oatmeal recipes lately. Conveniently I had 10 pounds of strawberries on hand from last weekend’s strawberry picking outing so no grocery haul was necessary (I am always well stocked with oats!).
Fun fact I learned while strawberry picking. Did you know there is such thing as summer (june-bearing) and fall (ever-bearing) strawberries? Apparently we were picking the fall strawberries. Fall strawberries tend to be smaller in size and are not as sweet but retain the flavour much longer after freezing (i.e. freezer jam or frozen pies). Summer strawberries on the other hand are larger and sweeter but are not the best if you plan on freezing them. I had the intention of gobbling up every last strawberry so the freezing thing didn’t really apply to me. The ones we picked are a bit tart (still sweet) but that certainly hasn’t stopped me from consuming them like a vacuum.
Since I still had an abundance of strawberries even after making the oatmeal I thought I would get fancy and make some jam. I don’t have the patience or the skill to make actual jam so I went with chia jam instead. I did a take on my Blackberry-Ginger Chia Jam except this time I used xylitol instead of coconut palm sugar. The coconut palm sugar worked great to add a molassesy taste with the ginger but I wasn’t looking for that with the strawberry version so I subbed in xylitol. It worked perfectly! *editors note: I replaced the xylitol with honey and it was equally as good!*I basically coated the oatmeal with the jam (clearly…the pictures look like a big blob!) and then proceeded to eat it for breakfast and again for lunch. I wasn’t kidding with the whole laziness in the kitchen thing. But it is was also just too darn good to not eat it for two meals in a row!
I’m so excited to see what everyone else does with their strawberries and eggplants for Amy’s Fruit and Veggie of the Month Link-Up. Gotta use up the rest of the strawberries before they go bad!