I thought I’d give you two recipes this morning, since I was feeling indecisive about which recipe to blog. Enjoy!
California Morning Pudding
Adapted from Food and Wine, specifically by Grace Parisi
Have you had chia seeds yet? They’re sort of the kale chips of the online food world right now; they seem seem to be everywhere. Given their health properties (hello, fiber, protein and omega 3s), rich history and interesting texture, they were bound to show up in my cooking rotation eventually. The seeds become boba or tapioca-like when soaked in liquid (in fact, some just sip them in water as a refreshing drink), but more importantly, they give me an excuse to eat pudding for breakfast.
I call this California Morning Pudding because its toppings: dates, oranges and almonds, are all from my home state. Their contribution to the dish is a layer of acerbic sweetness, which is the just the right way to be woken up on a cold winter morning. Oh, and I hate to oversell you new ingredients here, but Cara Cara oranges are another thing you should seek out if you ever get the chance. They’re the less bitter cousin of grapefruit, who has still inherited that same gorgeous blush.
2 ½ cups unsweetened soy milk
½ cup chia seeds
2 tablespoons of honey
3 Medjool dates, pitted and torn into pieces
1 Cara Cara orange, peeled and sliced (you can sub grapefruit or any other orange)
6 or 7 almonds
Mix together the first 3 ingredients in a quart container (I used a leftover yogurt container). Shake or stir the mixture, cover and let it sit in your refrigerator overnight.
In the morning, give the mixture a good stir. Spoon about a cup or so of the pudding into a bowl and top with the dates, oranges and almonds. The leftover pudding will last for a week.
Broccoli With Sriracha Honey Butter and Toasted Sesame Seeds
I’ve been working from my pantry a lot lately. And if this is “cooking with what you have”, I’m thinking I should do it more often. Honeyed and spicy with just enough fat to add some flavor, this dish is great on its own as well as stirred into a salad or noodles.
1 cup broccoli, steamed in a steam basket or the microwave
generous squirt of Sriracha hot sauce (or more)
1 teaspoon of honey
½ tablespoon of unsalted butter or olive oil
toasted sesame seeds (optional)
Top hot broccoli with the rest of the ingredients, stir and enjoy.