Chocolate Chia Pudding

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I can hear you saying ‘that looks minging’ but trust me on this one, it tastes fab!  It has a spoonful missing already because I forgot to take a photo before I dug in!

I’ve been adding chia seeds to my porridge for a while and wondering what else to do with them.  I stumbled across this recipe on Facebook and it really couldn’t be easier.  It makes a lovely satisfying chocolate pud.  Chia seeds are said to have lots of health benefits. They are rich in Omega 3 which is key to maintaining a healthy cholesterol and are a protein, so keep you fuller for longer than carbs.

Ingredients

One jar with a lid – I used a Kilner jar

One and a quarter cups of coconut milk (the drink you get in cartons)

One tablespoon of maple syrup (don’t skimp on the quality)

Three tablespoons of cocoa powder (again, use the proper stuff)

A quarter of a cup of chia seeds (they sell them in Holland & Barrett)

A quarter of a teaspoon of salt (this brings out the flavour of the chocolate I believe)

Method

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Put the lid on the jar and shake it, then put it in the fridge for four hours, or overnight.  That’s it.  A little miracle.

Let me know if you give it a go.

Christine

 

 

 

What To Eat In Torremolinos

These are my favourites to eat on the Costa Del Sol.  I suggest you look away if you don’t like fish!

Gambas al Pil Pil – hot sizzling prawns in chilli, garlic and olive oil! (This was at chiringuito Antonio y Ana. There are lots of these beach front restaurants in Torremolinos and they’re the best place to eat fish in my opinion).

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Rodaballo – a whole turbot grilled and served with garlic potatoes- this was the special of the day at Larry’s chiringuito (our favourite fish place).

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Sardinas al Espeto – grilled on a stick over a red hot charcoal BBQ on the beach.

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Chocolate con Churros – unsweetened deep fried batter served with thick hot chocolate for dipping.  The best place for this is Heladeria San Miguel.

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Lenguado a la Plancha – grilled lemon sole with garlic.  This was at Larry’s.

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Calamares – deep fried squid rings, tender and fresh as you like!

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Jamon Serrano – served in our hotel for breakfast with a fried egg.  We stayed at the Sol House Hotel.

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Sepia – grilled baby cuttlefish – served as a starter at our hotel

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this (mostly fishy) tale.  What’s your favourite thing to eat on holiday?

Tea and Chocolate Pairing

Readers of my blog will know that I’m mad about aromatherapy.  But did you know that my love for it extends well beyond the essential oils used in therapeutic and beauty blends?

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I went along to the most amazing tea and chocolate sensory experience at Rococo, the lovely artisan chocolate shop based in The Chester Grosvenor Hotel.  It was jointly hosted by Rococo, and Quinteassential, a small independent tea boutique based in Cheshire.

Tea and chocolate! Two of my favourite things!

 

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We were treated to a selection of tea blends paired with perfectly matched chocolate and were guided through the tasting by tea and chocolate experts.  We explored which flavours and aromas worked well together, as well as learning the appropriate way to prepare tea.

My personal favourite was the beautifully floral Imperial Earl Grey.  You can really identify the vanilla flavour in this tea.  I took some home to enjoy whilst sitting in the garden.

I also loved the pairing of Quinteassential’s Signature Breakfast blend with Rococo’s Anglesey Sea Salt Caramel Ganache: heaven!

What I really took away from this though, was an appreciation of the art of tea blending.  It really is so similar to essential oil blending, as you have to achieve the perfect balance of teas, or indeed, oils, to get the desired effect.

 

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You can find more information at:

http://www.quinteassential.co.uk/

http://www.rococochocolates.com/