When Andy goes away, I get the idea that I should buy grocery items that are a little bit fancy - to treat myself, and since we save heaps on groceries (since I alone don't eat even half as much as we eat together) anyways, it just makes sense. And then I wander through the grocery store, picking up things like biscuits or fancy nuts, and putting them back on the shelves. And I walk out with a few potatoes and some tofu, or something similar.
When Andy was away in January, though, I followed through. I bought a jar of chia seeds.
Then I went home and googled them. Apparently they are very good for you, but I won't rehash the nutritional stuff here because I'm no nutritionist! I also read that the best way to make use of them was to soak 1/3 c. of seeds in 2 c. of water. Kept in a jar in the fridge, this supposedly lasts for at least three weeks.
Well, mixing chia and water is exactly the preparation for growing chia pets, and if you have ever done that, you may remember the gooey slime that is created from this simple mix of two ingredients. It's kind of cool, more so than gross.
I added some to smoothies, but then we had a cyclone and bananas became ridiculously expensive, so smoothies stopped happening in my kitchen. So I've been eating my chia goo on granola, and on breakfast brown rice pudding.
My first jar went off when we lost power for 5 days, which we expected. But then I made up another batch and in two weeks it had a sour milk smell. Maybe I just need to make smaller batches...