Your comments on my Kitchen Quirks story were quite hilarious. They also led to even more funny stories here at home and among our friends and family.
I got a text from a friend shortly after posting.
“I’m reading your kitchen quirks post aloud to my husband (because he is absolutely nuts about the dishwasher just like Eric is). I finish reading it to him and he goes, “Ugh, I wonder what some of Eric’s tricks are? Did he write specifics?”
There are many inquiring minds as to what Eric’s dishwashing tricks are, it seems. Eric is in the process of penning an e-guide for dishwasher enthusiasts. Ok not really, but I told him he can’t keep his secrets all to himself for ever! Plus, I need others to know what I’m going through.
When we were talking about the blog post, Eric decided to mention another one of my kitchen quirks. You know, aside from general “chaos”. Apparently, I have this annoying little habit of leaving kitchen cupboards/cabinets and drawers open while I’m baking or cooking. I’ve been doing it for years. Basically, since I started cooking.
In my eyes, leaving the drawers and cupboards open is efficient. I do it because I know I’ll probably go back to that cupboard later on in the cooking process so I see no need to close it every single time. See it’s not lazy; it’s practical! I’m all about efficiency.
One morning about 4 years ago when we were living in our previous house, I headed downstairs to the kitchen for breakfast. Eric was still upstairs getting ready for work. As I approached the kitchen I immediately noticed something was wrong…very wrong.
Every single cupboard and drawer in the entire kitchen was wide open. Just picture your own kitchen with every cupboard door open and every drawer open. It’s freaky stuff, right?
I stopped dead in my tracks at the edge of the kitchen.
“OH… MY… GOD…”
I was absolutely horrified. Of course, I immediately assumed there was some kind of weird Poltergeist shit going on. Or some evil force taking over my kitchen. Or both.
I turned on my heels and BOOKED it upstairs. There’s no way I was going to wait around for the drawers to start spontaneously slamming or something!!
Eric started laughing uncontrollably. He then confessed that he opened every cupboard and drawer before bed to play a trick on me. What kind of sick person does that?
So it’s been 4 years since his prank and I’m long overdue for retaliation. I’m thinking it’s going to have something to do with his beloved dishwasher. I’m open to your suggestions, as always.
Gourmet Chia Seed Pudding
3-3.5 cups (serves 4-6)
overnight + 2-3 hours
Creamy, rich, and thick chia seed pudding made from scratch! If you want to make the speedy version using store-bought almond milk and liquid sweetener, see the tip below. This makes a large batch (3 cups or so), but I discovered that chia seed pudding freezes well and it thaws beautifully in the fridge. So there’s never fear of any going to waste. I like to freeze it in individual servings in freezer-safe zip bags or small glass containers, so I always have a healthy snack on hand. If you aren't down with the tapioca-like texture of chia seed pudding, feel free to blend this pudding in your blender until smooth.
- 1 cup raw almonds, soaked overnight
- 3 cups filtered water
- 1 vanilla bean, chopped into a few pieces (optional, but recommended)
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Dash of fine sea salt
- 3 to 4 tablespoons pure maple syrup or 1/3 cup packed pitted Medjool dates, or to taste
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
- Place almonds in a bowl and cover with a couple inches of water. Soak overnight or for 8 hours. If you are in a rush, soaking for 1 to 2 hours works in a pinch. Drain and rinse almonds after soaking.
- Place almonds in a high-speed blender along with the 3 cups filtered water, chopped vanilla bean (if using), vanilla extract, and salt. Blend on the highest speed, for about 1 minute until the almonds and vanilla bean are pulverized.
- Place a nut milk bag on top of a large bowl and pour the almond milk into the bag. (You can also use cheesecloth placed over a fine mesh sieve, however a nut milk bag yields the smoothest result and is faster.) Squeeze the bag and press out all the milk. The pulp will remain in the bag/cloth (you should have about 1 cup of pulp).
- If using dates as your sweetener: Note: I only recommend using dates if your blender can pulverize them super smooth, otherwise use liquid sweetener. Rinse out the blender. Carefully pour the almond milk back into the blender and add the pitted dates. Blend on the highest speed until the dates are pulverized and the milk is super smooth. Add milk back into the bowl.
- Whisk in the chia seeds (and the maple syrup, only if not using the dates). Place in the fridge for 2 to 3 hours, until thickened and cold. Give the mixture a good stir every once in awhile to redistribute the chia seeds.
- Layer the chia pudding with mango, raspberries, and top with Coconut Whipped Cream. Chia seed pudding will keep in the fridge for up to 3 to 4 days. It freezes well too, just thaw in the fridge before ready to enjoy.
- For a quicker version, simply use 3 cups of store-bought unsweetened almond milk, 1/2 cup chia seeds, and 2 tablespoons of pure maple syrup. Whisk everything in a mason jar and chill in the fridge for 2 to 3 hours.
- Ideas for using leftover almond pulp: Spread the pulp onto a baking sheet and dry it out by baking it at 300°F (150°C) for 25-30 minutes until lightly golden in some spots. Cool completely. Grind it in a food processor until a coarse flour forms. You can use the toasted pulp in granola recipes or any other baked goods you see fit.
This pudding looks amazing, yum! Too funny on Eric, my husband always leaves cabinets and the pantry open too and it drives me nuts since that takes up more space in our small kitchen while we’re playing dueling chefs. :-)
YUM! I LOVE that you used homemade almond milk (with the addition of vanilla beans…OMG). I make a Turmeric Date Almond Milk that I may substitute in this recipe! I cannot wait to give this a try as the weather starts to get warmer! Pinned!
The vanilla bean is so enthralling in here!~ I love the idea, the scent, the whole package. I need a nut milk bag, it’s been on my to-do list. I’m wracking my brain trying to think of a prank to get back at your husband for the kitchen cabinet trick, but the dishwasher is tricky! All I can say is that kitchen quirks will totally test anyone’s marriage. My husband rinses all the dishes but leaves them sopping on the countertop. My mom says to count my blesses that he even think to removes the dishes at all from the table, but I’m struggling. I can’t figure out why he won’t just put the dishes in the dishwasher? And yes, I’ve asked but just get a blank stare (this is the way his mom always did things……ut-oh.)
Honey, please don’t forget that I read Angela’s blog too! And yes, annoying me with the dishwasher is not that hard (and yes, I’m the dishwasher man here too.) All you have to do, is put the silverware pokey side up inside of down. I mean, who wants to empty the dishwasher nicking their finger with a pokey fork or knife wife? We are obviously opposite dishwasher loaders, that’s all I can say. I can think of plenty of ways to get back at Eric, but as a guy, I just feel like I’m on his team right now. Great pudding though Angela!
You guys are so cute! Laura, whenever I find dishes sitting in the sink (rinsed off!), which happens to reside RIGHT NEXT to the dishwasher, I shake my head like you. But I try REALLY hard (as your mom points out) to be grateful that the dishes actually made their way to the sink because it could be much worse! We just moved in together a year ago, & I remember what his old house looked like (shudders!). :P
Sounds like such a great idea since chia seeds are a super food, I’m just not a fan of puddings because of the slimmy consistency or I’d try this today =)
my puddings never look this good, I just put everything into a bowl, and that’s all. This way it looks much more yummy <3
I do the SAME thing! Leaving cabinets, etc open totally IS practical! My fiance does not understand, it drives him crazy. He is constantly getting frustrated with me over it. But I am always going from cabinet to cabinet in my cooking/baking frenzies so it makes sense to me… Until I hit my head and then he’s looking at me like, “I told you so.” Oh well! I don’t think I can change at this point. I’m surprised he has not played the very same trick on me! Anyway, I cannot wait to make this pudding! Thanks for the recipe :D
This made me scream with laughter. I compulsively leave drawers/cabinets open too! I do it everywhere. We share a chest of drawers and my side is always ajar because I know I will need to get back in to get more clothes later. It drives my husband crazy! He says I am allergic to closing drawers but then he somehow becomes blind to dishes left beside the sink. We don’t have a dishwasher and he will happily do the washing up but it has to be IN the sink not BESIDE the sink otherwise somehow they are invisible.
I cannnot wait to try this recipe! I’m always on the lookout for make-ahead recipes I can take to work for breakfast! (I tell my co-workers about your blog all the time!) Thanks Angela.
Oh my goodness, I do the same thing! I always regret it when I (inevitably) hit my head against a corner of a door! But I love it, so easy to see everything. This looks so delicious, I can’t wait to try it!
haha, cheeky Eric! You’ll have to get him back ;) Love the idea to serve the chia pudding with soft serve. Will definitely be trying this.
Haha I do the same thing with the cabinets, except its not only when I’m cooking, its all the time! I’m just glad I’m short or I probably would always be bleeding from the head lol! Eric’s prank is pretty hilarious..I want to tell my fiance but he might get some ideas!
This looks amazing.
I just bought the Qia Cranberry Vanilla chia superfood cereal! Perfect for this recipe!!
Yum! It’s been a long time since you posted a banana soft serve parfait! I saw your photos on Instagram last night and I already have my chia seed pudding soaking in my fridge for breakfast. I used to make parfaits all the time for breakfast :) Beautiful shots of this one!
hi there, I can’t seem to find a recipe for the banana soft serve nice cream as pictured in the recipe. Just needing the ratio of ingredients. Can anyone help me, I have looked everywhere on here Thanks
Hi Karen, It’s been a while since I made this, so I can’t quite recall the exact ratios, but I believe I made the mango-banana soft serve by simply processing a frozen banana with some frozen mango and a splash of almond milk. Hope this helps! :)
thanks for your reply Angela! I made this chia pudding , it was delicious. Layered it with fruit. next time i will try with the banana soft serve!
Angela, your post ideas have been so unique and original! wow! Thanks for making me think outside the box <3
Oh my goodness this looks amazing! Will have to check out the banana mango lime soft serve recipe too, it sounds divine! :)
wauw. This look so delicious! Definitely will try myself:)
This look perfect for a Sunday pudding. Fingers crossed I have everything as if I do I will be making it today.
yummy can’t wait to try this at home!!! looks scrumptious
Hi! Just wondering if anyone in the toronto area can tell me where I can track down vanilla beans?
Most likely you will have to buy them online. I get mine on Amazon.
Try Whole Foods or Bulk Barn. I’ve found them at both
I made this last night and my kids ate it all. I got very little!! ;). As for the vanilla bean, they are really easy to find in just about any grocery or natural food store.
Bulk Barn often has them! I’m sure lots of other places have them too but I can’t say for sure – Whole Foods? Other health food stores?
Thank you for this recipe! I wanted to make chia seed pudding for ages…now I will give it a go for sure! x
Look delicious I may try it with some banana protein powder!
This chia seed pudding looks fab, could be a new breakfast favourite!
PS my sister is the same with the kitchen cupboards but she doesn’t close them full stop! So frustrating.
I see the practicality of having all the cupboard and cabinet doors open, but my condo kitchen is pretty tiny. Having everything open would essentially trap me in. :)
As for a dishwasher prank, if Eric is very into making sure that everything is loaded a certain way, I suggest sneaking in at the last minute and carefully rearranging a few noticeable items before you run it. Of course, this will only work if you know that Eric will be the one unloading it.
This looks amazing, I can’t wait to try it out! (:
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I do the same exact thing with the cabinets!! My roommate in college said she felt like she was living with the little girl from signs! Except instead of leaving glasses of water out, I leave all the cabinets open. It was a habit of mine I had forgotten about until my boyfriend (who I live with) recently injured his ankle. This week, I started noticing all the cabinets were open all the time. He said to me, that’s because he usually closes them but now that he’s been resting his ankle he hasn’t been in the kitchen to close them! Now my own bad habit is driving me crazy lol. Glad to know I’m not the only one that does that!
The dishwasher quirk of Eric’s is hilarious because my boyfriend does the same thing! Every night when he gets home from work, he reorganizes it!
If he starts the dishwasher before going to bed – do the same thing, get up early and change everything around in the dishwasher so it is total chaos. Or spray cheese whiz on everything – LOL! Did you know your reply for email is disabled? Several months ago you emailed me wanting more information on formaldehyde in coconuts and I tried several times to reply but it bounces it back. I noticed this morning, it did the same thing when I inadvertently tried to reply by email instead of putting this in the comments section.
I’ve been using this recipe for years – I put cardamon in it too.
I add fruit to my almond mixture before I Vitamix it. You can put up to a cup of fruit in and it will come out just fine.
Lol! This is hilarious! I do the same with kitchen cabinet doors and my husband played the same trick on me one of the mornings!!!
Yum! To the quick version I add vanilla bean and dates and I think after the above suggestion I’ll add cardamom , as well.
This looks great. I’m thinking- I want to make the quick version of this. Could I use coconut milk instead of almond milk? or half/half? I’m thinking coconut milk might give it a really delicious creamy-ness but have never tried. Would love to hear your advice!
This looks amazing!! I am in an Italian beach town right now, and I brought my chia with me. I can’t wait to get back to the states and whip this up – no more overnight bar fridge chia pudding :P
I am digging the sound of this pudding. I feel vegan food can be gourmet, despite what others may say about it! Simple, good quality ingredients, whipped together in balance can really take fruit and vegetables (and seeds!) up a notch. Or several notches.
Pranks ideas: How does he feel about a giant rubber spider in the toilet? Or wrapped around a shower head? It gets my boyfriend pretty good when he decides to tighten all the jars in the fridge or put my kitchen essentials on the top shelves. Just an idea ;)
Hilarious!!! Definitely whipping up a batch – it looks incredible!!
Love the layering in this jar! It looks so pretty :)
I cannot STAND it when the cupboard doors and kitchen drawers are open. If Mr. Science leaves them open while he’s cooking, I’ll follow him around, closing cabinet doors. I always think things are going to start falling off the shelves, haha.
That looks so yummy!
I’d love that for breakfast ;)
That pudding looks great! I do the same thing when I am making dinner. I have been making a lot of Blue Apron meals and so I always make sure to leave the trash drawer open since there is a lot of chopping and prep. That way I can just toss scraps in there instead of opening it every time!
I love your recipes and would love to try this one. I am allergic to nuts is there a seed substitution I could use instead?
Maybe try coconut milk instead?
That is too funny because my husband leaves the cabinet doors open when he is in the kitchen and it drives me NUTS! HA! HA! He drives me nuts with the dishwasher too. He is obsessed with filling it and emptying it as soon as possible.
OH LOVE THIS.
we are scratch people all the way.
with our chia anyway :-)
We’re obsessed with Chia Seeds at the moment, such an amazing super food.
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LOL! Love this post Ange! I am 100% the same way with kitchen cupboards and I wasn’t even conscious of it until I was having a chat with a friend who mentioned she has the same habit. I was in the kitchen a few days later making recipes for the blog, stopped for a second, and looked around to find 3 cupboards and a few drawers open. I guess it’s a sign of a good cook!? :) As for this pudding, it looks soooo delicious. I’ve been loving my chia seeds in smoothies lately, but pudding is just as good too. I need to find some real vanilla beans (and I’m sure they’re at Whole Foods… so in that case I just need to fork over the moolah lol!)
Ah this sounds amazing! I love all your little tips in your posts–>like, chia pudding freezes well?! That is a game changer! I usually make mine in individual servings but now I’m just going to whip up a big batch and freeze away! Also, you and Eric crack me up. I wonder if my husband notices any kitchen quirks of mine….I’ll have to ask!
I have to make this right now. The Banan-Mango-Lime Soft Serve… mmm.
haha, I leave all doors, cupboards, and drawers open, not just in the kitchen. It makes my husband sooooo mad!
I was laughing as I read this because I always leave cabinets open. I want to try this soon, do you prefer the syrup or the dates in this recipe?
a) I am completely obsessed with your site and your cookbook right now; (b) this looks delicious; and (c) I can’t believe it’s taken you this long to retaliate! I would have been taking care of that ish the day of! :)
What type if food processor do you use? Does it make peanut or nut sauces?
That pudding looks incredible!
Love that the produce sticker war is alive and well. So is mine. Stickers all over the place!
Wow, this looks so great! And it’s exactly what I need right now.
I still leave all the cabinet doors open, even though I’ve been trying to remember to shut them. If I’m gonna be back and forth all over the kitchen (and let’s face it, I’m not Martha Stewart, my ingredients are never neatly laid out before I start cooking), it just makes more sense to leave them open haha.