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.
Gosh that looks good. I love all the different textures!
i have never ever made my own pudding! this is definitely interesting to me! it looks really delicious, i think i should probably put this on my to-try list ;-) YUMMY!
I’m a key lime fanatic, so I actually went for the banana mango lime soft serve first (with an extra squeeze of lime) – it was fantastic. I’ve decided when I’ve got that key lime pie craving, I’m going to make a “key lime sandwich” with your recipe and two graham crackers.
I leave doors + drawers OPEN! I don’t even think it’s an efficiency thing, it just happens. And now our drawers are filled with crumbs. I also just go straight to the fridge no matter what state my hands are in, so the front is always filthy. haha
Now that the summer I was sure would NEVER come has come, I am totally making this to stay cool. Thanks for another great recipe!
The mango soft serve was delicious!!
I’ve also made a version with strawberries…so good :)
Served this for a friend and I for breakfast this am; loved the whole ensemble (I didn’t make my own almond milk), and the Mango – Banana soft serve was a huge hit! Thanks!
Chia seeds are the best! I love them :)
Yum!! This reminds me a lot of this recipe http://www.furtherfood.com/recipe/chocolate-peanut-butter-chia-pudding/
This sounds great! Also, I loved the tip for using up the pulp strained out of almond milk.
This recipe looks delicious! The photographs are so beautiful – some of your best work for sure in my opinion. ;)
Oh my God, how amazing is this!
super delicious! First time I tried adding salt to my Chia Pudding – game changer! <3
Turns out Chia seeds have a very stupid habit of clogging up the sieve in the dishwasher. But I just can’t live without them. Well, I suppose I’ll just have to always lick the bowl clean. No problem!
I live in a house share, so there are always a few ups and down, particularly when it comes down to the kitchen. I love cooking and it seems to me that things taste best only after having made the biggest mess possible. It’s all organised chaos, of course! Everything has its purpose… °°-
Thank you Angela! Not just for this one, but in general. When I made the step to a plant based diet after having been veggie for a long time, your recipes and stories have saved me a number of times. I wish all the best in the world to you and your little family!
I was so optimistic about this recipe, that I went right out and made chocolate and vanilla pudding. Imagine my disappointment when I tasted it and it was ‘off’. I added sugar to help, but just threw both batches out. Do you think this may be because I put the chia seeds into the vitamix first to grind them and then added the liquid? Am I using the wrong chia? Could it go bad? Help?
Angela! I played that exact trick on my family about a year ago. My mom always makes fun of how when I’m in the kitchen, I never close any of the cabinets. So I decided to have a little fun with that. Everything was open save for the fridge; all cabinets and drawers, oven, microwave, both dishwashers, garbages. It looked nuts. My dad thought we were robbed and my mom was just really freaked out. So I totally get where your husband was coming from ;)
Hahaha! Love this story. I leave kitchen cabinets open too. Notably the one above the stove where the spices are and my partner always inevitably bangs his head on it because he’s tall. I will never learn.
Looking forward to trying this recipe too. It looks delish, healthy and easy! Thank you :)
I have been on an insane chia pudding for breakfast kick lately!!! I’ll definitely be working this into rotation. :)
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Ummmmm…..just wondering…..What’s with the swearing? I’ve always enjoyed your posts so much because of your awesome recipes, equally awesome story-telling ability and the “cleanness” of your descriptions.
This recipe sounds great and my favorite part is the presentation – it looks just beautiful!
Just made the granola with some substitutions because of what was in the pantry. It is highly addictive! So good!
Oh boy. You should fill the dishwasher with those multicolored pompoms you get at party stores. That, or with something antithetical to the vibe of Eric.
I am so excited to order your first cookbook! Is there a way I can get the Canadian cover version? I LOVE that cover! But I live in the US.
If you order it from Amazon.ca they should ship it with a Canadian cover.
Looks delicious, just wondering do you have a rough nutrient breakdown of how many carbs / protein / fat are inside?
Love your new heading, photos & updates on your ‘about me’ section!! Eric and you look lovely. Keep up the positivism, Angie! Best of luck for your second cookbook xx
Can’t seem to locate the ‘tip’ that gives the store bought almond milk recipe. How much almond milk should I use? Thanks!
Haha – too funny about the cabinets – I tend to leave mine open as I cook/bake too – but then get mad at myself for doing so!
I am a huge fan of chia pudding – love this pairing with mango-banana-lime soft serve!
wow lovely thanks for sharing..
I tried this recipe the other night and it has a fishy taste. I have black chia seeds from Costco that are well within the use by date. What went wrong?
Woah! Gourmet is right! This looks so amazing, as do all of your recipes.
Such a great post! Your story was hilarious and the pudding looks delicious! Such a great way to use chia seeds. This could be a yummy breakfast or even dessert. Thanks for sharing!
I love chia seeds. And I’m gonna love making this pudding too. It looks delicious. You can just keep them in jars and snack on them anytime you want.
Yum!!! I just made the banana-mango-lime soft serve by itself tonight and it is so good! Just hits the spot on a warm night. I will definitely be trying the whole pudding soon though! Thanks for sharing!
This looks so amazing i will try to make it myself..this article is making some of us to salivate…..a well prepared dish .. cogratulation.
Ok, I see I’m not the only human who leaves open cupboard doors while working in the kitchen.
This looks absolutely delish! I will definitely need to try this recipe over the summer. Any recipes using quinoa for desserts?
Wow!! How do you come up with all of these recipes?? Your own creations. They glow also! Can’t wait to try them.
Please keep this one posted for the long haul. I have you as shortcut on my phone for regular use. I made this from scratch exactly. First time for granola and almond milk. Its soooo easy and everything turned out superbly. This nut milk bag is a great find! What an attractive and tasty summer breakfast! I will use this for guests. My only hitch was the chia seeds didnt want to expand as much as normal. What am I doing wrong here? I let them stand overnight….Also, is there a way to add calcium to the almond milk like the store has (my brand has 50%
So delicious. Mine turned out browner than in the pictures but think that was because I used dates for the sweetener. Really good on fresh fruit also.
How do you read peoples reviews for your recipes? I’m sure there is something wrong with me b/c for the life of me I cannot figure it out!
I do the same thing Im always leaving cupboards open it drives my family crazy but I agree its more efficient! Making this this afternoon with unsweetened store bought almond milk but just ordered the nut bag cant wait to try it with homemade like your recipe suggests.
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Chia seed puddings are a great addition to my breakfast menu. I do have to say that I get bored of smoothies.
Where can I find this Banana-Mango-Lime Soft Serve recipe!? I’ve looked everywhere on this site!? It looks delicious. Thank you!!
Hi Christine, It was actually a recipe I just came up with on a whim and didn’t post it anywhere, sorry about that!
This looks delicious but I have a quick (and probably very easily answered) question – what is that yellow custard-y looking cream that you’ve layered the pudding with? It’s such a pretty colour and looks amazing, but for the life of me, I can’t figure out what it is!
Hey Natasha, It’s been a while since I posted this, but I believe I made some kind of mango-banana soft serve in the food processor (simply process a frozen banana with some frozen mango and a splash of almond milk!) Hope this helps :)
So delicious will try this.
I’m smiling here with the ‘poltergeist shit’ lol.. I haven’t any suggestions yet but will think of something! in the meantime I’m so going to play that one on my husband! .. I have chia seeds at the ready, I love the texture of them, this recipe is a must try!!! thank you! :)
Oooh this looks divine! I’m always looking for different breakfast ideas and this looks perfect. I will probably stick with the easier version but chia seed heaven here I come!
I hope you enjoy it Makayla!
Yum! I was surprised how much I liked this … it’s mild but almost addictive. I’ll be making this again. Thanks for another great recipe.
Hey Wynne, I totally agree with you on it being addictive! I love this version so much…it’s so decadent tasting. So glad you enjoyed it too.
In the app your raspberry and mango layers look liquid-y. Do you make some kind of sauce with the fruit?
Hey Karrie, Oh I’m sorry it’s been so long ago since I photographed that for the app, I’m having a hard time recalling what I did exactly. I think I probably made a sauce with the fruit (heated the frozen fruit with some maple syrup maybe?)
I tried chia seed pudding at a great restaurant in Syracuse called Original Grain. Theirs was super thick. So much so that you couldn’t mix in stuff in it. Anyways, I knew you had this recipe so tried it per the instructions. It was excellent. I layered cocoa nibs and goji berries in it and it was delicious. I felt that making the almond milk was quite messy. I ran it in the juice extractor like I saw on a YouTube video. Anyways, it was a great experience and I’ll do this recipe again.
I’m so happy you enjoyed it Michelle!