In Kate and Leopold, the 2001 Meg Ryan/Hugh Jackman movie, there is a scene where Leopold is being critical of our modern day excuses for food. He says, “Perhaps one day when you’ve awoken from a pleasant slumber to the scent of a warm brioche smothered in marmalade and fresh creamery butter, you’ll understand that life is not solely comprised of tasks, but tastes.” So when Carole Toulousy-Michel, one of our readers, wanted to share a recipe she developed for Einkorn brioche, I didn’t have any complaints. Although, to be honest, I had never tried the stuff until we tried her recipe. I wasn’t disappointed!
Like Leopold, we do believe that food is meant not only to keep us functioning but to enrich our lives. Much of modern food enriches life while destroying our bodies which is not the balance we want to strike. On the flip side, many health foods are great for our bodies but not very life-enriching. This is why we’re committed to recipes that do both. This brioche is made with completely clean ingredients including all-purpose einkorn flour and so is healthier and easier on the digestive system than brioche made with modern wheat. We wanted to add something to go with the brioche (I may or may not have googled how normal people eat brioche because I had no idea) and we decided our chia seed jam would be perfect. Any fruit will work and it can be made in 5 minutes in a blender. Pectin, the agent used to make jam gel, is often made with GMO corn and other ingredients we’d prefer not to have in our bodies. Chia seeds, the superfood, do this cool thing where they gel in liquid. So, they’re perfect for jam. This jam was awesome with Carole’s recipe. We hope you enjoy it and that your day is “not solely comprised of tasks, but tastes.”