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Blackcurrant and chia drink (and a poem)


A glut of blackcurrants and a hankering for extra hydration = this glorious, nourishing chia drink.

My first foraging experience with my husband was redcurrants. Stripping the shiny, full to bursting jewels off the thread and watching them tumble into a basket calls up something ancient. Is it body memory or is it love?

Here’s the recipe for the black and, below that, the poem I wrote back then for the forager and surfer I had fallen for fast, for the red –

(serves 2 for a large drink each)

1 1/2 cups of fresh blackcurrants
1/2 cup of chia seeds, soaked in 3/4 cup of water overnight
1/2 tbsp of honey or maple syrup (optional)

Blend the currants with 1/2 a cup of fresh water. Add the chia seeds and pulse just a couple of times so some seeds break apart but some remain whole. Add more water if it is too thick and enjoy. xx

Believe him the gardener

Teeth stripped stems percussive tooth comb, fish bone

fingered little globes of surfacing blood

less than arterial the pricks of gorse,

bright brilliance we could burst, skin’s checked force.

Lost in the bush I was calm – now I wake

charged with a crazy person’s worry shake

while, undiverted, you work hand and fist,

milking tight stems into pots grip and twist

whitely biting fruit to make juice. Firefly!

now maddens with flung orbs the magnet sky

tiny red planets sucked up hung in luck

count the clustered stars, blood points of our trust.

Red juice pools soft in the well of your lip

sweat beads your bare f eet like clear berries strung.

Wading Roti’s hot skies ocean soaked locks

drookit, mealie meal, arms spears board a shield

heart bursts. Rapt children run so fast from you

their feet leave redcurrants on the rocks.

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