5 years of iaido

Somehow, I managed to let feb slip by before posting this. Blame it on the insanity of work and the buying of a new real sword (more to follow on that one).

I joined Aikido of London on Feb 2009. 5 years, roughly 450 hours of iaido later…..


still going strong!

choc chia, trial 2

I tried the chia seed dessert again, this time with 2 tablespoons of chia seed. Instead of using store bought chocolate soy milk, I whisked in drinking choc into unsweetened soy milk instead (only because tescos didn’t have the chocolate ones. 😦 )


It came out nice and thick, and quite sago-like. Unfortunately, I didn’t let it sit enough yet again. (Should be 2 hours, not one….) so I still crunched my way through it a tad.

Oh well… try and try again.

choc chia…

A few days ago, I nabbed a bag of chia seeds that were on sale in one of the healthy foodie shops. I’ve heard of these supposed superfoods, but never tried it before. The though of an easy healthy pudding was too hard to resist.

So armed with my bag of chai seed and a tub of choc soy milk at work today, I poured myself half a mug of the milk and stirred in a tablespoon of chia.


The usual ratio calls for a cup of liquid with 2 or 3 tablespoons of seeds, but I wanted to just give it a go and see how it will turn out and adjust from there.

An hour of peering, prodding and stirring work later while the mug sat next to my laptop…


They’ve expanded! There seem to be coating of translucent gel growing from each seed, a bit like semi cooked sago.


By this time, I’ve lost all patience and was too curious to wait another hour so I just crunched my way through the whole thing. The still slightly hard seeds retained some of its nuttiness and I love soy milk anyway, so it was rather nice.

Will have to try again, and this time let it sit somewhere further away to keep me getting my paws on them too early.