Me: I don’t feel like myself.
Friend: What’s going on?
Me: Lots of stuff. Big stuff. Heavy stuff. I’ve started dating again, too.
Friend: That’s good. It’s about time you got back out there.
Me: No, it’s not good – dating is excruciating. It’s like trying to find a perfect pair of jeans – time-consuming and soul-destroying for the most part.
Friend: There is nothing more depressing than trying to find a good pair of jeans.
Me: Right. I know how to be with someone and I know how to be without someone. But I don’t know how to date – it’s completely surreal.
Friend: Just give it time.
Me: Time? Dating sucks up so much time already. There’s the time I spend on the actual dates, the time I spend prepping for the dates, and the time I spend day-dreaming before and afterwards. I don’t know how people date and actually get stuff done.
Me: I’m so tired today. I’ve gone to bed at 2am three nights in a row.
Friend: Why are you staying up so late?
Me: I can’t switch off so I end up reading film scripts for hours until I’m ridiculously tired. And then J wakes me up at 6:30am each morning by sitting on my head and yelling, “Momma, wake up now!”
Friend: Awww. Well, maybe you should learn how to meditate.
Me: Do you find it helpful?
Friend: I don’t really know… I always fall asleep.
Me: Are you supposed to fall asleep?
Friend: I’m not sure. Maybe you just need more sleep.
Me: I think you’re right.
Friend: Why don’t you just go to bed early tonight then?
Me: Well, I need to make a cheesecake that I have to shoot in the morning.
Friend: I love cheesecake! But I made one a few years ago and it didn’t set properly so I haven’t made one since.
Me: I use gelatine so you won’t have that problem. I’ll email you the link once the recipe is up on the client’s site.
Friend: Thanks. Now go to bed after you’ve made the cake.
Me: I will. Thanks for the pep talk. Sorry I’ve been so lame today – I hate not giving good value.
Friend: That’s OK – even when you’re being lame you’re still entertaining.
Me: Glad to hear it.
Red Berry Soup
Red soup is my spin on a traditional German dessert, Rote Grütze, that I ate when travelling around Germany many years ago. I’m not sure a German traditionalist would approve of my so-easy-it’s-barely-a-recipe riff so think of this as a homage rather than an authentic rendition. On a side note, red is my favourite colour – it brings me luck and it always puts a smile on my face. May this soup do both for you, too.
- 1 kg mixed berries, fresh or frozen (if frozen, use thawed)
- 1 473 ml bottle pomegranate juice
- 3 teaspoons corn flour
- 3 teaspoons water
- 4-6 tablespoons honey, agave syrup or rice malt syrup
- Cream, vanilla custard or ice cream to serve
- In a medium saucepan, bring berries and pomegranate juice to the boil.
- Dissolve corn flour in water and then stir into the bubbling mixture.
- Immediately turn heat down and simmer for a further minute and then switch off heat and leave to cool.
- Sweeten to desired taste with honey and then refrigerate the soup for 2-3 hours.
- Serve it with cream, vanilla custard or ice cream.
- Serves 6.
- Gluten and refined sugar-free.
- Can be dairy-free if you serve it as is or with a dairy-free cream, yoghurt or ice cream.
- Suitable for vegans and vegetarians.
More dessert recipes
- Sponge Cake with Berries and Cherries
- Rosewater, Cardamon and Pistachio Bundt Cake
- Strawberry and Rhubarb Upside Down Cake
- Raspberry Pomegranate Layered Pavlova
- Sponge Cake with Berries and Cherries
- Passionfruit Sago Puddings
Posts about The Hungry Australian
- Anne from Epicurean Epistles wrote a post called Bloggers Versus Journos about the Eating their Words debate I did with writer David Sly (Gourmet Traveller), chef Phil Whitmarsh (Daniel O’Connell) and writer and blogger George Ujvary (The Foodologist); and
- Nick from Wicked Cow Marketing wrote a post called Bloggers and Brands: You’re Doing it Wrong (SEO edition) in response to my WordPress Adelaide talk and my post Bloggers and Brands: why we’re (mostly) doing it wrong.
Thanks to both Anne and Nick – I’m really chuffed you felt inspired to write something about these events.
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