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Summer pudding and a new look

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Redesigning a blog is like renovating a house. Or getting elective plastic surgery.

You start off thinking that you’re just going to make a few minor cosmetic changes and you end up with a house (or body) that is almost unrecognisable. The thing is, once you’ve made one part look good everything around it starts to look a little tired.

The Hungry Australian redesign you are now looking at has been a long time in the making. While I really liked my old blog design, over time I began wishing that I could add some new elements and functionality to it. The trouble is, once I started I realised that making a few minor changes would be unsatisfying and that nothing less than a complete redesign would serve.

Because my blog is such a personal thing and I’m a bit of a control freak, finding a designer to work with me on the redesign was quite tricky. So I’m thrilled with the design that Joseph and I came up with. Thanks for all your (late-night) work getting the new site up and running, Joseph.

This new design includes a visual recipe index, which is something I’ve been wanting ever since I started blogging and my photos actually started resembling food. You can search by type of dish or dietary requirement: if you want to search by ingredient simply enter the ingredient into the search box on the top right of the screen.

A few things to note.

Firstly, the new post column is significantly wider than the old one so photos in old posts won’t be completely sharp when viewed on a computer screen. I may get around to replacing all of these images with new ones at the current width one day.

Secondly, I’m still re-categorising my recipes so there are actually more recipes in most of the sections. For example, the sugar-free category currently only contains a few recipes but there are actually a lot more sugar-free recipes in the archives. I’ll finish this off by the end of the month.

Thirdly, old comments haven’t been imported yet. This will hopefully happen in the next day or so but you can still comment in the meantime.

Lastly, we’re still working on it so you may find the occasional glitch. Thanks for your patience and understanding.

Now regular readers will know that I’ve been blogging a lot less than usual lately due to firstly a killer flu and then work and family commitments. When you get out of practise with something it can become harder and harder to get back into it. But working on this blog makeover has made me fall in love with blogging all over again.

So with this redesign almost complete, I’m feeling re-inspired and re-invigorated as I set off on a much awaited trip with Trafalgar: tonight I’m off to Abu Dhabi where I’ll be staying for a day or so before I fly to Turkey for a week’s famil/media trip followed by a two-day extension to central Turkey by myself.

The week in Turkey was one of the prizes I received as overall winner of the Australian Writers’ Centre’s Best Australian Blogs 2014 competition. Many thanks to the team at the AWC for their support, and to Trafalgar for this amazing prize and for also hosting my add-ons to Abu Dhabi (partnering with Creative Holidays) and Cappadocia.

I will be blogging a number of current and recent food and travel stories while I’m on the road. If you want to see what I’m up to in real-time you can follow me at Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

Christina xx

Summer Pudding

I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of Summer Pudding, a simple pudding made with stewed berries and bread. So when I had a glut of berries in the house yesterday I decided to give it a go.

This is not a hard dessert to make and it’s a very light and pleasant one to eat, too. My daughter is notoriously picky when it comes to cakes and she ate four slices last night. How many can you eat?

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5.0 from 3 reviews
Summer pudding
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Australian
Prep time: 
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A light, Summery dessert
Ingredients
  • 1kg grams mixed berries, fresh or frozen
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 45 mls water (3 tablespoons)
  • Fresh bread (crusts removed) to cover the inside of a 1 kilogram pudding basin, about 8 regular slices or 500 grams gluten free bread (gluten free bread is generally baked in smaller loaves so you have to use more as you lose more of it when you cut off the crusts).
Instructions
  1. Place 800 grams berries, sugar and water in a medium saucepan and cook until juices run (about 3-4 minutes for fresh and 8-10 minutes if frozen).
  2. Meanwhile, line pudding basin with bread ensuring that there are no gaps (cut to fit).
  3. Remove approximately ⅓ cup juice from saucepan and then spoon remaining berries and juice into bread-line pudding basin.
  4. Cover berries with remaining bread and then gently spoon over a few tablespoons of the reserve juice so that the bread is all red in colour. Cover the remaining juice and store in the fridge.
  5. Cover pudding with a clean saucer that fits just inside the pudding basin and then put a heavy weight on top (e.g. a can or heavy plate).
  6. Refrigerate the pudding overnight or for at least four hours.
  7. To serve, remove pudding from fridge and discard saucer.
  8. Place a serving plate over the pudding base and carefully invert the pudding onto the plate.
  9. If there are any white spots on the bread, cover these up with the reserved juice.
  10. Decorate with reserved fresh berries and serve with cream or custard.
Notes
SUBSTITUTIONS
Gluten-free: gluten-free bread can be used.
Refined sugar-free: stevia, honey, rice malt vinegar or agave syrup can be used instead of sugar.
Dairy-free: serve with dairy-free ice cream or whipped coconut cream instead of whipped cream.

 

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  • http://gourmanda.me/ Amanda @ Gourmanda

    Well done on your blog design Christina, it’s such a big project! Love the new searchable functionality. Have a great time on your trip.

    • http://TheHungryAustralian Christina Soong

      Thanks so much, Amanda. Your kind comments are always so appreciated x

  • http://shecooksshegardens.com erin @ she cooks, she gardens

    Christina, your redesign is spectacular. I’m in love! Well done. Have a fabulous time in Turkey, see you when you get back.xx

    • http://TheHungryAustralian Christina Soong

      Aww, thanks, mate! Still sorting out some glitches but I’m really happy with how it looks. And yes, let’s get together when I’m back. Maybe Bubbly Noodle on a Sunday? xx

  • http://www.orgasmicchef.com Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    I love the new design, Christina and the trip to Turkey sounds smashing.

    It’s the summer pudding that really gets to me though. Gorgeous photos that make me want to reach in with my spoon.

    • http://TheHungryAustralian Christina Soong

      Thanks so much for your kind words, Maureen! I’m so happy to be using your wonderful Easy Recipe plugin. What a clever man you have there! x

  • dayle

    This is beautiful (the pudding and blog both) :)

    • http://TheHungryAustralian Christina Soong

      Thanks, Dayle xx

  • http://mysavoryspoon.blogspot.com cheri

    Hi Christina, beautiful site, love the pudding it is gorgeous. Have a great trip.

    • http://TheHungryAustralian Christina Soong

      Thanks so much for your kind words, Cheri x

  • http://www.glutenfreeforlunchboxes.wordpress.com Kate

    Congratulations, Christina! It’s beautiful. I hope you have a wonderful trip.

    • http://TheHungryAustralian Christina Soong

      Aww, thanks, Kate. That’s very sweet of you xx

  • http://padaek.com Padaek

    Love the new design – very elegant – fits perfectly with everything about the blog – my thoughts. The summer pudding looks divine! Everything about it and the photos look scrumptiously perfect. WOW! Great to see you’re back! Have a happy and safe trip. Best wishes! :D

    • http://TheHungryAustralian Christina Soong

      Thank you so much for your thoughtful words, Padaek. I’m really touched x

  • http://www.strayedtable.com lizzie @ strayedtable

    Ok, your site has gone from food porn to SUPER food porn!! Love the new look. Have a great trip.

    • http://TheHungryAustralian Christina Soong

      Lol!! Thanks, Lizzie. Your comment made me SMILE xx

  • http://chewtown.com Amanda@ChewTown

    Gorgeous new look Christina and a gorgeous summer pudding to boot!

    • http://TheHungryAustralian Christina Soong

      Thanks so much for your kind words, Amanda x

  • http://www.rusticaretro.wordpress.com Alice Kiandra Adams

    Christina I love the redesign, your beautiful photos really bask in the new format. I’m off to follow you on Instagram, Turkey is no. 1 on my destinations list and I already have a tinge of food envy. Have a brilliant time.

    • http://TheHungryAustralian Christina Soong

      Aww, thanks, Alice. I’m really touched by your kind words. I’m having a ball in Turkey – I’ve eaten so much today I need to have a nap now! Lots of good photos coming soon :)

  • Guest

    Lookin’ good! The summer pud, and the new look.

    • http://www.hungryaustralian.com/ Christina Soong-Kroeger

      Thanks, John! :)

    • http://TheHungryAustralian Christina Soong

      Thank you! :)

  • adrianfoodrehab

    Luuurve the new layout Christina and what a way to celebrate your success with this amazing pudding!

    I know first hand how challenging blog redesign can be so a massive congratulations to you mama!

    • http://www.hungryaustralian.com/ Christina Soong-Kroeger

      Thanks, Adrian! We’re still ironing out a few glitches like disappearing comments etc but hopefully all will be resolved soon :)

  • Mushroom Enthusiast

    Come for the content and enjoy the look. How good is that! Glad you had a great trip – well deserved….

    • http://www.hungryaustralian.com/ Christina Soong-Kroeger

      Thanks! I’m enjoying my travels very much

  • Kimberly Espinel

    Oh wow! Your blog looked amazing before, but it looks SUPER amazing now.
    Thanks also for sharing these great pictures this week with such a lovely recipe.

    • http://www.hungryaustralian.com/ Christina Soong-Kroeger

      Aww, that’s very sweet of you, Kimberly. Thanks for your kind words.

  • http://www.chompchomp.com.au/ Chompchomp

    Beautiful crisp re-design – well done. I love it!

    • http://www.hungryaustralian.com/ Christina Soong-Kroeger

      Thanks so much, Martine x

  • http://www.gourmetgetaways.com.au/ Gourmet Getaways

    Agree, that’s why sometimes one wants to put off re-designing a part as you end up touching the whole! LOL! Love the pudding’s shape!

    Gourmet Getaways

    • http://www.hungryaustralian.com/ Christina Soong-Kroeger

      So true!! Thanks so much x

  • Malinda

    The colour of this pudding is amazing! And your blog is looking great, very fresh, glad to see you back in the swing of things.

    • http://www.hungryaustralian.com/ Christina Soong-Kroeger

      Thanks, Malinda. We’re still fixing a few things but I’m really happy with it. :)

  • http://papayapieces.com/ Sofia

    I’m loving the blog redesign, congratulations, it’s wonderful! And what a beautiful looking pudding to launch it with.

    • http://www.hungryaustralian.com/ Christina Soong-Kroeger

      Aww, thanks, Sofia. So kind of you. Hope all is well with you x

  • Sara

    That is one sexy looking pudding ( and your new design looks great too!)

    • http://www.hungryaustralian.com/ Christina Soong-Kroeger

      Thanks, Sara. Berry tones are always so seductive, aren’t they?

  • http://seekingvictory.blogspot.com.au/ Nicole – Seeking Victory

    Schmick blog and great looking pudding. Have a wonderful trip

    • http://www.hungryaustralian.com/ Christina Soong-Kroeger

      Thanks so much, Nicole. I’m having a wonderful time :)

  • http://thehungryexcavator.com/ Winston

    Christina, your blog just keeps getting better and better! I absolutely LOVE that visual recipe index so much fun to browse!!! Another winner of a recipe Christina =)

    • http://www.hungryaustralian.com/ Christina Soong-Kroeger

      Awww, thanks, Winston. The visual recipe index is something I’ve been hankering after for a long time so I’m so pleased we managed to do it. There is still some work to do but at least it’s getting there now :)

  • The Saffron Girl

    Christina, love the new look! and the photos are amazing as always!

    • http://www.hungryaustralian.com/ Christina Soong-Kroeger

      Aww, thanks, Deborah. So kind of you x

  • http://www.hungryaustralian.com/ Christina Soong-Kroeger

    Thanks to the other 10 people who have also commented but whose comments aren’t showing at the moment – we’re trying to work out why your comments have disappeared! Thanks for your patience and understanding xx

  • http://www.mykitchenstories.com.au/ My Kitchen Stories

    Wow Christina your site looks gorgeous. It certainly is like renevating and there are so many choices and new ways to do things. It’s quite nerve racking. i love the look of your summer pudding it’s always a favourite of mine. BTW I recieved a ping back this week from an article you wrote in 2012. I didnt know anything about it at the time. It must have come up because of the redesigning. It was about a banana tart tartin I made using an icecream recipe you inspired me to make. Thanks ….for years ago!

    • http://www.hungryaustralian.com/ Christina Soong-Kroeger

      Thanks, Tania. It is a big job but just like renovating you forget the pain when your new place is finally finished. Mine isn’t, by the way! ;) Yes, I think that ping back must have been because of the redesign/server move. So lovely to know that I inspired you with the ice cream recipe. You’ve certainly inspired me many times, too x

  • Liz Posmyk

    Lovely new look, Christina… great recipe too… I must make summer pudding this year! Happy cooking

    • http://hungryaustralian.com Christina Soong

      Thanks so much for your kind words, Lizzy. Hope all is well with you :)

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