HOT BUT COLD FRUIT SOUP WITH WALNUTS, CARDAMOM AND COFFEE

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Do you want to know what kind of mother I am? Really? I’m the kind of mother who sends her son (who is already living in a parallel universe) to his first school day of the new scholastic year one day before all the other sensible and responsible parents do. Yes, they phoned me five to eight this morning to tell me that the school starts tomorrow and could I please come and fetch my son? I’m the kind of mother who almost never go to parents-teachers meetings because they never tell me anything I don’t already know about my children. Good or bad. I forget to check if they have clean clothes and to comb their hair. The list could go on forever but writing this has made me feel bad enough and I don’t feel the need to rub it in, I know I am a messy mother but I don’t want to explore that right now. I just want to forget.

This is my second entry for this month’s The Heart of the Matter: Fruit and Berries, for more information see here.
This time I have deviated from my usual principle of few ingredients and I have mixed several flavours but I think it works well because you don’t feel them all at once. One after the other they appear in your mouth to blend in a sort of symphonic crescendo! Yes I got a bit carried away there, I agree but I have to compensate in some way for being such a lousy mother.

HOT BUT COLD FRUIT SOUP WITH WALNUTS, CARDAMOM AND COFFEE

HOT BUT COLD FRUIT SOUP WITH WALNUTS, CARDAMOM AND COFFEE

Fruit, I used firm and not very sweet plums, green grapes and Concord grapes
Fresh chili pepper
Honey, better use a mild one like acacia honey
White wine
Cardamom seeds
Coffee beans
Walnuts

– Mix honey and white wine with some water in a pan, the amounts depend on how much fruit you use but I would use 50/50 honey and wine and then add the water, not too much though, better add some more later if needed.
– Slice the fresh chili pepper thinly and add it to the liquid and let it simmer for a couple of minutes.
– Add the plum that you have cut into thin wedges and simmer until it’s soft but not mushy.
– Leave it to get cold.
– Cut the grapes in halves if needed and if you want, you can peel and de-seed them as well.
– Add the grapes to the soup and leave it to soak up the flavours.
– Meanwhile you put the coffee beans and the cardamom seeds in a mortar and pestle well.
– Chop the walnuts coarsely and sprinkle both the coffee mix and the walnuts on top of the soup just before serving it.

HOT BUT COLD FRUIT SOUP WITH WALNUTS, CARDAMOM AND COFFEE

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