COLD RED BERRY SOUP(serves 2)
500g red berries (I used 300g strawberries and about 100g lingonberries and 100g redcurrants)
13 medjool dates (I used 16 fresh dates, which were a bit smaller than medjools)
cream for serving
Bring the berries and water slowly to boil on low heat. Mash the dates with a fork until smooth and add to the pan. Simmer for about 10 minutes; the berries and dates should almost have dissolved. Take the pan off the heat and mix the soup with a hand blender. Pour the soup through a fine sieve so the seeds are strained using the back of a spoon to help the thick soup through. Let the soup cool in the fridge for a few hours. Serve with cream.
This is absolutely one of my favorites from The Green Kitchen! I suppose the traditional danish recipe they adapted this from is quite like the finnish cold berry soup (kiisseli). Dates work so well here; they create a wonderful balance with the tart berries, sweetening yet not tasting like there were dates at all (I really like dates but I don't like tasting them when they're used as a sweetener. In addition to sweetening they also give this soup a thickness that would traditionally come from using starch). This is genius! And delicious!
Soundtrack for the recipe: Lovin' Arms by The Wood Brothers