Mixed Berry Soup and an Award:

When Sunita announced the spice for February, I had no idea what to send in as my entry because I have never used Star Anise in my cooking before. I thought I would have sit this event out.

Meanwhile I saw this Berry Soup made by Giada De Laurentiis on Food Network. Much that the name sounds undessert like, it is a colourful and tasty one. The soup is flavoured with Star Anise and Cinnamon. I knew I had my entry for the event.

The original recipe calls for fresh fruit, but you can substitute with frozen fruit as well.

Mixed Berry Soup: (Recipe adapted from FoodNetwork)

2 cups dry red wine
1 cup water
2/3 cup sugar
2 whole star anise
2 cinnamon sticks
2 Cups fresh strawberries
1 Cup fresh raspberries

½ Cup fresh blueberries
1 pint vanilla ice-cream

Combine the wine, water, sugar, star anise, and cinnamon sticks in a large pan. Add all the berries. Bring the liquids to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer gently until the fruit is very tender, about 10 minutes. Cool slightly. Discard the star anise and cinnamon sticks. Transfer the berry mixture to a blender and puree until smooth. Strain the soup through a fine mesh strainer and into a medium bowl. Cover and refrigerate until very cold, stirring occasionally, at least 8 hours and up to 1 day ahead.

Place a small scoop of vanilla ice cream in the center of a dessert glass or soup bowl. Drizzle or pour soup over the ice cream and serve immediately. If using fresh berries, reserve some for garnish.

This makes for a satisfying dessert on any occasion. The dark berry soup over the white vanilla ice cream is perfect.

It was a race against time taking these pics, the room was just too warm and the ice cream didn't hold too long. I used 3 scoops, and you can see one scoop has already half melted :D I decided to swirl the soup and the ice cream to make it look a little presentable.

I'm sending this in the nick of time to "Think Spice – Think Star Anise" hosted by dear Sunita of Sunita’s World.

Now to the award; two dear friends have passed on the "Nice Matters" award to me on the same day. This is my first award and I'm so pleased :) Meeso of My Humble Kitchen and Lavanya of Home Cook's Recipes, thanks to both of you!!!!

“Nice Matters Award is for those bloggers who are nice people; good blog friends and those who inspire good feelings and inspiration. Also for those who are a positive influence on our blogging world.”

I'm honored that my friends consider me worthy of this award:) Thanks again Meeso and Lavanya!!

Now my turn to pass it on to a few important people;

First, to dear Rajitha of Hunger Pangs, the first person in the blogging world that I actually became close to. I still don't know her that well, but her blog is on my must see list everyday. She is on a break from blogging now, hope to see her back soon! :)

Second, to dear Sunita of Sunita's World, love her pictures, recipes and everything she rambles about. She is one person whom I respect for her honesty and simplicity.

Third, to dear TBC of The Budding Cook, we connect on some level dunno which one though :-D


  1. The soup and ice cream look delightful! You can pass that my way anytime!! Congrats on the award, Namratha! :)

  2. That soup looks great, and Congratulations on getting the award from two people!

  3. that looks delicious...
    and congrats for the award!

  4. very tempting dessert :)
    congrats for the award

  5. Delicious!!!
    Congratulations on the award.

  6. Congrats on the award. Looks delicious. Thanks for coming by... i see very tempting & yummy pictures here.

  7. Congratulations on the award and lovely looking soup

  8. That is a delicious dessert Namratha.. and congrats on the award!

  9. Congrats.. sumptous delight!!

  10. that looks sinfully delicious!...congrats on your awards..enjoy!

  11. soup? dessert? yummy looking on either counts :)

  12. this combi looks yummy namratha..it is really tempting me to taste.

  13. Dessert soup!! Looks yummy though whatever Ms.Giada call it!:)
    Enjoy the award, you are a sweet girl.

  14. What pretty swirls on the soup.. This is one soup I can see my husband really loving! Congrats on the award.

  15. it looks delicious, the swirls are beautiful. check out my blog, i passed you an award.

  16. Congrats with the awrad. Berry soup looks so delicious

  17. Oh how pretty! Love the swirls.
    Very nice adaptation.:-) I wonder how I missed this one on Giada's show.

    Congrats on the award, Namratha.:)
    Thank you for thinking of me too.
    Yeah, we do connect on some level...will let you know as soon as I figure it out myself.;-)

  18. Lovely & delicious dessert :) ... Congrats on the award.

  19. Looks delicious! Gr8 flavours and nice entry.. Congrats on your awards.

  20. This soup/dessert just looks so delicious! Congrats on the award much deserved! :)

    Rosie x

  21. beautiful soup namratha, congrats for the award

  22. Namratha, thanks for your entry and congrats on the award...it was nice of you to think of me too :-)

  23. Thanks Kalai :)

    Thanks Meeso dear!!:)

    Thanks Suman:)

    Thank you Richa and Meera:)

    Thanks Pravs, pleasure to have you over too :)

    Thanks E and Sig:)

    Thank you Kalva and Srivalli:)

    Hehe, weird isn't it Nags :D

    Thanks Lavanya, wish I could send u some :)

    Thanks Asha dear :)

    Thanks Lavaanya, do try it:)

    Thanks Sandhya, so thoughtful of you:)

    Thanks Happy:)

  24. Huhhh...u missed it?? How could that be T, you watch more Giada than I do :D My pleasure dear :)

    Thanks Vanamala and Anu:)

    Thank you Rosie and Sagari:)

    Thanks Sunita, my pleasure dear:)


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