Online dating at 48…

I didn’t imagine writing a blog; but then I never imagined I would be online dating either. It’s not fun. Trust me. I would much rather be at home, in my kitchen, glass of wine in hand, baking something wonderful. The textures, smells, colors…but I digress.

At 48 years old, being single and attempting to traverse the online dating world is, shall we say, exhausting.  Not the technology, mind you, but the process. The swipe left, swipe right, geographically undesirable (which apparently means anything over a 5 mile radius!) and, when you get to the actual date part, the regurgitation of “what do you do”, “do you have children”, “where did you grow up”, blah blah blah.

I have not been on many first dates since I began this journey a few months ago,  but just enough that I began to realize that I can’t easily remember who this guy was, what that guy did for a living and what I thought of each of them. I needed a mnemonic to help me remember. And one evening, on the way home from such a date, it dawned on me… You see, I bake. Like I really bake. I used to own a bakery and baked all day long. So now, when I am happy or bored or inspired, I bake.  So if I want to remember these men, who they were and how I felt about them, I would need to tag them each with a type of dessert. Then it would be a straightforward matter indeed!

And thus my categorization began. I will use only first initials, we don’t want anyone to feel put down, do we? Not like the guy who lives in the city but won’t date outside a 5 mile radius. Because of course the love of his life would know better than to live in the suburbs!!

The first guy I met via online dating, whom we shall call A, is stored on my head as the fruit pie.  And not like an apple pie, rich and soothing. No, this is like a multi berry, multi fruit pie that has way too much going on and it wants desperately to tell you about it all, right now!  The flavors are all overwhelming, the colors melt into a heap of brown, and you are left wondering why anyone would want so much sense stimulation in such a short time.

Just in case you are someone who enjoys that type of experience, here is a RECIPE for a multi berry, multi fruit pie.

This is not the pie for which you need to make your own crust. Any store bought crust will do…

FILLING:

3 cups of mixed berries (I use strawberry, cherry and blueberry)

Frozen peaches (or any other frozen fruit slices)

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup water

1 tablespoon lemon juice-fresh preferably

2 tablespoons cornstarch

dash of salt

TOPPING (brown of course):

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup oats

1/4 melted butter

1/2 teaspoon allspice (or cinnamon if you prefer)

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit.
  2. Melt the butter and stir in the topping ingredients, it will be crumbly. Set aside
  3. In a small pot, add berries, peaches, and balance of filling ingredients. Cook on medium heat until it thickens a bit (5-6 minutes).
  4. Pour the filling into the prepared crust
  5. Crumble the topping over the top of the pie
  6. Put pie on cookie sheet and into oven for 45 minutes until brown. If you see that the topping is getting too dark, cover with tin foil for the remainder of the baking time.
  7. Remove from oven and cool for 10-20 minutes before serving.