Picture the scene … Christmas is over ( OK so it’s not quite yet but we’re imagining !!) … New Years Eve has been and gone … and you suddenly find yourself all partied out yet not quite ready to let the festivities go ! Well I have found the perfect solution for this … so pull on your PJ’s .. invite the girls over … and grab yourself a bottle of Rosada Brut cava from the Co-op ! Light and fruity … perfect for the ultimate girls night in !! The bubbles evoke the joy of Christmas past and the decadent ripe cherry & strawberry hues of the cava allows us to look towards the warmer days that are headed our way ( once we’ve weathered the winter ) …
The perfect accompaniment to this delicious wine is the greatest cheeseboard you could imagine … brie , stilton , wensleydale ( with cranberries …) , crumbly Cheshire cheese , even the humble cheddar ( extra mature I hasten to add) .. add to that some salty Serrano ham , chorizo , salami and parma ham ….. then add to that the plumpest sundried tomatoes and the most delicious peppers … and I think ladies and gents you can rest assured that the festivities may well continue …
You could also enhance the fresh and unique taste of this wine by bringing summer into your party and have a go at making a delicious summery summer fruits pavlova ….
It Might be Winter but the Sun is shining Inside Pavlova
4 egg whites
250g caster sugar
1 tsp white wine vinegar
1 tsp vanilla extract
500g strawberries hulled and halved ( Or any other fruit that floats your boat)
3 tbsp icing sugar
350ml double cream
- Heat oven to 150C/130C (fan) . Using a pencil, mark out the circumference of a dinner plate on baking /greaseproof paper. Whisk the egg whites with a hand mixer until they form stiff peaks, then whisk in the sugar, 1 tbsp at a time, until the meringue looks glossy. Whisk in the vinegar, cornflour and vanilla.
- Spread the meringue inside the circle, creating a crater by making the sides a little higher than the middle. Bake for 1 hr, then turn off the heat and let the Pavlova cool completely inside the oven.
- When the meringue is cool, chop the strawberries.. Whip the cream with the icing sugar and spread it over the meringue. Put the fruit on the cream and sprinkle with a dusting of icing sugar !
- Don’t feel limited to just strawberries … I have used kiwi fruit , figs , raspberries , redcurrants and blackberries !! Use what you’ve got and whatever makes you happy !!
Then sit back and have fun with your friends and your Rosada Cava . I do believe we have just got ourselves a party ….. Enjoy ! Happy new year folks !!
This blog post is part of The Central England Co-operative’s #welikewine campaign which you can find out more about HERE .