Everything’s Ros(i)e ….

cava

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

1tsp cornflour

1 tsp vanilla extract

500g strawberries hulled and halved ( Or any other fruit that floats your boat)

3 tbsp icing sugar

350ml double cream

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 !
  4. 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 !!

fig pavlova

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 .

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