I love birthdays!

It has been two busy weeks and I’m sorry for the absence. But sometimes it is like this and it’s just something that one has to accept I guess. But don’t think for a second that this means that I have not had any Cava. On the contrary! Our stock in the basement is starting to run low, and it is extremely good that it is not too long until we load up the car for the Barcelona trip. Four weeks to be exact, and we are so excited to see all the friends in Penedés again!

This passed Thursday I had my birthday and I must admit that I love birthdays! If it is mine or someone else’s does not really matter, since it is the celebrating part I just LOVE!
So this Thursday we cooked up some really nice Moules Marinares and opened a bottle of great Cava. It does not have to be complicated to be really really nice!

Planning for Happy Friday Cava.

Tomorrow it is Friday!
At the end of a very exciting and sunny week, we will celebrate the coming weekend with our very good friend F. Like us she loves bubbles and I am taking the opportunity to plan a nice “Happy Friday Cava dinner”.

I think I will make the menu like this:
(Or I will plan and buy everything and my fantastic husband might do the cooking, he is just the best!)

  •  Moules Marinière with home made toasted bread and to this Juvé Camps Gran
  • Dessert will be citrus and passionfruit salad with vanilla ice-cream, and to this a Frisant de Gel Gewürztraminer from Gramona.

I’m very excited about the Frisant de Gel since I have never tried it before.

 

So if you are a bit bored at work today you can always take some time to plan your own happy Friday Cava dinner for tomorrow. And if you want to try my favourite Moules Marinières receipt. Here you go. 🙂
(This receipt will also be in the book when it comes out this summer)

 

Moules Marinières

1 net of mussels ( ½ kilo)
3 large shallots
30 cl white wine
three cloves of garlic
Parsley, to your liking
1 tablespoon of lobster stock

 

-Wash the mussels in cold water and take out the ones that do not close.
-Chop the shallots and garlic into small pieces.
-Heat a few tablespoons of oil and a knob of butter in a large saucepan and fry the onion and garlic until golden.
-Pour in the wine and the stock and boil up, ad the mussels and cook until they have opened up.

Sprinkle the parsley over the mussels and serve immediately! This recipe is a piece of cake and still so fantastically good.

A great tapas and Cava evening!

Yesterday I spent some time with my lovely friends, enjoying great tapas and Cava.
It is just wonderful and so simple to gather your friends and everyone brings something that they like. Even though we were only five of us, we had; dates with bacon (one of my favourites), pata negra, chorizo, olives, tortilla patata in two versions, manchego, garlic and tomato bred with oil, and some other small snacks. It was fantastic and we had a lovely time bringing up old memories and new, updating each other on what has happen in our lives recently and sharing good stories and plans for the future. It was a great evening and we all agreed that we have to do it all again soon!

Good friends are the best, and I’m so grateful that I know so many fantastic people. Thank you my friends for a lovely lovely evening, I hope that we get together soon again!!!

 

Happy Friday Cava! And today I’m off to Stockholm

Friday again! It is lovely!
It has been a great week and now I’m looking forward to a great weekend with my parents and my old friends that are coming over on Saturday. It will all be fantastic! Hope that you have some nice plans too!

But first things first of course! Happy Friday Cava!

Since I’m going too be at my parents this evening I have to take something that I know that they happen to have at home, since I can’t be bothered to go to the shop today. And since they just had a birthday dinner I know they have some bottles that they got as presents. 🙂
I know they got a bottle of Anna De Codorniu, and I have not had a glass of Anna in quite a while, so it will be perfect.

Anna is based on Chardonnay (70%), but is blended with Parellada, Xarel.lo and Macabeu. It is a very nice fresh fruity taste with lots of apples. It is a great Cava and one of the absolute best sellers around the world and in Spain. So if you have not tried it yet I think you should!

HAPPY FRIDAY to you and your loved once!!

Tursday = international women’s day

On March the 8th every year we celebrate the international women’s day!
And it makes me think about what a great life I have, and that not everyone is as lucky. There are women that are not allowed to go to school, vote, drive a car, or even go out on the street without a male relative. It makes me sick just to think of it.

So on Thursday, how trivial it all sounds, I will donate some extra money to breast cancer research and open a bottle of Cava and toast to all those strong women that are fighting for their rights around the world!

And what is a more perfect Cava to celebrate with, then Gramona’s Pinot noir that they have made especially to support breast cancer research!?  But if you cant find that particular one, just make sure you celebrate!