Empty glasses are better glasses

I am a very lucky person. Do you know why?
I have people I love with whom I can share my glasses of cava. I have friends and family to listen to my stories and who share my happiness and worries. I know it might sound obvious, but it really isn’t. It is really everything that matters, when you come to think of it and I do very often, although maybe not as often as I should.

Today we had the happy occasion to celebrate our newest neighbour’s first birthday. She had it a bit rough coming in to this world, so it was really worth remembering and thinking about. We were all so worried a year ago, and today we had almost forgotten.

Looking at the four empty glasses on the table I realised, as the neighbours were just going home, that this is what is really interesting. It was like the glasses had absorbed our whole conversation, as they now held the memories. As I was washing the glasses by hand (very unlike me…) I pondered a bit over our conversations.

It is really easy to forget the everyday things that makes life what it is, and it is easies still to forget what is really important.

Last week we lost a very good friend to cancer. It was all very sudden, unexpected and way way before his time. Since his passing, memories of our travels and good times have been rolling in my memories like a film at the cinema. Many of the memories we have shared and things we have talked about, have been over a glass of cava. So many empty glasses, all containing so many stories and memories.

I’m fortunate to have empty glasses in plural. Just imagine how it would be in singular…

I miss you Lars

Two of our wonderful days

Two days with our friends F & A who has come down from Sweden and spent time with us and to experiance the area. Nice visits, food and wine has really been our focus.

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Enjoying the sun before the day begins for real!

We started off with visiting Clos Lentiscus, which is situated between Vilafranca and Vila Nova, in the Garaff montains. Manel and his brother make around fourteen wines, both still and sparkling. They are all very special and they use the local grapes that are used within the DO Penedés, as well as some newer grapes.

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the range.

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We took a bit of a walk through the estate, while talking to Manel and geting a lot of info about the place.
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Clos Lentiscus age some Xarel.lo in amforae.
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Andreas thought that the sign in the tasting room was the weisest things he had ever red.
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Some of the caps were designed/drawn by Manels daughter. Very personal and very nice!
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A Xarel.lo, a Sumoll and a syrah sparkling. All very special indeed.

The in the afternoon we visited Vila Delops who make only still wine, Also situated in the Garraf we did not have to travle long. The village was very small and alot of hisotory was surrounding the place. really wonderful!

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historic watch tower

Andréas in the watch tower.

Andréas in the watch tower.

On the Saturday we went to the chocolate factory Simón Cóll for a visit and it was as good as always. i really LOVE their interactive visit and really enjoy to take the friends there. And you get the opertunity not only to learn really alot about chocolate, but also get the chence to try alot of different chocolate.

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interactive visit at Simón Cóll
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A quick visit to the best cava and wine shop in Sant Sadurní! Cal Feru!

IMG_0345The best Saturday involves great friends, cava and BBQ! This Saturday luckily did when we were invited and could spend some winderful hours in the sun, with great food and bubbles.

After that we wnet home and had a great dinner at Cal ruget while dreaming about the house we want to buy! Hopfully we will soon be half recidence here!

 

Preparing in excess for Happy Friday cava

Two of my very good friends here in Stockholm live just 100 meters from my parents. Although I’m at my parents quite often, I don’t see L and R half as much as I would like. But this evening we have a date!

L is a childhood friend of mine who is much wiser than me in so many aspects. Just one example is that she already in her teens fell in love with Barcelona and learned Spanish. (Clever clever girl!) And in Barcelona she found R!
R has also started to try to teach me Spanish, although our lessons are long over due now (I think our last lesson was in January). So I just think we need to start all over. But it is all good since Andréas now finally has come around and wants to learn Spanish too.

Tonight L and R asked me to cook beef wellington, since they have been longing for this but are a bit uncertain on how to cook it. And I am most happy to oblige. I love beef wellington!

Wellington in the making

So now I have prepared everything, and the Wellington is resting in the fridge, while wating to get its cover of puff pastry. It will be great I’m sure. After a few times of cooking this dish I have now learned how to make it quite well. One of the keys is to have a fillet that is evenly thick and max 1 kg. Otherwise it gets to big to handle and falls apart when you roll it in the puff pastry. If you want to try it yourself I suggest Gordon Ramsay’s receipt.

So to night we will have R’s tapas to start, together with Cava, of course! And then Wellington with roasted potatoes, garlic butter and a cream sauce. And to the Wellington more Cava!

First I think we will have Freixenet’s Trepat 2010, since I love this very pale rosé with it’s delicate fruit. And to the Wellington we will have Jaume Giró i Giró, gran Reserva 2005.

I think that it will be all wonderful! But the best of it all is that I’ll have a whole evening with my lovely husband Andréas and my fantastic friends L and R!

 

Happy Friday Cava! And hope that you have a bottle of Cava on ice to!

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!!!