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Sparkling wine jelly and a giveaway

>> Sunday, November 7, 2010

Cava jelly 1

I want to share something with you: my kitchen is one of my favourite places. It has a southern exposure, that means scorching heat in the summer but simply lovely autumn and winter afternoons... Like right now. I go through my many cookbooks sitting there on our bar stools, at our table, and sometimes I take my laptop too. I was there when I received another CSN gift code to giveaway among my readers (are you there?). It's time to start planning Christmas shopping already, don't you think? Maybe you'll also fancy the main ingredient in this recipe for your celebrations. This is a great way to use up sparkling wine or champagne leftovers, now that Christmas is approaching (yes, summer was over and the next thing you know is Christmas is around the corner). But my conscience is at ease because, after all, this is a fridge-cleaning recipe... ahem. Although in my household it is not a common occurrence that there is sparkling wine left while I am around. I know that the first step to overcoming a problem is acknowledging it, and I acknowledge it bluntly but I do not want to change. Nononono, no matter what. I looove a good cava. Slurp. But despite my dedication to the cause, life recently provided us with half a bottle that was quietly degassing, poor thing, and I decided to try this concoction I had seen in a French magazine, here. And I liked it, because in addition to having it for dessert, I find it could make an excellent addition to other dishes, also savory... Can you imagine a good liver terrine with diced cava jelly? And pink colored cava can be very decorative.

As for the giveaway, it amounts exactly to $75 to be spent on any of the varied CSN Stores (my favourite is the kitchen&dining section... go figure). And what do you have to do?

  • Just subscribe to my blog on Google Connect and leave word of it in a comment. All readers already subscribed just need to say so to enter. Complicated? ...
  • Deadline: you have till November 20th, 12pm GMT, to do so, each comment will be given a number and then I will use a random number generator to pick the winner.
  • As usual, unfortunately the giveaway is open only to US and Canada residents.
And now to the recipe. This dessert is so easy to make that I feel almost embarrassed to explain how. Here we go.

Sparkling wine jelly
Yields 2 plentiful glasses or 3 scant glasses
  • 350ml cava brut or other sparkling wine (watch for the sweetness, cava brut is not very sweet, so reduce the sugar or agave nectar if using a sweeter wine)
  • 4 sheets gelatin
  • 2 tbsp agave syrup (say 3 tbsp sugar)
  • Red berries for garnish
Cava jelly 3
  1. Hydrate the gelatin sheets in a bowl with cold water according to the package instructions.
  2. Take a cup of the wine and warm it up to about 60-70ºC, the minimum amount possible in order to dissolve the gelatin. Only a portion is used to prevent degassing the wine completely. Add the softened gelatin and stir in the warm wine until it is dissolved.
  3. Then add the remaining wine and mix thoroughly. Choose some nice wine glasses and pour the jelly very carefully to avoid splashing on the sides, for the sake of an "elegant" presentation just like we deserve... Cool to room temperature first (do not put hot things in the fridge, that's ecological terrorism.) When cooled, transfer the glasses to the fridge to finish setting.
  4. Serve chilled garnished with the red berries, a perfect match.
Cava jelly 2

So what do you think? Do you fancy a glass of chilled cava? I do. (And how very eye-catching are glass objects...)

37 comentarios:

Svetlana November 7, 2010 at 12:01 PM  

I'm subscribed! This would be perfect for Christmas brunch with my French BIL and sister. Merci!

Pretend Chef November 7, 2010 at 2:39 PM  

I've been a Follower of your blog since October. This looks like such an elegant take on jello, haha! Yum! I am sure the kitchen/dining section would be my favorite as well!

Belinda @zomppa November 7, 2010 at 3:01 PM  

This is such an elegant dessert! I love the kitchen too...comfort place!

Asha @ FSK November 7, 2010 at 3:20 PM  

I love the CSN giveaways! Would really love to win this.. I have a couple of things on the need/want list before end of year :))

love your styling for the jelly.. the horizontal glass is cool!

Anonymous November 7, 2010 at 3:55 PM  

I subscribe to your blog on Google Connect.

meeyeehere November 7, 2010 at 3:59 PM  

I am a new gfc follower
I would love to try this recipe at Thanks giving.I am supposed to bring a few dishes to my friends fancy dinner and this would knock their socks off! Thank you because I have been trying to find something for the occasion! SOLVED!

Trix November 7, 2010 at 5:06 PM  

Alcoholic jelly ... truly a stroke of genius, my dear!!

Domestic Diva November 7, 2010 at 6:30 PM  

I follow on gfc.

This sounds great. I wonder how it would taste as a condiment....

Carole November 7, 2010 at 7:18 PM  

Your presentation of the jelly is simply beautiful. I may have to find gelatin sheets and make this for the holidays.

I've followed and enjoyed your blog via GFC for a while now.


Cristina @ TeenieCakes November 7, 2010 at 7:59 PM  

WOW Miriam! What a beautiful post...your images are publication/magazine ready - vibrant color. But besides that, a fantastic idea for leftover champagne/sparkling wine.

Gio November 7, 2010 at 8:07 PM  

it must be done! wonderful jelly and new idea :) November 7, 2010 at 8:47 PM  

it looks perfect! thanks!!! :D

Spicie Foodie November 7, 2010 at 9:25 PM  

I have to tell you that even for someone that is not a fan of jelly your Sparkling wine jelly looks delectable! Your kitchen gets such beautiful natural light for you to shoot your amazing photos. Beautiful and elegant Miriam.

TruthHole November 7, 2010 at 10:02 PM  

I have never seen anything like this!Very attractive to the eye.

Tim November 7, 2010 at 10:28 PM  

I follow with google friends.

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Sharon November 8, 2010 at 8:09 AM  

I am following you on google friend. I really like the sparkling wine jelly recipe ...what a wonderful idea!

Tes November 8, 2010 at 8:56 AM  

This definite is a recipe to make for this festival season. It is such an elegant dessert :)

lisaiscooking November 8, 2010 at 2:57 PM  

This is a great-looking dessert! Using cubes of cava jelly in savory dishes sounds fantastic too. I never have left-over sparkling wine either, so I guess I'll need to buy an extra bottle!

Cristina, from Buenos Aires to Paris November 8, 2010 at 3:09 PM  

Woww !!! Impresionante la idea y las fotos !!!
Claro, lo dificil es que en mi casa "sobre" el champan !!?
Bueno, lo hago con una botella nueva y me tomo el resto !!

Marisa November 8, 2010 at 4:38 PM  

This is clever! Would make for a very festive dessert (I'm thinking New Year's party).

Anonymous November 8, 2010 at 7:47 PM  

How creative!

Nicole D. November 9, 2010 at 2:02 AM  

I am now a follower (nicoledzuba). These are a great (and pretty) idea!

cdziuba November 9, 2010 at 6:40 AM  

Just started following, AND love the site and hope i win!

Jamie November 9, 2010 at 12:58 PM  

This is stunning! How festive and gorgeous is this? Perfect for a holiday meal, so elegant and luxurious. I so want to try this. Too pretty with the raspberries.

Al Dente Gourmet November 11, 2010 at 3:27 AM  

Amazing,Simply beautiful! Love the raspberries on top :)

Kris Ngoei November 11, 2010 at 10:20 AM  

A special treat! The sparkling wine might go very well with the red berries..

Sawadee from Bangkok,

Jonny November 11, 2010 at 6:27 PM  

Miriam - this is genius! From the glass on its side in the opening shot I was hooked. If I ever have any sparkling wine leftover (or perhaps the key is to make this first and drink the remainder?), it really would be a special, elegant treat diced over some slices of headcheese, liver terrine as you say, or even a carpaccio of excellent beef. I'm so impressed by this - the bubbles are even suspended in the gelatin at the top - fantastic! (Am jealous of your kitchen too, by the way.)

jennem November 11, 2010 at 7:56 PM  

Public Google Friends follower as jennem.
Jennifer, jennem22 at yahoo dot com

elra November 12, 2010 at 4:21 PM  

Sounds like superb idea Miriam !

Deeba PAB November 12, 2010 at 5:47 PM  

What a neat take on jello...mmmm! On Google connect and have a US address...can I enter? I love the holiday season Miriam...thanks for hosting the giveaway!

kakihara November 13, 2010 at 4:11 AM  

Sounds amazing!!
following on gfc

Tammigirl November 13, 2010 at 7:32 PM  

You and I are google friend connected at the hip!

I absolutely want to try this recipe. I hope it is fool-proof!

cstironkat November 14, 2010 at 2:26 AM  

I follow on GFC as @cstironkat.
I cannot wait to try this recipe out next weekend when we have company, thanks for sharing.

Susanmeep November 15, 2010 at 10:59 AM  

this would be great for the holidays! I subscribe to your blog via gfc suelee1998 @

Jeni November 16, 2010 at 7:57 PM  

follow your blog on gfc

Liz November 19, 2010 at 6:44 PM  

Thanks for the giveaway! I'm a follower!

eemoody77 at gmail dot com

Alina November 26, 2010 at 10:40 PM  

Very elegant and beautiful! I have a bottle of mediocre sparkling wine left at my parents', never thought about turning it into jelly!


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