I admit CavaTV is put on ice...

I'm sorry to say that CavaTV was abit more than I could handle at the moment. It is almost One year since I started and when I found ot I was pregnant again, it all just was too much to handle. Constantly tired, 100% work, a 1,5 yearold at home, and all the cava stuff. I don't have to explain but I want too. I will do my very best to keep up my "Cava Tips" here on the blog instead! Starting as I have told you before with the selection awalible at our swedish monopoly. But I will every now and then do them also in english since I know that you might be interested too.

So with this I will try to centre my eforts and really get it done instead and then we will see what happens with CavaTV in the future. :-)

Three Rosés for the summer!

This week´s CavaTV episode is out and I promised to write about the cavas in more detail here. So here we go! ElyssiaFreixenet Elyssia pinot noir Grapes: Pinot noir 85% Trepat 15% Code at Systembolaget: 77151 Price: 173 SEK Ageing: >18 months Dosage:9 gr/l Red fruits in the nose like rassberry and blackberry. Nice bubbles and texture with lingering fruits in the aftertaste. Pairs well with abit spicier tapas like spicy rosted almonds, smoked shrimps and olives.

MascaroMascaró Rubor Aurorae Price: About 12 USD Ageing: >12 months Dosage: 6 gr/l Cherries and strawberries in the nose that stays also in the mouth with a elegant and subtle aftertaste. The acidity is refreshing and the bubbles creamy. A very elegant cava that is great as an apperitiff, but that is well suited to tapas and food like really good and nutty jamon, rosted nuts and great big green olives.

MassuauFerrer i Catassús's Mas Suau Grapes: Trepat and Monastrell Code at Systembolaget: 77148 Price: 121 SEK Ageing: >18 months Dosage: ? Lots of intense red fruits, rasberries, strawberries and red current. A soft mouse and nice acidity with the fruits lingering in the aftertaste. Pairs well with more flavour intense tapas like smoked gambas, chorizo and well matured manchego.

 

Girls night and Gramona Imperial

With a baby you don't have the luxury to decide over your own time as much as you used to, and that's fine. But when you do have some time to sneak away, it is all that sweeter. I had that chance this Thursday when I went to see my friend Anna in town. She fairly recently moved in to a new apartment so I was eager to see both her and her new place.Anna did the cooking and I brought the bubbles, which is a fair deal by me. ;-) I know that Anna has an interest in wine so I decided to bring the Gramona Imperial I found a couple of days earlier. And I was not wrong in my choice because she LOVED it. Happily I could inform her that it will be available again in Sweden on the 1st of May.

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It is so important to get some time alone with friends, and I'm happy to say that Anna, me and some other girlfriends of ours are going to London on Friday! Three days with the girls while Baby E is home with Andréas. Among other things we will check out Copa De Cava and give you a report on how that is on CavaTV when we get home. I'm also curious on what cavas are available in stores, so stay tuned on Instagram (thecavalady) and on twitter (@Thecavalady) to get updates as it happens. I'm so excited about our "girl trip" so I could die! London get ready because here we come! In the mean time you can always check out the last CavaTV episode here.

Cava Cupcakes!

It is not easy to do all the filming for CavaTV and taking care of a eight months old baby, that is for sure. So please excuse the not very logical cupcake clip of this week. And seriously I do not know what to do with my shaky hands. I just have to work something out since I can't rely on Andréas being at home to help me. Well well! Skärmavbild 2015-03-19 kl. 13.04.55

This week it is cava cupcakes on the menu, and I am so very happy with how they turned out! Cupcake Jemma was my inspiration but it is actually Leila Lindholm  who is the person behind the recipe I have used today. If you can read Swedish I recommend that you just click Leila's name here above fore the original recipe. For you who don't I have translated it here below. The only change I have done is that I have replaced the lemon juice  with Vilarnau's demo-sec cava.

bild-3Cava Cupcakes (about 48 small) 3 egg's 2,5 dl sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla sugar 100 gr butter 1 dl milk 3,5 dl flower 2 teaspoons bakingsoda a pinch of salt 0,5 dl semi-sweet cava

Cream cheese frosting 60 gr soft butter 5 dl icing sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla sugar 1 tablespoon lemonjuice 100 gr cream cheese food coloring (optional)

Put the oven on 175 C. Then mix sugar, melted butter and vanilla sugar. When it is fluffy, ad the milk and then the flower and baking soda. When all is mixed, ad the cava and mix gently. Fill the cups alit more then half and then bake in in the oven for about 15 minutes. 

Mix the ingredients for the frosting and don't forget to ad the icing sugar through a sieve (spelling??) so you don't get lumps in the frosting. Then go crazy with the frosting and decorate away!

If yo want to see how I made mine with a baby on the side, just check out out Cava TV clip! CavaTV14_thumbnail

 

How to make candle lanterns out of old cava bottles

I got this great idea the other day! Or so I thought...Since I have so many old cava bottles and it always hurts to throw them away, I thought that I might be able to use them in some way. That's when I came to think about lanterns. I called my dad, who is "Mr Fix-it-all" and asked if he could take the bottoms off some of my bottles. He did help me to drill some holes in some wen I was making lamp feet some months ago, and I did not think that this was much different. But apparently it was, since dad started to rant on about diamond blades for the saw and the importance of how many turns per minute the saw did (since it can't go to fast... I don't know why) etc etc.

So to make a long story short I was advised to go to a glazier. And so I did. You can see how that went if you click the picture below. But I promise that you have not seen the last of the hunt for "How to cut glass yourself"

Happy Thursday everyone! 

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