The older I am the more I appreciate time spent with my family. I think it's because I'm more aware of the passing of time, I'm more aware what is really important in life.
Food plays a big part in my family gatherings. Not only because we like eating, but also because it gives us an opportunity to show love and care through cooking and serving meals made with heart. It gives an opportunity to share, to talk and laugh, to feel happy and relaxed. There is something deep and important in gathering around the table with people close to you and it doesn't matter if there is a plenty of food on it or only a soup and bread. For me these little, precious moments of cooking together and eating together are some of the most important things in life.
I made this sparkling wine jelly with my Mum. We had a lot of fun trying to arrange the cherries with stalks up. Be aware - it's quite tricky! This dessert is simple but quite sophisticated. It's also light therefore perfect for this time of year. And definitely for grown-ups and wine lovers. If you want to make it for kids just use non-alcoholic sparkling wine.
Sparkling Wine Jelly with Strawberries and Sweet Cherries
1 bottle (750 ml.) of white semi - dry sparkling wine (I used Prosecco)
3 tsp. powdered gelatin
4 Tsp. sugar (I used unrefined demerara sugar) - adjust based on your preference and sweetness of wine
42 small strawberries, hulled
18 sweet cherries with stalks
Heat one cup of the sparkling wine with the sugar in a saucepan. Add the powdered gelatin and simmer (do not allow to boil!) stirring very gently until the gelatin and sugar have completely dissolved. Turn off the heat, add the rest of wine and stir to combine. Pour the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into 6 dessert/cocktail glasses and add an equal mixture of fruit to each glass. Transfer to the fridge to chill for at least 4 hours or overnight, until set.
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