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macerated cherries with crème fraiche for the new year

macerated cherries with crème fraiche for the new year

macerated cherries

{2013 roller coaster}
What a year 2013 was? It was like one of those runaway roller coaster rides that takes you to the highest of highs and lowest of lows and as it winds its way to the end of its track, one is left with a sense of both exhilaration and relief. I think I had one of those years…. So much so that I have to start 2014 with these happy + fun, alcohol-drenched cherries. Perhaps I am being a little dramatic, but these little fruits are like one of those great big firework displays announcing the New Year … so colourful, bright and celebratory.

{happy new year}
I hope 2013 has treated you well and wish that this year will be an awesome one!

Thanks for reading my blog and a very Happy and Blessed 2014 to one and all…. !

{meaning of macerate}
Macerate | ˈmasəreɪt/
soften or become softened by soaking in a liquid

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macerated cherries

 

macerated cherries with crème fraiche for the new year
 
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Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 500 g fresh cherries
  • 200 ml grappa
  • 200 ml marsala wine
  • 1 Tbsp muscovado sugar (or any soft brown sugar)
  • 250ml créme fraiché
  • 2 Tbsp muscovado sugar
  • a few mint leaves, chopped finely (do not leave this ingredient out!)
Instructions
  1. Mix the grappa, wine and sugar together and pour over the cherries. Let it stand in the fridge for 24 hours.
  2. Just before serving mix the créme fraiché and sugar together – the sugar will melt it naturally.
  3. To serve: scoop some crème fraiche on a plate, add a few cherries and then sprinkle with chopped mint leaves.

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frozen grapes + dark chocolate + grappa

frozen grapes + dark chocolate + grappa

Frozen grapes and grappa

Well it seems that summer could very soon be slipping away from us and before we know it, we will all be creeping away into hibernation but before the North Wester starts to blow and the rains come, why not get out into the sunshine and share this delicious Tuscan treat with your friends (recipe from www.jamieoliver.com) … just freeze some grapes for about 24 hours, put on a plate with the best dark chocolate (www.honestchocolate.co.za) and serve with some good grappa … sunshine, good friends, love and frozen grapes + dark chocolate + grappa does wonderful things for the soul.

 

 

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