Happy New Year! Panna Cotta with Strawberries & Champagne

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Almost 8 days into the new year… am I too late to the ‘new-year-new-me’ discussion? I’ve been on an extremely wonderful and eventful hiatus for the past three weeks, but since I’ve returned home (I was on holiday, in case I’m not making any sense) I can’t seem to get my brain to catch up to 2015. For instance – I went back to work this week and, oh boy, it all just felt way too soon.

This year New Years Eve was very low key, and I absolutely loved it. We spent the entire night either eating or on the couch, and I decided to make this beautiful Champagne & Strawberries Panna Cotta recipe. I felt it was pretty fitting, and I’ve wanted try making panna cotta for a long time.

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Whilst making this recipe I took a moment to think back on 2014, I even gave a thought to my plans for 2015. But honestly? I just let the new year flow in. But now, back at home and back to reality I’m having trouble moving forward. And then I thought about this blog. This is what I created this space for, isn’t it? Not only for a place for me to be able to share recipes – but also to discuss things a little deeper than that.

So, while I’ve given it a lot of thought over the past day or so, I’d like to sum up relatively briefly here how I felt about 2014. Last year was one huge learning curve. To enter the work force, full time, was a bit of a shock. I don’t meant to sound hardly done by, I’m being honest. Looking back it really wasn’t easy for me, but I stuck to it, I’m still sticking with it, and most days I learned something. Maybe I learned how to better do my job, but more so I learned a lot about myself.

I’ve never been one for resolutions. I remember I wrote a list of them down one year and stuck them on to my fridge. And guess what? Most of them are things I still haven’t done years later! But this year I’ve got some big goals, and so I thought it was important to at least acknowledge them. I won’t share all of them just yet, but I will say that one of my biggest goals involves this blog. I enjoy writing, and for the first time ever having a creative outlet for everything that swirls around in my brain. So – expect to see a lot more of me in 2015! For now, enjoy this recipe. The panna cotta surprise me in how easy it was to make. And the addition of champagne added an interesting sweetness to it!

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Panna Cotta with Strawberries & Champagne

Recipe from: Honeysuckle Catering (check out her YouTube channel too!)

Ingredients-
  • 1 pckt (2 tsps) powdered gelatine
  • 1/4 c champagne (or cider or sparkling wine)
  • 2 c half & half (or substitute your preferred choice)
  • 1/4 c sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Compote ingredients-
  • 2 c strawberries, stemmed & quartered
  • 1/4 c champagne (or cider or sparkling wine)
  • 1/4 c sugar

Mix the gelatine powder with the champagne. Then let set and fully bloom.

Add the milk to a medium saucepan along with the sugar and vanilla. Heat on medium until the sugar just dissolves. The milk should be warm but not steaming. Remove fro the heat.

Slowly add the warmed milk mixture into the gelatine and champagne mixture one cup at a time. Using a spatula, stir until combined.

Pour the mixture into four glasses and let it set in the fridge for two or more hours.

To make the compote simply take the strawberries and add the champagne and sugar into a saucepan under medium heat until the sugar dissolve and the mixture begins to bubble slightly. Let cool and then top onto the panna cotta.

Enjoy!

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One comment

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