Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year Plus a New Year's Challenge!

Well, 2012 is behind us and we have a fresh new year ahead.  I love that feeling. Looking at the new year feels kind of like the first day of school after summer holidays or writing in a brand new notebook; it's an opportunity to start fresh with a clean slate. This year I've decided to abandon the usual "resolution" list (not that I don't have a list or two) and I've been cooking up a crazy challenge instead.

This year I'm presenting the 365 Challenge!  I propose to create, make and photograph one new recipe everyday for 365 days.   Each week for 52 weeks I will create 7 original  delicious recipes along with photos that I will share with you here on my blog.  It's going to be fun,  it will definitely be challenging but I hope you enjoy the recipes that you can make and share with your friends and families.

Please keep in touch and let me know if you have any questions or comments about my recipes or if you would like to share any of your own. I would love to get your feedback.

So, today is the first day of the challenge and I thought I would begin with a toast to the new year with a champagne cocktail recipe.  It's my version of a Kir Royale, my favourite drink.  Hope you enjoy!

1 bottle champagne (I prefer French but you can use your favourite)
Fresh blackberries (2 or 3 per glass)
Cassis liquor ( 1 - 2 tsp per glass)
Fresh lemon juice ( 3 - 4 drops per glass)

1. Pour cold champagne into chilled glasses.
2. Add a few drops of lemon juice to each glass.
3. Carefully pour the cassis using the back of a spoon to guide the liquor down the side of the glass making sure the tip of the spoon touches the side of the glass above the champagne level.  This creates a layered effect which is quite pretty.

Note: If you want to substitute lemon zest for the lemon juice it makes for a pretty garnish as well.

Happy New Year, everyone!


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