It’s been too long since I’ve posted and I do apologize. My only excuse is that we have been spending lots and lots of time outside and my inside free time is dedicated to making preserves and getting ready for the market tomorrow.
Lots of beautiful things coming up in the garden and I’m stating to get excited about summer produce!
We had a very sad event a few weeks ago with the loss of the quails we were quite devastated as they had just started laying and I love the gorgeous spotted eggs. Originally we thought a fox had got into the cages they were flipped and holes dug but now we think it was more likely a dog. We will be looking into getting a dog next year for protection of the flock. We may get quails again one day but not for a while. The last eggs I have blown out for keepsakes.
Last week we visited a friend on their stunning property and spent some time touring the garden and right at the end was the biggest Elder tree I have ever seen. We talked about the berries and I asked if she had ever made cordial from the flowers. We mentioned we had tried the cordial at BOOMTOWN festival when we were in the UK sold to us by a troupe of children pulling a cart. It was the most beautiful thing I had tasted and I have been wanting to make it ever since but alas before I got the chance our chickens devoured our free and I had been mourning the chance until now. We were gifted a nice big bag of flowers and I got to work.
This is my recipe for elderflower cordial I have made it up from my experience experimenting making lots of cordial syrups recently and this is the best method I have found that works for me.
ElderFlower Cordial Syrup
- Wash your elderflowers to remove bugs and then pop in your bowl ( I use a 5 Litre food grade bucket but I like to make HUGE amounts) pour boiling water over the flowers and leave overnight.
- Using a muslin cloth over a colander strain the liquid to remove the flowers plus any bugs you might have missed washing.
- Measure the Liquid and place in a saucepan for very cup of liquid add a cup of sugar.
- Over medium heat stir to dissolve sugar and bring to boil
- Once boiling add 1 teaspoon Tantaric acid and boil for another 2 minutes.
- Bottle in sterilized bottles and can with preferred method or store in the fridge.
You can follow these instructions for basically any herb syrup so get out in the garden and get experimenting!!!