We are now ready to move onto something new after spending a few weeks enjoying learning how to crochet. Time to get the spinning wheel out!
One last picture of our crocheted bags including one with a matching jacket.
With all the beautiful yellow blooms everywhere last week and the sweet, musky fragrant elderflowers in abundance in the hedgerows, it really felt like the beginning of summer and time to make elderflower cordial.
It’s very easy to make. Just be sure you know what you are picking!
To make approximately 1 litre of elderflower cordial you will need to gather about 15 elderflower heads. I like to have some with the tiny bids just opening and some fully opened flowers.
You will also need: 500g caster sugar, the zest from 2 unwaxed lemons, the juice from 1 of the lemons, approximately 4 tablespoons of runny honey
Cut the stalks with a pair of scissors and pop them in a bag or a basket and inspect them carefully, removing any bugs when you get home.
Once you have inspected the elderfower and removed any bugs and brown bits. You will need to:
Gently bring to the boil 1litre of water and add the sugar and honey and dissolve. Remove the pan from the heat.
Add the lemon zest, the elderflower and the juice from 1 lemon.
Slice the other lemon and place on top of the elderflower.
Make sure the elderflower and lemon slices are fully submerged.
Put the lid on the pan and leave to infuse for 24 hours or at least overnight.
Strain your homemade cordial using a sieve lined with kitchen towel or muslin, (if you have it).
Pour into sterilised bottles and seal with screw top lids, corks or swing top seals.
It really is that easy.
I’ve made enough to share with family members.
Dilute with ice cold water, lemonade or soda to drink. Also goes down well with wine or Prosecco.
Your elderflower cordial can also be frozen in plastic containers for later use.
The pair of swans who built this nest some weeks back now and were sitting on their eggs have now gone. This photo shows broken egg shell but I haven’t seen the parent swans for about a week. I was really hoping to see the signets once they had hatched but haven’t even had glimpse of them anywhere. I will keep looking.