Monday, June 23, 2008

My weekend 2

After we have enjoyed our meal and 2 bottles of Bordeaux Rose (didn't deliver much in depth), Sofie and myself called it a night. The next morning we had the glorious idea to collect Elderflower which are in bloom at the moment. And the area I live in is full of elderflower tree/bushes so we took my dad's cutter and off we went. We got quite a bit of them. Back home we decided to make elderflower cordial.....so we cleaned the flowers and asked my dad to clean a bucket for us. We mixed sugar, slices of lemon and oranges and poured boiling water over the lot and stirred to dissolve the sugar. The smell was sweet and lovely. We left it for some hours, stirring in between and the colour of the sugared water darkened. We took a small teaspoon full....and wow....what a taste. Absolute yummy. It is still in the bucket and the colour this morning was a nice deep amber. We will bottle the cordial tomorrow and have planned already to get some more elderflower and to make more cordial. This might be the start of a Cordial Empire ;-) The picture shows Sofie admiring the delicate flowers...

5 comments:

Irish Wine Contemplations said...

If you're feeling especially adventourous you should try making this: http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A593363 (Elderflower Champagne!!)

Elke said...

Will, you have read my mind. I was thinking of doing exactly that but wasn't sure how to.....watch this space, you will read about this soon ;-)

Elke

Anonymous said...

You should make a tempura from elderflower, classic in Germany and elsewhere.

Martin
www.berlinkitchen.com

Elke said...

Hi Martin,

was thinking the same this morning. Also, Mark Hix made a lovely elderflower jelly last year at the grea British menu and it went down well with the French. Might try this next time. But I will definetely try to make the champagne next.

Elke

Deborah said...

That sounds wonderful. What a refreshing idea! :)