Drink in Some Sunshine with Elderflower Cordial
Nature’s beginning to show her true bounty now that the warmer weather has enabled her to re-stock the pantry! It’s a great time to forage for free food for your menu and you needn’t look far for a traditional seasonal favourite.
From hedgerow to parkland and heath to allotment as well as waste ground, the elder tree is coming into blossom. It might be a common species but familiarity shouldn’t breed contempt as there’s nothing to rival a chilled elderflower cordial to cool and comfort on a balmy day. It’s the sweetness and promise of British summer in a glass.
Pick a carrier bag’s worth of delicate, aromatic elderflowers to try this simple Elderflower cordial recipe. Once made, you can mix it withChampagnefor a celebration. A few teaspoons will add a sunshine flavour to your sorbets, ice creams, summer puddings, gooseberry fools and fruit crumbles or alternatively, use it to marinade chicken breasts. You can also make a great summery salad dressing by mixing your elderflower cordial with white wine vinegar, a touch of mustard, salt, pepper and light olive oil to create a vinegarette.
Now every field is clothed with grass, and every tree with leaves; now the woods put forth their blossoms, and the year assumes its gay attire. Virgil