Elderflower Cordial

Under recommendation from Sophie Dahl (yes she is my imaginary BFF) I have recently purchased Anna Jones' AH-MAZING new cookbook A Modern Way to Eat. It's a delish collection of vegetarian recipes, and to be honest - makes me feel a little healthier just looking at the pictures.

Ooh look! Cordial Tree!

Ooh look! Cordial Tree!

On my morning walks I wander past several Elderflower trees, Anna has FOUR recipes incorporating Elderflowers in her new book - so I thought I'd give her classic Elderflower cordial a go.

Otherwise known as The Day Elderflowers Took Over my Kitchen...

Otherwise known as The Day Elderflowers Took Over my Kitchen...

The syrup requires 50 heads of elderflowers, sounds like loads, but the trees in the region have kabillions, so my little foraged fifty weren't even a drop in the elderflower cordial ocean.

Boy those little flowers are FRAGRANT! so honey-floral-sweet!

Boy those little flowers are FRAGRANT! so honey-floral-sweet!

My sink was full of tiny bugs and pollen after shaking the flowers...

Pretty sink!

Pretty sink!

The flowers steep overnight in the sugar syrup with chunks of lemon...

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Anna uses raw sugar - which I think makes it even more caramelly sweet and gives it a lovely rich honey colour...

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I'm sooo looking forward to some elderflower cocktails this summer.

Cheers lovelies!

Cheers lovelies!

You can buy Anna Jones' A Modern Way to Eat here.

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- Kathy. x