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Elderflower Cordial

I thoroughly enjoyed my walk along the Common land at Noirmont near my house this week.  I gathered some elderflowers and took a recipe from the internet and made a batch of Elderflower Cordial.

It took me about 20 minutes to get the solution ready.  I added the flowers and left the solution rest in the fermentation bucket I was using that I normally use to make wine.  Every twelve hours I lifted the lid and the smell emanating from this lovely liquid was sensational.

Once the 72 hours elapsed I proceeded to sterilize some bottles that I had collected with lift off metal tops by putting them in the oven at 150 degrees celcius.

I siphoned off the delicious liquid and had my first sample using it in the proportion of 11 to 1 with carbonated water as a treat.  It was as delicious as it looked.  Not only that I took the two crushed up lemons and two crushed up oranges used in the making of the Elderflower Cordial and transferred them to a pot and proceeded to make lemon and orange marmalade using half a pint of the newly made Elderflower Cordial.  The marmalade tasted really special with the addition of the Elderflower Cordial.  Nothing but natures best in my kitchen.

Elderflower Cordial


Brilliant No Knead Bread recipe from

I surfed the net today because I wanted a quick bread recipe as I was too busy doing projects at home to visit the supermarket to purchase bread.  No Joke the picture above is the result of my labour.  Good effort eh?

I found this recipe which look promising:  I had all the ingredients ready at home so I got to work right away.  It was brilliant and you can, hopefully, find the link here.

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