At long last the wonderful elderflower is in bloom. You can pick the flowers of the elderflower in June and July, and the ripe berries in August. Both the flowers and the berries can be used in many delicious foods – that are also very easy to make. We've brought all of our wonderful elderflower recipes together here.
Elderflower panna cotta with lime-marinated berries
Did you know this about elder
Elder (Sambucus nigra) grows wild and in gardens. The true elder variety blossoms in June with large yellowish-white flower heads that are used to make cordials, jams and desserts. The black elderberries can also be used to make cordials and jams. Red elder is a wild, non-edible elder variety with coral-coloured berries. In ancient times, elder was regarded as a holy plant. The nordic goddess Freya was believed to live in the elder tree, and would be invoked to help solve love problems. In the past, elder was used for medicinal purposes and as tea. It is still used for tea, but mainly for cordial.
Baking for Christmas is always something special. This is the one safe haven that always seems to cling to tradition. But perhaps you would like to try something different for a change… you might find yourself a new favourite goodie this year!
For many, Christmas wouldn't be complete without sweet treats. Put out homemade toffees, chocolates and truffles for everyone to enjoy. Whether you want the most classic Christmas treats or more advanced alternatives, we've got the recipe.
Christmas cakes are so much more than gingerbread nuts! Classic cookies with a Christmas twist are perfect with Christmas coffee served on a decorated tray, or as little Christmas presents for busy people. Or arrange them in beautiful pots and dishes and let them be part of the Christmas decorations.
Delicious Christmas presents
The most special Christmas gifts are hand-made and filled with happiness. And what could be more full of love than mouth-watering sweets, festive biscuits and glorious jams? Create your own Santa Claus’s workshop in the kitchen and savour the Christmas spirit as you make sweets and wrap parcels.
Midwinter is redolent of oranges and saffron – fragrances evoking images of countries less dark and cold than our northern climes. After Christmas dinner, it’s nice to serve something refreshing like an orange salad or citrus ice cream.
The Christmas holiday provides many opportunities to get together and mingle with a pleasant drink in the hand. A few suggestions for Christmas celebrations big and small.