The Purple Sage Website now has a selection of Fairtrade Gifts to sell. Take a look and support the work of disadvantaged women in Nepal and the UK’s Breast Cancer Campaign. Click here for more information.
I’ve just finished making marmalade from the last of the Seville oranges. Extremely labour-intensive but well worth the effort.
At long last Spring appears to have arrived – snowdrops, aconite, crocuses and daffodils. I hope to bring you some more recipes this year. To get you in the mood, here’s one for elderflower cordial – a few weeks till the elder is in bloom, but at least you’ll know what to do with it when it arrives!
You’ll need 25 heads of elderflowers (rinse them well first), 2kg sugar, 2 litres water and 2 large sliced lemons. Put the sugar, water and lemon in a pan and heat gently, stirring continuously, until the sugar has dissolved. Allow to cool then pour over the elderflowers. Leave to stand in a covered container for 2 days then strain and bottle (seal loosely in case of fermentation – bottles with corks are safest!). Store in a cool, dark place. To drink, dilute with three parts chilled mineral water to one part cordial. Use sparkling water if you prefer for elderflower ‘champagne’.
Elderflowers are marvellous as a prophylactic against hayfever. You can take them as tea or cordial two or three times a day. Excellent for those who suffer from a runny nose and eyes.