Archive | June, 2013

Put a cork in it!

26 Jun

You can’t fail to notice the heady scent of summer that hangs in the air at this time of year; it is of course the all too brief elderflower season.
botanical elderflower picture
With their penchant for inhospitable climes even wastelands are turned into pockets of wild beauty. But it’s not their looks or their scent I’m after, rather the deliciously summery flavour they impart, so it’s time for a run of experiments… The first, elderflower champagne.
DSCF1272
After finding a suitable tree with flowers in full bloom and their aroma hanging heavy in the air, pick yourself around fifteen decent sized heads and return to the kitchen.

I used Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s recipe which can be found here
I used a bucket for the brew and love how the lemons bob amidst the flowers, let’s hope it tastes as good as it looks.
elderflower champagne
I find a pair of tights is a good defence against marauding ants!
elderflower champagne covered
I’ll be back with an update in two weeks – fingers crossed for fizz!

Larder love!

16 Jun

It was a crispy morning yesterday and I took an early morning stroll to clear the cobwebs and gear up for the day. Not five minutes in but what should I find propped up beside a lamppost but an old larder, unloved and looking a little worst for wear with the metal panneling coming unstuck and a layer of grime disguising its potential beauty…larder before
I’ts amazing what a bit of elbow grease can do!
larder cleaning
I taped the edges and backed the mesh so as to protect the wood from my ferocious spray can.
larder spraying
Now it has pride of place in the kitchen and I’ve got somewhere to put some of my endless collection of kitchenalia!
DSCF1262

A return of sorts…

12 Jun

Courgette Plant
I’ll not be dwelling on the fact that it’s been over a month since my last posting. Instead it’s an exciting chance for me to look back and realise how far I have come. Take the courgettes, only a couple of posts ago they were in their infancy. Now look at them, flowering and completely swamping their container, tiny courgettes beginning to emerge from underneath those beautiful leaves.
Courgette Flower
The nasturiums too have taken on a new lease of life, thriving on being outside. I found a great tin outside one of the cafe’s near my house and it has turned out to be the perfect home. They look healthy and I can’t believe it’s only a few short months since I was so excited about their infancy.
Nasturtium
The sink planted with the beans and sweet peas has not been as successful, they’ve hardly moved since I put them out. Unfortunately I think it is the lavender that is taking the light. Today I’ll be propping it up and hoping for a growth spurt! The gate in the background I found languishing at the back of our flat, I’m hoping that shortly it will be covered in sweet peas and beans…
Beans and Sweet Peas
The pot to the right is my verbena that I’d given up for dead, amazingly with the sunshine came new growth. That’s all for now in terms of catch up but I’ll be back before the month is out…