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Blackcurrant Cordial- a bumper dose of Vitamin C …

… phytochemicals and antioxidants.  In other words, feel good in a bottle. (100g of blackcurrants can provide 218% of the RDA!!!) Growing up, the kids couldn’t get enough of it, and it really makes me happy that I can make it now for them, and their younger cousins, to strengthen their system as we move into the Autumn, and the back to school bugs.  It has a unique flavour and such a rich colour.

The fruit cage

The fruit cage

During World War II it became impossible to purchase the then traditional source of Vitamin C, oranges, so growing blackcurrants was encouraged, from 1942, cordial was distributed free of charge to children under 2 in the U.K.  However in the U.S., in the 20th Century, the growing of blackcurrants commercially was banned as it was a vector of a rot that threatened the logging industry, this ban was reduced to state bans in the 1960’s and blackcurrant growing is on the rise, although severely damaged.

Cordial Prep

Cordial Prep

Enough history, it makes the kitchen smell great, and takes but an evening. If anyone would like a bottle of this deliciousness contact me through Facebook, or by email.

Ready for shipping!

Ready for shipping!

Blackcurrants

Blackcurrants

As we move into another season…

The elderflowers are finally finished, but we eagerly await the berries, and I always feel that when the elderflowers are gone, that the summer is coming to an end.  But then we head to the fruit cage to see what’s ripe…

Yellow Raspberry

 

The yellow raspberries are really just for eating as there are not enough, not so the gooseberries, which are now ready to pick-

Gooseberries nearly falling off the bush

Gooseberries nearly falling off the bush

We picked almost 4 kilos, and have made jam (email me if you want to buy a jar!).  The rest possibly frozen, although I did make one sneaky pie.

Mini tart ready for the oven

Mini tart ready for the oven

And now we are patiently waiting on the redcurrants and blackcurrants so we can make cordial.  Can’t wait.  I can almost hear the Vitamin C growing as I type.  The first thing my father in law always makes is redcurrant cheesecake, and this years first one was pretty damned good.

Redcurrant Cheesecake

Redcurrant Cheesecake

And soon we’ll have tomatoes to look forward to.  I LOVE homegrown tomatoes

Tomatoes- nearly ready!

Tomatoes- nearly ready!

Elderflowers- better late than never

I think the elderflowers are late this year.  And don’t ask me if that’s a sign of a good or bad summer- I have no idea!

Elderflowers and lemons- a perfect match

Elderflowers and lemons- a perfect match

As always Elderflower cordial is first on the list to be made- this is then used in a miriad of ways, including my Elderflower butter cookies.  They taste better than they look, and I remember why I only make them once a year- you need to watch them like a hawk, and they are very fiddly- but the texture is so soft, and they go just perfectly with a fragrant glass of cordial.

Elderflower cookies

Elderflower cookies

This year, I wanted to experiment with a Elderflower Liquor.  Actually more a prosecco- I hope anyway.  It needs to sit for two weeks, so we’ll have to wait.

The start of the fizz

The start of the fizz

And the finished article…

Elderflower Fizz

Elderflower Fizz

And of course the afore mentioned cordial….

Cordial ready to go!

Cordial ready to go!

Contact me here, or on Facebook if you want to buy some cordial- €5 a bottle, and you get €1 back if you return the bottle to me 🙂

A little goes a long way

Pennywort in the lane

Pennywort in the lane

This isn’t a blog about finishing my 12 weeks in Ballymaloe Cookery School.  It’s still a little raw for that. And it isn’t a blog about re-integrating myself back into my job, my home, my family and my friends.  As it’s just too soon.

Progress

Progress

It’s a blog about Spring, and learning and practicing.  It was still in the middle of Winter when I left for Cork, so it is so nice to be walking around looking at all of the Spring flowers in the daylight.

Some primroses

Some primroses

I have crystallised them , and will keep them for cakes later in the season.

The "bar Stool" job

The “bar Stool” job

It was great to go into the tunnel and see the broad beans my father in law planted a few weeks ago.  I love the first broad beans, with nothing but a little salt and olive oil crushed on some bread.

Broadbeans starting to flower

Broadbeans starting to flower

So this evening I took a kilo of blackcurrants out of the freezer and made a little taste of summer, a syrup so full of vitamin C and can nearly see all the colds and snots leaving the house in disgust.

My cauldron of blackcurrant goodness

My cauldron of blackcurrant goodness

The process is a little messy, but not as sticky as jam making.  I got 6 750ml bottles out of the blackcurrants, all ready to go to their new homes.

Blackcurrant Cordial ready for shipment.

Blackcurrant Cordial ready for shipment.

Let me know if you want a bottle?