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Friday, 6 May 2011
The Elders are in flower again, and that means just one thing; Elderflower Champagne 2011.
The recipe I use is this. 6 litres of water, 6 Elderflower heads, the zest of a lemon, the juice of a lemon, 650 gms sugar, and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar. Mix together in a clean bucket and leave covered for 24 hrs.
The following day, filter the liquid through several folds of muslin as you bottle it. Make sure you use the right flip-top bottles. Leave for at least 2 weeks before drinking. Chill well, and open your bottles outdoors!
This is the lot I made yesterday, and I shall make another 6 litres today.
We went with friends to the Scallop festival in Whitianga; a charming
seaside town in the Coromandal District.
Had a great time...5000 people, lots of wine...
4 years ago
The difference between an optimist and a pessimist, is that the optimist enjoys himself whilst waiting for the inevitable! I AM that optimist!
This is a daily, optimistic, 'photos and comments' blog. I make no judgements (only occasionally), just notes. If you wish to comment in any way at all, please feel free. Everything and everyone is very welcome.
I was born just south of London, but for the past 45 years I've lived in S W France. I am a painter by profession, and writer by desire. Lady Magnon and I live in an ancient cottage, in a tiny village, in perfectly tranquil countryside. We have a vegetable garden called 'Haddock's' (this may crop up from time to time), a Border Collie/Black Lab' cross called Bok, a cat called Freddie, plenty of fruit trees, and a view that takes the breath away. I try to treat our planet with respect, and encourage others to do likewise (without preaching).
Contentment is a glass of red, a plate of charcuterie, and a slice of good country bread. Perfect!