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Tue 11-Jun-13
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Hattie
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wave  Hi Chris,

 

Here's the link to Fiona's recipe on her blog here on CSH.  

 

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Tue 11-Jun-13
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..... and here is another recipe without using citric acid if you find it difficult to buy.

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Tue 11-Jun-13
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Hattie said:

wave  Hi Chris,

 

Here's the link to Fiona's recipe on her blog here on CSH.  

I don't think elderflowers grow here. At least I've never heard of them.

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Wed 12-Jun-13
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Oh Chris, that's a shame - I made some elderflower cordial last night, and shall see later today how successful it has been! The wonderful scent of the pretty little flowers - lovely  smile.

(I asked OH to put his nose into the bucket of these flowers to smell the aroma. Very disappointing - he said it smelled of cat's pee !! How rotten is that? steam ) Wrong nose, obviously!

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Wed 12-Jun-13
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Interesting! I have just looked at this website, and the author suggests that sometimes elderflowers do smell like cat's pee.

However, I thought they smelled gorgeous, and OH didn't. Oh well, we shall see.

(Hope I haven't wasted my time, as the flower-shedding part of the recipe was very time-consuming!)

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Wed 12-Jun-13
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Erm, Val, I've always thought they smell like cats pee too!  And I don't like the taste of anything with elderflowers in it......too flowery! big_laughponder

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Wed 12-Jun-13
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Hi Sue - our daughter introduced me to this cordial (the 'Bottle Green' one), and served it chilled with a slice of cucumber and a slice of lemon, it is very refreshing!

A shame you're not keen though. I may not be keen either if this batch tastes like OH thinks it smells! big_laugh  big_laugh

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Wed 12-Jun-13
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Apparently the smell varies across the day. In the morning if picked then it has the floral aroma, in the afternoon if picked then, it has the cat pee aroma. I learnt this when making elderflower champagne as a project at work. It is well known to those who do that as a living. You need to taste it and see if it has the taste as well. In our project we made two batches at seperate times, one was perfect and one smelt off, so hopefully yours will be OK?

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Wed 12-Jun-13
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Hope so, Martin - at the moment it smells lovely - hope it stays that way!

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Wed 12-Jun-13
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I went out for a walk the other day and noticed that the elderflowers had started to open. I keep meaning to go out again in the morning to pick some but so far this week I've been too busy in the mornings.

I haven't always obeyed the 'pick in the morning' rule even though I've been aware of it for a few years. Luckily I've never had a 'cats pee' wine but this year I'll only do the picking in the morning to be on the safe side.

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Wed 12-Jun-13
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Will be picking mine tomorrow morning!

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Wed 12-Jun-13
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Mine's lovely!  ok

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.... and, in fact, OH pointed out that I had saved a 'Bottle Green' bottle - so it even looks the biz! big_laugh

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Thu 13-Jun-13
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Was just about to comment on this, but Martin has already explained about the cat pee smell, can't say its ever made a difference to the taste. Our elder are not in flower yet, everything very late this year, yesterday I was weeding for someon who still had daffodils in flower.
Tried the ikea stuff one year and its not great, VERY syrupy, think I ended up using it in cake mixes and a bit of flavouring in a jam recipe.

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Made some gooseberry jam this morning -we have a mixture of red and green, but using only the green gooseberries (1.4 kgs) I cooked up the jam. Strangely, and I didn't expect it, but the result is a beautiful red/pink jam.

If I had cooked up the red ones, I would be looking at a red jam, of course.

Searching for some recipes (some say add water, some add none), there was a description of a 'brown-y' colour jam when using green gooseberries, so I am really pleased with the result! ok  ok

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