Elderflower Cordial and Garden Produce…

Today, early this morning, Jenna and Erin and I began preparations for making Elderflower Cordial. We have been waiting for our beautiful tree to be in full blossom and today was the right day…

We measured out the correct amount of flower to water and sugar ratio…

Boiled up the sugar and water and poured it over the flowers, we used this wonderful book for the recipe: http://www.amazon.com/Festivals-Family-Food-Diana-Carey/dp/095070623X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1256313010&sr=8-1

We also went looking in our veggie garden to discover so many pea pods were ready for picking and eating… (not many pods made it back to the kitchen…)

Our strawberries are also ready and some had little visitors, if you look closely at the strawberry, you will see a little worm…


Our nectarines…

Great excitement, today we went and bought a solar oven, we came home and immediately put it out in the sun. It worked so well, we had boiling water in no time at all. This little stove can cook for a family of 6 and even roast veggies and chicken and bake bread! I can’t wait to cook with it tomorow again…
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13 Responses to Elderflower Cordial and Garden Produce…

  1. Dawn October 23, 2009 at 7:33 pm #

    Wow…such beautiful produce is coming from your garden! That solar oven is very cool.

  2. Joy October 24, 2009 at 2:24 am #

    What a beautiful spring you’re having! The elderberry cordial sounds delightful! I’ve never seen a solar oven like that. How cool!

  3. Lisa Anne October 24, 2009 at 2:37 am #

    On the other side of the world I am making elderberry syrup from this year’s harvest of Elderberries. (Good thing b/c everyone is going crazy about the flu this year!)

  4. Linda October 24, 2009 at 8:54 am #

    Hi everyone,
    The solar over is so cool, I want to try and bake bread today! I can’t wait…

    Lisa Anne, we have all been so ill with the flu here and we have also made Elderberry syrup it is amazing…

    Happy day everyone…

  5. Nicole October 24, 2009 at 1:53 pm #

    The Elderberry Cordial sounds absolutely wonderful! I have not seen it growing near my home.. Your photos are so full of Spring and beauty! You have me already longing for my gardens that have slowly past, and there I was thinking I was all set in this new season : ) I think it is absolutely wonderful that you are cooking on a solar oven! The Organic teaching farm we visit has many cob structures, one being a cob oven I am interested in these alternative ways of cooking! Did you find yours online? I look forward to hearing how your bread turns out, yum!: )

  6. Linda October 24, 2009 at 2:27 pm #

    Hello Nicole,

    Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂 The Organic teaching farm near you sounds amazing. I actually bought this oven locally down the road from where I live and if I convert the price to dollars, the cost is $ 39.00 I have just had a look and there is a USA email contact:

    have a lovely day 🙂



  7. Tammy October 24, 2009 at 7:00 pm #

    I love the solar power oven…how did the bread turn out?

    Fun to see your spring garden photos. 🙂

  8. Lisa October 25, 2009 at 12:15 am #

    How cool is that solar oven!?!?

    Love the elderflower cordial, I usually just use the berries. I will have to make this come spring!


  9. themagiconions October 25, 2009 at 4:57 am #

    Your solar oven is amazing!!! I want one! Your post brings a smile to my face as I remember what fun we had in our spring… so much growing and picking and eating. Yay!
    Thanks so much for sharing on Friday’s Nature Table.
    Blessings and magic.

  10. goldenbird October 25, 2009 at 6:09 am #

    The solar oven is so cool, and very amazing! Your fruit and veggies look wonderful. Did everyone enjoy the Elderflower Cordial?

  11. Linda October 25, 2009 at 7:57 am #

    Hi everyone,
    We had cloud cover yesterday, but today is wonderfully sunny and I will bake bread today. I will blog the progress 🙂

  12. Forest-Dweller October 26, 2009 at 12:26 am #

    Oh this sounds so good. I made some Tangerie last year and am still sipping on it. Love the Oven.

  13. Dani April 1, 2011 at 1:38 pm #

    Hi Linda

    How did your bread turn out. I, too, cook with a solar oven (http://ecofootprintsa.blogspot.com/search/label/solar%20oven) Don’t actually know what I would do without it in summer. Winter, in Cape Town, with a south facing house / garden, is not so easy – so then I use my hot / hay box.


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