Archive for June, 2010

Elderflower Cordial Recipe

It seems to be a great year for elderflowers – perhaps its the fantastic weather we’ve been enjoying down here in the sunny South East.  It seems a shame to let such a wonderful free ingredient go to waste, so Anne made a batch of elderflower cordial this week.

1.5 litres of water
450g raw cane sugar
12-13 heads of elderflowers
1 tsp citric acid (you should be able to get this in your local Pharmacy)
1 lemon (preferably unwaxed), sliced

Give the elderflowers a gentle shake to remove any bugs etc. Put all of the ingredients except the water into a large mixing bowl. Boil the water and pour it over the contents of the bowl. Stir gently until the sugar has completely dissolved. You may well detect a smell of cat pee at this point – don’t worry it will all be worth it.

Cover the bowl with a clean tea towel and leave undisturbed for 24 hours in a cool place.  Stir again, cover and leave for another day.  Finally, stir again and strain the liquid into sterilised glass or plastic containers.

To use, dilute roughly 1:5 with still or sparkling water. This will keep for a couple of weeks in the fridge.  Better still,  make a big batch and freeze it in ice cube trays.

This cordial is really versatile – use it as a refreshing drink, drizzle it over ice cream or put it into salad dressings.  Also, make sure to add a splash if you are cooking Gooseberries (which are in season right now) – the two flavours really seem to go together.

Remember to leave enough elderflowers on the tree to turn into berries.  Not only will this provide a great food source for the birds later in the year, we also have a great recipe for elderberry cordial to use throughout the winter to keep coughs & colds at bay.

Hadji Bey Turkish Delight

To Cork City people Hadji Bey’s Turkish Delight is an institution.  

First made by a family of  Turkish immigrants in Cork in the early 1900’s, it was sold from a shop on MacCurtain Street, now part of the Metropole Hotel. 

Sadly,  production ceased in the early 1990’s - but luckily for us its now available again, and not just in Cork this time.  It is featured in Marie-Claire Digby’s Food File in today’s Irish Times magazine, so its bound to become popular once again.

The packaging is to die for – you’ll want to put the empty box on display rather than in the recycling.  But its the contents that really matter.  We have two varieties retailing at €8.95 - Rahat Lokoum which contains Rose, Lemon and Orange pieces; and Original Rose.  Enjoy!

We’ve just taken delivery of the new organic mineral makeup from Green People.

This range of natural makeup is certified organic by EcoCert and is made with the purest quality blend of mineral pigments, plant extracts and natural ingredients.  It is suitable for all skin types, even sensitive skin and those prone to acne, eczema, psoriasis and rosacea.

Shockingly, high-street make-up brands can contain Mercury, Phthalates, Parabens, Carcinogens and even crushed beetles to name just a few!  Needless to say that you won’t find anything like that in here.  Mineral make up is made from natural minerals derived from the earth.

Mineral make up does not clog pores, allowing your skin to breathe naturally.  Minerals also reflect light, minimising pores, fine lines and wrinkles - making your skin look smoother.

Come in and try it for yourself.

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