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Sunday, 8 June 2008

From Foraging to Fritters

I knew there was a good reason to let part of the front garden to be given over to nature.
We haven't intentionally neglected to maintain its upkeep, but there never seems to be enough time to tackle the enormous task of clearing the undergrowth and clipping the hedges, As a result a rather large elder bush has grown up through the hornbeam hedge


It is now in full flower, and not wanting to miss the opportunity to eat some it's blossom, I battled my way past the prickly brambles to pick its headily scented blooms.
They are best gathered in the morning after some sun has shone on them - this is when the flowers pack out the most scent and flavour.

Avoid washing the blooms as this will just make them soggy and lose their gorgeous Muscat flavour. It's best to simply shake them to dislodge any creepy-crawlies, unless of course you fancy some added protein!

I make a light tempura style batter, dipping in the elderflower heads and deep fry for a couple of minutes until they are golden and crispy. A sprinkling of caster sugar to finish and then eat.
I have decided to leave the elder bush to go on to produce berries later in the year, these being very useful for jams and jellies.

5 comments:

Alex Rushmer said...

These look amazing! There is something so profoundly satisfying about cooking and eating something that you've foraged yourself. Everyone should try it.

Cheeky Spouse said...

Hi Alex, you're quite right. It is enjoyable to indulge in a spot of wild food.
I was wondering whether it counts if you pick it from your own garden? But I suppose as I didn't cultivate it myself, it's still technically wild!

Karin said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. Sorry for not answering your comment but I have been away from home for a week.

It's a pity we don't have elder where I live but we can purchase packages of elder flower juice drink. Not as good as fresh stuff, is it?

I make a syrup of black currant leaves. This is as good as elderflower syrup - almost identical in taste.

Robert said...

My daughter's birthday treat, elderflower fritters. Great blog I will be back if I may.

Cheeky Spouse said...

Hello Robert. Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad you enjoy my blog, so please come back again.
I had a quick look at some of your blogs too and found them to be be very interesting, especially as I'm an admirer of sculpture and art in general. I shall be back soon.

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