So, it's lovely, warm and sunny, the garden is growing like a jungle and I discovered an elderflower tree on a walk with Miss Peach Pudding. Having had a moment of earth-motherliness and back-to-nature-thriftiness earlier in the week (more in a minute) I filled my bag with elderflower heads. The tree was on no-one's property, by the way. I do try to keep to the Country Code!
I already had the lemons and sugar so free Elderflower Cordial was the order of the day. Having perused a number of recipes on the tinterweb it appeared to be a free for all regarding the number of flower heads to lemons ratio so I did my usual - made it up as I went along. I couldn't get citric acid anywhere so braved it without. I believe it's only for clarity and longevity but I was quite happy with cloudy and anyway, it's not fated to last long at our house!
Delish with chilled white wine, but certainly good enough with icy water on a hot day.
Cooking our home-grown beetroot I was reminded of my natural dyeing escapades last year. I saved the beetroot water, strained it and added alum to half and ferrous oxide to the other. I then dyed some white craft cotton. They both ended up a similar soft grey-green, not the prettiest shade. To compensate I finished the craft cotton off in cranberry tea (pinkish) and rooibos tea (orange-ish). They're not stunning shades but do have a certain natural pleasant look.
Once dried to paler shades I had a play with them while watching a very exciting Men's Semi-finals Day at Wimbledon and drinking freshly-brewed coffee.
Ah, this is the life!