With so many food items being produced in unnatural environments, almost every edible is available year round.
If you have had anything to do with gardening in the past, you will know that its almost impossible to have ALL fruits and vegetables growing ALL year round.
Because of inventions like long term cold storage, for example, having all types of fruits available all year makes it extremely difficult to figure out which of the fruits and vegetables are in season. Very few people make an effort to find out!
I woke up this morning on Day 8 of my Eco Mum Dukan Diet and I was really craving something sweet.
I have just started the Cruise Phase of the Diet and today is my pure protein day - so there is no vegetables to be had.
We have a delightfully spoiled pooch who lives with us and was formerly used to blue vein cheese, rump steak every night and coffee straight out of his Master's cup.
Whilst pushing my daughter on her swing set the other day, underneath the pine trees in our yard, I was looking at the huge mushrooms that had been popping up over several weeks.
I had such fun making my slow cooked, very rich lamb stock. I had all different types of bones â shins, knuckles, ribs in the pots and some vege and lots of spices. It simmered on my fire place for a day or so and when the fire was off it was simmering on my stove for another day or so. All in all it made the house smell delish and produced the most wonderful stock â which I promptly used in a Pumpkin Soup recipe.
I had some left over as well as scraps of lamb from the bones so I came up with something else lovely to make so as not to waste anything...
In autumn, our lavender bushes are in full bloom. The bees spend their days gathering the last of the available pollen as the suns starts to sit lower in the sky, and the mornings become light again; signalling the end of daylight savings and the onset of winter.
When we were touring around country VIC over the Easter Long Weekend, we stopped at a stunning lavender farm near Daylesford, called Lavandula. It was amazing!
They treated us to Lavender Scones with Lavender Champagne and poached figs with clotted cream. Words can not express how delightful this luncheon at Lavandula was - mostly due to the spectacular Lavender Champagne.
Since returning home I have been itching to make some Lavender Cordial so we can again experience the delicate, elder-like sweetness with some bubbly.
After playing around in my kitchen today, this is the recipe I think works best for flavor and color. Enjoy a dash with a glass of bubbly or sparkling mineral water for a truly sweet herbal treat that will leave your taste buds singing.
Eco Mum's Lavender Cordial and Champagne Recipe
You will need:
1/2 cup fresh lavender flowers (best) or 2-3 tbsp dried flowers
1 1/2 cups pure water or rain water (best to avoid tap water because of the chlorinated flavor it gives off)
1/2 cup raw organic sugar (I used Rapadura but this does affect the color by darkening the cordial)
Juice of 1 lemon
1/2 litre screw top bottle or corked bottle
Step 1: If picking your own lavender blossoms, harvest them early in the day after the morning sun when dry from any dew. Pick the young, leathery blossoms that haven't hardened or dried on the plant yet for the fullest flavor.
Step 2: Add water and sugar to a small pan and bring to a boil stirring all the time, until sugar dissolves.
Step 3: Remove the pan from heat and add the lavender blossoms. Place lid over pan and block steam holes to ensure no fragrance of flavor escapes during the steeping process.
Step 4: Steep in pan with the lid on for 45 minutes.
Step 5: Strain out the blossoms and stir in the juice of 1 organic lemon.
Step 6: Pour into sterilized screw top or corked bottle and store in fridge. If kept cool and well sealed this cordial has a 1-2 year shelf life.
Sweet Lavender Drinks
There are so many things you can do with your Lavender Cordial - the list is almost endless. However, I have noted a few here to get you started on your way with this delicious, delicately flavored drinkâ¦
Happy (responsible - always!) drinking!
Love The Eco Mum xo
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