Inspired by the hot, summer weather I would like to share with you few of my favourite summer time dinner recipes. As usual I will be aiming to bring you some fast, easy, healthy and delicious food ideas hoping to inspire you this summer.

Today’s inspiration comes straight from the garden and to be more specific… the elderflower. Those trees are in the full bloom at the moment and their blossom season comes to an end soon so this is a prefect time to make the best of it.

Elderflower has a fresh, summery flavour which is delicious in a chilled cordials, wine or even an elderflower-flavoured gin and tonic. It’s blossoms have a lovely aroma and they are one of the edible flowers when cooked…

 

Without further ado, here is our Lush recipe for Elderflower in Batter:

 

 

(recipe for 12 fritters)

  • 12 elderflower blossoms
  • 1 glass of flour
  • 1 glass of water
  • 2 eggs
  • half t spoon of baking powder
  • 1 t spoon of sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • vegetable oil
  • icing sugar
  • lemon

  1. Mix flour, water, eggs, sugar, salt and baking powder into a smooth batter.
  2. Preheat 2 tb spoons of oil in a large pan.
  3. Hold each elderflower blossom by the stem and dunk it in the batter.
  4. Put it straight away into the hot frying pan – flowers down/ stem up. Carefully cut off the stem from each flower while your fritters are frying.
  5. Fry approx 2-3 min each side until golden-brown.
  6. Once fried, set them aside to cool down on a paper towel to soak up any excess oil.
  7. Serve cold on a hot day with a sprinkle of icing sugar, drizzle of freshly squeezed lemon and decorate with fresh mint.

 

Elderflower has been used in traditional medicine all over the world in many different cultures due to its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. The most common uses are for colds and flu, sinus infections, and other respiratory disturbances. As a supplement, elderflower also has diuretic and laxative properties and is helpful in relieving occasional constipation. Elderflower has antibacterial and antiviral properties and may also help alleviate some allergies and boost the functioning of the immune system. Topically, elderflower might help reduce pain and swelling in joints due to some forms of arthritis and is used to stop bleeding. As an oral rinse, elderflower can be used for its antiseptic properties as a mouthwash and gargle. Elderflower also reduces blood sugar levels, very similar to the way insulin works.

From herbwisdom.com

read more here: http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-elderflower.html

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