My Make Do and Mend Year definitely become more adventurous with the food I was cooking, and more open to trying new things.
I went to River Cottage for a Bread Making Day, and then made my own Sourdough Starter, and have been making bread with varying degrees of success ever since.
And recently, I made gnocchi (great one for using up leftover mashed potato) and also custard (ditto for using up egg yolks).
But today, in the manner of all things thrifty and Waste Not, Want Not, and thinking ahead for Christmas (arrrghhhhhh! Yes I really did just say the ‘C’ word), I am experimenting with….
I was aware of elderflowers, but am ashamed to admit that I only realised that there are also elderberries on the same tree a bit later in the year, a couple of months ago.
But now I am on a mission to track them all down and have spent several afternoons foraging happily with the Smalls for blackberries and elderberries. It is like a living, breathing Enid Blyton novel I tell you.
So now I have a stash of elderberries, and given that I am already pretty stocked up with jam, I thought I would try something new.
Elderberry Gin 🙂
Think sloe gin, but with elderberries.
I am reliably informed by Twitter (my source of all knowledge), that this is: a) a proper thing and not something I just made up; b) tasty; c) not poisonous.
So I am giving it a go.
And 2 minutes of mixing later, I was done
I only had 400g elderberries, so I am on the look out for some more, otherwise everyone will be having a shot each…
So what are you going to try new today?!