At the suggestion of my five year old son, my boys and I went scavenging for our first haul of elder-flower  heads this afternoon.

It is a bit early in the season but we still found ample supplies in our usual patch below the Belfast City Airport flight path,hopefully diesel fumes do not perforate Elder-flower, maybe they make it taste even better!

Elder-flower cordial making and subsequent Elder-flower lolly making is a great project for kids, first you have the appealing enough adventure of getting out and finding food on your doorstep, followed by sorting, squeezing, weighing, pouring and getting mucky. My boys could not have been happier though they did spread their sticky happiness a lot further around my kitchen than anticipated!

The recipe is simple

20 elderflower heads 
1 sliced lemon
2 tsp of citric acid (ask at your chemist)
1.5 kg (3.5 lbs) of sugar
1.2 ltr (2.5 pints) boiling water