There is a new industry in town. Trending. On Twitter, stats are compiled, shared and even called 'news' by journalists on the words people use. But only words with a # in front of them. So anything trendy on Twitter is consciously created...
And it's just not cool to try to be cool. Genuine trends appear because they capture the imagination.
I'm not sure if the #elderflower has ever been considered trendy, but among the garden/food/drink/foraging connoisseurs it certainly appears to be cool, taking hold of culinary passions everywhere. I've found recipes popping up for Elderflower vinegar, ice-cream, turkish delight, chocolate, buttercream, cordial of course, jam, jelly and yes, cocktails.
One particular favourite is Elderflower champagne, which just sounds right. For those who like their Britishness to be a bit more humble and respectful but still proud, it gives creative ownership within a superior foreign product.
Imagine my excitement when, by my backdoor, I spotted these:
Earlier in the year I thought I had weeds growing there. They were around the base of a tree and not causing much bother so I left them, and they duly flowered. Whilst preparing my blog in defence of weeds, my mind jumped to photos of elderflowers on other blogs. Could it be that I have my very own supply?
As normal, I have no idea.
Is there anyone out there who can confirm whether mixing this white beauty with bubbles will poison me in a bad way, or a good way?
The champagne is on ice, awaiting an experts verdict...
The Hapless Kitchen Gardener
- Hapless gardener
- I only feel hapless because some people make it look easy to grow 10 ft marrows or a banquet of greens whereas my courgettes got nabbed by killer slugs and I only got one raspberry. So tips and stories from people less hapless than I are more than welcome. As a disclaimer though, none of my comments should be taken as expert advice on which you can rely! © Unless stated otherwise, and with the exception of guest content where that guest retains copyright, all photos and posts are the copyright of Tom Carpen and may not be used without permission.