in my kitchen – July

Once again I’m joining in with Celia’s In My Kitchen where bloggers around the world link to Fig Jam and Lime Cordial to give a peek into their kitchens.

In my kitchen this July …

elderflower cordial

making elderflower cordial

…  elderflowers. It’s been a bumper year for elderflower and I’ve made Elderflower Fizz and Elderflower Cordial and for the first time Elderflower Fritters, as recommended by a customer on the Slamseys Gin stand. I’ve often seen the recipe for Elderflower Fritters but turned the page because I’m not a fan of deep fat frying, but they were very good and I suspect I’ll end up making them every year.

In my kitchen  …

rhubarb relish

rhubarb relish

rhubarb and rose cordial

rhubarb and rose cordial

… an abundance of rhubarb. It’s summer and the start of harvesting the produce from the garden where we skip from  the delight of finding one ripe fruit to the despair of facing a glut of fruit that needs attention NOW before it turns to a rotting morass. We are done with rhubarb crumble and rhubarb with white chocolate cake and have moved on to rhubarb relish, rhubarb cordial, rhubarb bitters and a few pots of rhubarb compote stashed in the freezer.

In my kitchen  …

striped rhubarb jelly

striped rhubarb jelly

… Jelly. Of course. Rhubarb Jelly striped with Milk Jelly flavoured with Rose. Inspired by Bompass & Parr on NR11 Blog, where you can see the original in all its glory. It was a lot of faff letting layers set and not letting jugfuls set and probably not a jelly to be repeated. But sometimes, I just have to try things once.

In my kitchen …

Slamseys Strawberry Gin

Strawberry Gin & Tonic with basil and black pepper

Slamseys Elderflower Gin with lime

Elderflower Gin with lime juice and mint

… a succession of seasonal summer cocktails. Well, someone has to test them. Yes, it is gratuitous advertising. Sorry.

In my kitchen …

the view from the kitchen window July

… the view from the kitchen window that, at long last,  is beginning to green up, though you can see from the rather half hearted rows that germination has not been good. But at least things are moving now and we’re cutting lettuce and picked the first peas and beetroot (luckily there were only two of us eating).

In my kitchen …

butterscotch bars

… baking. Just in case you thought the whole post was liquid based. Not as squidgy looking as Celia’s original but that’s because they have to withstand being squashed in the bottom of my rucksack as we’re off for a couple of days walking in the North Downs. Time away with no car, no electronic devices, no worries. Bliss.

What’s happening in your kitchen this month? Why not join in with Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial?

28 thoughts on “in my kitchen – July

  1. Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial says:

    Anne, it is always SUCH a joy to peek into your kitchen, I’m so excited when you post every month! When we have a lot of rhubarb (which hasn’t been for a while now), we clean it and cut it into 1″ pieces and then freeze it. It defrosts perfectly for desserts and jams. I love the look of that rhubarb and rose cordial though! Garden is looking gorgeously sunny and green, and I’m so glad you enjoyed the butterscotch bars. Hope they keep you going during the long hike! Have a great time! xx

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    • Anne @GtSlamseysFarm says:

      I hadn’t thought of freezing rhubarb like that – though I find it easier to cook a whole batch of fruit and freeze it so I can use it straight away as thawing and then cooking is just too much trouble sometimes!

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  2. Brackendale says:

    Like the look of that relish – whats in it please ? Have you tried Rhubarb with Mackerel tastes lovely and Rhubarb with strawberries in a pie. You posts make me feel hungry !

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  3. lizzygoodthings says:

    Oh Anne, this must be my most favourite of all your IMK posts (mind you I have loved each one, but this one takes the cake as it were). Firstly, the new header photo with the artichokes (smack me if it’s been there for ages, but I hadn’t noticed it before!). Love it! I’ve not seen elderflowers as such, so interesting (used to sell elderflower cordial when I had the cookware store). Everything looks so refreshing and deliciously summery. Thanks so much for sharing.

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    • Anne @GtSlamseysFarm says:

      I always think the elderflowers are the start of summer and certainly the sun is shining and it appears that summer has arrived. It always surprises me that the leaves of the elder smell rather unpleasant but the flowers smell wonderful.

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  4. Jane @ Shady Baker says:

    Your striped rhubarb jelly is impressive Anne, in fact all of your rhubarb products look delicious. Your garden looks so neat and green…picture perfect! Celia’s slice/brownie looks incredibly good. I hope you are enjoying the warm days.

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  5. heidiannie says:

    Oh my! No one can be uncheered with Elderflowers! Every year I cry out to whoever is in the car with me when I see them- ELDERFLOWERS! I want a glut of them! I would make wine and fritters and dry them for potpourri and make jelly- but I never get more than a bouquets worth so I end up with May wine. I love this post- you have everything glorious in it- rhubarb,gin, relish, elderflowers and butterscotch bars.
    Thanks for posting- and sharing- and inspiring!

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    • Anne @GtSlamseysFarm says:

      Though we have a bumper year for elderflowers, they don’t last long and time always runs out before I’ve made all I want to with them. I’ve never tried making wine with them – maybe something to try next year.

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  6. Jane Paterson says:

    I used to make elderflower fritters delicious dipped in sugar when still hot. The tree which was between gardens has been cut down shame. But Elderflower gin is yum over ice or with a small amount of tonic don’t want to dilute so much . Will try the marmalade gin tonight.

    Jane

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  7. Judy @Savoring Today says:

    I have never tasted elderflowers, so I am not intrigued by all the ways to use them! I love the view from your kitchen window ~ how lovely to gaze upon your harvest, the reward of your outside efforts, as you linger in your kitchen. Speaks to my heart.

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  8. TIFFIN bitesizedfood (@TIFFINbitesized) says:

    I love that Jelly – I’m a big fan with lots and lots of molds. Such dedication! Oh to see the masters Bompass & Parr in action…. And as for that Strawberry Gin – I wish I could get my hands on that. Thanks for showing us your sunny, summery kitchen whilst we wait for the days to grow longer at this end of the world.

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