AUTHOR LOUISE AVERY / PUBLISHED: MARCH 2022
Spring Recipes & Non-Alcoholic Drinking Inspiration for your Easter feast.
As the season changes and Easter approaches, it's the perfect time to embrace the fresh flavours of spring with some seasonal recipes for your feasting table. Foraging for wild ingredients can be a fun way to add unique flavours to your Easter feast, and often they can be right on our door step.
Here are three simple ways to make the most of (some) of our favourite spring plants & flowers:
Find them: Throughout the UK in woodland, under-grazed grassland, heaths and coastal habitats.
These sweet yellow flowers will add a unique twist to your Easter menu. From infused syrups to garnishes, gorse flowers can transform any dish into a beautiful spring masterpiece. We like to make a cordial with ours:
Gorse flowers – enough for about 2 cups petals
Citrus of choice (we like lemons)
1. Add your water & sugar to a pan and bring to a boil. Let simmer for 15 minutes or until it turns syrupy.
2. Wash your gorse flowers in a sieve.
3. Zest & juice your citrus fruit.
4. Add your gorse flowers, citrus juice & zest to the sugar syrup, and leave to cool & infuse overnight.
5. Strain your syrup through a muslin cloth.
6. Boil your strained liquid for 3-5 minutes & bottle.
For a deliciously fizzy non-alcoholic spring sip, add 3-4 cm of your Gorse Flower Syrup into a glass and top with Sparkling English Rose.
Find it: Deciduous woodland and chalky soils. You can also spot it in scrub and hedgerows but it prefers damp areas.
Wild garlic, is a pungent and flavourful herb that's perfect for adding a fresh, springtime taste to your dishes.
Try making a wild garlic butter by blending softened butter with minced wild garlic leaves and a pinch of salt. Spread the butter on crusty bread or melt it over grilled vegetables for a delicious and flavourful side dish. If you’re following a vegan diet, we recommend using Mergulo.
Cherry blossoms are not only beautiful spring flowers but also make a lovely garnish.
Simply pick a few blossoms and rinse them gently under cool water. Then, carefully place them on top of your Sparkling English Rose or float them in your Sparkling English Blush. Not only will the cherry blossoms add a pop of colour, but they will also create a delicate floral aroma.
It's a simple but lovely way to enjoy the beauty of spring in every sip.