Sunday, October 21, 2012

The taste of summer

We are firmly in the grips of Autumn here in Copenhagen. The leaves are falling at an alarming rate and the temperature is dropping even faster. Winter coats are being worn, and gloves and beanies are coming out of the closet. And if I didn't know better, I would swear it was actually winter - unfortunately I know the real cold is still to come.

But I have noticed this weird phenomenon that occurs one day every October here - we have a "summers" day. And that day was yesterday. It is unseasonably warm, the sun is out, the air is still, flesh is flashed and smiles are on every face.

Needless to say, today it is back to winter, it is gray, cloudy, windy and cold. But I will retain yesterdays summer optimism and post a great summer recipe - icy poles. If you ask me what summer tastes like in Denmark I would say like Elderflowers. It is not a flavour we get often in Australia, but it is in abundance in Denmark in the summer months, and it is such a beautiful taste.

So this recipe is mainly for my southern hemisphere followers as you are the lucky ones to be heading into warm, long, relaxing summer days. I would encourage you to try and find Elderflower cordial - when I did a collaboration with Mette from BecauseitMatters, we used her homemade Elderflower cordial, which was amazing. But if you can't find it, you can easily substituted it with any flavour of your choice.

Elderflour and lemonade icy poles

  • 150 g blueberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar (= 100 gr)
  • Juice and zest of 1/2 lime
  • Juice and zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 1/2 cup of water (= 3 3/4 cup)
  • Elderflower cordial to taste

Boil the water and sugar to make a syrup. Add the lemon juice and peel, followed by the Elderflower cordial.

Divide the blueberries between your molds (between 6-10) and pour the syrup over.

Freeze and enjoy!

Photography by Martin Kaufmann