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Over the bank holiday weekend, I was lucky enough to be given the chance to have a nose around a new farm shop that recently opened up near me. Aptly named, Tre, Pol & Pen (“By Tre, pol and pen shall ye know all Cornishmen” - think Penzance, Polzeath, Trewellard and Tresillian) this farm shop and kitchen prides itself on celebrating locally-made fresh food and crafts.


It actually occurred to me a while ago, when I first moved to North Cornwall, that someone should create a space for all the fabulous local produce and artwork being created in the area. We’ve got an abundance of tourist-led seaside galleries and the odd farm shop selling a Sophie Allport tea towel for every day of the week, but nothing that really cherishes homegrown Cornish wares.


This is where Tre, Pol & Pen comes in. 


It's home to the freshest-looking indoor farmer's market I've ever seen!

Plus, every line of pretty Cornish and Devonian produce I’ve stumbled across and ‘ooh-ed and aah-ed’ over on Instagram is stocked here. From the Insta-famous, organic Rose Tinkture Gin to coastal-inspired Ebb Flow blankets, you'll find the cream of the crop of local produce here.




Cornish Hot Dogs from The Kernow Sausage Co.


My personal favourites from Ebb Flow and Tinkture Gin.




The most attractive farm-inspired bodycare range I've ever seen, from Welsh Lavender and Tre, Pol & Pen's own tote bag.


Seeing all that pasta made me hungry. On to the Kitchen that sits adjacent to the farm shop.

It’s a gorgeous, wide open space and, as the weather was particularly nice that morning, I was lucky enough to be able to sit on a bench outside.


I was really happy to see the menu was chock full of local Cornish produce - yoghurt from Trewithen, Sourdough bread from Coombshead Farm, meat from on-site butchers and even the promise of local jams.

I got to the Kitchen just after breakfast, so decided to treat myself to a mid-morning coffee and cake.

The ladies behind the counter got a bit muddled over my order (it’s new, they’re new, I let it slide!) and I did get the general feeling that everything’s still in its teething stages when it comes to the menu BUT the cake I ordered was wonderful and my coffee really hit the spot – so no complaints here when it came to actually chowing down!



I'm glad I got some pictures in when I did, as that cake didn't last two seconds! What a lovely way to spend a sunny morning.


This is a rare little gem in the Cornish countryside and well worth a visit if you’re in the area - even just for a mooch around the shop. I can only imagine the Kitchen is going to get better and better over time, so that's definitely one to bookmark for the future too.  

Have you visited Tre, Pol & Pen yet? I can't wait to return (post-Pay Day!) and pick up a few of those handmade Cornish treats I've been hankering after for a while. 

In the meantime,
All my love,

Sian x

Fieldnotes: Tre, Pol & Pen

Tuesday, 23 April 2019


Over the bank holiday weekend, I was lucky enough to be given the chance to have a nose around a new farm shop that recently opened up near me. Aptly named, Tre, Pol & Pen (“By Tre, pol and pen shall ye know all Cornishmen” - think Penzance, Polzeath, Trewellard and Tresillian) this farm shop and kitchen prides itself on celebrating locally-made fresh food and crafts.


It actually occurred to me a while ago, when I first moved to North Cornwall, that someone should create a space for all the fabulous local produce and artwork being created in the area. We’ve got an abundance of tourist-led seaside galleries and the odd farm shop selling a Sophie Allport tea towel for every day of the week, but nothing that really cherishes homegrown Cornish wares.


This is where Tre, Pol & Pen comes in. 


It's home to the freshest-looking indoor farmer's market I've ever seen!

Plus, every line of pretty Cornish and Devonian produce I’ve stumbled across and ‘ooh-ed and aah-ed’ over on Instagram is stocked here. From the Insta-famous, organic Rose Tinkture Gin to coastal-inspired Ebb Flow blankets, you'll find the cream of the crop of local produce here.




Cornish Hot Dogs from The Kernow Sausage Co.


My personal favourites from Ebb Flow and Tinkture Gin.




The most attractive farm-inspired bodycare range I've ever seen, from Welsh Lavender and Tre, Pol & Pen's own tote bag.


Seeing all that pasta made me hungry. On to the Kitchen that sits adjacent to the farm shop.

It’s a gorgeous, wide open space and, as the weather was particularly nice that morning, I was lucky enough to be able to sit on a bench outside.


I was really happy to see the menu was chock full of local Cornish produce - yoghurt from Trewithen, Sourdough bread from Coombshead Farm, meat from on-site butchers and even the promise of local jams.

I got to the Kitchen just after breakfast, so decided to treat myself to a mid-morning coffee and cake.

The ladies behind the counter got a bit muddled over my order (it’s new, they’re new, I let it slide!) and I did get the general feeling that everything’s still in its teething stages when it comes to the menu BUT the cake I ordered was wonderful and my coffee really hit the spot – so no complaints here when it came to actually chowing down!



I'm glad I got some pictures in when I did, as that cake didn't last two seconds! What a lovely way to spend a sunny morning.


This is a rare little gem in the Cornish countryside and well worth a visit if you’re in the area - even just for a mooch around the shop. I can only imagine the Kitchen is going to get better and better over time, so that's definitely one to bookmark for the future too.  

Have you visited Tre, Pol & Pen yet? I can't wait to return (post-Pay Day!) and pick up a few of those handmade Cornish treats I've been hankering after for a while. 

In the meantime,
All my love,

Sian x

Yes, I’ve used the phrase ‘egg-cellent’ when titling this post with seemingly zero shame.

I’ve got to admit, however, that the Fancy Baked Eggs above are really some of the best I’ve ever eaten. Not to toot my own trumpet or anything (save that for after brunch), but they were super easy to make and went down really well with my other half.

If you’re more of a continental breakfast fan, however, then my Hot Cross Bun Granola is probably more up your street. The smell of the baked buns alone, mixed with orange zest and cinnamon, is enough to make you want to scoff the whole lot in one go. The recipe itself might sound slightly weird but, believe me, a batch of this stuff will give you enough get-up-and-go to battle through any Easter weekend activities you’ve got planned. 

So, without any further ado, here's how to whip up your own Easter Brunch delicacies next weekend:

This post contains a gifted item from norma & dorothy.


Fancy Baked Eggs
(makes 2 little dishes)

Adapted slightly from this recipe.

Ingredients: 

* vegetable oil

* 4 large, free-range eggs

* 50g smoked salmon

* chives

* bread for dippy soldiers

Method: 

1. Preheat the oven to 240°C. Lightly grease 2 ovenproof ramekins or small baking dishes with a little oil.

2. Finely chop the chives and shred the salmon.

3. Place the filling into your prepared ramekins, crack a couple of eggs on top and season with salt and pepper.

4. Place in the hot oven for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the whites are set but the yolks are still runny, then serve straight away with a fistful of toast soldiers.




Hot Cross Bun Granola

Adapted slightly from this recipe.

Ingredients: 

* 3 Hot Cross Buns

* 50g melted butter

* 2 tbsp. golden caster sugar

* 2 tbsps. Honey

* 2 tbsp. vegetable oil

* 1 tsp. vanilla extract

* zest of 1 orange

* 2 tsp. cinnamon

* 150g mixed fruit and nuts

* 50g oats

Method: 

1. Pre-heat oven at 190°C. Tear the hot cross buns into small chunks and place onto a baking sheet before pouring over the melted butter and sugar. Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden, giving the chunks a good shake halfway through.

2. In a large bowl, mix together the honey, oil and vanilla. Add the orange zest, fruit and nuts, oats, and cinnamon. Mix well so everything is evenly coated.

3. Once the hot cross bun pieces are toasted, remove the tray from the oven and add the honey mixture to the tray.

4. Pack the whole mixture tightly into the tray. I found it easier to use the back of a wooden spoon to smush everything down into the tray - don't worry about breaking the hot cross bun chunks up, this is granola after all! Place the baking sheet back in the oven for another 10-15 minutes, baking until everything looks and smells slightly toasted.

5. Once out of the oven, leave to cool then use your fingers to break apart and crumble the granola, leaving the pieces as big or small as you would like.

6. Store the granola in an air tight container - it will last up to a month!


There you go! Everything you need to create a yummy Easter spread next weekend.

I recommend serving everything with a big pot of tea and, if you're feeling flush, perhaps some orangey Buck's Fizz to wash everything down! (It is a Bank Holiday weekend, after all).


Plus, if you (like me) love the idea of styling your brunch around a beautiful wooden serving board, take a look at the personalised homeware over on norma & dorothy

They kindly gifted me my very own serving board for this post and I loved piling all my brunch treats around it! It's a great addition to my kitchen and looks so pretty propped up against the kitchen tiles :)

That's it for now - I hope you all have a fabulous Easter weekend!

In the meantime,
All my love,
Siân x

An Egg-cellent Easter Brunch

Saturday, 13 April 2019


Yes, I’ve used the phrase ‘egg-cellent’ when titling this post with seemingly zero shame.

I’ve got to admit, however, that the Fancy Baked Eggs above are really some of the best I’ve ever eaten. Not to toot my own trumpet or anything (save that for after brunch), but they were super easy to make and went down really well with my other half.

If you’re more of a continental breakfast fan, however, then my Hot Cross Bun Granola is probably more up your street. The smell of the baked buns alone, mixed with orange zest and cinnamon, is enough to make you want to scoff the whole lot in one go. The recipe itself might sound slightly weird but, believe me, a batch of this stuff will give you enough get-up-and-go to battle through any Easter weekend activities you’ve got planned. 

So, without any further ado, here's how to whip up your own Easter Brunch delicacies next weekend:

This post contains a gifted item from norma & dorothy.


Fancy Baked Eggs
(makes 2 little dishes)

Adapted slightly from this recipe.

Ingredients: 

* vegetable oil

* 4 large, free-range eggs

* 50g smoked salmon

* chives

* bread for dippy soldiers

Method: 

1. Preheat the oven to 240°C. Lightly grease 2 ovenproof ramekins or small baking dishes with a little oil.

2. Finely chop the chives and shred the salmon.

3. Place the filling into your prepared ramekins, crack a couple of eggs on top and season with salt and pepper.

4. Place in the hot oven for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the whites are set but the yolks are still runny, then serve straight away with a fistful of toast soldiers.




Hot Cross Bun Granola

Adapted slightly from this recipe.

Ingredients: 

* 3 Hot Cross Buns

* 50g melted butter

* 2 tbsp. golden caster sugar

* 2 tbsps. Honey

* 2 tbsp. vegetable oil

* 1 tsp. vanilla extract

* zest of 1 orange

* 2 tsp. cinnamon

* 150g mixed fruit and nuts

* 50g oats

Method: 

1. Pre-heat oven at 190°C. Tear the hot cross buns into small chunks and place onto a baking sheet before pouring over the melted butter and sugar. Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden, giving the chunks a good shake halfway through.

2. In a large bowl, mix together the honey, oil and vanilla. Add the orange zest, fruit and nuts, oats, and cinnamon. Mix well so everything is evenly coated.

3. Once the hot cross bun pieces are toasted, remove the tray from the oven and add the honey mixture to the tray.

4. Pack the whole mixture tightly into the tray. I found it easier to use the back of a wooden spoon to smush everything down into the tray - don't worry about breaking the hot cross bun chunks up, this is granola after all! Place the baking sheet back in the oven for another 10-15 minutes, baking until everything looks and smells slightly toasted.

5. Once out of the oven, leave to cool then use your fingers to break apart and crumble the granola, leaving the pieces as big or small as you would like.

6. Store the granola in an air tight container - it will last up to a month!


There you go! Everything you need to create a yummy Easter spread next weekend.

I recommend serving everything with a big pot of tea and, if you're feeling flush, perhaps some orangey Buck's Fizz to wash everything down! (It is a Bank Holiday weekend, after all).


Plus, if you (like me) love the idea of styling your brunch around a beautiful wooden serving board, take a look at the personalised homeware over on norma & dorothy

They kindly gifted me my very own serving board for this post and I loved piling all my brunch treats around it! It's a great addition to my kitchen and looks so pretty propped up against the kitchen tiles :)

That's it for now - I hope you all have a fabulous Easter weekend!

In the meantime,
All my love,
Siân x

Well, hasn't it been a while!

I must have started and re-started this post a thousand times, each time never quite finding the right words to explain why it's almost been A YEAR since I last wrote anything on here. Excuse me whilst I go bury my head in my hands.

I could beat around the bush and say I ran out of inspiration or I simply didn't have enough time with my new job and my new lifestyle blah blah blah - but the real reason for my lack of posting is, I let life get in the way... and I let other people talk me out of it.

Lots of things changed around the time of my last blog post: we packed up and moved from our little cottage near Launceston to a big Georgian house in Boscastle, my parents started up their very own B&B and I began dating again (disastrous).

We went from a cosy and secluded life, where mornings involved feeding the chickens and sitting on the front doorstep with a cuppa, to a pretty manic existence where our house was a thoroughfare of activity! Don't get me wrong, I love living amongst all the comings and goings of a busy B&B now - but, at the time, it was truly a bit of a culture shock.


At the same time as all this moving about and settling in, I found myself in a long-distance relationship with a guy I had met online. Initially, this was all fun and mega exciting... but then things started going pretty sour pretty quickly and I was ditched quite unceremoniously via text on New Year's Eve. Lovely.

Cue about a month of quite severe depression. I would bloody love to say I'm a strong lass that doesn't take rejection too seriously but this one got to me and I was not in a great place for a while.

What made it worse was that this was a guy that had had a habit of going through my Instagram and reading through my captions in a silly voice - something that had, over time, convinced me that my blog was indeed silly, stupid, self-gratifying and not worth continuing with. Hence my radio silence for a good few months.

But then, as things have a strange habit of doing after something craptacular occurs, something unexpected happened that made me think I perhaps wasn't so rubbish after all. I was chuffed to bits to be offered the chance to become an ambassador for the gorgeous stationery company, Papier (I think you can still get 20% off with my code: ZYPSVOLUGY at the checkout, give it a whirl!) I got my teeth into creating some of the following content for them and I think they're still some of my all-time favourite Instagram snaps...



After this little injection of hope and creativity, all the positivity started coming my way in waves. Lovely friends huddled around, sent me flowers, invited me on weekends away or came to stay... I got a pay rise at work and could finally afford a non-deathtrap of a car (!)... I met someone new and started thinking perhaps I wasn't such a terrible human after all...


And since then, I've been working on building myself back up to someone I want to be... for me. I'm focusing on projects and friendships and work and relationships that make me happy. And it's so blooming liberating!

I now have so many ideas for what I want to do with this blog, so watch this space! I've got my creative hat back on and I'm going to be as silly and self-gratifying with my posts as possible...haha!




In the meantime,
All my love as always,

Siân x

A Sunny Update

Sunday, 15 July 2018


Well, hasn't it been a while!

I must have started and re-started this post a thousand times, each time never quite finding the right words to explain why it's almost been A YEAR since I last wrote anything on here. Excuse me whilst I go bury my head in my hands.

I could beat around the bush and say I ran out of inspiration or I simply didn't have enough time with my new job and my new lifestyle blah blah blah - but the real reason for my lack of posting is, I let life get in the way... and I let other people talk me out of it.

Lots of things changed around the time of my last blog post: we packed up and moved from our little cottage near Launceston to a big Georgian house in Boscastle, my parents started up their very own B&B and I began dating again (disastrous).

We went from a cosy and secluded life, where mornings involved feeding the chickens and sitting on the front doorstep with a cuppa, to a pretty manic existence where our house was a thoroughfare of activity! Don't get me wrong, I love living amongst all the comings and goings of a busy B&B now - but, at the time, it was truly a bit of a culture shock.


At the same time as all this moving about and settling in, I found myself in a long-distance relationship with a guy I had met online. Initially, this was all fun and mega exciting... but then things started going pretty sour pretty quickly and I was ditched quite unceremoniously via text on New Year's Eve. Lovely.

Cue about a month of quite severe depression. I would bloody love to say I'm a strong lass that doesn't take rejection too seriously but this one got to me and I was not in a great place for a while.

What made it worse was that this was a guy that had had a habit of going through my Instagram and reading through my captions in a silly voice - something that had, over time, convinced me that my blog was indeed silly, stupid, self-gratifying and not worth continuing with. Hence my radio silence for a good few months.

But then, as things have a strange habit of doing after something craptacular occurs, something unexpected happened that made me think I perhaps wasn't so rubbish after all. I was chuffed to bits to be offered the chance to become an ambassador for the gorgeous stationery company, Papier (I think you can still get 20% off with my code: ZYPSVOLUGY at the checkout, give it a whirl!) I got my teeth into creating some of the following content for them and I think they're still some of my all-time favourite Instagram snaps...



After this little injection of hope and creativity, all the positivity started coming my way in waves. Lovely friends huddled around, sent me flowers, invited me on weekends away or came to stay... I got a pay rise at work and could finally afford a non-deathtrap of a car (!)... I met someone new and started thinking perhaps I wasn't such a terrible human after all...


And since then, I've been working on building myself back up to someone I want to be... for me. I'm focusing on projects and friendships and work and relationships that make me happy. And it's so blooming liberating!

I now have so many ideas for what I want to do with this blog, so watch this space! I've got my creative hat back on and I'm going to be as silly and self-gratifying with my posts as possible...haha!




In the meantime,
All my love as always,

Siân x


I've always absolutely loved hosting little get-togethers and dinner parties for friends and family. I'm not quite sure exactly where my obsession for picnics and parties comes from, but I have a feeling it has something to do with my simultaneous love for a good laugh, a bunch of fairy lights and a hefty slab of cake...  

Anyway, last weekend a few old friends of mine came down to visit me here in Cornwall and, as it was a good excuse to get the board games and paper plates out, I just had to go that one step further and plan a little themed picnic for us to enjoy. 

So, with the help of a hoard of goodies from my fave online party supplies shop, prettylittlepartyshop.co.uk, I put together a cosy 'Under the Stars' styled picnic and of course I just have to show you a few snapshots from our night. 


My main plan for this picnic was to make it look and feel as cosy and 'thrown together' as possible. I don't know about you, but I love those spontaneous and relaxed get-togethers where everyone tries to scramble a 'party' together at the last minute. Those are always the best occasions, so that's the kind of atmosphere I was trying to recreate here. 



Food-wise, pasties were definitely the order of the day. I've yet to find a better picnic food to keep everyone happy!



It was also incredibly handy to have a stack of these kraft food boxes for transporting our food to and from the garden. If you read my post on last year's garden picnic, you'll know that we had a lot of food and it caused us a great deal of trouble getting it all down to the garden and clearing everything up afterwards!


So having these cute (but easily disposable!) East of India paper bags and twinkly kraft plates + napkins made the whole process so much easier. I can't recommend disposable party gear enough when it comes to occasions like this- the last thing you want to do as a hostess is spend a large chunk of time carting various platters of food around and then doing the subsequent washing up!


The decor wasn't all about practicality though- as soon as I saw these round white balloons with their ivy garlands and these huge navy balloons on Pretty Little Party Shop's site, I knew I had to get them! They are so so pretty in real life and, although they were quite a fiddle to inflate (shout out to my pal Jack who spent a good hour trying to get them to stay buoyant!) I think the overall effect is marvellous and the addition of a few balloons really set the scene.



Sticking with the starry theme, these Constellation notebooks by Nikki Strange on Etsy were a lovely little addition and made great party favours for my friends to take home!




We also had these insanely cute Meri Meri Shooting Star tattoos but never actually got round to trying them before it got dark. However, I do think those tiny gold stars would be so sweet as a little wrist or ankle tat!




As it got dark really quickly that evening, it was great to have a few candles dotted about. These little French dairy jars were the perfect size for holding a citronella tealight and I'm pretty sure they kept going all night!  



To finish the evening, we had to round things off with a scrummy chocolate cake. If you can make the cake-eating bit of a party any better, we found a few golden cake sparklers certainly added to the occasion! 

A quick recommendation for lighting these- grab a lighter or one of those food torches to get the sparklers going all at the same time. We found them a little bit difficult to light with matches alone!


And that's it! I hope you've enjoyed this little insight into our cosy evening under the stars. Let me know if you're planning on having a summer picnic soon, or if you've had one and you have any tips! I'd love to hear them in the comments below.

In the meantime,
All the love,

Siân x

A Cosy Evening Under the Stars

Sunday, 20 August 2017


I've always absolutely loved hosting little get-togethers and dinner parties for friends and family. I'm not quite sure exactly where my obsession for picnics and parties comes from, but I have a feeling it has something to do with my simultaneous love for a good laugh, a bunch of fairy lights and a hefty slab of cake...  

Anyway, last weekend a few old friends of mine came down to visit me here in Cornwall and, as it was a good excuse to get the board games and paper plates out, I just had to go that one step further and plan a little themed picnic for us to enjoy. 

So, with the help of a hoard of goodies from my fave online party supplies shop, prettylittlepartyshop.co.uk, I put together a cosy 'Under the Stars' styled picnic and of course I just have to show you a few snapshots from our night. 


My main plan for this picnic was to make it look and feel as cosy and 'thrown together' as possible. I don't know about you, but I love those spontaneous and relaxed get-togethers where everyone tries to scramble a 'party' together at the last minute. Those are always the best occasions, so that's the kind of atmosphere I was trying to recreate here. 



Food-wise, pasties were definitely the order of the day. I've yet to find a better picnic food to keep everyone happy!



It was also incredibly handy to have a stack of these kraft food boxes for transporting our food to and from the garden. If you read my post on last year's garden picnic, you'll know that we had a lot of food and it caused us a great deal of trouble getting it all down to the garden and clearing everything up afterwards!


So having these cute (but easily disposable!) East of India paper bags and twinkly kraft plates + napkins made the whole process so much easier. I can't recommend disposable party gear enough when it comes to occasions like this- the last thing you want to do as a hostess is spend a large chunk of time carting various platters of food around and then doing the subsequent washing up!


The decor wasn't all about practicality though- as soon as I saw these round white balloons with their ivy garlands and these huge navy balloons on Pretty Little Party Shop's site, I knew I had to get them! They are so so pretty in real life and, although they were quite a fiddle to inflate (shout out to my pal Jack who spent a good hour trying to get them to stay buoyant!) I think the overall effect is marvellous and the addition of a few balloons really set the scene.



Sticking with the starry theme, these Constellation notebooks by Nikki Strange on Etsy were a lovely little addition and made great party favours for my friends to take home!




We also had these insanely cute Meri Meri Shooting Star tattoos but never actually got round to trying them before it got dark. However, I do think those tiny gold stars would be so sweet as a little wrist or ankle tat!




As it got dark really quickly that evening, it was great to have a few candles dotted about. These little French dairy jars were the perfect size for holding a citronella tealight and I'm pretty sure they kept going all night!  



To finish the evening, we had to round things off with a scrummy chocolate cake. If you can make the cake-eating bit of a party any better, we found a few golden cake sparklers certainly added to the occasion! 

A quick recommendation for lighting these- grab a lighter or one of those food torches to get the sparklers going all at the same time. We found them a little bit difficult to light with matches alone!


And that's it! I hope you've enjoyed this little insight into our cosy evening under the stars. Let me know if you're planning on having a summer picnic soon, or if you've had one and you have any tips! I'd love to hear them in the comments below.

In the meantime,
All the love,

Siân x


If you follow me over on Instagram or on Facebook you'll know that, a few weeks ago, I spent a slow and sunny Sunday morning picking elderflower heads in the garden. And if you watched my video, you'll have seen that I almost certainly got a bit burnt out there in the intense June sunshine! But it was all so worth it when I brought my basket indoors- the aroma that those flowers gave off was just divine. 

Ever since we moved down to Cornwall, I've wanted to make use of the elderflower growing wild in our garden- I just never seemed to be able to catch it in time before it wilted! This year, however, I'm so glad I dedicated a hot and sunny day to picking and brewing it into a yummy cordial. 

And of course, I had to share the results of my mixology experiments with you...


If you come across some elderflower growing wild (or if you're as lucky as I am to have it growing in bunches in your back garden) and you'd like to whip it into a sweet and floral cordial, here's a makeshift recipe I bundled together with what we had in the kitchen:

*15 heads of elderflower
*500g caster sugar
*4 tablespoons runny honey
*1 apple, cut into wedges
*3 oranges, zested and cut into wedges

1. Wash the elderflower heads well, picking off any bugs!
2. Place the sugar and honey in a large saucepan with 1 litre of water. Gently bring to the boil, until all the sugar has dissolved, then remove from the heat.
3. Grate in the zest of the oranges and add the elderflower upside down, making sure the flowers are completely submerged.
4. Squeeze in the juice from the oranges and then add both the orange and apple wedges. Pop the pan lid on and allow to infuse for at least 24 hours.
5. When you're ready to strain your cordial, line a fine sieve with muslin or a good-quality tea towel and place over a big bowl. Carefully pour your cordial through the sieve and leave to rest for a few minutes. 
6. Pour the strained cordial into a sterilised bottle (or several jars) and drink with water, soda or gin!  


It really is so rewarding to sit in the garden, sipping away at a jar of cordial made from ingredients growing all around you!


Plus, the great thing about this cordial is that you can mix and match it with all kinds of ingredients- lemonade, thyme, edible flowers, gin, prosecco, apple juice... whatever you fancy!


Have you ever made your own cordial? This was my first time brewing one together with homegrown ingredients and I think I've developed a slight obsession! Next on my list will be a fruity blackberry number come August, when I know the country lanes around us will be dotted with big and juicy berry bushes!

If you have any foraging tips, be sure to share them in the comments below!

In the meantime,
All the love,

Sian x

Apple + Elderflower Cordial

Sunday, 30 July 2017


If you follow me over on Instagram or on Facebook you'll know that, a few weeks ago, I spent a slow and sunny Sunday morning picking elderflower heads in the garden. And if you watched my video, you'll have seen that I almost certainly got a bit burnt out there in the intense June sunshine! But it was all so worth it when I brought my basket indoors- the aroma that those flowers gave off was just divine. 

Ever since we moved down to Cornwall, I've wanted to make use of the elderflower growing wild in our garden- I just never seemed to be able to catch it in time before it wilted! This year, however, I'm so glad I dedicated a hot and sunny day to picking and brewing it into a yummy cordial. 

And of course, I had to share the results of my mixology experiments with you...


If you come across some elderflower growing wild (or if you're as lucky as I am to have it growing in bunches in your back garden) and you'd like to whip it into a sweet and floral cordial, here's a makeshift recipe I bundled together with what we had in the kitchen:

*15 heads of elderflower
*500g caster sugar
*4 tablespoons runny honey
*1 apple, cut into wedges
*3 oranges, zested and cut into wedges

1. Wash the elderflower heads well, picking off any bugs!
2. Place the sugar and honey in a large saucepan with 1 litre of water. Gently bring to the boil, until all the sugar has dissolved, then remove from the heat.
3. Grate in the zest of the oranges and add the elderflower upside down, making sure the flowers are completely submerged.
4. Squeeze in the juice from the oranges and then add both the orange and apple wedges. Pop the pan lid on and allow to infuse for at least 24 hours.
5. When you're ready to strain your cordial, line a fine sieve with muslin or a good-quality tea towel and place over a big bowl. Carefully pour your cordial through the sieve and leave to rest for a few minutes. 
6. Pour the strained cordial into a sterilised bottle (or several jars) and drink with water, soda or gin!  


It really is so rewarding to sit in the garden, sipping away at a jar of cordial made from ingredients growing all around you!


Plus, the great thing about this cordial is that you can mix and match it with all kinds of ingredients- lemonade, thyme, edible flowers, gin, prosecco, apple juice... whatever you fancy!


Have you ever made your own cordial? This was my first time brewing one together with homegrown ingredients and I think I've developed a slight obsession! Next on my list will be a fruity blackberry number come August, when I know the country lanes around us will be dotted with big and juicy berry bushes!

If you have any foraging tips, be sure to share them in the comments below!

In the meantime,
All the love,

Sian x

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