Delicious, Floral & Gardens, Inspiration

Rose Geranium Syrup

My latest recipe making use of the garden….

A delicious syrup made from the aromatic leaves of rose geraniums. I love my rose geranium and can’t resist giving it a rub whenever I sit near it – I have located it by the garden table so it is always to hand. It smells of turkish delight – and actually the essential oil drawn from it is used to give a rose flavour. This recipe is more simple and quite immediate.

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This syrup is very sweet and therefore works well with fruit that has a bit of tartness to it like raspberries for example. My Autumn raspberries have just started producing so I married it with them and some meringue.

 

I got this recipe from Gillon Meller from River Cottage

Simply dissolve 200g of caster sugar in 200ml of water in a heavy based saucepan and simmer for a few minutes. Pour this into a kilner jar, add 8 rose geranium leaves and leave to cool & infuse.

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These leaves will go brown so replace them with fresh ones when it has cooled down. If stored in the fridge, this syrup will last well. 

I drizzled it over raspberries and left them for an hour. and mixed a little more with some creme fraiche and served it with crushed meringue….delicious yet not too naughty.

My small but fruitful garden keeps giving.

 

 

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Flowers from my Dad

Floral & Gardens, Interior Style

Flowers from my Dad

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Inspiration, Interior Style

In the Pink

All that rhubarb put me in mind to look at pink working in interiors. I am not one for Barbie / bubble gum pink. But I do like tones of pink – like fuchsia pink, blush pink , or a plummy pink – the kind you see in stalks of rhubarb for example..

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A dramatic shot of rhubarb pink in the rug…

 

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tones of rhubarb pink in the cushions…

 

I look to nature all the time for inspiration especially for colour.

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natural pale pink….

 

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the same pale pink repeated in a room….

 

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Paeonies in blush pink hues….

 

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reflected in paint colours….

 

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echoed in finishing touches to a room….

 

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and in decorative details…..

 

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and in this ‘Nerines and Chrysanthemums’ an etching & aquatint with gold leaf by Jean Bardon – from the selection of artworks available through my Creative Service.

 

It is as easy as that to introduce a hint of pink…

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