Today was the 4th annual High Peak Road Race, a 42 mile cycle race, and promoted by two of the oldest Sheffield cycle clubs. The cyclists complete a 7 mile circuit 6 times, taking in the ups and downs of the Peak District, and come right past our front door. Today it has been breezy but at least it was dry! I did hear at least one cyclist asking for the wind to be turned off though!!
This year the race has been raising awareness and funds for “the uk sepsis trust” (sometimes known as septicaemia)
There are other cycle events planned for the summer, many for the “not-so elite” cyclists (like most of us), culminating in 9 days of Peak District Cycling Festival from 7th September.
See you there
The elderflower trees are are just beginning to flower here in Derbyshire and I cannot wait to get started with some elderflower cordial.
This is the recipe that I use;
6-8 heads of elderflower
575ml of water
450g caster sugar
2 teaspoons citric acid
1 lemon – juice and zest
Tap the flower heads gently on a hard surface to remove dust or insects. Put them into a large bowl
Bring the water and sugar to a boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and pour over the elderflower heads. Stir in the citric acid, lemon juice and zest. Cover and leave for 24 hours to infuse.
Strain and pour into sterilised bottles and seal. Unless you are planning to keep your cordial a long time then an old squash bottle, thoroughly washed out will be fine. The cordial also freezes well.
When serving, dilute to taste. (Try mixing with really cold sparkling water for a refreshing summery drink)
Makes about 750ml
Try to choose an elderflower bush that is away from a main road – you don’t want to be drinking those absorbed exhaust emissions
You can buy citric acid in independent pharmacies, Wilkinsons, asian grocery stores, online or anywhere else selling wine making equipment.