If I could choose to be like someone, I would want to be like Mother Nature. She is a model woman. She is a talented crafts person who creates the most incredible colours and patterns. She is the best mother, nurtures her weak and little ones with the gentlest of care. Her soft, light, breezy touch and powerful storming anger loves or hates all the ones who face her, with a passion. Mother Nature is breathtakingly sexy with mature wisdom. She is never tired, she never gives in and she never gives up. She can be a true friend and accepts others the way the are. And above all, she is beautiful.
“Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Mother Nature caters for all who attend to her table with respect. She does not hide her larder, provides for all who want advice, ideas and respite, coming from a picnic of the unhealthy world. She is the teacher who’s cookery course all self-motivated bakers should attend.
“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” – Aristotle
In her mist-filled, warm summer garden Mother Nature paints the most intriguing colours, offers the most fragrant flowers bursting in flavours. Distinctive detailed blooms of the elderflower have been seen festooning roadsides, gardens, country lanes and patches of urban lands for centuries in history. Everyone, young and old, European and American will have seen them with the dinner plate-sized, flat floral heads, crocheted from miniature white flowers that stroke the visitors with a sweet smell and knit a foaming mass of lace among the dark emerald foliage.
Elderflower is the oldest herb cultivated by man, for thousands of years, natural healers have relied on elderflower to treat asthma and allergies. The scientists and doctors of today are discovering the secrets behind this powerful healing herb traditionally used for detoxification purposes: elderflower may also help strengthen the immune system by clearing the lymph nodes. According to the Maryland Medical Center, elderflower contains powerful antioxidants and phytochemicals that help prevent free radical damage. The herb is composed of several essential vitamins, and a combination of these vitamins and phytochemicals, give elderflower an anti-inflammatory, anticancer and antiviral properties. The herb is also an effective insect-repellent.
A humble human home-maker, even if the best, could never create a piece of art similar to Mother Nature’s. Therefore, the clever home-maker borrows what she can…
200 g Plain Flour
100 g salted butter, diced
50 g caster sugar
1 medium egg
4 tbsp Elderflower(the white flower heads only)
Grated zest of 1 lime
Preheat the oven to 170 degrees Celsius. Sift the flour in a mixing bowl, add the sugar and mix well. Add the butter, using just the tips of fingers, rub together the ingredients until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. When the butter is evenly mixed in, add elderflower, the egg and the lime zest. Mix well, then cover and chill for about 30 minutes. Place the dough on a sheet of parchment and begin by gently squashing the dough down with a rolling-pin. Cover with a second sheet of parchment and then use the rolling pin to roll out properly. Gently roll the dough until it is 5mm thick all over, then place in the fridge to chill for at least 20 – 30 minutes before cutting. Start to cut. To use the dough efficiently cut the biscuits out as close together as possible. Lift each biscuit onto the parchment covered baking tray and make sure they are not too close together as the dough will spread a little on baking. Any trimmings can be re-rolled a couple of times. Evenly space the trays in the oven and cook for 14-18 minutes. When the biscuits are evenly cooked and just beginning to turn a golden colour remove the trays from the oven and transfer the whole sheet of parchment to a cooling rack. The biscuits will be quite fragile when they are hot.
“For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver.” – Martin Luther