Jeez! Who’d have thought taking a picture for my delicious strawberry and cucumber salad post would be so difficult! All I wanted to do was take a quick snap of my mint, but the minute Fat Cat and Besty the Chihuahua heard the jingle of the balcony keys they came a runnin’, blocking nearly every shot I tried to take. Funny things. They love sunning on the balcony and also a little nibbling of the plants, may I add. Hmm.
Anyway, I digress… I saw this Nigel Slater recipe being made on Essiebuttonvlogs by her partner Aslan and it certainly took my fancy. All of my favourite ingredients rolled into one delicious salad. Rather fortunately for me, Alex does not partake in any dish that involves cucumber, so I halved up this bad boy and enjoyed it all by myself, throughout the day. I must say that it’s very sweet, so you might want to reduce the amount of cordial you put in. When I make it again I think I’ll take it down it by about a tablespoon and work my way back from there if need be.
The syrup is so good and I can imagine it works well with apples as well as bananas. Definetly one to dish up at a BBQ or to simply make up for a little daytime snack. Deliciously fresh and tasty.
Nigel Slater’s Strawberry and cucumber salad recipe:
For the syrup:
honey 3 tbsp
elderflower cordial 5 tbsp
cucumbers 2, medium
Put the honey, mint and elderflower syrup into a blender and blitz to a thick, fragrant syrup. If you don’t have a blender, chop the mint very, very finely, mix it with the honey and cordial and then leave for an hour. Strain through a fine sieve or muslin to remove the mint.
Peel the cucumbers, slice them in half down their length, then scrape the seeds out with a teaspoon. Dice the flesh finely and put it in a large bowl. Remove the leaves from the strawberries, slice the fruit in half and toss gently with the cucumber.
Pour the mint and elderflower syrup into the fruit, stir very gently, then leave covered for about 30 minutes in the fridge, before serving.
Impossible mint taking picture attemps… Don’t mind me!