Sebastian is really into picking food. We have been to a few pick your own farms here and in Paris and are luck enough to live in the birth town of Incredible Edible a community growing scheme. This is great as apart from a couple of apple trees the garden is still being cleared and not ready to grown anything. We had great fun picking blackcurrants and he was even more excited to "make a special drink for daddy". Sebastian is really struggling with Joe being at work at the moment and to say he a ball of emotion is an understatement. From real anger at Joe for going, me for dropping him at the train station to excitement to the point of passing out and sobbing at the drop of a hat. We have decided to keep him talking about it. I think this is especially important to instill in boys to be open and talk about what they are feeling. I like to include Joe as much as we can in our activities such as making this cordial as Joe likes cordial. This way as well as talking through the process of measuring and cooking we spoke about how excited daddy would be when he got home and how much he misses Sebastian when he has to go to work.
On this particular day Sebastian was so excited that he passed out and had one of those 5pm naps that I have grown to hate, woke up at 9pm yes 9pm shouting "Daddy daddy I made you a special drink" Then he stayed up until midnight but we won't talk about that.
Above is a picture showing the error of my ways, when I strained the blackcurrants I decided not to put cheesecloth in the sieve, it will be okay I thought but I was wrong and there were bits in the juice as you can see from the photo.
you will need;
600g granulated sugar
1/4 cup lime juice
- Place the fruit into a large saucepan with the water and simmer until the fruit has burst and released it's juices, this should take around 10 minutes.
- Pour through a sieve lined with cheesecloth (don't skip the cloth), push the fruit with the back of a spoon to get all of the liquid out.
- Pour your juice into a saucepan and add the sugar. Heat on a low heat and melt the sugar but do not let the liquid boil.
- Once all the sugar has dissolved add the lime juice and funnel into a sterilized bottle. Once cool store in the fridge.