Today well reading the “Poachers cookbook,” by Prue Coats, I decided I would try my hands at making some elderflower fritters for the first time. So when my mom picked me up from my grandmothers we drove to some places where they where blooming and picked the flower heads, then we stopped off at the general store for some flour. When we got home I fallowed the recipe and came out with the most amazing fritters I had ever eaten. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did.
1. 8-12 elderflower heads,
2. 4 oz (125g) multipurpose flour,
3. 2 eggs,
4. 1/4 pint (150ml) milk,
5. 1 tablespoon (15ml) sunflower oil,
6. Sunflower oil for frying,
7. Caster sugar,
8. 1 lemon
Mix the flour, eggs, milk, and oil in bowl until there are no clumps and the batter is thick. Pour oil into wok and let it heat up on medium high. When the oil sizzles when you sprinkle water in it, dip the flowers heads in the batter then put the heads ( use the stems as handles,) in the oil until puffy and crisp. Dust with caster sugar and serve with lemon quarters. You can eat every part of it.
This past weekend was some of the best fishing ever. On Saturday my mom and I packed our birding and fishing gear and headed over to Mud pond a local kayaking hotspot. Our plan was to paddle out to a duck blind at the far end birding along the way.
We we hoping for the rare sighting of a rail or bittern, but we ended up with eastern kingbirds, american tree sparrows, blackbirds and a couple small brown birds that we couldn’t identify . Still cool, I absolutely love kingbird flight pattern and we got to see babies.
When we got to the duck blind I got out and looked inside, it was built with a bench to sit two or three guys and camouflaged with branches and reeds.
As it started to drizzle we made are way back working the lily pads with our fishing lures. After a stretch brake half way back, we both switched to spinners and tossed them into the open spots between the reeds. My mom on her first cast almost landed a golden shiner. I lagged behind at this one large opening and caught a golden shiner and two yellow perch.
On Sunday we drove to a relatives who has a house on the Contookook River, in Hopkinton, N.H. After all us grandkids took a group photo, I went down to the river. I started off using these small minnows I caught in a net as bait, but I couldn’t keep them in the hook so I ended up switching to a black and white Dardevale spoon. The first thing I caught was a big surprise, I pulled in a mussel, the hook went right between the shells, I ended up using it as sunfish bait. The next thing I caught was much more exiting I had let the spoon drift and was slowly realling it in when something big hit it, I was using a fairly light # 6-12 weight spin casting rod the rod was a bent into a perfect C. A flash of gold came and went I at first thought it was a smallmouth bass. But after screaming for a net I landed a gorgeous 16″, 1 1/2 pound fallfish ( Semitilus corporalis). My second biggest fish up to date.
Well brushing my dog I was able to get a lot of really nice fur perfect for dubbing so I went to my fly tying desk and tied up a small group of flies based on some grayling and euronymphing fly patterns and one of our local caddis flies, I’ve named it the fly “My Sharona”.
It is tied on a size # 16 umpqua nymph hook, using hot pink thread, white dog hair dubbed body, peacock herl collar, and an optional bead head.
Slide on beadhead, start the thread midshank and wrap backwards then wrap forward two eye lengths. Wrap on dubbing leaving a gap in between dubbing and beadhead. Tie in peacock herl and wrap a thick collar behind the beadhead, whip finish.
If you choose to tie it without beadhead fly will float then slowly sink.
I also tie a diving caddis version with a pheasant feather collar.