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How to make Elderflower champagne

Prep time:

15 min, plus 2 weeks for the fermenting processServes:makes 6 litres of champagne
Elderflower champagne is easy to make and you don’t need any special equipment, just a good eye when you are out looking for the white flowers


700 g caster sugar
20 heads of elderflower
2 lemons, zested and grated
2 tbsp white wine vinegar
pinch of dried yeast, you may not need this but it is good to have some on standby just in case

How to make Elderflower champagne | UK Lifestyle Blog


1. Add 4.5 litres of water and the sugar to a very clean bucket, and stir until the sugar has dissolved then add a further 1.5 litres of cold water.

2. Add the elderflower heads to the bucket along with the lemon juice, zest and vinegar. Cover the bucket with a clean muslin and leave in a cool, airy place for 2 days.

3. Check the mixture and if it is not starting to foam add a pinch of yeast and mix again. Cover with the muslin again and leave for another 4 days, allowing the mixture to ferment.

4. Strain the liquid carefully through a sieve lined with muslin and pour into strong glass or plastic bottles with champagne lids. The brew can produce a lot of gas which may cause the bottles to pop or explode so you must let off gas regularly to prevent this from happening.

5. Seal and leave for at least a week before serving chilled. The bottles will keep for a few months in a cool dry place.

Recipe from Toby Montague, founder of Crunchd.

2018-01-08T03:34:54+00:00 October 9, 2013|Food|

10 Tips for Organising Your Desk

Get into a Routine

It’s easy to think, “I’ll just clean my desk on Fridays before I leave work,” but I’m guessing that doesn’t happen much. Instead, make it a daily goal to work through your papers by the day’s end.

 Decide What to Do With It

There are many books, including Getting Things Done by David Allen, that address how to handle what hits your Inbox (physical or email). You can break it down into items:

That can be tackled in a couple of minutes
That need more time to work on
That need to be filed
Separate your papers based on how quickly you can complete them. Organize your email into folders that you give higher priority to and sort emails this way.

Invest in Storage

Buy file folders, shelves, book cases…whatever it takes to help you get papers and books off your desk and out of sight. Use pencil holders and file stackers for things you need daily, and keep them within reach. Everything else can be put out of sight.

10 Tips for Organising Your Desk | UK Lifestyle BlogMacBook Pro 15″ from Apple, Essey Pen Pen from Red Candy and Eames Style chair

5. Do A Spring Cleaning…Monthly

You collect pens at conferences, as well as silly desk toys that are gathering dust. Designate one day a month as Desk Cleaning Day and spend an hour getting rid of anything that doesn’t make you more productive. Haven’t used it in a month? Throw it away, give it away or put it into a drawer.

6. Keep Cords Out of Sight

It stresses me out to see cords and wires strewn across my desk. I love my wireless keyboard and mouse! Untangle your cords and make sure they all have a place plugged in to your power strip. If there are any electronics plugged in that you’re not using, unplug and remove.

7. Go Paperless

Paper is the root cause of most clutter, so why not eliminate it? Scan important documents and save them using your new file system. You can shred and toss the documents once they’re scanned. Note: do keep any legal documents that require the original as proof.

8. Ditch the Post-Its

Speaking of going paperless, here’s a tip that was hard for me to embrace for a while. Rather than jotting down indecipherable notes on a notepad, use Evernote or other online note-taking application. The bonus is you can read your typewriting and access your notes anywhere.

2018-01-08T03:34:54+00:00 October 7, 2013|Blogging Tips|

Daniel Footwear – 20 Years

WintDaniel Footwear - 20 Years | UK Lifestyle Bloger is upon us and there is nothing worse than having cold feet! Daniel Footwear are celebrating 20 years in business in style!

They are currently offering 20% off 20 products for just 20 days

 You can find the styles online here. The promotion started today and finishes 20/10/13, so get shopping to complete a perfect autumn look with a cute purse and boots!

Daniel Footwear is an independent retailer with over 30 stores in the UK, plus an award winning e commerce store. Within the boutique stores and online you will find an extensive collection of designer shoes, bags and accessories which are of high quality, on trend and at competitive prices.

The unique Italian Daniel brand, released in 1993 sits neatly alongside designer offerings from the likes of DKNY, Juicy Couture, Ash, Love From Australia, UGG, Tory Burch, Hunter, Michael Kors, Melissa, Vivienne Westwood and many more.

Daniel Footwear - 20 Years | UK Lifestyle Blog

2018-01-08T03:34:54+00:00 October 1, 2013|Fashion|