Watercress & Elderflower Martin., invented by Robert Merjavy, Chester, UK
Feast Like a King this Christmas with Watercress. Think of Christmas foods and watercress may not immediately spring to mind. But this wasn’t always the case – in medieval royal courts, watercress was a key element in a big feast, used like bread to mop up the gravy.
It was also believed to cleanse the palate so had a double purpose at a banquet, with its hot peppery flavour preparing the taste buds for the next rich onslaught.
We may use watercress in a slightly more sophisticated manner these days but nevertheless, it’s still valued for its fresh peppery kick and the subtle seasoning it provides. Taking a leaf or two from our forebears, we’ve prepared a Christmas feast fit for a king, with rich, indulgent flavours all offset by the clean bite of watercress.
So, go ahead – eat, drink and be merry, after all, one message that has successfully passed down the centuries is: “At Christmas play and make good cheer for Christmas comes but once a year.”*
It’s hot work all that cooking so refresh yourself with this rather tasty tipple – you deserve it!
Keep your eyes peeled as for the next few days I have some lovely recipes to share with you from Watercress.
Watercress & Elderflower Martin:
Prep time: 5 minutes
- 4 lime wedges
- 10ml Belvoir Organic Elderflower Cordial
- 40ml Tanqueray gin
- 15ml Martini and Rossi Extra Dry Vermouth
- Fresh watercress leaves as garnish
1. Muddle the watercress and lime with the elderflower cordial to release the flavour and colour of the watercress.
2. Add some ice and the remaining ingredients. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled martini glass, then garnish with fresh watercress leaves. Serve immediately.
Merry Christmas! And enjoy!
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Recipe photography credits Lara Jane Thorpe
Thomas Tusser English poet 1524-1580