FOOD NEWS Ta­ble dec­o­ra­tion, cher­ries and gin

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In sum­mer it’s lovely to dec­o­rate your out­door din­ing ta­ble with some sim­ple posies of gar­den flow­ers in jam jars or jugs. Why not con­tinue the theme and in­clude them in your drinks and foods too? Pan­sies, corn­flow­ers, marigolds, sun­flow­ers and nas­tur­tiums are all ed­i­ble, and the flow­ers of shrubby salvias are es­pe­cially sweet and de­li­cious. Use them, to­gether with bor­age flow­ers or daisies, around and in desserts such as jel­lies, or cre­ate flo­ral ice cubes to spruce up drinks. Just put clean, ed­i­ble flow­ers into your ice cube trays, fill with wa­ter and freeze.

Sprigs of herbs, too, make beau­ti­ful dec­o­ra­tions. Dill and fen­nel are par­tic­u­larly pretty and can be cut small enough to make herby ice cubes, or drop them, with slices of cu­cum­ber and straw­berry, into your Pimm’s or mo­ji­tos.

Pick flow­ers from the gar­den – make sure you can iden­tify them cor­rectly, or­der from mad­docks­far­mor­gan­ics.co.uk or buy in store at Sains­bury’s.

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