Elderflower Cordial

From late May, hedgerows are bursting with the frothy creamy white flowers of the elder tree.

There are a number of uses for elderflowers, try making your own elderflower cordial using this recipe.

Fresh Basil Pesto

Nothing beats the flavour of fresh pesto. The aroma of the basil will fill your kitchen. Mix it with pasta, spoon it over chicken or fish, and all in under 15 minutes!

Cheese and Chive Scones

Rich, delicately oniony and cheesy. Ideal for a tea party! This recipe makes 12 scones.

Lamb with Rosemary and Garlic

Your herbs will be absolutely delicious with this easy lamb dish. Everything cooks together in one pan and after just a few hours you have the most succulent, fragrant lamb.

Lavender Shortbread

A beautiful twist to a traditional recipe for a fragrant and tasty shortbread. These gorgeous cookies can be stored in an airtight container (if you can resist them that long!)

Lemon and Thyme Cake

A simple, moist lemon sponge soaked with thyme and lemon syrup.

Fresh Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

Try this mint chocolate chip cookie recipe. As they are made with fresh mint instead of mint extract, you’ll find that the flavour is fresher than typical mint chocolate chips.

Pasta with Garlic and Fennel

This is a dish from Sicily and the Ionian Islands where wild fennel features in many recipes. The fennel herb grows readily in Wales and spreads rapidly by self-seeding.

Sage and Onion Stuffing

This lovely vegetarian side dish is likely to liven up any roast dinner and is so much better than the packet version. Make extra – everyone will want seconds!

Tomato and Basil Pasta Sauce

This delicious and easy to make pasta sauce will put your beautiful herbs to good use! You could even use it as a pizza sauce, or alongside meat or fish.

Tomato and Thyme Soup

This soup will add a splash of colour to your day. No kitchen should be without the heady, aromatic flavour of thyme, and the flavour of it in this dish gives the tomato a wonderful fresh lift.