Elderberry has long been as comfortable in the kitchen as it is in the stillroom. It is versatile enough that there is a recipe for every palate.
 ELDERBERRY CUSTARD OR PIE PATINA DE SAMBUCO 
A DISH OF ELDERBERRIES, EITHER HOT OR COLD, IS MADE IN THIS MANNER  TAKE
ELDERBERRIES  WASH THEM; COOK IN WATER, SKIM AND STRAIN. PREPARE A DISH IN WHICH
TO COOK THE CUSTARD  CRUSH 6 SCRUPLES OF PEPPER WITH A LITTLE BROTH; ADD THIS
TO THE ELDERBERRY PULP WITH ANOTHER GLASS OF BROTH, A GLASS OF WINE, A GLASS OF
RAISIN WINE AND AS MUCH AS 4 OUNCES OF OIL. PUT THE DISH IN THE HOT BATH AND STIR
THE CONTENTS. AS SOON AS IT IS GETTING WARM, QUICKLY BREAK 6 EGGS AND WHIPPING
THEM, INCORPORATE THEM, IN ORDER TO THICKEN THE FLUID. WHEN THICK ENOUGH
SPRINKLE WITH PEPPER AND SERVE UP.
For those who indulge in a meat course there is venison with an elderberry glaze or steaks in a savoury elderberry and chocolate sauce.
If a burger is more your style, this ketchup will give it an unusual twist.
For those who would rather a meatless meal, this chutney would be very good over rice.
My personal favorite elder drink is something I was introduced to as “elderflower fizz”. I got the recipe from a co-worker at a living history museum. She had made a couple of jars and brought some in for everyone to taste. It was incredible! I begged the recipe from her, went straight home and made two jars for myself. Unfortunately, it was a far more lively brew than I was expecting and both jars exploded when I wasn't looking. And now I have lost the recipe. This elderflower champagne is the closest I could find to what I remember it being. I'll keep looking, though, and if I find it I'll post an update for you.
Oh! And I almost forgot- the modern standard version of elderberry jelly. It's hard to beat for just plain delicious.
Did I forget anything else? How do you use elderberries in your kitchen? If you have a favorite recipe, please feel free to share it in the comments below. Thanks for stopping by!
Tomorrow's Knowings will explore Hippocrates' “medicine chest”.