Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Oh Violet ......

I have made a start on the wild Violet Jelly
Beautiful colour and they smell superb 
When out walking in the sunshine with Sol, I picked the required 2 cups of violet flower heads, 
Sol got a bit bored with picking and just lay down in the sun,
he had a good sniff at them and decided they were not worth eating.  
 after rinsing them and picking over to get rid of any stray vegetation, I then steeped them in 2 cups of boiling water they get left over night and I will continue with it tomorrow.

I took up some of the leeks from the poly tunnel.
 added some potatoes and smoked garlic along with some of the chicken stock that Martin made the other day.
Seasoning and mixed herbs and we have a pot of Leek and Potato soup.
It smells divine with the garlic.
I usually just portion the soup up and freeze it.
I am going to look at canning soup rather than taking up room in the freezer.
Speaking of the freezer there is still rather a lot of veg in there  from last years harvest.
I might just spend the week making up batches of various soups and can them all.
I have also been looking at the dried herbs again they need using up then I can start drying some of the new fresh herbs.
I was busy today getting some sewing orders done ready to get in the post tomorrow.
I don't feel like I have really done much today but the day has just flown by.

18 comments:

  1. Ha Sol is a dog after my own heart. I am sure the violet jelly will be great but who has time for all that picking? :)

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  2. Rocky also lies down in boredom when we are picking from the hedgerows. Your jelly sounds very interesting I'm looking forward to seeing the finished product xx

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    1. unless its strawberries or blueberries then he is in there eating them he wasnt impressed with flowers

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  3. That sounds a divine recipe. Looking forward to seeing it. The Tiger bread looked pretty good too. I would love to see canning in action.

    Busy, busy, busy here as we have a viewing early in May. Fingers X'd.

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  4. I really hope I can find some wild garlic near us.

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    1. I will have to come over and bring you a few clumps

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  5. Not done much Dawn???? Your busy day sounds pretty full to me. I know what you mean about last year's veg still in the freezer. We have loads of broad beans left and raspberries too.

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  6. Dawn....stop...breathe...not done much...you...really?! I'm sure you'd have been all unpacked and tilling the garden by now if you were us! x

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    1. No I still have boxes to sort but they are not important ones Take your time and enjoy your new home

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  7. We've got a lot of green beans left in the freezer. I'm going to sneak them into some casseroles in the next few weeks.
    Let us know how the jelly turns out. I might try that next year!

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    1. Beans yes lots of those must use them before we are picking again

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  8. oohhh never heard of violet jelly its funny I have just dug up 2 little violet plants from the paddock here and planted them into my little garden area so they didn't get wrecked by the hounds I love violets and always wear the perfume. Your leeks look great that soup is my favourite and I make it at least once a week I do you can soup? I must look into that. dee x

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    1. I want to move some of the violets into my woodland area

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  9. I can see that you wonder when you had Tim to work. Each day I so full for you but you're learning new things too.

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    1. Everyday is so exciting, there is always a lot to discover and learn

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