Sunday, April 06, 2008

Sweet Violets

Hi there, we are going to WING this one, hee hee…


By the way I am one of the MOM G 1’s Nannys…
Sweet violets,
sweeter than the roses
covered all over from head to toe
covered all over with sweet violets
Sweet Violets" is a folk song with humorously surprising lyrics.
The chorus is from the song "Sweet Violets" by Joseph Emmet, from his 1882 play
Fritz Among the Gypsies.



It was recorded by Dinah Shore (1951), and also by the Sweet Violet Boys.
VIOLET JELLY from Karen Garner
8 cups fresh violet blossoms*
/2 cups boiling water
1 pkg powdered pectin
1/2 cup fresh
4 cups sugar
Rinse and drain blossoms; place in a glass bowl
Pour boiling water over
them and let set 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
Strain and reserve
violet water, press with a spatula to extract all possible color.
Discard blossoms.
violet liquid; add water to equal 3 1/2
cups(color will be blue-green).
Stir in pectin and lemon juice(liquidwill turn a lovely violet color).
into a stainless steel pot andbring to a rolling boil. Add sugar and return to a
rolling boil
. Boil 1 minute.
Remove from heat; skim foam if any, and ladle into hot jars.
Process in boiling water bath 5 min.
Yield: 5 half-pints
may use pansy blossoms as well, be sure all blossoms are from plant
suntreated with pesticides or weed killers.
The leaves and flowers are gathered in the spring, in March and April.
Dry with care.
2 oz. gum arabic
1 cup water
24 fresh violet blossoms
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup water
1 Tbs. white corn syrup
Red and blue food coloring
1/4 cup superfine sugar
1. In the top of the double boiler over boiling water, stir the gum arabic with 1 cup of water until dissolved.
Cool. With a fork, dip the violets into the mixture, coating all surfaces.
on waxed paper 2 hours.
2. In a small saucepan, bring 2 cups of sugar, the 1/2 cup water, and the corn syrup to a boil, and cook -but don't stir -until it reaches 234º on the candy thermometer.
Stir in enough drops of red and blue food coloring to produce a color similar to that of your violets.
Allow the syrup to cool to lukewarm.
3. Color the remaining sugar with red and blue to create violet.
Allow the sugar to dry on waxed papers: press out any lumps.
4. Dip each blossom in the cooled syrup, drain, place head down in the colored sugar.
Dust the blossoms with colored sugar.
Let dry overnight, or until hardened, then store in air-tight, moisture-free
Use as a garnish on desserts.
Collecting and harvesting Sweet Violet Herb Salad 1 head of endive 1 tbsp finely chopped celery 1 tbsp finely chopped, tender fennel stalks (peeled if necessary) 1 tbsp chopped parsley 1 tbsp chopped chervil 2 olives, finely chopped salad dressing to taste petals of 30 sweet violets Separate the endive leaves and place in a salad bowl. Add the remaining salad ingredients, including the herbs, and gently mix well. Add the dressing and toss the salad. Sprinkle on the sweet violet petals. Serves 4.


Video of Sweet Violets, showing clips from Doris Day Movies


dot said...

You make the cutest posts!
I was singing this song a few days ago when I saw a few violets blooming in my front yard. Takes me back to more youthful days.

Lynette said...

Beautiful violet photos and lyrics.

Chad Oneil Myers said...

Hi there. I saw your comment on my Dad's blog. To answer your question, the Stang is mine and the color is black. It's a 2000 V6.

Old Wom Tigley said...

Dee what a great post this is.. it as everything of interest to me.. fine pictures, songs and singing, flowers, food and candy... and then Doris Day.. I'm off to you tube right now.... I can see me doing the housework for Jane whilst singing along.. :O)

mrsnesbitt said...

The first picture of the goose is so much like my goose who died in 2005. Her name was Dolly.
Buff breed.

oldmanlincoln said...

These are nice photos. I especially like the first one. I like the post today. Nice work.

Abraham Lincoln in Brookville, Ohio where you can see a tiny fly on a honey bee's wing.

imac said...

Love the post Dee, nice music too.

Come and visit my Duck, He'll welcome you with open

DeeMom said...

2000 V6 Mustang
5 SPEED…? Drooling

The 2000 Ford Mustang 3.8L split-port v6 engine has 190Hp at 5250 rpm and 225 Ft-lbs of torque at 3000 rpm. HOW SWEET

Varrooooooooom ;) Kewl Chad

Thanks Lynette

Blushing there Dot

AH TOM today I shall play in the dirt...supposed to be warm and Mother Earth is calling me to re pot young plants for the Cold Frame. But first I shall put the wash load in… ;)

Mrs. Nesbitt, is it not amazing how we grow close to our pets, even the ducks and geese? Soon I will have some Muscovy ducklings…
Just this past winter we lost “The Senator” our last Muscovy… He was such a sweet one…

Thanks Abraham I will pop over to your blog shortly…

AH IMAC A duck with welcoming wings, I shall pop over soon… BUT first I must get more potting soil and Mulch…

There might be some left of me to TRY to use the Roto Tiller…


So good subject.