Sunday, April 11, 2010

Independence Day Challenge - APRIL 11


What is an independence day? You can read about it here : Independence Day Challenge

Plant Something: Peas, spinach, parsnips, beets

Harvest Something: Horseradish, some potatoes I missed last fall, some parsley, onion tops and sweet violets

Preserve Something: - Violet jelly - Springtime in a jar

Waste Not: Saving newspaper for the garden, egg boxes to offer to someone who is selling eggs, composting egg shells, coffee grounds, etc.

Want Not: I'm going to be hosting a plant exchange on May 1st. Will trade my extras for things I don't have.

Build Community Food Systems: Member of several on line garden forums. Sharing my knowledge with others

Eat the Food: Using up meat from my freezer. Lets see:
London Broil with rustic garlic potatoes.
Chicken breast marinated in teriyaki,and garlic tops served with angel hair pasta dressed with butter andherbs
Left over Easter ham w/ bone simmered with dried beans for a big pot of beans and rice.

VIOLET JELLY
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Two cups fresh picked violets.

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Pour 2 cups boiling water over clean petals. Cover and steep in refrigerator for 24 hours.

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Add strained juice of 1 lemon. Look at the lovely color now. Add 4 cups sugar, boil 1 min, add 1 pouch liquid pectin, bring to full boil for 2 minutes. Stir and skim off foam. Pour into sterilized jelly jars. Cover and process in HWB 10 minutes.

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This is a delicate jelly enjoyed with a scone, or pound cake or maybe with Brie. What do you think?

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Your jelly is absolutely beautiful! Thank you for sharing :)