Violets are one of my most beloved flowers.
I adore their fragrance, their beauty & their capacity to heal.
I have learnt to make a magical potion this winter- violet honey syrup.
It tastes delicious & it is also very helpful for coughs & sore throats.
I was very glad to come across the recipe for violet honey paste a month or so ago when Rob had a cough that woke him through the night.
I have discovered that these delightful Parma violets are the easiest to pick & the most fragrant of all.
1 cup of packed violets
1 cup of clover honey (or other light coloured honey)
juice of a large lemon
Blend all together until smooth
Pour in to a clean jar & store in the freezer.
Enjoy a spoon full at a time for coughs & tickly throats or just because its delicious.
And amazing in this simple little violet honey & guava mousse.
After making some guava jelly in early winter I pushed the fruit through a sieve, sweetened the pulp & popped a bag or two in to the freezer.
To make the mousse I added a tbsp or so of the violet honey in to the defrosted guava pulp,
stirred in some cream & thick, creamy Greek yoghurt, soaked 2 tsps of gelatine in a little water for 5 minutes, dissolved the gelatine over gentle heat- stirred it in to the guava mixture & popped it in the fridge to set. That simple!