Friday, May 20, 2011

Recipes With Memories


There are ever present links to our past that follow us through the days of our lives...


As the rhubarb ripens and the tattered, spattered pages from my great-grandmother's recipes are readied, I find the recollections of her most vivid as I prepare to make her rhubarb marmalade.
Amidst the washing, the chopping and stirring, the aroma that fills the kitchen takes me back in time...




The violets are ready for harvest too. Each blossom picked, infused and yielding the most delicious shade of purple-pink jelly... connecting me to the women in my family, long passed but whose memories I share with their recipes.

Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

11 comments:

Pomona said...

I have never had enough violet flowers to make jelly - it sounds absolutely wonderful. It is my favourite scent, and unfortunately impossible to buy the essential oil.

Pomona x

Larkrise garden girl said...

What pretty photo's and memories. Cheri

June said...

I think I can smell the rhubard cooking right now Susan. My mother made this every year when I was a child. Along with her yummy rhubarb pies.
Isn't it funny how we can be taken back to our childhood with even a recipe.
hugs from here...

Catherine said...

Now I am thinking of Rhubarb pie!!!! Mmmmmm....

Happy Weekend!
xo Catherine

Pondside said...

I've never made violet jelly, but rhubarb is something I know well. I have a lovely patch in the back, and it has yielded the makings of pie and jam.
It's lovely to have a grandmother's heritage of recipes in one's care - I treasure anything in my mum's writing.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh Susan must be something about rhubarb right now...last night on Masterchef they made a rhubarb trifle!!! And violet jelly...I have never heard of that...is it an easy recipe? Enjoy those aromas wafting out of your kitchen as you re-connect with your womenfolk...I can almost smell the aromas from here...Dzintra

snoopydog said...

Such a beautiful post and so wonderfully written! You are so right. Preparing food often conjures up wonderful images of people, both past and present. The connections are very strong. Have a good week. Ros and Oscar

Karena said...

My Mother loves to cook with rhubarb, pies, preserves, etc. Wonderful memories indeed!

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Zuzu said...

I feel the same way whenever I hear "rhubarb" or "violets" - it sends me right back in time to where I'm standing next to my great-grandmother. Such sweet memories! :)

Wishing you a lovely week, Susan!!!
~ Zuzu

victorian parlor II said...

We love rhubarb! Thanks for sharing your family recipe:).

Blessings,

Kim

Penelope's Beehive said...

Oh my...such delightful memories I have of my Mum putting up jams and jellies. Violet jam? Mmmmm, absolutely splendid!

Wishing you a joyful time Susan...