Yesterday, much to the bemusement of the bees, I swapped their last little honey super (box) for a bigger brood super to expand into for the winter. The theory is that if they come out of winter into spring with a bigger house they will not swarm. Then I scarpered back to the kitchen with the last frames of honey for ME!
It is a very sticky business.
Last night I discovered a fantastic use for honey. I opened a new bottle of pinot grigio, from a vineyard I had not sampled before. And it was quite dreadful. (Katherine I almost spat!) I KNEW I should not have broken my rule about never buying wine with an animal on the label. So as I was decanting honey at the time, I simply poured a gooey drop of fresh honey straight from the jug into my glass, stirred and VOILA, it was drinkable. And healthy! A fantastic discovery! Naturally the honey bottling went much better after that.
Another fantastic recipe for honey – Lemon Verbena Honey. From the wonderful Food In Jars. This will be lovely to have with our sourdough pikelets. I do not have any lemon verbena so I have substituted lemon balm and we will see what happens. Lemon balm makes a great tea and grows like a weed out here.
Cook biscuit sized dollops in a very lightly greased pan on low heat. Flip when the bubbles begin to pop. Now, here is a tip, if these come out rubbery and chewy, this is because your starter was not active enough. So call them prospectors pancakes. Next time you can stir in a teaspoon baking soda to the mixture just before you cook.
Make a well in the flour and pour in most of the milky mix, stir the well until the flour is incorporated, add the last of the milk if you need to. You do not want these to spread like flapjacks, so err on the side of thick. If that makes any sense. (If you do want flapjacks, add a little more milk. )
Pour or spoon mixture onto a hot lightly greased griddle turned low. When bubbles appear flip over. Pile inside a folded tea towel as you finish and serve warm with butter and jam or whipped cream and jam or HONEY!
Many people have been asking where I bought my starter from. Here is the site.