Thursday, September 4, 2014

Apples and Eve, the Foodie

And now for a different take on the Temptation story ... by Ferris Jabr

“And what variety of apples doth the tree grow?”

And the serpent, puzzled, said unto Eve, “They are God’s apples.”

“But are they McIntosh, Gala, Fuji?” Eve persisted. “Are they heirlooms?”

And the serpent, coiling himself in frustration, confessed that he did not possess such knowledge. But he said unto Eve, “They are the most delicious of all the fruits in the garden. Delicious red apples.”

“Red Delicious apples?” Eve said.

“Uh, yes,” the serpent answered.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Oh, Honey

"Once the worker bee returns to the hive, it will regurgitate the nectar solution and pass it on to one of the house bees, who remain in the hive. The house bee will continue the process the worker bee started – for up to 20 minutes, it will regurgitate and re-drink the nectar, continuing to mix it with enzymes and breaking it down further. Whilst some sucrose will remain, the majority is broken down into glucose and fructose."

It's August now. There are slim pickings for nectar seeking bees. In fact, this has been the story all summer long in our region here in on the coast.

Bee keepers are worried the bees will not have enough to eat this winter because there has been so little nectar for them to make honey. It's been an exceptionally dry summer.

honey in last year's honey comb
So I was heartened to see our bees on the bit of fireweed growing around our place. I'll be collecting seed from this and spreading it to some other less trafficked spots off the paths. The more wild flowers, the better. They take no special care and bees love them.

Here's an interesting read about the chemistry of honey and why it doesn't spoil.

Check out this Honey Flavour Wheel, a guide to the subtle and not so subtle nuances of honey flavours.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Garlic Scape Salt

Salt. Garlic scapes. Blend together in a food processor. Hello winter soups.