Honey Crepes

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Do you have a fond memory of a particular meal? Mine was when I was in school and we had to make a recipe from a country that we were studying. Then we got to try everyone else’s food from their country; the people who had France did crepes! Oh…my…goodness they were amazing and not something you easily forget. My struggle came in when I found out I could not have soy. One of my favorite ways to top crepes is with a hazelnut spread. Finally, I recently found a spread that has sunflower oil instead; so now the house is filled with crepes!!

Here is how honey crepes are made;

½ cup of milk

½ cup of water

2 eggs

¼ teaspoon of salt

2 Tbsp. of melted butter

1 tsp. Vanilla

¼ cup Honey

1 cup of flour

Mix together the milk, water, eggs, salt, butter, and the vanilla. Next, sift in the flour; doing it a small amount at a time will prevent lumps from happening. Finally, mix in the honey, I have found it mixes in better and does not crystallize from the cold ingredients. Using a small circle frying pan; spray the pan with your favorite cooking spray and turn on the heat to about a medium heat. Using a measuring cup; pour a little less than a ¼ cup of the batter into the pan. Move the batter around the pan until it evenly covers the surface; place back on the burner. Once the outer two inches look dry, flip it over by placing a spatula under the edges to loosen the crepe and then slide the spatula directly under. This recipe makes about 12 crepes.

HINT: The batter can also be made using a blender; place all liquid ingredients in the blender first, then add the sifted flour in and blend it up.

Topping the crepes: Oh man there is so many ways you can top these crepes, here are some of our favorites;

-Eggs and cheese; can even add your favorite breakfast meat for a hearty breakfast

-Fresh fruit, honey, and whip cream

-Any of the Honeyville whipped honeys work well with this recipe

-Hazelnut spread with whip cream

– They are even really good to just eat by themselves or drizzle honey on

From our bee hive to yours,

Queen Bee

 

Honey Coleslaw

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Do you like it when honey speaks for itself in a recipe or compliments the recipe? This is what I love most about honey; a recipe can change with the type of honey that is used. Honey coleslaw is one of those recipes where the flavor can be changed just by the honey. I have found; when a lighter honey is used the vinegar and mayonnaise speak out more. When I used a darker wildflower honey the flavor of honey came through more and the coleslaw was sweeter. I also tried buckwheat, but found that the honey overpowered everything. So I would recommend either local wildflower honey or a nice alfalfa clover honey for this recipe.

Honey Coleslaw:

1 pound- Green Cabbage

½ pound- Purple Cabbage

1- Carrot

Dressing:

½ cup- Mayonnaise

1/3 cup- Honey

2 Tbsp. – Vinegar

1 Tbsp. – Celery Salt

Salt and pepper to taste

Shred the green cabbage, the purple cabbage, and the carrot into a bowl. If you are in a hurry grab a bag of 1 pound coleslaw mix from your grocery store and a small head of purple cabbage. In a separate bowl mix together the mayonnaise, vinegar, and the celery salt. Then drizzle in the honey and mix well. Pour the dressing over the cabbage and mix together.

Tip: I recommend letting the coleslaw sit in the fridge for about two hours and then salt and pepper to taste. If you are not used to salt the celery salt will be just perfect! I also really liked using the Alpine Wildflower honey; it is all up to what speaks to your taste buds!

From our bee hive to yours,

Queen Bee

 

Honey Bees in Spring!

We at The Honey Cottage are excited for spring. It’s coming; we have seen the signs and heard from our bee whisperer. The bees are in the peacock feed and enjoying the warmth after a cold winter. Just look at the photos and you will see.

First is what we call bottoms up!!

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This is the time to give the girls a nutrient boost, POLLEN, to make sure they have all the energy they need to start the spring ritual, no sugar for my girls, no man made super food either. We prefer nature made super goodness for our girls. (POLLEN AND HONEY)

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Of course the pollen needs to bee powered. We use a mortar and pestle and as you can see we get plenty of help!

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Back at the hive; it’s party time and the girls love their pollen. Yes, we also give them honey when needed…ONLY honey!

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These girls are from a hive that I saved from the eve of a home in the Springs last September and they are doing just fine and no sugar was used.

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Yes spring is coming, the bees are buzzing, the sun is shining, my girls are growing, and my wife is glowing. Here’s to a sweet year!!

From my hive to your hive,

The Beekeeper