“The only reason for being a bee that I know of is making honey… And the only reason for making honey is so that I can eat it.”
Winnie the Pooh.
Can We Talk About Honey?
Honey is one of those perfect foods. Fact! That it is brought to us through the miracle of a honey bees life makes it even more magical and delectable.
It is safe to say that I will have no less than three or maybe even four types of honey in my pantry cupboard at one time. I always keep a good quality, local raw honey. I’ve heard they’re helpful in warding off seasonal pollen allergies… and I tell myself that every time I dip a spoon in when a sweet hit is required. I typically have a Manuka honey as well. Manuka has many well documented health benefits and although it can be rather high priced, if used in moderation and only on occasion, the guilt of spending that much on a jar of honey dissipates quickly. Of course it is essential that I have a large squeeze jar of Billy Bee on hand as my son considers honey one of the food groups. Wonder where he got that notion!
“The secret of my health is applying honey inside and oil outside.”
Democritus, contemporary of Hippocrates, who lived to the ripe age of 109.
Honey drifts with ease from course to course. It doesn’t need to be spelled out that it has graced the breakfast table for centuries, but consider too honey glazed pork, honey ginger barbecue sauce, honey lime sriracha sauce, chicken tagine with dates and honey, and of course the old stand by honey mustard dipping sauce. The list goes on and on. It is used as a healthier and infinitely more delicious substitute for sugar in many dessert recipes but honestly one of my personal faves remains fresh figs drizzled with honey and served with blue cheese. Mmmmmmm!
I struggled with which of the many honey recipes I should include with this post but settled on Honey Lace Cookies for their ease of preparation and elegance of presentation. If you catch them at exactly the right moment in the cooling process you can drop them over a rolling pin or into a bowl and allow them to take almost any shape you might desire. They would make a very pretty, albeit delicate, bowl to serve a bit of vanilla ice cream for an elegant and simple end to a dinner party.
After writing this article, a friend brought my attention to another article written about honey. This one is a whole lot more scientific in its discussion of health benefits. I encourage you to pop over to read it!
Enjoy & Namaste
“When you shoot an arrow of truth, make sure the tip is dipped in honey.”
- 2 TBSP unsalted butter
- 2 TBSP light brown sugar
- 1½ TBSP honey
- 2 TBSP AP flour
- pinch of salt
- Preheat oven to 375
- Line baking sheets with parchment or Silpat
- Melt butter, brown sugar and honey in a small saucepan
- Transfer to a bowl
- Whisk in flour and salt
- Drop ½ tsp of batter onto baking sheets leaving about 3" between as they spread a lot!
- Bake until golden brown, approximately 6 minutes
- Transfer Silpat or parchment to a wire rack to cool