Take some honey…

In times gone by, bees and honey were so highly regarded that a picture of a bee was printed on Greek coins, Napoleon’s flag had a bee symbol on it, and in Australia bees were used as totems. These days, this golden liquid has many uses, all of them very tasty. Made by bees from the nectar of flowers, it contains mainly fructose and glucose which give it its sweet taste. A drizzle of honey can be used for flavouring food and drinks or it can be used as a main ingredient. Either way, make a bee-line for the kitchen to try out these easy options:

 

  • First on the list and needing no explanation – peanut butter and honey on toast
  • When baking, use honey instead of sugar – it adds moisture and softness to the final product. Honey is sweeter than sugar, so when using it as a substitute you should use less: use ¾ cup honey for every 1 cup sugar
  • Try making your own honey-mustard dressing for salads
  • Roast sliced red peppers as usual but add a light drizzle of honey instead of salt and pepper
  • Mix some honey, soy sauce, peanut butter and vinegar together for a great  chicken pasta sauce
  • Drizzle some honey over feta cheese squares, warm them slightly in the oven or under the grill, and sprinkle over a vegetable salad
  • When you next make sangria, instead of adding a sweet drink like lemonade, add in some warm honey and mix well

 

Adapted from Food Flavours. See www.soundbites.co.za

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