Carrots and Honey

You know what I love about Fall?  All the colors.  The leafs, the sky and the clothes, I love it!

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We pulled these wonderful carrots out of the ground.  They had a long hard dry summer to grow.  And honestly we are quite proud of the little orange roots!  Do you grow any carrots this year?

I love, love LOVE cooked carrots.  I love the taste, the color, the bite size bits.  It is all wonderful little vegetable.  So here is the recipe. Or, not really a recipe, just some yummy visuals and general measurements!
Wash and clean the carrots.  Peel off the outer layer to relieve the bright orange color.  No slice into thin, bite size pieces.  Put some olive oil in a frying pan, heat it up a bit and add the sliced carrots.  I like to add a bit of salt and pepper at this point.  Let cook on both sides for about 4 minutes each.
You guessed it, add about 2 teaspoons of Risk’s Raw Honey to the mix.  (Are you asking  –Why is that honey solid?  Why does it have crystals.  Simply, because it’s RAW, FRESH, Yummy PURE  HONEY!)  The honey will thin quickly once it hits the pan.  So stir the carrots around fast (in this photo you can see that I added some egg plant to the mix…what can I say, gotta love a garden!)

Honey Carrot Recipe:

Slice 5 fresh carrots, heat in olive oil over medium heat.  Once the carrots are cooked through add 2 teaspoons of honey and stir carrots until fully coated.  Serve warm.  Enjoy!

Honey Recipe: Green Salad & Dressing

Green Salad and Dressing

Here’s another great honey recipe.  Serve this green salad and dressing with your favorite pasta dish.  Yum!  It’s so easy to make

Lettuce (botersla)
just a bit of rucola (chopped),
lardons (ontbijtspek),
soft boiled egg and a dressing of:

2 T limejuice
2 T olive oil
1 t whole grain mustard (Limburgse)
2 t honey
1 t fresh thyme, chopped
1 shallot, chopped
pepper, salt

This is also make for a great meal in and of itself.  Try it today!

Honey Recipes: Salad Dressing

Honey and Olive Oil Salad Dressing

Honey Salad Dressing | Swarm Naturals

Honey Salad Dressing

1/4 cup apple vinegar
1/4 cup evoo
1/4 cup honey
1 TBS garlic
1 TBS dijon mustard
splash lemon juice

Mix together and enjoy.  Try this over a bed of fresh greens from the garden or farmer’s market.

Honey Recipes: Salad Dressing
  • ¼ cup apple vinegar
  • ¼ cup evoo
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 TBS garlic
  • 1 TBS dijon mustard
  • splash lemon juice
  1. Combine all ingredients.
  2. Whisk until completely combined.
  3. Enjoy!

Raw Honey

What Is Raw Honey?

Raw Honey should not be associated with “raw” as in “raw” meat, or uncooked foods.  Raw honey is the concentrated nectar of flowers the bees collect, which then has been extracted.  Raw honey is simply unheated, pure, unpastueruized and unprocessed honey.

Raw Honey Remedy

When raw honey is mixed with ginger and lemon juice, it also can aid in the relief of nausea and supplies energy to the body. When mixed with elderberries, the syrup is a great remedy for fighting flu and colds.  Elderberry Heaven uses our honey in their remedy and I will attest to the power of this syrup.

Nutrition of Raw Honey

Raw honey is the healthiest choice amongst the various forms of honey as it has the most nutritional value.  Most of the honey found in the supermarket is not raw honey but “commercial” regular honey, which has been pasteurized (heated at 70 degrees Celsius or more, followed by rapid cooling) and filtered so that it looks cleaner and smoother, more appealing on the shelf, and easier to handle and package. Pasteurization kills any yeast cell in the honey and prevents fermentation. It also slows down the speed of crystallization in liquid honey. On the downside, when honey is heated, its delicate aromas, yeast and enzymes which are responsible for activating vitamins and minerals in the body system are partially destroyed. Hence, raw honey is assumed to be more nutritious than honey that has undergone heat treatment. 

What Raw Honey Looks Like

Raw honey is should have fine textured crystals, raw honey looks milkier and contains particles and flecks made of bee pollen. Raw and unfiltered honey is relatively low in moisture content (14% to 18%) and has a high antioxidant level. It will usually granulate and crystallize to a margarine-like consistency after a month or two. Many people prefer to spread it on bread and waffles, dissolve it in hot coffee or tea, or use it for cooking and baking.

Among manufacturers there exists no uniform code of using the term “raw honey”. There are no strict legal requirements for labeling honey as “raw”. Using as little heat as possible is a sign of careful handling. The best way to know know that you are getting “raw honey” is to buy it from us or your local farmer’s market.  Look closely at the jar, and ask the beekeepers lots of questions about their processing.

Raw Honey…Yummy Honey!

What Is Honey?

What is Honey?

What is honey?  Honey Is…

It’s simple, Honey is honey.  A bottle of pure honey contains the natural sweet substance produced by honey bees from the nectar of plants or secretions of living parts of plants.  Nothing else.

Scientists begin to look for all of the elements found in this wonderful product of nature and found a complex of naturally flavored sugars as well as trace enzymes, minerals, vitamins, and amino acids.

Honey is made by bees in one of the world’s most efficient facilities, the beehive.  The 50,000 or so bees in a beehive may collectively travel as much as 55,000 miles and visit more than two million flowers to gather enough nectar to make just a pound of honey!

The color and flavor of honey differ depending on the bees’ nectar source (the blossoms).  In general, lighter the honey the milder the flavor, while darker honeys are usually more robust in flavor.  Darker honey is great for baking, lighter honey, great for biscuits.

What is honey?

Honey is a wonderful thing.  We use it in our house nearly everyday.  We put it on our cereal in the morning, on our toast, nothing beats an almond butter (or peanut butter) with honey sandwich.  We drizzle it on our biscuits for dinner time.  It adds a gentle sweet kick to soups, chili’s and stews.

Bees make honey!  Let’s do all we can to keep these amazing bugs around.

What is honey?

Winnie the Pooh

What Movie Did You See This Weekend?
As Harry Potter and his Hogwarts pals battled both the evil and box offices across the country, parents like me took the kids to see possibly an overlooked but great movie, Winne The Pooh.
Disney’s Winnie the Pooh

Long before J.K. Rowling turned reluctant readers on to a hidden wizard world, A.A. Milne was keeping a younger set wide-eyed with tales conjured in the mind of that British schoolboy, Christopher Robin.

I watched “Disney’s Winnie the Pooh” on opening weekend.  The audience included Moms with preschoolers and 20 somethings wearing Tigger and Piglet tee shirts and few older people.  Which I believe, shows that “Pooh” brings out the child in all of us.  =-)

The plot is simple, but delightful.  Pooh wants honey, Eyeore is depressed, and all the little friends are learning how to read and cause silly misunderstandings.

We want to congratulate Disney on keeping Pooh in step with it’s original hand-drawn animation and creative scenes that allow the characters to walk, or slide in the 100 acre woods and along the pages of the story book.  I personally am not a fan of 3D cinema, and find it hard for my children to watch.  The glasses come off and on during the movie…usually causing a headache aft-wards (for both the kids and me!).

We all enjoyed this movie.  It was a great time out with the kids and a great way to beat the heat.

Swarm Naturals gives the movie 5 pots of Hunny. 

The Official Trailer