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Announcing SHF# 10: Oh Honey, You Shouldn’t Have!

“The only reason for being a bee that I know of is making honey….and the only reason for making honey is so I can eat it.” Winnie the Pooh in A.A. Milne’s ‘The House at Pooh Corner’

Sugar High Friday is a monthly blogging event created by none other than The Domestic Goddess, Jennifer, a few months back. It is my absolute honor to be the host for this month and my pleasure to announce that the theme is Honey.
Honey is a sweet, golden liquid produced by bees from the nectar of various flowers. Honey was probably the first sweet discovered by humans that wasn’t some form of fruit. Its use was extensively documented in ancient Egypt, both as a treat for people and as a food for sacrificial animals. Many varieties of bees produce wildly different honeys all over the world. There are even single origin honeys, all from only one type of plant or flower. These can be created by meticulous bee keeping or by keeping bees where there is naturally limited flower selection. The honey pictured above, for example, is produced from desert wildflowers and citrus in the Anza-Borrego Desert.
Honey is a great natural sweetener – but is quite a bit sweeter than sugar, so it does not always work to substitute 1:1. Honey is also a great preserving agent, keeping goodies moist long after they have been baked. I personally like to use it as a topping for crumpets. How can you not love anything that fills up all those little holes?
So go ahead and pick out a recipe that uses or features honey. With a few thousand years of documented use, I don’t think anyone will have trouble with this one, though narrowing it down may be a challenge. Write up what you made and post it to your blog on Friday, July 15th. Feel free to include recipes and photos. We’re all secretly doing this for the food porn.
E-mail me with a link to your entry and I’ll get the roundup out by Sunday. For those you you who don’t have a blog, you can e-mail me your entry and I’ll put it up here.

‘”Well,” said Pooh, “what I like best — ” and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called. ‘ Winnie the Pooh in A.A. Milne’s ‘The House at Pooh Corner’

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  • Ana
    June 30, 2005

    Wonderful Nic. I love honey and I look forwad to it doing some nice, sweet concoction.

  • FoodNinja
    July 1, 2005

    This calls for many a sticky situations creating this dish,,,

    aw man that was horrible :p

  • Jennifer
    July 1, 2005

    Great introduction to honey, Nic! I can’t wait to sink my teeth into some delicious honey-based desserts. Now to come up with one for myself. Hmmmm…this will be good. And sticky. And delicious!

  • Zarah Maria
    July 1, 2005

    Lovely Nic! Great theme and I love the Pooh quotes! Count me in!

  • Clare Eats
    July 1, 2005

    I’m not a honey fan but my boy is… so I think I will be up for it. Plus he was given about 5 jars of honey recently…. so I need to use it up some how. I dont mind it so much cooked anyway

  • Jennifer
    July 1, 2005

    I can’t wait! You chose a wonderful and wide ranging theme. I’m sure there will be so many creative dishes I would have never thought of!

  • Nic
    July 1, 2005

    Without fail, people come up with things that never would have occurred to me for SHFs. I can’t wait to see what everyone does!

  • Lori
    July 1, 2005

    Nic, I’m so happy that one of my favorite food blogs is hosting an SHF! 🙂 I’ll do my best to join this time around.

  • sue
    July 2, 2005

    pretty dahlias! your garden?

  • Nic
    July 2, 2005

    Lori – I certainly hope that you can make it!

    Sue – Thank you, it is indeed my garden. Some of those flowers ended up being the size of soccer balls. I don’t know if the weather turned out perfectly or if they were mutant seeds. Beautiful, nevertheless.

  • Niki
    July 2, 2005

    Ooh ooh! This is a perfect chance to find a good Dutch honigkoek recipe, for which I’m searching. I love the stuff, but my recipe is hopeless. I’ll start looking around.

  • Liz
    July 2, 2005

    Honey is an ingenious idea! I never would have thought of it.

  • Helen (AugustusGloop)
    July 3, 2005

    Ooh honey on crumpets is divine. Great idea with plenty of range for interpretation. Nice theme!

  • Niki
    July 4, 2005

    I’ve already started. 🙂 Two honigkoeks from different recipes in the oven right now!

  • Ann
    July 4, 2005

    What a great and informative article! I’m definitely thinking of doing something for this SHF!

  • Lyn
    July 4, 2005


    what a wonderful idea. I can’t wait to see what sticky treats everyione cooks up!

  • Ruth
    July 5, 2005

    I’m usually more of a brown sugar fan myself, but I’m up for the challenge.

    Loved the intro too.

  • galinusa
    July 5, 2005

    Oooh goody! SHF is coming up again and I cannot think of a more appropriate host for the event 🙂 Wait for my entry!

  • Nic
    July 6, 2005

    I’m glad everyone likes the theme! While I use honey quite a bit, I don’t often use it as a primary sweetener, so I’m excited to try some new things myself!

  • stef
    July 6, 2005

    great choice, honey! 😀 you’re right, the hard part would be narrowing it down — so many yummy honey concoctions…

  • J
    July 7, 2005

    hi nic, sounds totally inspiring…so much so i’ll be taking part in shf for the first time! thanks for a great theme…cheers,j

  • Kelli
    July 7, 2005

    That’s an inspiring theme! I have to get crackin’ on my entry…

  • Cate
    July 14, 2005

    Count me in too. Although I love honey, this is going to be tough for me — I think I’ve only made 1 thing with it. Ack!

  • Stephen
    July 15, 2005

    Hi Nic…my entry is up…click my name in this comment to see it (I’ll email a link, too.) Thanks for hosting the event!

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