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    February's Tag Game ~ La Miel ~ Honey

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    Lalaloula
    Tue Jan 31, 2012 12:10 pm
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    Honey Facts

    ~ Honey has been used as a food source for at least 10,000 years, as evidenced by cave paintings in Valencia, Spain, which depict two females collecting honey and honeycombs from a wild bee nest. Honey has also held significant religious importance throughout centuries for many faiths including Hinduism, Jewish, Hebrew, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam.
    Honey is a naturally sweet food that is made by beesthrough a process of extracting nectar from flowers. The most common variety of honey is produced by common honey bees, and it’s that type of honey that most beekeepers collect for human consumption. (There are other types of honey produced by other kinds of bees, but they have distinctly different properties.)

    ~ Bees produce honey by collecting nectar from flowers and then, through a regurgitation process, store the nectar in wax honeycombs inside the beehive. Beekeepers then will collect the honey by using smoke from a bee smoker to pacify the bees, which makes them far less aggressive during the collection process. The beekeeper then removes the honeycomb from the hive and collects the honey using a honey extractor. The honey is then filtered, processed and packaged.
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    Honey gets its sweetness from the monosaccharide fructose and glucose, and has approximately the same sweetness as granulated sugar. Flavors of honey vary based on the nectar source, and various types and grades of honey are available. By studying the pollen in a sample of honey, it is possible to identify the geographical location and type of plants from which the honey bees collected the nectar.

    ~ Honey sold commercially is classified by its floral source, packaging and processing used, and graded on its color and optical density, according to USDA standards using the Pfund scale that grades honey from 0 for “water white” honey to more than 114 for “dark amber” honey . There are also regional honeys that are similarly graded for their qualities.

    The physical properties of honey vary, depending on water content, temperature, the type of flower used to produce the honey, and the proportion of the specific sugars it contains. The melting point of crystallized honey is between 40 and 50 °C (104 and 122 °F), depending on its composition. The rate of crystallization is affected by the ratio of the main sugars, fructose to glucose, as well as the dextrin content. Temperature also affects the rate of crystallization, which is fastest between 13 and 17 °C (55 and 63 °F). Below 5°C, the honey does not crystallize and its natural texture and flavor can be retained indefinitely. The viscosity of honey is affected greatly by both temperature and water content. Like most viscous liquids, honey will become thick and sluggish as temperatures decrease.

    China, Argentina, Turkey and the U.S. continue to be the top producers of natural honey. In addition, Mexico is an important honey producer as well, providing about 10% of the world’s honey supply, with about 1/3 coming from the Yucatan Peninsula.

    Honey is one of the gourmet products of the French island of Corsica, which French classifies honey origin just as it does French wines (like Champagne).


    Cooking With Honey

    ~ Honey has many useful purposes including daily cooking and baking, and even for homemade beauty products. With its natural sweetness, honey is a great choice for adding a touch of sweetness to desserts and sweet dishes. It’s a primary ingredient in the popular Greek dish Baklava. Honey is often used to sweeten beverages as well, especially tea. It’s also a popular choice for sweetening some sauces, such as barbecue sauces and the ever-popular honey mustard sauce that’s used in a variety of chicken and pork dishes. Honey is also a wonderful choice to top piping hot pancakes, biscuits, toast and other breads.

    Honey is also a primary component in mead, a honey wine, or often referred to as honey beer, which consists of honey, water and yeast for fermentation.


    Health and Nutrition

    ~ As with all sweeteners, honey is mostly sugars and contains only trace amounts of vitamins and minerals. The specific composition of any batch of honey depends on the flowers available to the bees that produced the honey. But typically, common household honey primarily consists of about 38% fructose and 31% glucose, with its remaining carbohydrates consisting of various amounts of maltose, sucrose, and other complex carbohydrates.

    Historically, honey has been used by humans to treat a variety of ailments, from burns to sore throats to serving as an antioxidant that keeps skin looking young and protecting it from damage from UV rays. It has been used throughout history as an astringent and antiseptic, though more recently honey has become important in research of its antibacterial properties. Researchers are discovering that honey, with its natural anti-microbial properties, may be effective in killing drug-resistant biofilms in chronic rhinosinusitis. In addition, one New Zealand researcher even discovered that one certain strain of honey (Manuka honey, made from bees in Australia and New Zealand) may be useful in treating some MRSA infections.

    ~ Because of the natural presence of botulinum endospores, honey is not suitable for children under one year of age, because their immune system is too underdeveloped to destroy the spores that are naturally present in raw honey.






    What will it be……Baklava? Lemon Tea with Honey?



    …………………………February Tag Game ~ Honey
    We have selected an array of Spanish (and Mediterranean) recipes that include honey as an ingredient. You are free to tag one of the recipes we found, or you can pick any other recipe in the database that includes honey as an ingredient. And there is no limit; you can tag as many recipes as you can make before the end of the month.



    Featured Recipes

    ~ Basic Spanish Flan #231653 by Sharon123
    What Spanish meal would be complete without Flan? This creamy, caramel 5-Star dessert sweetened with honey will be the perfect topper any meal.

    ~ Green Gazpacho (Posted for Zwt II) #169342 by twissis
    A Spanish classic, Gazpacho is a chilled soup flavored with fresh vegetables, herbs and spices and just a touch of sweet honey.

    ~ Aubergines Espanol #416857 by Brian Holley
    A wonderful Tapas dish that can also be served as a main dish. It’s from the Andalucian region in southern Spain and features fresh aubergine (eggplant) and, of course, honey.


    Tapas (Appetizers and Snacks)



    Battered Chicken Tapas With Honey and Mustard ( Pollo Rebozado) #102849
    Rosemary Candied Almonds #426744
    Spanish Tapas - Grilled Goat's Cheese on Bed of Lettuce #370262
    Fried Bread With Honey and Lemon (Spain) #371127
    Sticks of Ham With Honey #229061
    Honey Glazed Fried Manchego Cheese #449980


    Beverages



    Honey & Almond Spanish Hot Chocolate #109245
    Honey Coffee #351888
    Hot Vodka with Honey (Krupnik) #51784
    Honey Raspberry Iced Tea #175150
    Honey Hot Chocolate #259743
    Honey-Lemon Ginger Tea #351019


    Main Dishes



    Almond-Crusted Catalan Chicken #29448
    Festive Honey-Glazed Roasted Root Vegetables With Saffron #264235
    Pumpkin Chorizo Paella #336054
    Butterflied Chicken With Herbs and Sticky Lemon #376669
    Balsamic-Honey Glazed Chicken Breasts #264713
    Citrus-Seared Chicken With Orange Olive Sauce #65292


    Side Dishes



    Honey Corn Bread #426742
    Chicken and Apple Empanadas #245922
    Honey Apple Glazed Carrots #387746
    Roasted Bell Peppers With Honey and Almonds #213063
    Broiled Figs With Goat Cheese #188164
    Roasted Green Beans With Red Onion and Walnuts #159966


    Salads



    Baby Greens With Pears, Gorgonzola and Pecans #155403
    Spanish Potato Salad #231536
    Lettuce With Apricot Salad and Honey-Raspberry Dressing #386155
    Spanish Tapas - Grilled Goat's Cheese on Bed of Lettuce #370262
    Spinach, Mushroom and Red Onion Salad #142882
    Fruit Salad With Honey Ginger Lime Dressing #241871


    Desserts and Treats



    Baked Apricots With Honey (Albaricoques Al Horno Con Miel) #172102
    Chocolates Rusticos #371725
    Sesame Rings #273913
    Baklava #59863
    Orange Rice Pudding #231482
    Bed and Breakfast Spiced Pumpkin Scones With Honey Butter #397407


    Condiments and Sauces



    Honey Mustard #13228
    Orange Honey Vinaigrette #149774
    Basil Mint-Infused Honey #223053
    Truffle Honey #223039
    Honey Mustard Dressing #45529
    Raspberry Vinaigrette #467367





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    Lalaloula
    Tue Jan 31, 2012 12:11 pm
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    Lalaloula
    Tue Jan 31, 2012 12:11 pm
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    Last edited by Lalaloula on Mon Mar 19, 2012 3:28 am, edited 5 times in total
    Cookgirl
    Sat Feb 04, 2012 4:38 pm
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    !Buen selecciòn! !Me gusta la miel!

    I will make: Honey Almond Date Balls by Sharon123

    ¡Gracias!
    Elmotoo
    Sat Feb 04, 2012 6:24 pm
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    (snooping....)
    Cookgirl
    Sat Feb 04, 2012 8:09 pm
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    If you snoop, you are obligated to participate in this tag game. "Rules is rules."
    Cookgirl
    Sat Feb 04, 2012 9:07 pm
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    "A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of
    honey left inside."



    - Winnie the Pooh
    Elmotoo
    Sat Feb 04, 2012 9:22 pm
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    Cookgirl wrote:
    If you snoop, you are obligated to participate in this tag game. "Rules is rules."


    yeah well, it's your fault I'm here. icon_wink.gif I'm off to bed; working the early shift tomorrow. bleah. then the game.... see y'all monday!!

    xoxo Bethie
    Elmotoo
    Sat Feb 04, 2012 9:23 pm
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    Cookgirl wrote:
    "A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of
    honey left inside."



    - Winnie the Pooh


    I LOVE WINNIE THE POOH.
    Cookgirl
    Sun Feb 05, 2012 11:39 am
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    Honey Almond Date Balls has been reviewed:

    NorthwestGal
    Tue Feb 07, 2012 12:09 pm
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    I would like to tag Honey Corn Bread #426742 ( icon_cry.gif though, on dental orders, I will have to omit the corn kernels as my two kids wear braces).
    NorthwestGal
    Tue Feb 07, 2012 12:14 pm
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    Cookgirl wrote:
    Honey Almond Date Balls has been reviewed:



    Oh my, those look scrumptious, Cookgirl yummy.gif. A very good choice! I have noted that completion to Page 1.
    Elmotoo
    Tue Feb 07, 2012 1:27 pm
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    Loula...Loula...Loula....turns out I have a bunch of recipes with honey. Now I miss Spain. AND I'm trying to control my tagging. SIGH.

    My tags:

    Aubergines Espanol #416857 by Brian Holley
    Battered Chicken Tapas With Honey and Mustard ( Pollo Rebozado) #102849 by An American in Spain
    Spanish Potato Salad #231536 by Sharon123
    Orange Rice Pudding #231482 by dicentra

    my recipes with honey:

    Kokos- Och Honungstckt Ananas #421725
    Endive and Fennel Salad With Mint and Orange-Blossom Dressing #427890
    Fruit Tzimmes #135083
    Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Salad #378854
    Wicked Excellent Granola #258512
    Delicious Chicken over Fried Polenta #354049
    Cold Chinese Noodles in Peanut-Sesame Sauce #283681
    Strawberry Romaine Salad #121965
    Honey Ham With Asian Pears #289312
    Honey Lime Vinaigrette #153085
    Roasted Beets With Honey Balsamic Glaze #192977

    xoxo Bethie
    awalde
    Wed Feb 08, 2012 4:21 pm
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    Loula, your introduction is really outstanding and I love how you present informations and bring some recipe suggestions!
    We are beekeeper and for this reason your topic is more than a common topic for us.

    First I would like to tag: Elmotoo's Kokos- Och Honungstckt Ananas #421725 (sounds delicious!)

    I have some honey recipes as well:
    Basler Leckerli (Swiss Spiced Hard Cookies) #442825
    Swiss Walnut Pie (Engadiner Nusstorte or Bndner Nusstorte) #441879
    Almond Fig Baklava #439341
    Easter Dove- Colomba Di Pasqua #453395
    Elmotoo
    Wed Feb 08, 2012 5:09 pm
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    awalde wrote:
    Loula, your introduction is really outstanding and I love how you present informations and bring some recipe suggestions!
    We are beekeeper and for this reason your topic is more than a common topic for us.

    First I would like to tag: Elmotoo's Kokos- Och Honungst�ckt Ananas #421725 (sounds delicious!)

    I have some honey recipes as well:
    Basler Leckerli (Swiss Spiced Hard Cookies) #442825
    Swiss Walnut Pie (Engadiner Nusstorte or B�ndner Nusstorte) #441879
    Almond Fig Baklava #439341
    Easter Dove- Colomba Di Pasqua #453395



    Thank you, awalde!! xoxo
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