Jul 31 2011

m is for manuka

Think of New Zealand and what may come to mind are the words Maori and Middle Earth but how about Manuka honey?

Living in the USA, I had not heard of Manuka Honey until a few months ago. I was on the phone talking to a girlfriend in the UK, telling her about my 23 year old son’s stomach woes; he had been suffering with gurd and gastric issues – when she mentioned this honey. “What you need is Manuka honey” she said, “You can buy it at Costco”. She went on to tell me that a friend of hers “swore by the stuff”, claiming that taking a spoonful of Manuka honey a day had really helped with her gastric problems. (At this point I start hearing Mary Poppins singing “A Spoonful of Sugar” in my head!)
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Mar 16 2010

honey, try my cheese

Honey goes well with aged cheeses.  The sweetness of honey is a perfect contrast to the salty nature of cheese.   Use honey sparingly with cheese.  I added more in the above photograph as I thought it made for a better picture.

How do you like your cheese?

My favorite pairing with cheese, besides a crusty baguette, would be shallots confit.