Queen Bee Eats for a Day

Mojito Madness! August 30, 2010

Filed under: Drinks — queenbeeeatsforaday @ 7:51 am
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After a long, much-needed break including a make-over of the hair kind, a quick getaway, and some easy, laid back days at home, I’m baack!  Thanks to those of you that left comments and emails asking of our return.  We love you, too.

Let’s jump right into the heart of this post…Mojitos.

When you want to kick back and relax with a cool drink in your hand on the summer weekends, what do you think of?  A lot of us think of Mojitos, charming little drinks they are.  Of course you love the refreshing lime flavor and kick of rum, but do you know anything else about them?  Maybe other than they taste delicious and were a favorite of Ernest Hemingway?

Mojitos as we know them today were born in Cuba, though the true origin is debated among food scholars.  Some believe that the original Mojito was actually the “El Draque” which was made with tafia, a primitive form of rum, and named for Sir Francis Drake.  The mint, lime, and sugar were most likely meant to hide the harsh taste of the alcohol.  Mind you, this is only one theory.

There are also debates over the origin of the name.  Many believe that it relates to mojo, a seasoning made from lime and prevalent in Cuba.  This makes sense to me.  Plus, if you think you’ve lost your Mojo, just have a Mojito!

OK, so getting back to the basics…

The Mojito is a traditional Cuban highball cocktail.  The basic five ingredients are white rum, sugar, lime, sparkling water, and mint.  There are many variations of this drink, including those made with fruit-flavored vodkas, spiced rum instead of white, and even different fruits!  Let’s get the party started!

Recipes will be shared in a separate post – we’ve got a few!

 

Honey Honey August 26, 2010

Filed under: Good Stuff — haleyhoneybee @ 5:33 pm
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So the Queen Bee sent me an email today, reminding me to send home some honey with her hubby (he is in town staying with us as he has some important business matters out here). She has been having a pickle of a time finding a shop that sells the honey sticks  I packed in her travel goodie bag for her flight home last time she visited. They are pretty perfect if you want some tea on a long plane flight.

I went into the pantry to see if I had any left. I figured I could always just stash a few into her hubby’s suitcase, just in case I forget to make it to the store. And if I make it to the store that still requires me to remember why I am there.

Mmmm honey…. I am a particular fan of honey. Maybe because my name means honey bee. There I was, in the pantry, looking at the honey section on the shelf, between the coffee/teas and the olive oils. Big jars, little jars, bears, tins. I realized at that moment I may have a few more honeys in my pantry than normal. Bold honeys, mild honeys, sage honey, avocado honey, orange honey, lavender honey, honey combs, french honey, local honey. Those for cooking and those for teas. I have eight different types of honeys. And I had to laugh because I had been standing there dipping my paws in for a lick as though I was Pooh. It was so so sweet and good.

I do have a favorite, even though it is not local - I love Le Grand Miel.

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Honey tidbits:

  • Because of the low water holding capacity, bacteria doesn’t easily grow in honey
  • If a jar of honey crystallizes, place it outside – an afternoon in the sun is the perfect remedy
  • Local honeys give you great protection against allergy causing pollen ailments