This year, after a break of 2 years, we resumed the annual "Cooking with Honey" session at Churchill Memorial Hall. Some dozen members attended, bringing with them an interesting range of cooked products all of which included honey as an ingredient. Everyone was encouraged to taste and discuss the dishes. Recipe cards were provided for anyone keen to have a go for themselves. In addition, some on-the-spot baking was possible for the first time as the hall's kitchen facilities have been completely renovated.
Alison brought a jar of tangy Orange Marmalade made with honey rather than sugar. Michelle offered elegant flapjack squares. David supplied a dark, sumptuous Ginger Cake which included honey as well as treacle. Sandra's Spicy Almond & Apricot loaf provided a tasty base for the marmalade. Martin raided Apicius, an historic Roman recipe book, for a peppery, stuffed date hors d'œuvre. Tony provided piles of honey flavoured fudge chunks. Rob produced an Apple & Honey tart with fresh double cream. And Annabel brought some lovely oatmeal flapjacks. Finally Sandra baked shortbread for us in the kitchen, which filled the hall with a wonderful smell of home-made cakes.
Over a cup of tea, after the various recipes had been well reviewed, the topic reverted to bees and how our colonies were performing. It almost seemed like we had reached pre-Covid normal at last. Long let it continue!