we have honey!!!
July 16, 2011, 9:00 am
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Ok, I am ridiculously excited about this. We have honey!!! We extracted honey!!! It’s so cool! Last weekend I went to a honey extraction class with Burgh Bees. We got into the hives and saw that Stelle had produced a deep super honey and also filled up their topmost medium. Louis was still working on their deep. So, the ever conservative beekeepers we are–we took out exactly one frame from each hive!!

I put them in dude’s beer bucket and hauled them over to the class.

good work girls!!

can't resist another view of that great comb!

The class was pretty cool. About 15 people there–all so super keen and excited about honey. I used a manual two frame extractor. I wasn’t sure how much honey we’d get from two frames, I brought a few jars and wasn’t sure if I was being super optimistic or what. Check it out…

celestial bells! we have a LOT of honey!!

Turns out there’s a lot of honey in them thar frames! And most deceivingly, there’s a lot that’s left in the bottom of the bucket. I drained the cappings overnight in a sieve over a baking sheet and we later filled up that half full jar in the picture.

Oh, and to answer your burning question–yes, people–the stuff tastes AMAZING!!!

Today, must figure out solar wax melter–to filter the cappings for beeswax.


escarole and white beans
July 6, 2011, 9:26 am
Filed under: beans, escarole, gardening, recipe

Escarole and white beans
Friday night dinner for two ala turdacres.

Escarole, endive radicchio overwhelmed by mint and sage!

I love the Winter Greens mix by Renee’s garden. I don’t get too much of the curly endive, but the other two do really well. Great in a salad, though I left them a tad too long I think, and if that’s the case, cook em up italian style, in some greens and beans. Make sure you use white beans (cannelini or navy). So delicious!!

Escarole and white beans

1 head of escarole rinsed and chopped large
1 15 oz can white beans
2 cloves garlic
1 tbsp olive oil
crushed red pepper
salt and pepper

In a big saute pan heat the olive oil. Add the escarole, 1/4 cup of water and wilt. Add in spices and beans cover and heat. Takes about five minutes total and you have a wonderful healthy dinner for two!

Lentil salad with mint and green onions
July 5, 2011, 4:39 pm
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We have a nice crop of green onions and a bumper crop of mint. Was there a way to combine the two??? Time for a salad, methinks! A quick hunt around the web and the most promising recipe was at Adrienneeats. She served it over lettuce, which would be great. We don’t have tomatoes yet, so we upped the pepper by 1/2. It was a really tasty salad, kid approved!¬†We ate it for our July 4th celebration. So healthy!! (Of course we also had a 4 avo. guac!!), and a klondike bar!!

Lentil salad with mint green onions, red pepper and feta

1 cup lentils, rinsed
1/4 c mint, chopped
1/4 c parsley, chopped
5 green onions, diced
1 red pepper, diced
4 oz. feta
2 tbsp olive oil
juice of half a lemon
1 tsp dijon mustard
2 tbsp white wine vinegar
salt and pepper to taste

Cook up one cup of small de puy lentils (it’s worth it to track these down!). Rinse with cold water. Chop up mint and parsley and mix into the lentils. Add diced veggies and mix all together.
Mix up dressing and pour over. Mix well. Salt and pepper to taste.

happy end of holiday weekend PI!!
July 5, 2011, 7:54 am
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Well we had a really nice 4th of July weekend. Weather was great, and we just hung out and relaxed! Did some gardening, some goat-herding, and chicken tending. And had some good food too.

I’m extra happy as I’m one day out from finishing a round of steroids. SIGH. Yep that crazy poison ivy took me out again. I had a crazy bout on my leg (about the size of a deck of cards). I treated it holistically, and had almost waited it out. Got it probably over 2 weeks ago. It was insane. They say oozing, but this was not that–no, it was running, straining, leaking, bubbling, crazy!! Sorry, gross. Hope you’re not having your morning coffee now.

Anyhow I got through that part and was on the mend. But then I got the rash. Some crazy all over body rash. And, it was on my face. I was pretty bummed. So I went in to see the doc. Sad tale I know. Luckily I got in on Friday afternoon just before the official start of the big holiday.

She gave me a short course of prednisone. I explained that the other time I’d taken it, it had not gone well. It’s horrible really. I had a 14 day course and felt insane at the end of it!! I was glum that I couldn’t solve it myself, but alas, my body was on some haywire allergic reaction.

So here I am at the end of my treatment. It did seem to help. I’m not fixed yet, but ready to stop the drugs! We took a big hike yesterday at Hartwood, and wound up going through a TON of poison ivy. I was pretty nervous!! We all washed like crazy when we got back, and it seems we escaped unharmed. I also made the dude do a PI eradication run through our place in hopes of ending the insanity!!!

If you’ve never had the PI, you really don’t want to get it!!