Cook With Honey

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“I always cook with honey/to sweeten up the night”
–Judy Collins

Canadian chanteuse Judy Collins had it right all those years ago when she sang about honey sweetening up the night. Red House Honey wants to increase your appetite and that’s why we will soon feature a recipes page to showcase some of our great “Cook With Honey” Recipes.

Try Honey-Balsamic Vinegar Dressing, Honey-Drizzled Ham, Chocolate-Honey Pancakes and Baked Honey Granola.

Let us know what you like, what you’d like to see – and don’t forget to send us a recipe.

Wildflower Honey

Wildflower Honey

Silent Spring

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Bees Making Honey Up Close

Bees Making Honey Up Close

When Rachel Carson wrote her groundbreaking book, “Silent Spring” back in the sixties, the world was shocked at how DDT and other pesticides were killing wildlife, ruining rivers and meting out an insidious form of death and destruction. These practises were changed; DDT was banned. The eagle population revived along with many other forms of wildlife.
Now, neonicotinoids are the new DDT, killing bees in droves in Ontario alone. But listen carefully to the sounds around you. It isn’t just the amiable drone of bees that’s missing. Frog populations have plummeted in the last decade, along with many other amphibians, reptiles as well as bats and birds.
The reasons for the decline of these other species has not yet been linked to neonicotinoids though a variety of new and worrying diseases plague them. But the haphazard use of pesticides, insecticides, soil boosters and the mad, ill-thought-out rush to produce ethanol from corn (which is slathered in neonicotinoids as are soybeans) has resulted not in freedom from the yoke of oil but in the destruction of forests and wildlife.
When we first moved into our house by the river, it was impossible to sleep on any spring or summer night while the bullfrogs were thumping out their booming calls. Now, there is not a one to be seen or heard. Similarly, leopard frogs are all but gone. It is rare that I see a toad, when I used to trip over them daily, apologizing to them by name (it was the only way to sort them out).
Garter snakes, which depend on these populations, are rare, though not completely gone. And when these populations decline, so do bird populations which eat such small fry, such as blue and green herons, night herons, bitterns and other shore wading birds.
Spring along the river is increasingly silent. Rachel Carson, we need you now.

“Life is the flower for which love is the honey.”

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Where the bees gather the raw materials for their honey.

Where the bees gather the raw materials for their honey.

Victor Hugo’s words were originally penned in French, not English. His actual words were “La vie est une fleur. L’amour en est le miel.”

Even today, 128 years after his death, the words of one of France’s greatest poets and novelists make us pause and reflect: Imagine love as the honey of life. A wonderful concept, particularly if we truly regard life as a beautiful flower, given as a gift.

Bees work hard every day to gather from flowers the nectar and pollen they will make into honey. Upon reflection, this perhaps means that every day we should work hard to ensure that beauty and love stay a part of our lives. It is hard work to make love important in our busy world but well worth it.

Bees always know best.

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