The doorbell rang and it was our building’s ‘man friday’ …wanted to know if I’d like some fresh honey. Turns out that there was a hive on one of floors above us and that was going to be removed. (Apparently it was in their balcony!)
Honey – fresh off the hive……I said yes immediately and then I heard the most sweetest of words from him ever – ” Would you also like some honeycomb”?
” What? really! ..wow! I would love to… thank you! ” Before I even finish that inarticulate sentence…my mind was filled with the images of the all the stunning gorgeous honeycomb I’d seen on TV and on the web. I couldn’t contain my excitement.
I had to wait…
Meanwhile I started thinking of all the possible things I could do with the honeycomb. I had never tasted fresh honeycomb. Didn’t even know how to handle one. So obviously I googled for videos and tips.
I reached out a wonderfully talented , powerhouse of knowledge when it comes to food and biodiversity – Sangeeta Khanna ( www.healthfooddesivideshi.com/ )
She was more than kind to quickly share easy tips and tricks on how to use fresh honeycomb.
After about 40 odd mins, the doorbell rang again – I know who it was! There he stood with a bottle of honey that I had asked for. ❤
It looked gorgeous , gloriously golden… almost deep crimson silken nectar…. I see could that I had to filter it once before I could use it though.
I was looking for the honeycomb but was told he will come back with in another 15 mins.
Didn’t know I was in for a crazy surprise!
He returned with what I was eagerly waiting for …. and was stumped by what I saw. A beige colour crumpled-up blob of a thing!! Wait ..that cannot be my honeycomb… please let that not be my honeycomb!
But it was.
They had pressed it , squeezed the last ounce of honey from it. Crushed it using the palms of their hand.
All my honeycomb dreams came crashing down! 😦
I still do a few things that Sangeeta had suggested but definitely not the dessert I wanted to do with that. Hmmm…. hopefully sometime soon. Next time!
But I’m really …really happy about the fresh 1 litre of honey,though! Intensely sweet and dark…a little smokey ( because burnt / smoked the hive!) …the depth of the flavour it has is incredible. Talking about flavour ….honestly, the other branded ones fail miserably to this fresh unprocessed honey!
So, as you can see.. I went a little overboard trying to capture the beauty of this honey… 😛
And finally I leave you with this …. hahaha!
(Ref Honeycomb image courtesy – wisegeek.com)