Fried Bananas with honey

Each summer when growing up, my family would visit a local orchard and pick peaches, my mom would then spend days in the kitchen canning. I remember the jars sitting in the fruit cellar on the shelves.  (Oh the stories I could tell about that fruit cellar.)

But, I never remember fruit just sitting around for the taking. Perhaps it was, but I just never thought of fruit as a snack and therefore didn’t notice it.

Now that I have a family, I always have a bowl of fruit sitting on the counter. My youngest child prefers fruit over most snacks. Me, on the other hand has to deliberately eat fruit in order to get any in my daily diet.  It’s not that I don’t like it, there are just other things I would prefer (cookie dough, chocolate chips, etc).

While search for a recipe that includes honey, I came across a recipe for fried bananas. What better way to eat fruit, than to add one of my favorite foods, honey!

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Fried Bananas with Honey

  • In a small bowl, mix 1T of honey with 1t of warm water. Set aside.
  • Slice banana into ¼ to ½ inch slices
  • Coat non-stick frying pan with olive oil and fry banana slices until browned, only flipping once
  • Remove pan from heat
  • Drizzle honey mixture over bananas
  • Carefully remove bananas from pan
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon and enjoy

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These were delicious, but I’m positive that they would be even better on top of vanilla ice cream. Maybe next time!

If you give this recipe a try, let me know what you think of it.

~ May all your wandering take you to many wonderful places!

Lisa

 

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Honey-Ginger Chicken Stir Fry

Honey, honey, honey!  What to do with all the honey that I extracted last year?  This is a problem that I love to have.

This year I am going to 1) attempt to replace sugar with honey in my current recipes (where it make sense) and 2) try more recipes that use honey instead of sugar.

Early this morning, I did a search for a chicken stir-fry made with honey.  I came across this Honey-Ginger Chicken Stir Fry recipe and decided to give it a try.

After identifying a few changes, I made a quick list of items I needed from the store. On the way home from work, I picked up the needed ingredients, and when I got home I began.  This recipe took me 1 hour from start to finish.  Next time, I may get a bag of frozen mixed veggies to have on hand when I want to make this in less time… but I’m sure it won’t compare to fresh.

Honey-Ginger Chicken Stir Fry

  • Sauce: combine into small bowl
    • 1/4 c honey, slightly warmed
    • 3 T soy sauce
    • 1 1/2 t lemon juice
    • 1 t ginger
    • 1t cornstarch
  • Vegetables: cut into bite size pieces and place into bowl – leave chestnuts as is
    • 1 c broccoli
    • 1/2 c sliced carrots
    • 1/4 c onion
    • 1 red pepper
    • 1 c snap peas
    • 1 small can sliced water chestnuts
  • Chicken coating: mix and place into 1 gallon Ziploc bag
    • 4 T cornstarch
    • 1/2 t salt
    • 1/4 t pepper
  • Chicken, cut into bite size pieces 1/4″ thick and toss with coating
    • 1# of chicken breasts

Directions:

  1. Follow directions above to prepare sauce, vegetables and chicken
  2. Heat 1T oil in a non-stick pan on medium-high
  3. Stir fry chicken until lightly browned
  4. Add vegetables and water chestnuts
  5. Stir-fry 3-4 minutes longer
  6. Stir in honey mixture, toss to coat and heat through.

Step 1: Sauce – Vegetables – Chicken tossed in cornstarch

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Step 2 – 6: Browned chicken – Vegetables added – Sauce added and finished

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If you give this recipe a try, let me know what you think.

~ May all your wandering take you to wonderful places

Lisa

 

Early Extraction

It’s been a while since I have posted, I took a new job in January and have been so busy from learning and doing that I have been exhausted in the evening. If I wasn’t having meetings with my global counterparts at night, I was sleeping by 7pm. My poor family was being to miss me.

This year I took a different approach to beekeeping. Last year I inspected my hives almost every weekend, with up to 12-14 hives it took a huge amount of time away from my flower gardens. This year I did not buy anymore hives, but worked only with the 2 that overwintered

The 2 overwintered hives

My philosophy for this year is:

  • Let the bees do their job – minimal inspections, get in, get out
  • Super early and super often – don’t let them get honey bound, which may be a signal to the hive to swarm
  • Build up colony to max – do minimal # of splits, if any
  • Give them plenty of space – don’t let them get overcrowded, we want no swarming

This philosophy seems to be working very well, by mid June I had 4 honey supers on each hive and by July 1st, all 80 frames either capped or in the process of being capped.

4 supers each

On July 3rd, I pulled off all fully capped frames, 48 in total, and extracted the honey from them.

Honey capped frame

My setup for extraction is quite simple:

  • A homemade extractor, which holds 7 frames
  • A homemade capping bucket, which holds wax cappings from ~50 frames
  • 5 gallon bucket with honey gate
  • 2 strainer system that sits on top of the 5 gallon bucket
  • Hot knife for uncapping frames
  • Bucket of water to rinse hands
  • Cardboard for the floor of my garage

The extraction took many, many hours for we had to do a modification to the extractor to keep the bottom of the frames from slipping out of the spinner and hitting the wall of the barrel. Once we fixed that, things went much faster and we were able to pull all of the honey from the cells and not just 50% or so.   During this extraction we extracted over 11 gallons, > 132 #s, of honey.

Here we have 6 gallons bottled in 1/2 gallon jars, 4 gallons in the 5 gallon bucket and, to date, there is over 1 gallon in the uncapping bucket.

Once extraction was complete, we put the supers back on the hives so the bees could continue to create more honey.

I leave my supers on until the goldenrod begins to bloom, and at that time I will pull all frames capped to do another extraction. For the uncapped frames, I will leave them on for the bees to continue to work. However, when we reach the end of the goldenrod flow, I will need to decide how much to leave them for winter and what to pull for the purpose of extracting a dark goldenrod honey.

I hope your honey making bees are doing as well as mine are this year. Comment below to let me know how things are going.

~ May all your wandering take you to many wonderful places.

Lisa