Honey Raspberry Crumble

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Honey, berries, dairy, and grains were important parts of the Iron Age diet.

It is distinctly possible that Queen Boadicea enjoyed something like this Honey Raspberry Crumble, without the ice cream of course.

Ingredients

  • 2 pints raspberries
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose or whole wheat flour
  • 1 stick unsalted butter

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a large bowl, drizzle raspberries with 1/4 cup of the honey honey. Sprinkle with 4 tablespoons flour and toss. Transfer fruit to an 8- by 8-inch baking dish.
  2. In a large bowl, mix remaining flour, honey, and butter with a pastry blender or your fingers until mixture forms large, crumbly lumps. Sprinkle over berries. Bake until golden brown, 45 to 50 minutes

British Week – Buckingham Palace Cream Of Pea Soup

In honor of the lovely new Queen Boadicea, I’m declaring the next seven days “British Week” here on Romancing the Bee!

We will celebrate English cooking, gardening and beekeeping!  Okay, I know I do that a lot already, but the Queen deserves a proper celebration!

With a few scary exceptions (Marmite. Jellied eels. Dormice on a stick.), I’m quite fond of English Food. The following recipe is exceptional!

Buckingham Palace Cream of Pea Soup

2 cups split peas
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup finely diced salt pork
1 medium onion, well chopped
1 medium carrot, well chopped
2 leeks (the green parts only, well chopped)
1 cup spinach, well chopped
bay leaf
1 pinch thyme
1 cup stock
salt, to taste
1 teaspoon honey
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup heavy cream
Directions:
Cover two cups of split peas with water and allow to soak for a little over one hour.

Pour off the water and put the peas into a large saucepan with one quart fresh water. Add salt. Bring to a boil and skim the water, the cover the pan and simmer steadily.

Melt one tablespoon of butter in a soup kettle and drop in 1/2 cup of finely diced salt pork. Cook until the pork begins to brown. Add onion and saute until soft but not brown. Now add the carrot, tops of the leeks and spinach. Drop in a small piece of bay leaf and a pinch of thyme.

Cook for a few minutes more and then pour in the partly cooked peas with their water. Continue to cook for about one hour, or until the peas are very soft. Rub the soup through a fine sieve and add one cup of stock, then bring back to a boil.

Season to taste with salt and add honey, butter and heavy cream.

Queen Boadicea Has Arrived!

Thanks to the miracle of UPS, Queen Boadicea and her retinue arrived about an hour ago.

The Queen And Her Attendants

I’m letting them cool off from their trip, and will be installing them in an hour or so.

Here is a better picture of the Queen. She’s the one wearing the yellow dot.

Queen Boadicea Wearing Yellow

More later.

I Couldn’t Walk Away

Okay, I know I said I was going to do a “walk away” split, and let my Buckies create their own Queen.  But I just couldn’t walk away and leave them Queenless.

It takes at least 15 days for them to make a Queen, for her to mate, and then for her to start laying.  And that’s if everything goes perfectly!  I just can’t take that chance, especially after the demise of the Italians.

So, yesterday evening I ordered a Buckfast Queen from BeeWeaver Apiaries in Navasota, Texas, to be delivered by UPS.

Queen Bee In Shipping Box

I’m glad I didn’t dither too long, because BeeWeaver is only selling Queens until July 15, and it is one of the only suppliers of Buckies in the US.

She should be here today or tomorrow.  I’ve named her Boadicea after the 1st century British Warrior Queen.

I’ve decided to put off honey extraction until Friday morning to give the bees a chance to calm down and for my muscles to stop aching. Those boxes are heavy!

More later…