I felt like Winnie the Pooh

“Sometimes,” said Pooh, “the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”
~ A.A. Milne

Tasting this, I was Winnie the Pooh in Wonderland.

I am sure I am not the only J. Friend and Co. honey consumer who has thought about sticking a human paw into one of their jars…

Before we moved to New Zealand, I was a stranger to the wide honey world. If anyone said “honey”, I’d think of couples or of a sticky bright yellow substance glooping down Pooh Bear’s rotund tummy. Over the last few years, I have really loved getting acquainted with the beautiful honey made right here in this country – especially the unique manuka honey which NZ is so rightfully well known for.

While I like honey, though, I have seldom enjoyed it neat. I can be persuaded to try raw cookie dough, or lick my butter knife after using it to spread PB on toast, and once or twice I have even been seen to lick a plate (ungraceful, I know)… but I am mostly NOT a honey-spoon-licker. I’ll drizzle honey on my crumpets or stir honey into warm water, then toss the honey-coated spoon straight into the sink.

So yesterday, while trying to choose a honey (of my three jars*, of which I had only tried one) for R’s salmon, I took a TINY sample of each one… before Winnie the Pooh unexpectedly whooshed into my brain. He nearly took over. Instead, I took out teaspoons and insisted that everyone try some honey. I think I may have looked frighteningly excited, because they all looked a little shocked and just obeyed silently.

;-)

I am happy to say that after everyone had a taste of some honey, no one questioned my sanity. It spoke for itself…

We used a few spoonfuls of the Beechwood Honeydew honey to make a honey-balsamic glaze which greatly enhanced our main course of seared salmon fillet; baby spinach and blanched asparagus tossed with lemon zest; portobello mushrooms baked with halloumi; and couscous with parsley.

This honey tasted of forests and fairies… it was a total surprise, and it was wonderful to place a full teaspoon of this into my mouth and shut my eyes for a minute… I thought of Enid Blyton’s “The Wishing Chair” (still so fun to think about, years later). What can I say? If you were to use a liquid to describe imagination and abundance, this honey would come pretty close.

We ate very well last night. R and K thoroughly spoiled us with this dinner, and their company! (Thank you R and K!)

In addition to that crazily delicious salmon dish above (which the photo does not do justice to), we also had prosciutto draped over cantaloupe… a combination I have often heard great things about but never ventured to try. I was certainly not disappointed!

For dessert, I just assembled two platters:

Havarti with grapes and crackers, and fresh strawberries with crème fraîche and brown sugar. Not that we really fit much dessert in after the preceding courses!

* Thank you so much, kind Sharyn, for sending me two jars of your precious honey to try! I can’t wait to try the Viper’s Bugloss honey in a dish. :-)

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6 responses to “I felt like Winnie the Pooh

  1. That honey is really nice looking and the prosciutto! Wow.

  2. Mmmm! This all sounds so good. I love the prosciutto over the melons and the havarti with grapes and strawberries with brown sugar. YUM! And then to have all of it accented with honey…I LOVE honey. :)

  3. Bunny Eats Design

    Aww! I love Pooh and I love honey. The first thing I did when I opened my Vipers Bugloss jar was poke a teaspoon into it and eat it like a lollipop. I’ve never considered honey to be something that could be served “neat”. You make it sound like it’s quite hardcore.

    I’d like to sample different honeys side by side. They look so different but do they taste as different as they look? I’m a suck for the J.Friend and Co designs. So simple but so cool.

    • :-) Haha I do think honey is pretty hardcore!

      A honey-tasting session would be pretty cool. Honeymeisters in Wellington has a generous array of their honeys in their store available to try, I haven’t seen a similar sight in Auckland yet. I do think there is a more distinct difference between certain types of honey, while the rest are just the same. I really like the J. Friend and Co jars too (and their contents)!

  4. I had never heard of J. Friend and Co a couple of weeks ago.. and now I see it everywhere! Like when you buy a new car and then everyone seems to drive the same one. The honey looks great, AND that salmon looks delicious, AND you reminded me of the Wishing Chair! So cool!

    • I so know what you mean – actually they have been rapidly popping up everywhere on my radar too! I want to read the Wishing Chair stories again… :-)

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