I'm joining Jenny Matlock for Alphabe-Thursday and this week's letter is 'H'. I hope you'll visit her students to see what word they have come up with.
Most of us have had an incident with a bee at some time or other, whether stepping on one with bare feet or appearing as a threat, only to be stung and that hurts! My one and only sting came from chasing a queen bee when young, hoping to capture and hold it like a butterfly.
Bees pollinate many of our food crops and honeybees themselves create a sweet honey to have on toast, drizzle into yogurt or tea and to substitute for sugar.
When replacing sugar with honey in a recipe; use 3/4 cup + 1 tablespoon honey for each 1 cup of sugar and reduce other liquids by 2 tablespoons. Since honey is acidic, you should also add a pinch of baking soda to neutralize the acidity.
I buy my unpasteurized honey from a local 4th generation family, a mild tasting wild flower derived liquid that is added to my tea every day.
There are health benefits to natural honey, a complex food with over 180 components that may help inhibit the effects of toxic substances present in the body.
Mead, the favourite alcoholic drink of the Romans was made from honey, water and yeast. No wonder it was known as the 'nectar of the gods'.