Last weekend at my niece Olivia’s party we learned how honey is made. It was so cool. Her grandfather has four boxes of bees that Fernando is harvesting. As I write this I am positive I should have taken better notes so I could share the whole process, but the pictures will have do. These pictures are by Leanna Creel of Creel Films.
I wish I could give you a sample so that you could taste this beautiful honey. The honey is delicious and has a hint of eucalyptus. We learned the honey takes on the flavor of the trees around the bees. It tastes so much better than what you buy at the stores. Once you have tasted this you can’t have anything else. My sister-in-law was telling me disturbing info about the honey we buy in our grocery stores. I want to look into it before I share about that.
He had a smoker that makes the bees sleepy. When you have 10 little girls and a little boy running around, sleepy bees are good.
He took out the frames from the boxes and even showed us the Queen bee. Each frame had 5 to 8 pounds of honey.
He pulled out these honeycomb frames which were bulging with honey.
He scraped it off and put it in this spinner. The girls were put to work!
At the end Fernandopoured the honey into these cute little bear jars and the girls got to take a taste home.
My job was to make these little thank you tags to go around the jars.
Truth is I have been hoarding the jar Joy gave me a few months ago. Why? I decided it was time to start enjoying this local nectar. I made Honey and Chipotle chicken. It is a quick and easy meal. Basically you saute your onions, add the chicken, a bit of chicken stock and garlic. After browning on both sides you add a mixture of chipotle and honey. The skillet goes into the oven for 8-10 minutes and you are ready to eat.
I served the chicken with a twice baked goat cheese and chile potato. The creamy potato was a nice compliment to the sweet and spicy chicken. I’ll have to be share that one with you soon! Sorry for the poor photos of the chicken! My flash was not working and these winter nights are killing me.
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Honey and Chipotle Chicken
- 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts sliced in half
- salt & pepper
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1/4 cup red onion chopped
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1/4 cup chicken stock
- 1 chipotle pepper minced
- 2 tablespoons honey
In a small bowl mix 1/2 the chicken stock, chipotle and honey together. Season chicken with salt and pepper.
Heat the olive oil in a ovenproof skillet. Place the red onions and cook for 2 minutes. Add chicken and brown on both sides. Add garlic and half the stock. Let cook 1 minute.
Add the chipotle mix to the skillet and mix together. Place in oven for 8 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.