Local honey and rainy sundays

I was really excited to meet up with Susan from Croft Honey. We had met a few years ago at a knitting group and I had been lucky enough to sample some Croft Honey then, once we started to make our own honeycomb , I immediately thought of Susan. The idea of making honey from the area really appealed to me - the nectar could even come from my garden! I bought 2 jars of honey from Susan, one which had been collected last summer and one which was collected this spring. I could see straight away there was a difference, the summer honey was darker in colour - this is what I used for my first trial , making honeycomb. Initially it looked very pale and I wondered if it was going to work out but as it began to bubble the colour changed. Honey can burn quite easily , so I shortened the time I would usually take using syrup, before adding the soda bicarbonate, then crossed my fingers it turned out perfectly a lovely bubbly texture, a crisp snap and a beautiful taste of honey which formed a perfect marriage when double dipped in milk chocolate.
Fresh honeycomb, using local honey , who could resist? Our next market is at Horwich RMI on 29th April 7-9pm, we will be mixing up a fresh batch of honeycomb for that, dipping in white, milk and dark Callebaut chocolate- delicious!

On Sunday we attended a Craft and Vintage Fair at the Prince of Wales Hotel , Southport, what a stunning venue a fabulous ballroom in the hotel . It was lovely to meet Ria who runs the event and try some of her beautiful dresses. There was a great mix of crafts and vintage stalls and it was very tempting to shop - I did splash out on a handmade fascinator from Helens Fascinators, great for a forthcoming wedding. Entertainment was provided by the very glamorous Suzy Sequin, a fabulous voice and some great songs. Great to meet the other traders and to find another stunning venue.

This week we are trying to decide on a filling to use with white chocolate and a fabulous leopard print transfer we are considering almonds and Amaretto......


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