...a truck moving bee boxes to pollinate a field somewhere...
My review of local products continue with a mention of Kutik's honey. I am particularly fond of their orange blossom honey. No, it is not "local" - in the sense that the orange groves the bees pollinate are south - far from NYS - but the honey is really good - and I am supporting a local company. Their prices are reasonable, especially if you buy in bulk.
Something to consider when purchasing from the lil guy/ small business - is to ask for their price break or wholesale price and the minimum quantity to achieve that price point. Than get a bunch of friends and coworkers to buy in to get that price.
More on that later... http://kutikshoney.com
Their orange blossom honey reminds me of the Greek honey I used to buy in NYC.
The bees in Greece are sometimes made to pollinate only thyme blossoms and by doing so create this thick perfumed honey - tastes perfect with Greek yogurt, honey cakes, and lots of other sweet treats!
we did not have rice like a paella but put the pan over a rack on an open fire - the pan was filled with wine and butter, lemon juice and fresh herbs - than we placed the seafood in order of the cooking time. Any seafood will do. We did not have lobster - calamari, shrimp , and clams - were put into the pan in that order. Like the article stated - steam the clams separately and than mix together to ensure the clams do not overcook and open properly.
Nutritionally, clams are one of the highest sources of B-12 vitamin, naturally.
we also added fresh picked greens from the gardens such as beet green which cook up to a spinach consistency and taste like beets! I anticipated adding some new potatoes but they were not ready for picking. We used some bread to sop up the juice. Cheyenne or other hot peppers will add a nice touch served on the side for individual heat preferences, as well as lemon wedges.
To cover the paella pan as the seafood cooked, we placed foil on top of the pan on the fire. I should have added a layer of nori sheets to duplicate the effect of seaweed essence.
it was a memorable meal as my sister recalled fondly in a phone call later that week! The paella pan held up well to the fire pit flames but needed to be handled with care and gloves.
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