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Rosemary, Lemon Thyme & Sage Honey - Edible Christmas Gifts

Herb honeys

Dear Reader, do you ever have moments where you realise that you may be a little odd? I have them more often than I care to think. And what's worrisome is that Mr NQN is usually the one to tell me that things are odd. Is it a case of the odd leading the odd?

We were dining at a restaurant when I spotted a light switch near our booth. It had the power button switched to on and I looked alarmed. "What's wrong?" Mr NQN said.

"What is I fall against it holding a fork? I'll get electrocuted" I said.

"You're not going to fall against a light switch holding a fork" he reasoned, his voice exasperated yet patient.

"I might and what if I had wet hair?" I argued and gingerly, I reached up and switched it to the off position. Relief.

Herb honeys

Another thing that I am scared of are bees. I don't think I'm allergic and I've never actually been stung by one to find out but bees like mosquitoes tend to go for certain people over others. Like my friend's dog Indy who goes towards the person that least wants him to. It's a shame because I absolutely love honey. In fact, I've started to use it in place of sugar to sweeten my drinks as I figure I'll get some extra health benefits.

As part of my Christmas food gifts, I decided to make some infused herb honeys. Herbs give honey an extra dimension of flavour and they are perhaps the simplest recipe I've ever put up on the blog. In fact I don't know if I could even call it a recipe!

All you need is time on your side and if you start this week or next, you can be presenting your friends with a jar of herb infused honey just in time for Christmas. You just need a few sprigs of your favourite herb and some honey and you just let it steep for three weeks. That's all! And if you're in a hurry, you can gently heat the honey with the herbs to hasten the infusion process.

So tell me Dear Reader, do you have any rational or irrational fears? And what herbs do you like to cook with?

Rosemary, Lemon Thyme & Sage Honey

  • 750ml raw honey (or your favourite mild flavoured honey, I love Maya Sunny honey)
  • Sprigs of rosemary, lemon thyme and sage
  • 3x clean jars

Other flavours include lavender, fennel flowers and any of your favourite edible herbs

Herb honeys

Step 1 - Wash and carefully dry the herbs. Place them in the bottom of the jars.

Step 2 - Pour honey over and allow to steep for three weeks. You can also heat the honey but some medicinal properties are lost through heating honey.