First glaze: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Bring all ingredients to a boil in a small saucepan. Remove from heat.
Cake: Butter and flour an 8-inch hexagonal (or round or square) cake pan. Whisk together flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and sage. Beat eggs and brown sugar on medium-high until pale and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Beat in honey, milk, oil, and zest. With mixer on low, add flour mixture in 2 batches; beat until just combined.
Spread batter in pan. Bake until golden and a toothpick comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Remove from oven; poke holes with toothpick all over cake. Remove zest strips and sage from first glaze; brush over top. Let cool completely in pan.
Final glaze: Whisk together honey, confectioners’ sugar, and lemon juice. Remove cake from pan and brush final glaze over top; continue until all is used. Garnish with sugared sage. Cut into wedges with a serrated knife, wiping knife between cuts; serve.
Thanks to the Polar Vortex it’s been abnormally arctic in Southwestern Ohio this year. We aren’t used to this kind of heavy snow, ice and below zero temperatures.
Local beekeepers are understandably anxious. Are their hives still alive? Will the bees make it until the dandelions start blooming? Should they have winterized more? Or in my case, winterized at all?
I went into December with two healthy hives. I started the season with four.
One of my hives never really got going, and the other was robbed by its next door neighbor. Needless to say, I’ll be moving those hives farther apart this year!
Over the past few days we’ve finally gotten some blessedly warm weather. Last Friday it hit 59 degrees, and with great trepidation, I ventured out to my backyard (aka Mt. Everest) to survey the bee situation. I was delighted to discover that both hives appear to be thriving!
I didn’t harvest any honey last Fall, so I’m pretty sure the bees have enough food for now. Nonetheless I’m planning to open the hives up for few minutes today to do a quick check and and slip in some fondant.
It was too sunny to get good pictures, but if you look closely you can see my happy girls flying. Happy Bee Season!!
My “Beautiful Beehives” are in need of a paint job!
The hive on the right is thriving. The hive on the left not so much…
Good advice! And this is just one card out of a deck of Permaculture Playing Cards.
How do you tell people what permaculture is? If you give them a book, they might look at a few pictures. If you send them a link to something they tend to save it for later. The idea of the deck of cards is that they might browse it like a book – but this is all pictures and just a few words. Much easier to browse. And hopefully convey a bigger picture in a smaller package.