bees, honey and other sticky subjects

Sunday, March 07, 2004

Take a food writer — any food writer — and beat well

Like so many before her, Sue Lawrence, Glenfiddich Regional Food Writer of the Year, doesn't seem to get it. After writing about the variety of flavours of honey, she presents two recipes whose ingredients include “clear honey” — not “bell heather honey” or “sycamore and hawthorn honey” both of which she says she has tasted. As anyone with a palate will tell you the taste of these two honeys is as different as a vintage port and a Liebfraumilch. She wouldn't dared have said “a glass of wine” without specifying further, would she? The only food writer I can think of who sometimes recommends a particular honey is Nigel Slater. Even Van Morrison sings about “Tupelo Honey”!


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