SF Winter Fancy Food Show -Favorite Honeys

While I know honey is controversial among hard core vegans,
as someone who ascribes to more of a mostly vegan diet and believes in the
healing power of honey, I am all for it.  My love affair with honey started when I was 21 studying abroad in Santiago, Chile, and living with a dear Chilean friend, Silvana, who is an inspiring creative soul, an early adopter of Ayurveda and really influenced my healthy eating.  Most of her family lived in the campo, the Chilean countryside where they mostly ate off the land.  In the campo, one of her cousins was a beekeeper, and lucky for us he would deliver massive jars with kilos of his deliciously grainy, straight-from-the-hive honey that we would eat by the spoonfuls as we sipped yerba mate.  10+ years later I continue to be a honey lover, and at day 2 of the fancy food fair (which admittedly was more like 30 minutes given that whole day job thing), two uniquely flavored honeys really stood out to me:

  •  Mike’s hot honey:  I’ve tried a lot of honey varietals and
    flavors, but have never tried spicy honey and it was a real treat and did pack a punch of heat (in fact for those who only like mild heat, this may be a bit too hot for you).  They had recipes to try it on Brussels sprouts which sounds amazing, and for non-vegans would probably be
    really good with cheese as well
Thanks to both of these really nice honey entrepreneurs for
sharing some of your sweet creations, and I look forward to trying both of these in upcoming recipes!

Tropical Hawaiian Vegan Shake

Blessed to be in Kauai celebrating my one year anniversary with my love Marcus.  On our second day here we stumbled upon a pretty sweet farmer’s market in Hanalei (Saturday morning 9 am-noon) chalk full of all kinds of tropical fruit.  All this tropical bounty begs for a smoothie so I created this avocado, banana, macadamia nut, vanilla soy smoothie sweetened with local honey from a road side organic stop off called Banana Joes.  Only takes a few minutes to prepare and leads to organic, creamy, rich deliciousness – great way to start your day or a great afternoon treat too!

Ingredients:
1. 1 cup vanilla soymilk (I’ve tried almost every brand and think Silk is the tastiest)
2. 1/4 avocado
3. 1 small banana or 1/2 large bana
4. 3-4 macadamia nuts
5. Optional: A few slices of fresh coconut meat if you can find some- otherwise you can leave this out or substitute with 1 tbsp of dried shredded coconut
6. Honey- drizzle amount to your liking: I do about 1 tbsp
7. 2 ice cubes

Directions: Blend everything together and enjoy – share with your love!