Homemade Cafe Miel

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By Nancy Smorch, Foodie Bitch

Miel is French for honey.  And Cafe Miel is my new favorite drink.  I was introduced to it at UnCommon Grounds in Saugatuck, Michigan and then again at MadCap Coffee in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  It’s a perfect blend of espresso, creaminess, sweetness, and a little bit of spice.  The challenge is that here in Ocala, none of the limited coffee shops here make it.  So, I decided to try to make it on my own, and here’s what I came up with:

In the bottom of my cup, I place a couple of teaspoons of raw organic honey (adjust the amount depending on how sweet you like it).  Then I sprinkle some cinnamon (a couple of shakes) along with some grated chocolate into the bottom of the cup (I added the chocolate which is not in the original recipe), and pour in 2 shots of espresso.  Then I mix everything together, pour in the some steamed organic milk, and drizzle some honey on top along with another couple of shakes of cinnamon and some grated chocolate.  Heavenly!!

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Bees Make Blue Honey in France

French apiarist Frieh holds a sample of honey besides a blue colored one at his home in Ribeauville

By Nancy Smorch, Foodie Bitch

Read the full article about how honey bees in France were producing blue honey.  We really need to think about the consequences of actions.  At least Mars, Incorporated is taking action to prevent it from happening again.

http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/10/05/french-bees-produce-blue-honey/

(Photo from www.http://newsfeed.time.com/)

Quote of the week

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“The greatest service which can be rendered any country is to add a useful plant to its (agri)culture.”  Thomas Jefferson

Click the link to the article in Martha Stewart’s magazine about Thomas Jefferson’s garden that has, in recent years, been restored more closely to its original design and layout of plants, thanks to theh efforts of Peter Hatch.  The full article, which I don’t think is included in the link, is really quite interesting.  Hatch recently published his book, A Rich Spot of Earth:  Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden at Monticello, where he chronicles his journey to restore Jefferson’s garden.  Hatch notes that many of the 330 vegetables Jefferson grew were new to North America – coming from all over the world.  And much of Jefferson’s gardening practices would be of interest to organic gardeners, as he was, obviously, chemical free, and he experimented with nourishing the soil as well as playing around with various growing practices and experiments.  http://www.marthastewart.com/945486/monticellos-vegetable-garden#933796

Jefferson also wrote a book, Garden Book, which is 60 years worth of his gardening experiences.  You can also visit www.monticellocatalog.org and order seeds and plants from the garden as well as a number of other gardening and Jefferson related items.  If you like gardening or farming, you should definitely check it out.

(Photo from http://www.marthastewart.com)

This is My Concern With Introducing Genetically Engineered Salmon into the Food System

By Nancy Smorch, Foodie Bitch

Scan the information in the link below to see one of the reasons I’m concerned about approving Genetically Engineered Salmon.  Aside from the obvious concerns about potential health risks from consumption of a genetically engineered fish, there’s the concern that because they are a fast growing fish (this is what they were aiming for), that they will “invade” the food supply of native fish.  Even though the salmon are supposed to be sterile, according to the ABC News article, up to 5% of the female fish could still be fertile.  GE salmon proponents still are not concerned about this, as they claim they will not escape from the man made farms (in Panama) where they will be “harvested”.  In taking a look at the link below about the invasion of Asian Carp, you can see how well that worked.  Asian Carp were imported into the U.S. in the 1970s to filter pond water in fish farms in Arkansas, according the the information in the link below from the National Wildlife Federation.  Flooding allowed them to escape, and now they are on the verge of invading the Great Lakes.  Much like the GE Salmon, they grow extremely fast, and they eat a lot, so the concern is that they will diminish the food sources for the naturally occurring water life.  On top of that, the Asian Carp have no known North American natural predators.  This brings up another concern about the GE salmon – aside from the potential side effects on human consumption, what about the potential risks to the salmons’ predators.  In my opinion, the risk is not worth it.  What are your thoughts?

Here’s the link: http://www.nwf.org/Wildlife/Threats-to-Wildlife/Invasive-Species/Asian-Carp.aspx