Here’s my Alberta @ Noon podcast about Honey and Beekeeping in Alberta from today. I’m at the 13.50 mark. Holly and I had a lot of fun talking about honey and Valentine’s and you’ll never guess what?
Carl Honoré, author of The Slow Fix:Solve Problems, Work Smarter and Live Better was in the green room before the show and he loved my Honey Beet Cake! Here he is with a look that says, “Back off, I’m going to SLOWLY enjoy this”. Poor man; he just got off a flight from London. Still he looked almost as good as my cake, despite being jet-lagged, and more importantly for a man about to go on radio, he was his usual eloquent salient self.
Carol Honoré also wrote In Praise of Slow: How a worldwide movement is challenging the cult of speed and when he was touring in support of that book I got to hear him speak. He puts a lot of work into his orations, has a story arc, can veer off topic but always takes you with him and steers you carefully back. He’s studied Winston Churchill’s speeches and he really cares that his writing and speaking communicate to those that go to the trouble of reading his work or listening to him. What a delight he is. I can’t make his talk tonight at the Calgary Public Library but he told me he’ll swing back through Calgary and Banff in April and June. I’ll read The Slow Fix in the meantime and go hear about how he wrote it next time through. Why don’t you come too? I’ll let you know when I find out the dates.
Back to the prosaic. The recipe for the Honey Beet Cake is here or here
Here’s some more Honey Beet Cake “eye candy”. It really is worth a go. I used made-in-Alberta creamy white organic honey and Alberta organic canola from Highwood Crossing Organic Farm in my cake and you’ll see in these photos the golden glow they both gave. The cake was moist to the max and the texture was a pleasing surprise of additional flavour treats. I might do the icing differently another time but the cake is a keeper.
Just so you don’t think I’ve forgotten the whole point of choosing honey as my topic for Alberta @ Noon today – cooking up something sweet for you own honey – I want to wish my own personal honey bunny Happy Valentine’s. Each year I dedicate a song to him and this year it is Simple Minds “Alive and Kicking”. It’s one of the first songs we danced to in 1985. I remember thinking, yes, I want THIS MAN to please stay until our love is Alive and Kicking. Here’s your real life happy ending. My wish definitely came true. I’m happy to tell you my Valentine still helps me Savour my Life each and every day not just February 14. I wish the same for you.