Monday, July 27, 2009

Mandalay wild honey

Have been away for 2 short get-aways this month which explains my MIA. There's no time to do any baking although I've been following up with other bloggers' interesting posts all these while. In this post, there's still no baking as i just returned from desaru last evening. However, i want to put up something which had been in my archive since April. You see, my father-in-law last went for a holiday trip and brought back so many bottles of wild honey from Mandalay, Myanmar. Actually he went together with the domestic helper, who returned to visit her family and hometown in Myanmar, and she has been a great help to my in-laws. It was a good trip as they covered places and could buy things, only known to the locals, and at 'local' price. Imagine them lugging their own luggages and many many bottles of honey and other food stuff.

My fil is someone quite amazing; he had suffered a stroke about 4 years ago and until today he still walk with restricted movements. Despite all these, he has been travelling very frequently and independently, very disciplined in his daily exercise regime, and had no problem doing 99% of things any healthy person can do. If i'm not wrong, he exercises twice a day, either running/jogging, cycling, swimming, or climbing up & down the staircase. He does some gardening as well, and he 'owns' a very small plot of land up in the hill next to where he stays. He used to be such a stern person that i hardly hear him talk, but this change after his health episode. I read that person who suffered stroke usually changes their temperaments, characters and behaviours, but alas my fil has changed for the better, at least.

Anway, the wild honey tasted and looked really 'raw' unlike the commercially store-bought honey. These bottles of honey smell a little acidic and there's a tinge of pineapple-like taste, overall it seems just so unique on its own. It's really good just plain, or squeeze some (green) lime juice to boost up the vitamin C, which is what i just did yesterday, for little zak & daddy & mummy (me)! Refreshing & tasty ;-)

Of course, i will eventually use this honey for my baking since there are still 2 more bottles sitting in my fridge!

From wikipedia, honey is said to contain carbohydrates, sugars, dietary fiber, 0% fat, protein, water, riboflavin (vit B2), niacin (vit B3), vit B6, folate, vit C, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc.

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