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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Tri Color Slaw w/ Lemon,Garlic and Buckwheat Honey Vinaigrette

Hollow Pineapple rings make creative 'bowls' for foods like slaw. 

Bright and Citrusy notes with a subtle hint of garlic makes this quick and easy slaw a breeze and perfect complement to the pulled pork I made for dinner.  For convenience, I purchased a package of shredded cole slaw mix, which was on sale.  The vinaigrette is bursting with enough acid and funkiness from the Buckwheat Honey, to cut the richness of the pork.  It brings to the table a combination of sweet, salty, bitter and savory in the most delightful way. 
Buckwheat Honey is the newest addition to my culinary arsenal and I am most pleased with its flavor profile.  It is made by bees havesting nectar from the Buckwheat flowers.  The tint of the honey may vary, but the benefits are still similar.  The darker the honey, the more antioxidant power it packs!  This honey has a very pungent and unique aroma and taste.  When I said funky earlier, I meant it, it smells like a barnyard with hints of  sheep, horses and other hay eating ruminants!
I will probably be the first to say this, Buckwheat Honey has an Umami presence as honeys go...grassy and earthy, 'hay forward' even. I've got a growing collection, and have tried many kinds.  This is certainly unlike any of the others and presents with a gaggle of directions you can take these very unique flavors.
YOU MUST TRY IT!  Aside from being absolutely delicious, this honey is perfect for the current health climate of the world right now.  Buckwheat honey can be taken for respiratory illnesses and infections. It can soothe a cough and provides potassium for the promotion of a healthy nervous and musculoskeletal systems.  Additionally, this elixir can be administered directly on wounds to promote healing and reduce bacteria and other microbials from flourishing there.  Simply smear on and cover with a sterile bandage.
The biggest plus for this Umami honey is the antioxidant levels.  Foods with high antioxidant levels are superb for helping to lower cholesterol, promoting cardiovascular as well as nervous system health and maintenance. Buckwheat honey is also a good sugar substitute.  This also makes a great addition to any healthful daily routine, 1 tbsp. a day, either taken all at once or with your favorite morning oats, grains, bagels, smoothies, muffins, teas, dressings etc...a perfect stand-in for maple syrup!  I purchased my jar from Elba Butcher Shoppe, which carries a plethora of locally produced items, including but not limited to jams, chow chows, flours, many varieties of honey, ciders and more.

The vinaigrette may be easily prepared
by combining fresh lemon juice, olive oil, buckwheat honey and fresh garlic or garlic powder. SPST (Salt and Pepper to Suit Taste)
Whisk together until cohesive, pour over slaw mix, and toss to coat. Let stand for 5 minutes for flavors to marry, then serve or refrigerate.  Wonderful at room temperature.



BBQ features "CAPITAL CITY" Mambo Sauce Sweet Hot!!! 















Protein before shredding or pulling. 

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