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Monday, April 23, 2012

BRECINA WITH 13TH C HEATHER HONEY MERINGUE RECIPE

Heather - 2Photo by: randihausken 
Leon urz (pl. urces), P. & Gall urze, L. Calluna vulgaris, Eng. heather, common heather, Scotch heather. The leaves are small and scale like, not needle like as their cousin heath see brezo blog published April 27, 2012. They have tiny hairs giving the foliage a grayish cast. Its nectar flowers bloom in Spain during the summer in high lands and in September in the low lands. The flowers are so much like heath flowers that is very difficult to see the difference. Heathers are more colorful than heaths but less hardy. Infusions of flowers and branches boiled in water were served as an after dinner drink and drunk to relieve urinary and kidney infections and diarrhea. The branches serve to make brooms, brushes and baskets. They have been used for fuel and mattresses. Red grouse eat it daily as a main dish. Other birds eat the seeds. Humans use the berries for food and beverages. Scotch ale is made from lilac and pink heather flowers. Sprigs are used in cooking as aromatic herbs. Heather honey has been popular since time inmemorable for its intense amber color and strong, pugnant taste, which goes wel with chicken, ham, seafood and cold dishes.  [Cambridge. 2000:II:1784-1785; 5:Freon:786; Dialecto. 1947:340; Espasa. 1988:9:BONG:813; Font. Plantas. 1999:377:530; and Silva. 1994:174]

HEATHER HONEY MERINGUE ADAPTED FROM HUICI’S TRANSLATION
OF ANÓN ANDALUS #164 TRABADO DE MIEL p 107

honey meringue
Photo by: shok 
Ingredients

2 lbs heather honey comb
25 egg whites if honey comb used, 30 if not
1 lb peeled almonds

Preparation

Put honey in a pot over moderate heat until it dissolves, then strain it and put it back on the stove. Then beat the whites until stiff and fold them into the honey. Continue folding the mixture with a wooden spatula until it whitens and thickens. Then add the almonds and serve, God willing. (Without the almonds, this recipe has been used as a facial mask, in which case, 1 egg white and 1 heaping tbsp of honey are used.)

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