Welcome to the first ever guest post in the Herbwife’s Kitchen!
Robin Rose Bennett is a lovely plant person, herbalist, and teacher from the New York / New Jersey area. This post is her contribution to the Aphrodisiac Blog Party. (My own contribution should be up this evening.)
Here’s Robin Rose:
I’ve been teaching a class every February for years now called Herbal Love Medicine for Valentine’s Day. Each year I cook up a brand new Passion Honey, inspired by my own favorite aphrodisiac or sensually pleasing herbs, along with the input of the students after we’ve spent nearly 2 hours looking at, talking about, sniffing, and tasting the herbs and preparations I’ve brought in.
I’m always a tiny bit nervous that this new and different honey may not come out right — but it’s exciting, too, not to know what it will be like. It always comes out somewhere between really good and truly wonderful and delicious. The Passion Honey we made last week was off the charts!! I donâ€™t actually measure anything as Iâ€™m creating, but these are my best guesses as to the amounts. As I go along, I stir and sniff, and stir and sniff. Highly recommended technique for cooking!
Robin Rose’s Passion Honey – February 2008
(All the herbs are organic and all are dried, unless otherwise noted.)
To 1 quart of organic dark buckwheat honey add approximately:
1/2 cup Orange blossoms*
3/4 teaspoon grated Nutmeg
2 tablespoons Damiana
3-4 tablespoons Vanilla extract
1 teaspoon Jasmine
2-3 tablespoons Maca root powder
3/4 ounce Rose glycerite**
1 teaspoon crushed up Cinnamon sticks***
We all tasted it and declared it amazing (as our knees grew weak). Normally I cook it on low for 30-45 minutes. We didnâ€™t even do that as Iâ€™d run out of time. Now I have the pint thatâ€™s left steeping/infusing at room temperature at home, looking forward to what will happen to it as the flavors meld. Of course my sweetheart and I are sneaking in for tastes now and then because itâ€™s simply irresistible.
(For those who prefer things simpler — thatâ€™s usually me — one of my favorite past Passion Honeys was Roses and Vanilla beans in Linden Honey. It’s a yummy one, too!)
* Orange blossoms can be hard to get. You could put in crumbled or powdered sweet orange or tangerine peels instead — it won’t be the same, but still delicious.
** This rose glycerite was made with red (Rosa gallica), pink (Rosa centifolia), and Moroccan roses.
*** Cinnamon powder would be easier — I had sticks with me.