Blogger Secret Ingredient Challenge – Week 79, Honey

by Jenn on May 10, 2010

in Tastes

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Happy Springtime!  Here en Suisse it has certainly been a Spring of rain and rain, bright sun, a little more rain, and then poof the most gorgeous flowers dotting all the hillsides, springing up on every patch of green possible, celebrating life and singing joyously, all of a sudden as if by magic.  I love that there is an actual Spring season here, and with it comes some fresh greens starting to appear at the markets, and everyone is starting to shed their heavy coats and thick scarves.  It has been an incredibly long Winter, and even nature is overjoyed at a little bit of warmth, and a chance to grow and bloom.

Truth be told, I had not known much about this awesome weekly challenge until Aubree of Living Free hosted secret ingredient cashew last week – I love the concept of this weekly challenge because it’s like Iron Chef for food bloggers – the mysterious ingredient is revealed and everyone goes to create their own unique dishes using the secret ingredient.  But unlike Iron Chef, anyone can join in!

This week’s ingredient? Honey!

Honey is nature’s candy, sugary sweet, raw, all natural, and simply delectable in appetizers, entrees, or desserts.  The most common forms of honey come from clover, but honey can be made from any number of flowers, each with a slightly different flavor. I love to use honey in the Springtime, because it reminds me of all the beautiful and wonderful flowers outside.  I chose this ingredient not just because I love honey’s flavor, but also because I think everyone can be really creative with their entries!  I just can’t wait to see what you all come up with!


For this week’s prize, since I am in the gloriously beautiful land of bread and cheese and chocolate – i.e., Switzerland, I will be sending the winner a couple bars of some of my favorite Swiss-made chocolates & confections!

So, I challenge you all to make something awesome using honey, take a photo, and submit both photo and link to blog post (or recipe) to jenncuisine at gmail dot com. I will also be making a honey containing dish and will share it with you all in the roundup next Monday!  The deadline for this is 6:00PM (EST) on Sunday, May 16. Why 6pm? This = midnight for me and I want to be able to post my roundup for you all bright and early Monday morning :) Winner and next host will be announced on Monday, May 17th.

You can check out the guidelines to BSI on Biz’s page –  Here’s my quick summary on how to enter:
1.  Make something using honey, the secret ingredient.
2. Write a blog post, take a photo, or at least write out the recipe. Blog post and photo are not required, anyone can join in the fun! But if you can take a photo, please do, so everyone can ooh & aah over your delicious creation :)
3. Email link to post, pic, and/or recipe to me by Sunday.
4. Come back Monday to see the roundup and winner!
5. If you have any other questions, feel free to email me.

UPDATE – Frequently Asked Questions:
1. I can’t make something this week – can I submit to you an older blog post? If you can’t make something this week, I’ll take older blog entries too, I just want everyone to see all the great and creative ways one can use honey!
2. Your blog is gluten free, does my entry have to be gluten free? No, your entry can be whatever suits your fancy/dietary needs.  This blog carnival is not limited to GF folk, everyone can participate!  If you want to make honey whole wheat bread, great!
3. Can I ask you other questions about the event? Yes, if you have any questions, please send me an email!
4. I have no clue what to make, can you offer a few suggestions? Here are some recipes I’ve made using honey in the past, maybe they can offer up some inspiration for you if you are still trying to figure out what to create –
Salad of strawberry balsamic reduction
Walnut and date bars
Cherry/Mulberry bread pudding
Chicken teriyaki sushi
French Toast
Pan-seared marinated tuna
Lavender honey & vanilla custard
Mashed sweet potatoes w/ rosemary & honey balsamic reduction

Be sure to visit some of the past BSI events to get great ideas for using the challenge ingredients!

Week 79: Jenn Cuisine – Honey
Week 78: Living Free – Cashews
Week 77: Affairs of Living – Artichokes
Week 76: One Frugal Foodie – Sunflower Seeds
Week 75: Part of the Whole – Beets
Week 74: Dinner at Christina’s – Sour Cream
Week 73: The Chef in My Head – Goat Cheese
Week 72: 5 Star Foodie – Asparagus
Week 71: Eats Well With Others – Carrots
Week 70: Burp and Slurp – Brussel Sprouts
Week 69: Fun Fearless Foodie – Parmesan Cheese
Week 68: Natalie’s Killer Cuisine – Cocoa Powder
Week 67: Eat, Live, Travel, Write – Lemon Zest
Week 66: Travel Eat Love – Coconut Milk
Week 65: Run Beans Run – Tofu
Week 64: Chicago Marathon Val – Mushrooms
Week 63: Biggest Diabetic Loser – Cheddar Cheese
Week 62: A Fit and Spicy Life – Balsamic Vinegar
Week 61: Peanut Butter Fingers – Nutmeg
Week 60: Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now – Garlic
Week 59: Home Cooked Em – Cinnamon
Week 58: The Balanced Broad – Flax
Week 57: Cookin Fanatic – Blue Cheese
Week 56: Foodie in the City – Ricotta Cheese
Week 55: Savvy Eats – Maple Syrup
Week 54: Sound Eats – Dried Fruit
Week 53: Mega Nerd Runs – Acorn Squash
Week 52: Healthy Tipping Point – Pancake Mix
Week 51: Live, Laugh Eat – Almond Butter
Week 50: Balance, Joy and Delicias! – Cauliflower
Week 49: Healthy San Diego Living – Chickpeas
Week 48: Thought 4 Food – Yogurt
Week 47: London Foodie in New York – Chocolate
Week 46: Johnstone’s Vin Blanc – Oats
Week 45: Guilty  Kitchen – Figs
Week 44: Ordinary Recipes Made Gourmet – Peanut Butter
Week 43: The Sophisticated Gourmet – Brown Sugar
Week 42: My Kitchen Addiction – Lime
Week 41: Nutmeg Nanny – Coffee
Week 40: Chaya’s Comfy Cook – Broccoli
Week 39: Healthy Delicious – Plums
Week 38: Zoe – Feta
Week 37: ChezWhat– Potatoes
Week 36: Cinnamon, Spice & Everything Nice – Blueberries
Week 35: Girlichef -Greens
Week 34: The Ungourmet – Watermelon
Week 33: Bread + Butter – Bell Pepper
Week 32: Burp and Slurp -Corn
Week 31: Say Yes to Salad – Kabocha
Week 31 1/2: Simply Fabulous Now – Cherries
Week 30: Thinspired – Bananas
Week 29: To Be The Whole Package – Almonds
Week 28: Kristas Kravings – Lemon
Week 27: From French Fries To Flax Seeds – Coconut
Week 26: Plentiful Plants – Avocado
Week 25: Training Fuel – Eggs
Week 24: Dinner at Christina’s – Cabbage
Week 23: Hey What’s for Dinner, Mom? – Strawberries
Week 22: One Bite at a Time – Basil
Week 21: Just Sweet Enough – Black Beans
Week 20: What I Ate Yesterday – Kale
Week 19: What’s for Dinner – Orange
Week 18: BranAppetit! –Spinach
Week 17: Tales of Expansion Dates
Week 16: Biggest Diabetic Loser – Zucchini
Week 15: Sweet & Natural –Peppermint
Week 14: bella eats [and runs] – Ginger
Week 13: Coffee Talk – Walnuts
Week 12: For the Love of Oats – Pumpkin
Week 11: Trying to Heal – Sweet Potatoes
Week 10: The Inner Workings of a College Graduate – Eggplant
Week 9: Itzy’s Kitchen – Pears
Week 8: The Fitnessista – Cranberries
Week 7: Tri to Cook – Lentils
Week 6: Rhodey Girl Tests – Polenta
Week 5: Eating Bender – Butternut Squash
Week 4: Care to Eat – Apples
Week 3: On a Lobster Placemat – Mushrooms
Week 2: Hangry Pants – Tomatoes
Week 1: sportsnutritionliving – Quinoa


Rosa May 10, 2010 at 5:45 pm

A great event!

Your spring pictures are awesome! Hopefully it’ll get a little sunnier and warmer soon!



Jenn May 10, 2010 at 9:56 pm

Thank you!!! Yes, hopefully it will be sunny soon, there is a lot of hiking I want to do!

Aubree Cherie May 10, 2010 at 5:56 pm

Ooo, honey! What an amazing choice! Thanks again for hosting this week. I definitely can’t wait to see what recipes people submit. And your prize is pretty covetous :)

~Aubree Cherie

Jenn May 10, 2010 at 9:57 pm

Thanks! Yes chocolate is one of my favorite parts about living here :)

Alisa May 10, 2010 at 7:53 pm

This is one of my absolute favorite ingredients – love it!

Jenn May 12, 2010 at 7:16 am

Great! Can’t wait to see what you make!

Helen May 10, 2010 at 10:17 pm

Oh! I know exactly what I am doing, without giving anything away it is a rework of something I made ages ago and never got round to blogging! I am excited!

Thanks for hosting. And awesome photos – I miss my holidays in Switzerland, but not the then boyfriend I went with!

Jenn May 12, 2010 at 7:16 am

Thanks!!! I am loving it here too!

Biz May 10, 2010 at 10:46 pm

Great choice! Thanks for hosting this week! I updated my BSI page 😀

Gotta put my thinking cap on!

Jenn May 12, 2010 at 7:17 am

yay! Looking forward to your entry!

Chaya May 11, 2010 at 4:21 pm

Honey is a great choice. I have ideas popping up, as I sit here.
Thanks for hosting.

Jenn May 12, 2010 at 7:17 am

Awesome! your welcome :)

snacksgiving May 14, 2010 at 11:31 am

Honey is a great choice! I was planning on making honey wheat cookies anyways today..
Not sure if it’ll be up by tomorrow, but will try and send an old entry..

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