Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Bees in the Attic, New Ontario Strawberries,

Incredible story on CBC news about a couple living in a house in Varney, Ontario who had honey dripping on them from the kitchen ceiling. Turned out they had 80,000 bees living in Bee infestationthe first floor ceiling. They apparently contacted their insurance company who said they wouldn’t pay for an infestation of bees, then a pest control company couldn’t guarantee complete removal, they eventually called a bee keeper which is what I would have done in the first place. The honey comb was removed and a queen found together with 100 kilos of honey!! The article doesn’t actually say, but presumably the bees were moved as well. I guess they would follow the queen. I would have wanted some of that honey. I noticed in the comments someone talked about the bees stinging the baby. Bees don’t sting unless they are attacked, if they do, they lose their stingers and die. Wasps, which are often called bees here, or yellow jackets, sting more easily and do not lose their stingers.

Ontario Day Neutral Strawberries – I thought this video was very interesting to us Ontarians at least.

This is a direct quote from the Ontario Berries Association “The new and exciting strawberries being grown across Ontario that supply strawberry fans for five Ontario Strawberriesmonths. Growers explain how its possible to pick strawberries for a much longer season and the differences between June and Day neutral strawberries. The best part, they tastes great! Brought to you by the Ontario Berry Growers Association.”. So I bought some yesterday and we ate them for supper with some Devon Cream. Of course I hulled and washed them first, and tried one – it was surprisingly good, I wasn’t sure I totally believed the video above. Then we ate them and both enjoyed them very much.

Matt pointed out, yesterday morning, that its only 5 weeks before we head out for vacation. It’ll be great to get away.

I found this recipe on Facebook and finally traced it down to Betty Crocker but even then I am not sure who’s recipe it is. Looks like it belongs to Paula Kittelson.  I drooled when I saw the picture so just had to share it. At the bottom they mention keeping dulce de leche on hand and I know one can buy at my local grocery. Salting chocolates or candies seems to be all the rage these days. I tried them and after a few bites, I found it to be pretty good. You could also make this without salt if you absolutely must.

Salted Dulce de Leche Swirl Brownies

Blogger Paula Kittelson from Blogging Foods turns her favorite candy, dark chocolate-covered salted caramels, into a brownie.

Makes  9 browniesSalted Dulce de Leche Swirl Brownies

Dulce de Leche

1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated)

1 teaspoon table salt


1 box (l lb 1 oz) Betty Crocker® dark chocolate brownie mix

Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on brownie mix box


6 oz dark baking chocolate, chopped

Coarse sea salt

  1. Remove label from can of condensed milk; place can in large saucepan or Dutch oven. Fill saucepan with water until can is completely immersed. Cover; heat to boiling. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook 3 hours. Important: Make sure can is covered with water during the entire cooking process. Cool can completely before opening. Open cooled can; pour dulce de leche into small bowl. Stir in table salt; set aside.
  2. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Grease 9-inch square pan with shortening or cooking spray; line pan with cooking parchment paper.
  3. Make brownie mix as directed on box, using water, oil and eggs. Spread half of the brownie batter in pan. Top with one-third of the salted dulce de leche. With butter knife, swirl dulce de leche into batter. Carefully spread remaining brownie batter on top. Top with remaining two-thirds salted dulce del leche; swirl into batter.
  4. Bake 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out almost clean (with a few moist crumbs). Cool completely.
  5. In small microwavable bowl, microwave dark chocolate uncovered on High 1 to 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted and smooth.
  6. Cut brownies into 3 rows by 3 rows. Top with melted dark chocolate and generous sprinkle of sea salt. Refrigerate until chocolate is set, about 15 minutes.

Makes 9 brownies

Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens

To save time, you can substitute 1 can (13.4 oz) dulce de leche (caramelized sweetened condensed milk) and skip step 1.

Store brownies in the refrigerator up to 3 days. They taste even better the longer they sit!

Dulce de leche is nice to have on hand for making these brownies. Also try it drizzled on dessert pizza or ice cream, or use it to make frosting.

Have a great day



  1. I would've called a bee keeper first as well. That's a lot of bees.

    1. Isn't it a lot of bees, especially when we keep hearing that bees are disappearing. I hope they have moved them to a new hive

    2. By the way, Alex, I appreciate you dropping by so often. Particularly in view of the dozens of comments you have to deal with from your 1,600 members. Thanks very much.

  2. I've heard of smaller house infestations of honey bees and yah, the first thing you call is a bee keeper.

    100 kilograms of liquid honey is roughly 221 lbs in my neck of the woods. That's NOT counting the weight of the combs and the bees. No wonder they had to take down the ceiling in both the livingroom and the kitchen. They're lucky the ceiling didn't FALL down. Now THAT would have been a painful mess.

    Oh, I like that recipe!


    1. Yes, can you imagine all the honey landing on the floors of those rooms, yuk what a mess. As I said to Alex, I hope they managed to rehive the bees.

      Doesn't it look delicious, alas I guess I shouldn't make it.

  3. What an incredible bee story^^
    here in Bordeaux, this summmer a woman died with an asian hornet sting, but it was because she was allergic .
    I prefer your story!

    1. I am always scared of hornets, don't know the asian variety. We had a nest of hornets in our shed, I couldn't get rid of it fast enough.

      Gynie, don't you still have a Google sign in? Tu peut utiliser.