Most of you would know that I am an amateur beekeeper. This is a hobby that hubby and I share together, it is very rewarding and it is wonderful to give back to nature and help the struggling bee population. These lovely bees pollinate all of the flowers within a 3km area and people are always happy to report that they have seen bees on their citrus flowers, broad bean flowers or native flora. Bees usually make people smile as they know how vital they are to our ecosystem and how the bee population has suffered world wide and that there is a reduced honey supply available in Australia.
Everybody, except one neighbour who complained to our local Council that the bees are a nuisance.
So yesterday we had an inspector from the Council come to see our bee hives and are now waiting to receive notification from them which will in all probability suggest that we reduce the number of hives we own. What a sad state for the bee population when this can occur because one neighbour has a 'bee in her bonnet'. It is another strike against the already struggling bee population.
At least we can cook and be happy. There is only one store in our town that sells fresh mussels and you have to be very quick to purchase them. Last week when I was checking what day they were due to come in the sweet lady at the seafood counter suggested I phone in the morning and ask them to reserve a packet on the day they arrived in store.
This time I thought to try mussel saganaki, as I am so fond of prawn saganaki. The word 'Saganaki' actually means in Greek 'Little frying pan' but the most famous saganaki dish of all is fried cheese, traditionally Haloumi.