For those interested in learning more about beekeeping Karen Anderson of Calgary Food Tours has some contacts. She also offers up a great recipe for a cake using honey just in time for Valentine's Day.
Upcoming Beekeeping Workshops
The Calgary Beekeepers Association has information on workshops given by themselves and by Alberta Agriculture in Calgary and Edmonton in March and May and also information about a summer 5 day intensive course at Sweetacre Apiary in the Shushwap area in August.
A.B.C. - Apiaries and Bees for Communities has 3 Bee-ginner courses on Backyard Beekeeping on the following dates February 9-10, March 9-10 or April 13-14, 2013
Honey Beet Cake (with Sweetheart pink icing)
Recipe from A Honey of a Cookbook Vol. III from The Alberta Beekeeper's Association
¾ c honey
1 c canola oil
1 1/3c flour
1t baking powder
1t baking soda
½ t salt
½ c coconut
2 c beets, grated (I used canned beets and saved the juice for the icing below)
1. Mix honey, oil and eggs in a large mixing bowl.
2. Sift dry ingredients and add to wet, mixing well.
3. Blend in raisins, nuts, coconut and beets.
4. Pour into a greased and floured Bundt pan.
5. Bake at 300°F for one hour and 15 minutes.
Karen's sweetheart pink icing
Mix 8 oz. cream cheese with 2/3 cup of creamed honey, add reserved beet juice a few drops at a time and stir until pink throughout. Frost the cooled Bundt cake. Decorate with little cinnamon candy hearts to your heart's desire.