Fact: One of the nice things about blogging is that the 'puter is very close to Queen Malina's hive (as the bee flies - there is a wall between us) and when the window is open the sweet scent of ripening honey wafts past me into the house.
Fact: I am not sure there is a lovelier smell.
Unless of course we include the yummi smell of wildly fermenting honey and plum wine......
Technically this recipe is a T'ej which is Ethiopian for ....honey wine. There are lots of kinds of T'ej and apparently one kind is called "Saba T'ej" in reference to the Queen of Sheeba (Saba) who apparently shared a cuppla bottles with that old fox King Solomon once a long time ago.
Anyhoo, I really like the word "Saba" and have decided that my honey and plum wine will be called "Saba".
Fact: Even at 4 days old, Saba is DELICIOUS! The sweetness is being replaced by a nice tangy fizz which I like very much.
This whole Saba adventure is so much fun that I invested in a larger fermenting bucket and made another batch. Meet Honey and Plum Saba - Batch #2
Fact: you meet some nice people picking overhanging laneway plums just post dawn.
For more information about wild fermentation see here" Wild Fermentation