Honeybee Runway - Watch bees Coming and Going in Slow-Motion

Honeybee Run-way

I wanted to try making a video of the bees using the slow-motion function on my phone and finally got around to it …[more…]

Ginger Date Oatmeal cookies and Chai Tea with Honey

Cookie and Chai Tea with Honey

Cold winter afternoons are perfect for hot tea and a cookie. Oatmeal cookies have been a long-standing favorite for quite a while. It always was a blissful day when the box of oatmeal cookies came in the mail from my mother when I was away at college …[more…]

An Informal Get-Together with Honeycomb and Other Hors D'oeuvres

Table hors d'oeuvres with Honeycomb

Cooking for a group in an NYC kitchen is challenging however it didn’t me stop me from going all out! While the main dishes are an important element and required careful planning to cover myriad modern dietary restrictions …[more…]

Gardening and Creating Pollinator Friendly Spaces

honeybee on mint

Anyone can create a welcoming garden for pollinators. Turning your own yard or other property such as a schoolyard, work landscape, or roadside green space into a pollinator habitat is fun, easy and can make a difference for birds also. Planting a few flowers for your honey bees is like adding a few gallons of water to the ocean. Honeybees need on average about a square mile of good cover to forage on. However, adding a diverse mix of flowering plants to your garden will also attract butterflies, moths, hummingbirds, along with native bee species and the occasional wasps. These insects are essential to our survival and need to be welcomed into at the least a corner of our backyards. Besides providing a food source for pollinators flowers provide cover for other wildlife such as birds and also reduce neighborhood mowing area. …[more…]

Ginger Honey Simple Syrup

Honey Ginger Drink

This is a guest post from my brother-in-law, Adam. He is a food connoisseur and Director of Training, Talent and Community Partnership at Levy Restaurants: I wanted to make a refreshing and light summery mass cocktail for my housewarming BBQ in Brooklyn. I decided on making a spiked ginger honey lemonade using my favorite honey. On the day before the party, I started by making a ginger simple syrup, I also froze three-liter bottles of …[more…]

Offsetting unavoidable CO2 emissions: Low Emissions Vehicle

Chevy Volt Rear Logo brightonhoney.com

The Chevy Volt PHEV is the ultimate melding of the technologies and perhaps currently the most practical and immediate way to offset our unavoidable CO2 emissions …[more…]

Holiday Rum Balls Recipe with Honey

Holiday Honey Rum Balls

The holiday season is never complete without rum balls. This year we decided to modify the classic recipe with honey. The balls need to set a bit but an early sample seems successful! Here is the recipe we used. 1 box finely crushed Vanilla wafers (11 oz box)
2 ½ cups powdered sugar
1 cup finely chopped pecans or about 4 oz (toasted)
¼ cup of cocoa
½ cup rum

Monitoring Solar Output via MRTG

Brighton Honey Solar Array

I was successful in porting the solar inverter data to MRTG! This is accomplished with program called RRDTool developed by the author of the original MRTG. A script was needed to import the raw solar data into a database using a handy language called python. RRDTool uses a database called Round Robin Database thus the RRD. The solar inverter has the ability to “push” a file via FTP to a host at a selected …[more…]

Brighton Honey Adds Solar

Brighton Honey Solar Array

It was chilly overcast spring morning when we started. I wanted to get them installed as early in spring as possible to get a full season of sunlight. The next day the sky had cleared and the sun was shining bright on a crisp blue background. I threw the switch on the inverter and powered up the system and the capacitors started to hum. …[more…]

Beekeeping and a Disrupted Plant-Pollinator Relationship

honeybee on Callaloo watercolor

Plants and insects have been evolving in unison for millions of years and have benefited from an elegant symbiotic relationship. This relationship has provided plants a willing host to convey pollen in trade for valuable high energy cocktail called nectar. Residual pollen is an added bonus protein source. A new dynamic is disrupting the alignment of this interaction. Climate change is affecting this coordinated inter species relationship by disrupting the flower blooming cycle. Plants have evolved a response to the spring warming cycle that starts the flowering process in most of the northern hemisphere. …[more…]