(John Hartley - a culinary patriot eating & cooking in Northwest England)
I have two honeysuckles in the garden - both planted this year so not yet well established. They replace one that was here when we moved in over 40 years ago and which jad become very tired. I never knew you could extract “honey” from the flowers.
When I was a kid, the family rented the same house in Cape May, NJ for two weeks every summer. The house next door had a large honeysuckle which my sisters and I would pluck every evening. Your post brought back some great memories
S’mores have been around forever. I’m in my 50s, and recall having s’mores around the girl scout fire on warm summer evenings. They were great. Sometimes mom and dad even allowed my sisters and me to toast them over the gas burners in the kitchen (no outdoor fires in my neighborhood of twin homes in Northeast Philly).
As my nieces\nephews and great nieces\nephews grew into s’more age I realized how sickeningly sweet they are. But they’re still popular . . . my local grocery stores offer packages that combine graham crackers, Hersheys, marshmallows and toasting sticks all summer.
We had a honeysuckle bush in our backyard in Pittsburgh in the 50s. The blossoms tasted wonderful.
I also remember eating s’mores as a Brownie/Girl Scout during the same time period. I loved them as a kid, but they are way too sweet now. @jcostiones, I’m also happy with a nice burnt marshmallow.
Here’s some s’mores history:
I didn’t realize anyone actually planted honeysuckle! They grow wild around here in NJ. I have funny memories of my cousin and I trying to get enough nectar out of the plants to make a cup of it! I love that smell!!!
Ironically an older Asian man moved in next door and he planted a vine that all but choked out the honeysuckle.
I loved that guy. I’d mow his yard for a small fee in the blistering Houston heat. He’d bring me out a cold coke and we didn’t know back then but that was one of the worst things to drink in hot weather. It sure tasted good.