Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Birch for Summer

The hottest new trend this summer is birch.



No, not that kind.


Besides the invaluable role it plays in spankings in the form of paddles and switches, it is also popular on the table. Birch syrup has surpassed maple syrup in popularity as a breakfast topping on pancakes, as well as for glazing meats.



Then there is birch beer, a non-alcoholic beverage similar to root beer.



There is also cooking over a birch wood fire - a good way to dispose of the leftover twigs after a good birching. Other less common ways of cooking with birch include bouillon of steamed birch wood (made by boiling the wood and macerating the branches) and a dessert sorbet made from simmered wood.

The maker of the birch beer summed it up nicely for all of us who enjoy a little birch, saying that it has "a little bit more kick. Once people try it, they really like it."

From Hermione's Heart

18 comments:

Our Bottoms Burn said...

Birch syrup has surpassed maple syrup as a breakfast topping on pancakes

Not here. Never even heard of it.

ronnie said...

I only know about birch switches:) Never heard of birch syrup or birch beer Hermione. It is only common to Canada?

Love,
Ronnie
xx

Kitty said...

I've never heard of birch syrup, either! Hermione, thanks for passing on something new:).

Kitty

Hermione said...

OBB - Perhaps only in certain upscale areas. I'd never heard of it either.

Ronnie - It's available in North America, and made by quite a few small companies in both the US and Canada.

Kitty - I haven's seen any locally; perhaps it's available in the tourist gift shops.

Hugs,
Hermione

findingsara said...

I think Birch was really meant for beer...and should stay that way!

bree512 said...

Oh God! I love BIRCH. Beer I mean. BIRCH beer.

Don't like syrup. I like my pancakes plain with nothing on it.

So Yeah. No BIRCH on my PANCAKES. Hehe.

I like the smell of birch and taste of birch so I might like to try it in the other ways you bring up here.

I think I have gotten myself in a sticky situation here. I better leave before I say too much more. :P

sixofthebest said...

My second favorite spanking implement is the birchrod. Those twigs of wood, planted upon a naughty woman's bare bottom, sound so delightful.

Red said...

Spankers of the world unite..birch should only be used for spankings!!!
smiles
Red

kiwigirliegirl said...

lol as with most of us it would seem I have only heard of birch for switches and spankings....Ive never had one used on me but I dont like the sound of them so Im with Sara - should only be for beer and syrup!
Interesting post - learn something new every day hehehe :)
love and hugs.xxx

Meow said...

I hope birch tastes better than it feels. I've never had birch beer or syrup - or actually been birched, either, but it looks nasty!

Erica said...

Count me in along with the others who have never heard of birch syrup! I'm imagining the look I'd get if I went into the local IHOP and asked if they have real birch syrup. Funny!

But yeah, being birched is a real... birch.

Lea said...

I've never heard of any of these items, interesting. Dessert sorbet made of simmered wood? How bizarre.

Pink said...

Wow. This inspires a bumper sticker idea, "Birch for beer, not bottoms".

I've never heard of any of those things but I'll be on the look-out.

richardmt said...

Oh, Miss Hermione,

"Birch for Summer"?

Are you really referring to beer?

Or is that just a round-about
allusion to your intro photo?

Birching is an English term for using young sapling tree branch growth shoots for, shall we say,
correctional purposes?

But, it is not from the birch tree.
There is another (right here in Canada), more suitable, and, at the right time, more enjoyable for both partners.

Oh, am I boring you?

Perhaps I should go then.

(If you really want to know, all you have to do is ask.)

;-),

-R.

Hermione said...

Sara - I'm inclined to agree with you.

Bree - That would be very wise!

Six - I'm sure you enjoy birching almost as much as caning.

Red - I guess that depends how bad birch beer tastes!

Kiwi - Yes, and as we say at work, when you learn something new, you can go home for the day.

Meow - They all sound equally distasteful to me too.

Erica - I haven't seen any, and when I searched for pictures, it seems they make a lot of it in Alaska.

Lea - It would undoubtedly impress the judges on Top Chef!

pink - Ooh, I love that idea!

Richardmt - Okay, I'm asking! What tree is more suitable than a birch for corrections?

Hugs,
Hermione

Daisychain said...

Fresh lemon juice and a tiny sprinkle of sugar on my pancakes, thanks...

richardmt said...

Perhaps I said for corrections,
what I really meant was for fun.

Now, whatever you do, don't tell
anybody, because, if this ever gets out, there won't be any more of what I'm about to tell you.
Just remember, shhh!

It's the weeping willow tree.

You have to go in the spring-time,
when the young shoots are shooting out, without any buds on them.
They are willowy and springy.

I cut some, tied them into wands, and took them to My Mistress.
We tried them out on each other,
just to enjoy the feel of them.
No pain, just sensation.
And it was wonderful!

(You thought I was bluffing, didn't
you?)

;-),

-R

Hermione said...

Daisy - I've never tried lemon juice on pancakes, but I might next time.

Richard - Oh, that's a wonderful idea, and I know where there's a big willow tree. Don't worry, this will be our little secret. I'll let my readers know the results next spring.

Hugs,
Hermione