Manuka honey is a mono-floral honey (predominately from one kind of flower) from New Zealand. It is prized for its antibacterial properties. When I returned home, in 2005, to the old Awakau Road farm where I grew up I was amazed to see the manuka scrub covering the steep hillsides. I remember my father was constantly battling it, clearing it for pasture, only for it to grow back in a blink. I asked our friend
Gently separate the mandarin segments into singles or doubles, depending on size and randomly place around each plate with the freeze-dried mandarin pieces. Place a few drops of honey on each plate and then glaze each mandarin segment with the mandarin oil. Scatter the flowers and petals over each plate and finish with the caramelised semillon.
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