Honey Chocolate Cake

Want to incorporate honey into a cake? Then try this rich honey and chocolate cake recipe by Nigella, which first appeared in Feast (2004). It includes how to make marzipan bees to decorate your topping. Makes: about 10 slices Ingredients FOR THE CAKE 100 grams dark chocolate (broken into pieces) 275 grams light brown muscovado sugar 225 grams soft butter 125 millilitres runny honey 2 large eggs 200 grams plain...

Honey and Cheese Pairing

If you love honey, you will love cheese and honey even more. This paring will linger with you like a deep romance. As the holiday season approaches it is not too late to find a honey for your cheese board. Local Honey First things first. With honey, I always like to start local. There is nothing that pleases me more than to support the bees that pollinate the flowers in...

Garlic and Honey Roasted Squash

I love autumn, the season when the leaves turn red and the farmer’s market close to me is abundant in winter squashes. Butternut squash is available to buy for most of the year (in supermarkets), however some of the more unusual varieties of squash only appear at this time of the year. It is worth looking out for them in farmer’s markets and of course they taste fabulous roasted with...

Cinnamon, Honey and Hot Chocolate Recipe

Every struggled to fall asleep at night? Yep, us too. Here is a soothing cinnamon honey and hot chocolate recipe to relax your body and mind before getting under the covers. 1 tsp cocoa powder ½ tsp cinnamon powder A cup of milk (soy, almond or oat alternatives work just as well) 1 tbsp raw honey Splash of hot water Hemp seeds are a nice alternative to chocolate sprinkles Cinnamon...

Toast with Pears and Honey

In a rush in the morning? Us too! This simple recipe can be made in less than 10 minutes and is a great way to start the day. Ingredients Bread – brown is best Pears – organic where available Honey – preferably raw, as there are so many benefits (local honey, even better) Walnuts Optional – Ricotta cheese 1. Toast bread and butter (if desired) 2. If you fancy ricotta...

The Joy of Bees: A Gastronomic Honey Tasting

As a honey lover when I heard that an immersive experiential art installation centred around bees and gastronomic honey tasting was coming to London I could not contain my excitement. The Joy of Bees curated by Bompas & Parr  for Relais & Châteaux , an international hotel group (that has a  commitment to bees and sustainability) arrived in London in October (2016) and I was delighted to attend the preview night (and to experience the...

Don’t throw out your crystallised honey

There is a common misconception that crystallised honey has gone off. It’s hasn’t, it’s still good, so don’t throw it out! Crystallisation  is often referred to as granulation, it is when your honey turns from a liquid state into a semi-solid state. It is an entirely natural process and the rate at which your honey will crystallize varies honey to honey depending on the nectar source as well as the...

5 Tips on Baking with Honey

It is  best not to heat or cook  raw honey as it tampers  with the flavour and aroma (so spare your expensive or unusual honey if you do) however honey does work beautifully with baking. Honey in baking adds a different flavour, sweetness and depth to sugar.  Here are some tips to remember when using honey instead of sugar in baking/recipes: 1. Honey is sweeter than sugar so you only need to...

Easy Honey and Soy Marinade

Honey adds something wonderful to cooking and is simply delicious as a glaze for roast chicken. A super simple glaze recipe (for two) is: freshly squeezed lemon juice (1/2 lemon) soy sauce (1 tablespoon or a generous splash) honey (1 tablespoon or more) Mix the lemon, soy and honey together, cover the chicken in the mixture. Add a splash of oil. Roast in an oven making sure you check and...

Power Porridge with Raw Honey

Honey and porridge are a dynamic duo and this pair are ever increasing in popularity. Research has shown that eating whole grains could help us live longer (by reducing the risk of heart disease) and sales of porridge are steadily rising. It is a combination that is abundant in vitality and energy. There are so many things to eat with porridge, honey being the best, however I  can’t resist adding additional...

Beef Stew with Honey and Figs

My brother in law is from Wales and makes excellent stews. Inspired by him I’ve been experimenting with honey in stew recipes to bring out sweet and savoury flavours. I have seen that Moroccan tagine dishes often have honeyed apricots added which got me thinking about all the dried figs I have in my cupboard (bought joyfully whilst on holiday in Portugal).  The obvious thing for me was to pair...

Baking with a multi-floral honey from County Wexford  

I picked up a golden jar of honey from the beekeeper J.Wallace of Horeswood, Campile, Wexford last time I was in Ireland. I don’t know much about the beekeeper however the honey has a lovely floral scent. Campile, where this honey is from means ‘head of the creek’ in Irish, it is a small village located in the south of County Wexford. The types of flora common in the area...

Rosemary Honey from Antonio

I’ve recently been in touch with Tim one of the founders of The Raw Honey Shop based in Brighton (UK). He represents two interesting beekeepers in Spain called Ramon and Antonio. I’ve been sampling a few different honeys from both. The one I am currently tasting is a raw Rosemary honey from the hives of Antonio, a fourth generation beekeeper. His honey is made by bees foraging for nectar from flowering...