Manuka honey fraud and how to find the real deal

Manuka Honey Fraud Forget fake handbags, clothing and shoes. Honey is the new fake in town. In recent years evidence has shown that fraudulent honey has been in global circulation and it is no surprise that Manuka honey has been a prime target because its rarity, prized properties and price tag. Antiviral and Antibacterial Honey Manuka honey, is a bit of a wonder honey. Whilst there are some lovely honeys...

Is Irish heather honey the new super honey?

My cupboard is brimming with Irish honey. I am married to an Irishman and we frequently go back to Ireland to see family. Sticky pots of local honey from beekeepers sit on my shelf, representing the various counties in Ireland, Cork, Kerry, Tipperary. You can read my review of a County Cork coastal honey from Youghal  here. It was with great interest I took note of a recent study in...

Letters to a Beekeeper

“Letters to a Beekeeper” is a delightful book for anyone interested in beekeeping, bees, gardening or indeed letters. The book follows the journey of two people over the course of a year and the sharing of their passions.   Alys learns how to keep bees and Steve learns how to plant a pollinator-friendly garden.  Steve Benbow is the founder of the London Honey Company and Alys Fowler is the Guardian gardening writer. This book...

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...

Bees and butterflies love Echinacea

As the leaves fall off the trees, warm summer days may feel long behind you. However it is never too early to start thinking about what flowers to plant next spring to help attract bees and other pollinators. Whilst the ground is hard, your imagination can run wild, and now is the time to do some research. When I think back to the various public and private gardens I visited...

Honey and ginger remedy

If you are feeling under the weather then look no further than honey and ginger. This combo is an autumnal flu fighter and life enhancer. Other ingredients that I take in abundance this time of the year are garlic and turmeric. However, my love of honey remains enduring. Honey is a favourite, winter, spring, summer or autumn and there are plenty of reasons to love it. However for colds, coughs and...

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...

Honey and Porridge

Want to start the day with a healthy nutritious breakfast?  Then look no further than the enduring favourite, honey and porridge. In the morning rush to get ready for work (grabbing a coffee on the way and checking emails), we can forget to fuel ourselves for the day ahead. Honey and porridge is a quick and simply breakfast. It takes less than 5 minutes to make and it will save...

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...