Top Tips when planting for Bees

As an urban beekeeper in training I am increasingly interested in planting flowers that provide nectar for bees and other pollinators. Kate Cox at Border Designs based in Colchester, Essex, specialises in planting plans and has been providing lots of advice on how to create a bee friendly garden. There are many rewards of planting for bees and pollinators and you can do so in any environment, whether a small...

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...

London Honey in Urban Food Awards

I want to recommend three London honey producers for you to try, all have been shortlisted for the Urban Food Awards.  The Urban Food Awards are delivered in partnership with Borough Market and London Food Link,  and it celebrates London’s fantastic small food businesses, products and people. Bee Naturals, Hive & Keeper and Apicultural are all members of the London Beekeepers’ Association (LBKA). Having joined the LBKA earlier in the year I have met many bee...

Forest Honey from Zambia

If you are looking for a delicious, rich and powerful raw honey then I urge you to try Forest Honey from Tropical Forest. This honey comes from Zambia, certified organic, raw and fair trade. Tastes good, feels great and helps others. What’s not to love? Zambian forest honey comes from wild bees foraging deep in the remote, untamed Miombo forests, home to one of the highest densities of wild bee colonies in the...

Honey from Wales

My sister’s mother-in law E, is a  retired midwife from Wales, she’s full of energy (as you would expect from someone who has helped to deliver thousands of babies). When I met her in London recently, as we were saying goodbye she slipped a small bag into my hand (with a twinkle in her eyes). No words were needed, I knew immediately that she was passing over a jar of...

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...

Introduction to Beekeeping

My love of honey has opened up an interest in bees and for some time I have been fascinated by honey production. I have often wondered whether I might keep bees. So, the first step in exploring this idea was to book myself onto an introduction to beekeeping course, which I completed last weekend. The course I opted for was run by the London Beekeepers’ Association (LBKA). I booked months ago, demand...

Peach Bruschetta with Lavender infused Honey

I’ve been busy learning about bees and meeting honey enthusiasts (with The London Beekeepers’ Association). So in the meantime, I wanted to share with you this simple and tasty recipe by Anita (a food blogger) using cheese, peaches and honey (delicious) which I think you will enjoy. Ingredients (25-30 bruschett): 1 baguette, sliced at a diagonal into ½ inch thick slices Olive oil for brushing bruschetta 100 g goat cheese...

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...

6 Reasons to Buy Local Honey

Towns and cities are great places for  bees, and city honey can be of sensational quality (which may surprise those that associate honey with the countryside and the soft hum of summer, though there is that too).  I have generally found London honey to be complex and interesting to taste. The city contains a diversity of flowers and blossoming trees (by way of parks and urban gardens) which offers bees...

San Francisco Bay Honey 

My friend S, who I’ve known nearly 20 years since university, turned up at my house last week with a gift. A pot of  local honey, all the way from San Francisco, California. She had just returned from a trip and I was profoundly touched that she had (even for a moment)  been thinking of me and my obsession with honey. One of the most wonderful things about my adventures...

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...