Bees in Jewellery and a surprise in the post

There is nothing more glorious than the arrival of post, when you spot amidst the mundane utility bills and circulars, your name, handwritten. My friend Nancy, is glorious for providing these moments of happiness in my life, for as much as I love opening letters, she seems to love posting. This year has seen the arrival of many items from her, thank you cards (always, she has impeccable manners), honey,...

Island honey from Estonia

My friend Liz, an avid cyclist,  heads off every summer with her bike on a long trip, retuning with tales of adventures; strange encounters cycling solo through Europe. This autumn she returned with two pots of honey from her travels. I know how lightweight she packs on these trips, so knowing that she pedalled over hills and mountains  with two glass vessels filled with honey (one light, one dark) was...

Win some delicious raw honey!

COMPETITION NOW CLOSED – THANK YOU FOR ENTERING – WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON To celebrate our unwavering passion for raw honey, we wanted to give you the chance to win some incredible prizes in the form of honeys, accessories, beauty products and a beautiful book. Three lucky winners will each win one of the following prize bundles. The first winner will receive a Gourmet Honey Bundle from award-winning producers...

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...

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...