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...

Sidr Honey From Yemen 

The quality of Yemen honey is known across the Arab world so it was with great excitement that I got to  finally try the much lauded and highly prized Sidr Honey from the Wadi Do’an (Do’an Valley), where beekeeping has been practiced for thousands of years. Sidr honey has a charming brown reddish colour, with a thick viscosity due to its moisture levels (similar to some heather honeys I’ve tried)....

Honey from the Himalayas

I’m currently eating Himalayan Highland honey from  Ogilvy’s. Raw, cold pressed and organic certified, it comes all the way from the rainforests of Himalayan mountains in the Kashmir valleys. This honey has an intense, rich and bold taste, it is not a honey to scoop from the jar, this one needs a partner to temper its personality. I went for yoghurt and fruit. This Himalayan Highland honey is a great...

British Heather Honey from Yorkshire

I’ve finally got round to tasting Heather honey, which is synonymous with Scotland. However the one I’ve been eating is a Great Taste award winner from hives located in North Yorkshire, County Durham and Northumberland and produced by The Honey B Company.  One of the first things I noticed about this honey was its consistency, it is gel like, thick and has air bubbles. This is partly a characteristic of...

Honey from Mile End Cemetery

I was delighted to be introduced to James Gotts, one of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park (THCP) Beekeepers (there are four of them).  The Tower Hamlet’s Cemetery opened in 1841 and closed for burials in 1966, it is one of the Magnificent Seven Victorian cemeteries of London and it is now a designated park. As cemeteries go, it was very popular with people from the East End (a majority of the burials...