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...

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...

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...

7 Honey Tastes

When first asked to describe what honey tastes like, most people say “sweet”. That is because a lot of supermarket honey is commercial honey, which is blended, heated and filtered to look and taste a certain way (mainly bland sweetness). When it comes to raw, small-batch honey (straight from the hive to your breakfast table), there are a host of tastes you should look out for. Sometimes finding the right...

Beauty Benefits of Honey

For many years there has been beauty trends that come and go and must-have products that claim to do wonders for your skin. However, raw honey in its simplest form,  has been a natural beauty product for many hundreds of years and the power of honey in beauty is looking like it’s here to stay, thanks to its clean and healthy properties. There are a lot of different ways honey...

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...

Why Choose Beeswax Candles?

Beeswax candles provide a soft yellow ambient glow, which is lovely to bask in. We have recently made our first batch of hand poured beeswax candles (poured with love in the UK) to complement our limited edition raw London honey. We work in small batches and we think our honey and candles are pretty special. More than a quarter of British households now buy candles  for their home and if...

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,...