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National Trust honey – sustainable living at Swan Barn Farm

‘The simple action of putting honey from a local beekeeper on your toast in the morning can have knock-on benefits across the countryside.’ This is advice from David Elliott, the National Trust warden at Swan Barn Farm near Haslemere in … Continue reading

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Swimming in baklava? The honey from Pristina’s lakeside hives

On one of my first weekends in Kosovo a new friend invited us to come with her on a day trip to a local beauty spot. ‘Everyone loves swimming in Lake Baklava’ (I thought) she said. A lake of baklava … Continue reading

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Independence Day in Kosovo; my celebratory hazelnuts in honey recipe

Last night I made my way home along the main thoroughfare in Pristina, stumbling and slipping and having near-misses with a pavement which is more like a ploughed field in texture; churned and scarified and half-melted and refrozen, icy and … Continue reading

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Pots in the post: transported to a Warwickshire garden

Beekeepers are sharing people. It’s a craft, or a science, best learned from others in situ, not from books. Just as I was tutored by Adem on his smallholding in north-east Kosovo, 2km from the Serbian border, most beekeepers owe … Continue reading

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Bzzzz Brrrr. Seeing you through winter – bee fondant

It’s cold here. It’s cold almost everywhere in the northern hemisphere as far as I can tell, but the polar gales, the snowdrifts, the frozen pipes and frozen roads and frozen fingers – they seem to have set up their … Continue reading

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Avocado Honey

Avocadoes. Glossy green jewels, with creamy insides. So, avocado honey…? You would never be able to tell its parentage, this little pot of walnut-coloured liquid stickiness. Opening up the lid offered me a malty, burnt wool smell. From my dipped … Continue reading

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Out of date? Vintage London honey from 1991

The story goes that when Tutankhamun’s tomb was being excavated, some intriguing ancient jars were discovered. On opening them up, the archaeologists found they were full of something dark and sticky and liquid, sweet-smelling. Poking a nervous finger into the … Continue reading

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A new way to eat honey – my own Kosovan handcrafted drizzler (also available to buy)

  Honey from a drizzler: it’s the languorous teatime way to eat. Watching the faery columns of gold spooling down from a drizzler is like being allowed to play with your food. I have no idea how this particular design … Continue reading

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An ex-pat’s treat: English Larinka Apiary Honey

I was given a pot of this fabulous honey by my sister who shops at Karin Lauritzen’s stall at the Farmers’ Market in Haslemere. That’s a long way from Kosovo, and it was nice to take a little piece of … Continue reading

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Honey cream with raspberries

I learned the recipe for honey cream with raspberries from a Kosovan recipe book (The Kosovan Kitchen).  ‘Cream and honey’ is an Albanian expression for indulgence (one step richer than ‘milk and honey’) and I included the recipe in my … Continue reading

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