Five ways you can help protect the bees

Five ways you can help protect the bees

We’ve all heard the rhetoric of ‘Save the bees’ time and time again over the years and that statement is as important now as it’s ever been. They may not be everyone’s favourite critter, but they play an undeniably important role to our ecosystems. Unfortunately, many of our vital bee colonies have been dying out; the decline starting as far…
Honey harvest one-third better than last year’s

Honey harvest one-third better than last year’s

The British Beekeepers’ Association (BBKA) reports an encouraging year The annual honey survey from the British Beekeepers’ Association shows that honeybees survived the difficult conditions this year and produced a crop a third bigger than last year’s. The honey crop was, on average, just under 14kg (just over 30lb) per hive, across England and Wales. Welsh beekeepers reported an exceptionally…
Raspberry cranachan

Raspberry cranachan

Every take on this classic Scottish dessert assembles the ingredients in a slightly different way.  This is my version. With apologies to fellow Scots: the whisky is negotiable. If you don’t have a bottle to hand, it is just as good made with brandy or rum. For a child-friendly version, omit the alcohol altogether. Ingredients (serves 2) 20g (¾oz) oatmeal…
SALMON & BEETROOT TOAST

SALMON & BEETROOT TOAST

Inspired by the Scandinavian combination beetroot & salmon, this delicious recipe can be served as a starter or as part of a bigger spread. SERVES 6 Preparation time: 20 minutes | Cooking time: 20 minutes • 200g/8oz smoked salmon • 2 large beetroot • 6 slices of bread • Butter for the toast FOR THE DRESSING: • 1 tbsp runny…