The Hive and World HoneyBee Day

The Hive at Kew Gardens-8209From a distance “The Hive” installation at Kew Gardens represents a swarm of bees. Step inside and the multi-sensory elements of the structure responds in real-time to vibrations and sounds from within a beehive. LED lights in “The Hive” light up and flicker as bees communicate with one another. Continue reading “The Hive and World HoneyBee Day”

drinks · recipes

Mango Lassi with Bee Pollen |Healthy Summer Cooler

Mango Lassi with Bee Pollen |Healthy Summer CoolersThe temperature outside is rising and with a bit of mango mania going on in the kitchen, thirst quenching yoghurt based drinks like this mango lassi with bee pollen are on the drinks list. Now I know bee pollen is not your typical ingredient found in a sweet lassi, but adding extra health boosting ingredients like seeds, nuts, berries, oatmeal etc., are quick and simple ways of increasing the nutritional content of your favorite drink.

Touted as a super-food, I had never bought bee pollen (granules) until recently. Probably one of the reasons that kept me so long from trying bee pollen is written on packet labels… “this product may cause severe allergic reaction”. Do not take this warning lightly, I have experienced an acute anaphylactic shock (nothing to do with bees) and it’s a very frightening  experience and one I would not wish on anyone. Continue reading “Mango Lassi with Bee Pollen |Healthy Summer Cooler”

appetizers · food for sharing · shellfish

Prawns with a Spicy Mango Chutney | Food for Sharing

Prawns in shooter glasses with a Chilli Mango ChutneyHave you ever encountered a taste and fragrant smell of something so deliciously edible… a moment that left you with a powerful sensory memory, forever ingrained! Many years ago my brothers flatmate brought back fresh mangoes from a trip to India and when visiting (my brother), Jemma insisted I try this incredible fruit. The exotic aroma, the rich sweet taste, the texture and colour… I loved everything about mango from that moment. Continue reading “Prawns with a Spicy Mango Chutney | Food for Sharing”