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Honey with Gin Innit

Here’s a honey recipe to help you forget your cold or flu or whatever it is that ails you.


  • 50mls gin
  • 15mls lemon juice
  • 10 mls honey
  • 5 mls water


  • Mix all the ingredients together;
  • Pour over 3 ice cubes;
  •  Add a slice of lemon.

Repeat as necessary.

Of course if you have ivy honey – use that, as it is said to be especially good for colds and chesty coughs.


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Chilli Honey Recipe

Here’s a recipe that’ll blow your socks off but you’ll need really hot chillis for this, not those namby-pamby, supermarket chillis.

  • 500g honey
  • 30g of small red-hot chillis
  • Cut the tops off the chillis and chop them up – include the seeds;
  • Stir the chopped chillis into the honey and warm it up to 40-50 degrees C and leave for about 10 minutes;
  • If not hot enough, leave a bit longer or add more chilli;
  • If too hot, remove chillis and add more honey;
  • Strain through muslin or a fine sieve and Bob’s your uncle.

This is really good with grilled meats such as sausages or chicken and even pizza.

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Honey Marmalade Recipe

Mid-winter is the time to be thinking of marmalade.

If nothing else it’ll take your mind off that other old rubbish that happens towards the end of December.

Seville Oranges
Organic Seville Oranges

Seville oranges are in season from December to February so you’ve plenty of time to be thinking about it. If you have some indifferent honey you’d like to use up, here’s a good target – oranges and honey together develop a superb depth of flavour.

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Honey and Blackcurrant Wine Recipe

Mead flavoured with fruit is known as Melomel. I’ve got 6 blackcurrant bushes in my garden; I planted them in 2004 as cuttings. Each year now, in July I make between 10 and 30 gallons of wine from the currants they give me. Instead of sugar I use some horrible honey I bought in haste – I’m drinking my mistake. If you’re out there Frank – you know who you are – cheers!

If you have a wine hydrometer, you won’t need me to tell you how to use it and you can be more precise about how much honey you want to add.

Here is the recipe:


  • 3lb blackcurrants
  • 3.5lb honey
  • 1 gallon water
  • Red wine yeast and nutrient
  • Pectic enzyme


  • Mash the fruit in food grade plastic bucket. Do not use metal – I use a plastic bottle full of water as a pestle;
  • Boil honey and water in a large pan, remove scum and pour still boiling over the fruit;
  • Cover with a cloth;
  • When cooled to blood heat add pectic enzyme as per instructions on container and leave for a day;
  • Next day add the wine yeast and yeast nutrient, stir and cover;
  • Keep covered in a warm place, stirring once per day, for 5 days;
  • Strain into a demi-john, fit airlock and leave till it stops fermenting and wine clears;
  • Syphon off sediment into a clean jar;
  • Drink it.


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Hair today…

… gone tomorrow.

Flyaway hair? Try this recipe I found this morning. It takes minutes to prepare and will hold the most stubborn hair in place.


  • 15 grams grated beeswax
  • 4 teaspoons coconut oil


  • melt the beeswax in a glass jar or bowl over a pan of hot water;
  • when melted – add the coconut oil;
  • when that too has melted – stir well and pour into a shallow jar;
  • If you want to add fragrance – cool slightly and stir it in just before bottling.

To use, scrape a little out with a teaspoon – or a fingernail if you’ve got one of those long curved ones. Spread it out over your fingertips then rub it through your mad hair.

PS If you don’t like the consistency you can always melt it down and add more beeswax or coconut or fry an egg in it.

Get it down you – it’ll put hairs on yer chest.