A poem from the past

4 07 2012

I was going through some old notebooks that I found in one of the boxes I hadn’t gotten round to unpacking after I left the UK.
Looking back on some of the stuff was quite funny,did I ever really write like that?

There were a few bits and bobs that caught my eye though, one was this little poem:

Raven hair
Snow white skin

Something strong hides something sweet
You are the honey in the lion.

It’s short and certainly wouldn’t win any prizes but you know what, I kinda like it. If I had to try and date when I wrote it based on entries around it I would say it was over ten years ago…. Doesn’t time fly when you are having fun!

Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

3 12 2010

Honey mustard dipping sauce is really versatile; it is great with chicken, sausages, ribs, in fact anything pork based, potato chips, sweet-potato fries even crudites.

You can get some really good sauces from your local supermarket or grocery store but I normally find these to be a little too sweet for my tastes and besides there is just something satisfying about making your own.


75 ml American mustard

75 ml clear honey

75 ml Dijon mustard

1/2 tsp cayenne

1 tbsp horseradish

Pinch salt

Pinch  black pepper

Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl until well combined, I like to add in 1/2 tsp of English mustard powder to give it a little bit more kick but this is entirely optional.

If the sauce is a bit too bit sweet then you can add a little more of the American or dijon mustard to help offset it.

A quick word about beeswax

21 10 2010

I have received a couple of emails recently from people asking where to get beeswax pearls.

Beeswax is an important ingredient in my homemade tiger balm recipe amongst others and the pearls are a convenient way of both obtaining and using it.

You can buy the pearls from most craft shops and a lot of health food stores as well. If you can’t find the pearls or just don’t want to buy them (they can prove to be expensive in some places) then hope isn’t lost.

You can just as easily chop a candle into pieces,making sure it is actually a beeswax candle as most are paraffin now or even better get to know a local beekeeper.

Anyone that is keeping bees should have some beeswax, even if it is just in small quantities and a lot of people just see it as being a by-product of getting their hands on some delicious honey.

Hope this helps anyone that has been struggling to find the pearls or is put off by the cost.

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