Monthly Archives: September 2018

Honey and Lemon Toddy Recipe

Posted by Joe-Ann Day on September 26, 2018

Honey and Lemon Toddy

To celebrate Bee Aware Month and the glut of lemons on our trees, here is a Hot Toddy recipe with a twist (whiskey is optional!)

 

1 Tablespoon Honey

1 Cinnamon Stick

1 Cardamon pod

Juice of 1 Lemon

A (sneaky) nip of Whiskey

 

Put honey (and whiskey, if using) in a mug, along with the cinnamon stick and Cardamon pod.

Add lemon juice.

Pour in hot (notboiling water) and pop in the sprigs of thyme for a couple of minutes.

 

ENJOY!

6 types of Honey from New Zealand

Posted by Joe-Ann Day on September 26, 2018

6 types of Honey from New Zealand

Honey, Honey everywhere and so many different types! Here are the in’s and out’s of the different varieties including tastes, textures and where it’s most commonly found in New Zealand.

Kamahi Honey

Elle’s favourite! An intense flavour sensation with quite a strong complex flavour and perfect for recipes that require an identifiable honey taste, but pale and beautifully buttery golden in colour. It’s a fabulous honey to go with camembert and washed rind cheeses.

Produced and harvested from both the North and South Island, but mostly from the West Coast of the South Island from Kamahi Trees sitting 25 metres high in the canopies of our beautiful forests.

You will find Kamahi honey mostly creamed due to its above average tendency to crystallise.

Manuka Honey

This world renowned honey from New Zealand has a long history and is of significant value for both Maori and early European settlers for medicinal purposes.

Manuka honey is dark and amber in colour, a strongly flavoured honey with woody and nutty characteristics and intense toffee and caramel notes and can often even have a ‘jellied’ like texture.

Manuka Honey is well sought after in particular for it’s antibacterial activity and to help maintain inner balance and digestive health.

Beechwood Honeydew

Beechwood Honeydew is one of New Zealand’s premium export honeys.

A naturally dark amber honey and liquid in form, resembling golden syrup which does not normally crystallise due to the reduced levels of glucose.

Beechwood Honeydew contains high levels of antioxidants, which are helpful in maintaining and promoting beneficial gut bacteria (proboitic bacteria).

Honeydew is harvested from deep within the remote forests of New Zealand. Beechwood Honeydew Honey goes particularly well with smelly blue cheeses and with pip fruit like pears and apples.

Clover

New Zealand’s most common honey.

Through New Zealand’s historically pastoral economy and importance of sheep farming, clover (and rye) have dominated pastures throughout the countryside.

Clover honey has a delicate, mild sweet flavour and pale cream in colour.  Traditionally, South Island clover honey is lighter that of the North Islands. It is loved for it’s subtle flavour and New Zealand’s pristine countryside produces some of the world’s best clover honey.

Wildflower

Wildflower Honey gathered by our precious bees from around New Zealand’s countrysides and forests, the honey is uniquely flavoured honey with a bouquet of native flowers. A light, fruity flavour, packed full of goodness.

Lavender

A distinctively flowery aroma with a delicate lavender scent, gathered from Lavender farms around NZ. A smooth and rich perfumed flavour and perfect to sweeten your cup of tea.

You can try selection of these gorgeous honey’s on our Big Foody Food Tours. Which will be your favourite?

 

Celebrating Honey and Bee Aware Month

Posted by Joe-Ann Day on September 26, 2018

Celebrating Honey and Bee Aware Month

 

September is Bee Aware Month and we have been celebrating bee's, their caretakers - the invaluable, caring beekeepers and of course HONEY!

What better country to visit, to taste and discover the multiple variations of honey, but New Zealand of course- read our most popular blog on our website '6 Types of Honey from New Zealand' from our infamous Manuka to Kamahi and our Wildflower honey's and their distinctive tastes.

 

Bee Aware Month is an initiative by Apiculture NZ and is a full month dedicated to promotional work dedicated to "Bee Health" and educating the public on how they themselves can help protect NZ's healthy bee population. Although New Zealand's bee population is generally fairly healthy we do have more threats to be aware of than ever before including bio-security, disease, bugs and pesticide. Bees of course are needed for pollination so that we can consume the delicious fruits and food that we so love including Avocado's, Strawberries, Kiwifruit, Apples, Nuts, Coffee and even Chocolate!

 

And there are 3 easy ways that YOU can help!

BEE FOOD - plant bee friendly gardens. Visit your local garden centre and ask them to suggest some plants for you

HYDRATION - Bee's need to drink water too in order to survive! Provide fresh, clean water for the bees. And put pebbles and / or twigs in the water so that they have somewhere to rest while they drink (and don't drown).

SAFE SPRAYING - don't spray your garden with harmful pesticides. Do you actually need to spray? But if you do, don't spray when the plants are in flower or bees are present. Best time of the day to spray is at sunrise or dusk when the bees are in their hives and the flowers are still closed and sleeping.

So go on, try out some of the recipes on the blog, go plant some bee friendly plants in the garden, join us on a tour sampling this precious liquid gold and celebrate our bees!

 

Our Foody Inspiration - Earthbound Honey

Posted by Joe-Ann Day on September 26, 2018

Our Foody Inspiration - Earthbound Honey

 

In keeping with Bee Aware Month, our Foody Inspiration this month are sustainable artisan beekeepers - Earthbound Honey!

If you have been on one of our tours, you will know how much we love their honey and how good their honey is and if you haven't, we think it’s about time you did! Not only will you discover local Foody heros like Earthbound Honey but taste an almighty selection of delicious food whilst learning about our history, our people and our places.

 

Earthbound Honey is locally located in the Bethells Valley in north west Auckland on their 11 acre property with Pohutukawa groves, dense Manuka forests and wildflower pastures. Owners Terry and Karlene Toomey established Earthbound Honey in 2006 when Terry left his city-based job to become a beekeeper. Karlene soon followed reducing her hours as a landscape gardener and both now work on the farm together.

Their bees produce a range of honey from their Pohutukawa, Manuka and wildflower pastures.

If you are lucky enough to visit them at their base on one of our Our People, Our Places, Our Producers tours or at one of the local Farmer's Markets, you will see that it's not just honey that makes them one of our favourite Foody Inspirations, but it’s what they create with the honey and the wax from their bees. They also produce a wide range of skincare, honey vinegar, beeswax wraps and candles.

Fascinated? Join us on one of our Big Foody food tours and you too could be sampling this liquid gold!

 

Cuisine Magazine's Top 100 New Zealand Restaurants

Posted by Elle Armon-Jones on September 10, 2018

Cuisine Magazine have just announced their top 100 New Zealand restaurants for 2018. There are some classics and some newbies to the list! If you're looking for a great list of places to eat in New Zealand, this is the one to follow! We are delighted to see our friends and colleagues at Culprit, Bistronomy, Pacifica and The Hunting Lodge are on the list!

Check the list out below!

Cuisine Magazine's New Zealand Top 100 Restaurants 2018

Tastebud Tour named in World's Best Destination for Travel Experiences by TripAdvisor Travellers

Posted by Website Admin on September 10, 2018

How proud are we!!!!!!!! Our Tastebud Tour (Auckland Insider Tour: Food Tour with Local Expert) has been named in the World’s Best Destination for Travel Experiences according to TripAdvisor Travellers.

The Tastebud Tour has been the flagship experience since The Big Foody started back in 2010, designed especially to show the guests as much of the city as possible in the most delicious manner! Over 5000 guests have taken this tour since 2010 and we're delighted to still have two of the very first places we started with on the tour, Sabato and The Auckland Fish Market. 

Find out more here!