Manuka honey and saffron yoghurt pops + a giveaway!

Manuka honey + saffron yoghurt pops | My Darling Lemon Thyme

Manuka honey + saffron yoghurt pops | My Darling Lemon Thyme

Here in New Zealand we’re known around the world for a few things… green grass, NZ lamb, flavoursome dairy, jandals and hokey pokey ice cream, but there’s another truly uniquely kiwi thing that’s not only incredibly good for us, but delicious and also world-renowned too. Manuka honey.

I had the pleasure of meeting the lovely, down-to-earth folk from The True Honey Co. earlier in the year at their NZ launch held at Orphans Kitchen and then again at The Food Show the following weekend (where I was doing cooking demos) and have been doing little bits of work for them here and there ever since. I couldn’t help but be blown away by the entire story behind the brand and the humbleness of the people running the show. Every part of what they do is real, honest and well, true.

I’ll be bringing you an in-depth look into the production and extraction side of the operation early next year after a visit to the Hawkes Bay, so for now let’s talk about this world-renowned golden honey. What makes Manuka honey differ from every other kind of honey is the high concentration of a sugar molecule called Methylglyoxal (MGO). The higher the MGO level, the more beneficial properties the honey contains. All of the True Honey Co. Manuka honey contains 300+MGO or more, meaning you can be assured you’re getting the good stuff. Their hives are placed in some of the most remote areas of New Zealand (some hives even get helicoptered in to some parts where driving in is not an option!), where their bees feast on our native Manuka flowers and the magic process of making honey begins…

Manuka honey + saffron yoghurt pops | My Darling Lemon Thyme
Manuka honey + saffron yoghurt pops | My Darling Lemon Thyme
Manuka honey + saffron yoghurt pops | My Darling Lemon Thyme

Manuka honey is naturally antimicrobial and is often taken internally – in teas to help aid sore throats or added to smoothies and dressings or drizzled on porridge, but I know loads of people who use it topically as well, to help heal cuts and grazes. It’s always the first thing I reach for in the pantry when one of the kids complains of a sore throat, a spoonful of honey is enough to put a smile on anyone’s face aye? I also stir it through shots of my Turmeric Fire Cider when I’m feeling a cold coming on, though I’m yet to convince my kids to try this…

Manuka honey + saffron yoghurt pops | My Darling Lemon Thyme


Manuka honey + saffron yoghurt pops | My Darling Lemon Thyme
Manuka honey + saffron yoghurt pops | My Darling Lemon Thyme
Manuka honey + saffron yoghurt pops | My Darling Lemon Thyme


For those of you who missed out on last week’s competition, I’m super excited to be offering another chance to win a super amazing prize pack, thanks to the lovely folk at The True Honey Co. To be in the draw to win a 400g jar of The True Honey Co. 300+mgo Manuka honey + a copy of my latest cookbook A Year in My Real Food Kitchen simply leave a comment below sharing your favourite way to enjoy Manuka honey. Competition only open to New Zealand readers. One winner will be drawn at random 5pm Wednesday 7th December. Good luck!

Manuka honey + saffron yoghurt pops | My Darling Lemon Thyme
Manuka honey + saffron yoghurt pops | My Darling Lemon Thyme

Manuka honey + saffron yoghurt pops | My Darling Lemon Thyme

Manuka honey + saffron yoghurt pops

These exotic frozen treats are a beautiful way to get your daily dose of Manuka honey goodness, with the saffron adding both a lovely colour and delicate perfume. I took inspiration from Heidi Swanson’s book Near & Far for the saffron soaking technique used to extract all that beautiful flavour and colour.
Makes 6-7

2 pinches saffron threads

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

3 tablespoons The True Honey Co. Manuka honey

2 cups natural Greek yoghurt

Combine saffron and vanilla in a small bowl, mix well then set aside to infuse for 10 minutes. Stir through honey. Place yoghurt into a bowl, add saffron honey and stir through – leaving a few patches of honey unmixed. Spoon into ice block moulds, insert sticks and freeze 4 hours of overnight. Run moulds under warm water to help release pops.

This post is sponsored by The True Honey Co. As always, all views are my own. Thank you for supporting the companies who allow me to continue providing free recipes and content.

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  • Reply
    Marian Chick
    November 30, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    In Choc Avocado Mousse

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    Carla Thomson
    November 30, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    Manuka honey, Greek yoghurt and fresh fruit on nutty granola – yummy!

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    November 30, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    They look amazing! And just in time for summer too. My favourite way to use manuka honey recently has been to add a wee dollop into homemade caramel sauce before pouring it over popcorn. A very indulgent treat but the honey gives it a lovely sweet hit!

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    Joanne McPhee
    November 30, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    A new book, I’d lurv to win that! I had no idea you had another one in the pipeline.
    Manuka honey always goes in hot honey and lemon drinks (with the addition of a few drops of tabasco). Great for sore throats and colds 🙂 I also make the kids honey joys with manuka. Jo , Melbourne. AUST.

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    November 30, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    These look beautiful and delicious just like your cookbook! I would love to win these beautiful prize THANKYOU.

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    November 30, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    My kids love it by the spoon at grannys for me its lemon and honey drink but after reading this i feel i need to be a bit more adventurous with it

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    Bianca Harris
    November 30, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    I love using lemon in my homemade muesli at the end to make it sticky!

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    Beth Patch
    November 30, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    I love real Manuka honey! So many great ways to enjoy it, but I think my favourite is Manuka propolis lollypops! Not only are they delicious, but they ward off any cold I feel coming on. Such a great product, and so good to hear True Honey are sharing it with the world.

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    Andrea McKimm
    November 30, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    My favourite way to eat Manuka honey is a teaspoon in hot water with lemon and ginger!

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    November 30, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    With blue cheese + fruit

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    November 30, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    I love Manuka honey with cider vinegar in the morning. Also on toast.

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    Sue Pate
    November 30, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    a delish summer recipe and super generous giveaway Emma
    … we enjoy using Manuka Honey in our summer dressings 🙂

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    Rosalind Dibley
    November 30, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    How many ways to enjoy manuka honey? On it’s own 😉or to get the most from it, poured over Greek yoghurt with some toasted almonds and perhaps some dried apricots. Makes the most of all the ingredients!!! I love honey in your ginger nectar which I adore, but use less precious honey as the flavour would not come through.

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    November 30, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    i love a bit of manuka honey with my chai tea and almond milk before bedtime!

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    November 30, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    Basically I take honey every day.
    I make my own natural yoghurt and stir a spoon through and I have a tsp in my morning cup of tea. I rarely get ill, and I attribute a lot of my good health to my daily dose of honey.

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    November 30, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    manuka honey with peanut butter and banana on toast. perhaps with a sprinkling of cacao nibs. delicious!

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    November 30, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    I like to put it in my home made balsamic dressing to make it sweeter, but I always get too much so I can lick the spoon 🙂

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    Alice Mastrovich
    November 30, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    I put manuka honey in homemade turmeric chai!

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    November 30, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    Butter and honey on chunky sourdough, simple and delicious!

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    November 30, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    Yum!! I can’t wait to try these! I’m such a honey fiend – I’m always acquiring a new jar whenever I go to the farmer’s markets. My favourite way to enjoy honey is stirred into hot kawakawa and ginger tea, or in frozen yoghurt which I have been making a lot of recently – I blend greek yoghurt, honey, and a selection of frozen fruit (currently loving avos for a creamy base, bananas and strawberries) then pop in the ice cream maker to churn for 30mins.

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    Sarah C
    November 30, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    Awesome! My favourite way is to eat it on Vogel’s toast, or simply to suck it straight off my finger – we call it “hairy chest honey” in our house because it is said to put the hairs on your chest!

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    November 30, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    As the sweetner in your delicious tahini fudge! Yum!
    These yoghurt pops look amazing too!

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    November 30, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    On a piece of lovely dark rye bread, sometimes with a bit of nice camembert or blue cheese on top. Yumm!

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    November 30, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    Peanut butter and Manuka honey on buttered toast. A childhood favourite.

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    November 30, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    I love it on toast with figs and prosciutto! <3 I would also love, love, LOVE a copy of your book and some of The True Honey Co.'s fantastic manuka!! Thanks!

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    November 30, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    Vogels toast, buttered, with nice thick covering of Manuka honey. Simple and delicious.

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    Greer Dorne
    November 30, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    Does on a spoon count? I love a little honey in my green smoothies to make them a lot nicer

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    November 30, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    The best way has got to be on hot toast with nothing else, so the honey goes all melty and delicious !

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    Marie Hansen
    November 30, 2016 at 11:36 pm

    I was going to say spooned into a hot milky tea after dinner, but I can never help sneaking a spoonful on it’s own! Haven’t tried it topically yet but I did read an article about how to use it to treat grazes recently. Good quality Manuka honey is a treat around here though as it’s not cheap!

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    Andrea Driver
    November 30, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    Lately I’ve used honey in my Bliss ball recipe which includes a nut butter, LSA, coconut oil and cacao. My boys adore them. But honey on grainy bread is always Devine!!

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    Deborah Brown
    November 30, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    Drizzled over hot buttered crumpets😀

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    Amanda Preston
    December 1, 2016 at 12:26 am

    Manuka honey on all the things! Toast, porridge, smoothies, a spoon…

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    Delwyn MacDonald
    December 1, 2016 at 12:29 am

    Nut balls are the best! Simply add 1 tbsp of manuka honey (from the True Honey Co. of course 🙂 to 1 cup raw peanuts and 1 tbsp carob in a food processor and process. Shape into balls and roll in coconut. Yum!

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    December 1, 2016 at 12:32 am

    I’m Vegan, so coconut water, seasonal fruit & honey…….. nothing more delicious!!

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    Megan Rapson
    December 1, 2016 at 12:43 am

    On crumpets….keeping it simple 🙂

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    Antonia Wright
    December 1, 2016 at 12:53 am

    I love a teaspoon of Manuka honey with apple cider vinegar first thing in the morning:) The recipe looks amazing, can’t wait to try it!

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    Jane Campbell
    December 1, 2016 at 1:34 am

    I love manuka honey and it gets a real workout in cold and flu season in our house. Also wanted to say I associate boysenberry ice cream with NZ. I haven’t found it anyway else!

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    December 1, 2016 at 1:52 am

    If I have a sore throat I take a spoonful of Manuka honey. Love it on toast, in dressings, smoothies, baking, anything to replace sugar.

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    December 1, 2016 at 2:49 am

    Mixed in with my porridge in the morning.

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    December 1, 2016 at 2:56 am

    Wow, these look amazing! I have already made two of your recipes today – I love them, thanks!
    I love a simple spread of honey on buttered toast. Yum.

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    December 1, 2016 at 3:07 am

    Honey mixed in with yogurt & yogurt parfaits would be so good. Also, some fresh honey on some milk toast bread would be yummy.

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    December 1, 2016 at 3:37 am

    On my homemade thinly sliced sourdough toast, with lots of butter. The honey melts into the butter and then you get to dip the toast in the ‘puddles.’

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    December 1, 2016 at 3:47 am

    With a spoon. Undiluted

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    December 1, 2016 at 3:48 am

    Love using Manuka honey with butter spread on sourdough dark rhye bread. Or stirred through my sons porridge in the morning 👌💛

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    Anastasia Gavin
    December 1, 2016 at 4:17 am

    Lovely lemon and honey drinks!

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    Nan austin
    December 1, 2016 at 4:46 am

    Manuka honey on homemade bread with butter. The simple pleasures…

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    Nina Maurer
    December 1, 2016 at 4:53 am

    Absolutely loved the post, and I will definitely need to try those delicious yogurt pops! This giveaway is amazing, and I would love to win it to share with my lovely family. Personally, I like to have my honey on my gluten free weet bix with almolmond milk and fresh fruit. I do a generous drizzle on top and it sure satisfies my taste. Another way I like to incorporate honey into my food is simply having it on a piece of gluten free fruit loaf, or in one of my banana smoothie (only bananas and almond milk) to add some extra sweetness. I would absolutely love to win this, and as I am only 14 years old, I absolutely love learning about healthy eating and living and how to incorporate more foods that are good for our wellbeing into my life. Thanks Emma, your blog has really made my experience with coeliac disease ( I’ve only had it for 3 months) a very great way to learn, understand and find different options to thoroughly enjoy.

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    December 1, 2016 at 4:58 am

    I love honey and Greek yoghurt!

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    December 1, 2016 at 5:02 am

    My favorite way to enjoy it is drizzled over almond butter and banana on a crunchy piece of bread. Maybe paired with some tea with honey as well 🙂

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    December 1, 2016 at 5:26 am

    With grilled figs and yoghurt or just on some hot crumpets.

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    December 1, 2016 at 6:41 am

    I love manuka honey on hot toast in the morning or mixed with lemon in the winter.

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    Shraddhaa Patel
    December 1, 2016 at 6:59 am

    Best on a big bowl of porridge!

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    Nicola Hooper
    December 1, 2016 at 7:23 am

    Either with blue cheese or in hot lemon and ginger drinks

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    Zuzana Vystrcilova
    December 1, 2016 at 7:26 am

    I’ll be honest ! I actually haven’t tried Manuka Honey before !! It’s quite an expensive ingredient, but these popsicles sure look like a way I’d love to try my first taste of Manuka honey

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    December 1, 2016 at 7:48 am

    I like the classic – Manuka honey on toast! Or by itself by the spoonful 😉

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    December 1, 2016 at 8:52 am

    Honey mixed into my porridge each morning is simply delish

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    December 1, 2016 at 8:54 am

    I love honey! My favourite way to enjoy would be with Greek yogurt and muesli x

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    Tegan Wedderburn
    December 1, 2016 at 8:59 am

    I enjoy it drizzled on a slice of homemade life changing loaf that’s got a generous spread of almond butter and mashed banana – delish!

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    Pauline Gaudion
    December 1, 2016 at 9:04 am

    My favourite way to enjoy Manuka is ìn a lemon and honey drink in the winter time.Good and healthy for you💖💕💛💛

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    December 1, 2016 at 9:26 am

    I am going to move to New Zealand for this jar of honey <3

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    Michelle Trusttum
    December 1, 2016 at 9:49 am

    Apart from hot lemon and honey drinks, I love Manila honey spread over hot buttered wholemeal sourdough from the Tanner Street Bakery, Christchurch. Sweet, nutty, grainy goodness with a pinch of salt. Yum.

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    Emma carney
    December 1, 2016 at 9:54 am

    I love adding Manuka honey to my morning oats alongside cinnamon and coconut for a delicious warming breaky and also love adding it to my smoothies/smoothie bowls for a delicious sweet hint in my smoothies 😊

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    December 1, 2016 at 10:02 am

    Manuka honey with lemon, ginger, turmeric and cayenne pepper steeped in boiling water to combat the winter bugs! My flatmates hate it but they secretly love me when it banishes their sniffles! Manuka magic 🙂

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    December 1, 2016 at 10:43 am

    In my smoothies

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    Claire stronge
    December 1, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    I’d love to win this gorgeous bundle for my sister in law Hayley (and her 3 teeny children) who live in Tauranga and whom I haven’t seen for almost 3 years now because we are in London. Its would be a special gift for her at Christmas .

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    Donna Burgess
    December 1, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    So many amazing and creative ways people use manuka honey! Food round here tends to be fairly simple: I love it on toasted paleo bread and in lemon honey drinks when I have a sore throat or a cough.

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    Wendy McLoughlin
    December 1, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    simply spread generously on a slice of warm toast…mmm! (pops look beautiful and sound lovely, thank you – believe I will be making a pop mould purchase)

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    December 1, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    Manuka honey on sourdough toast…and I pop a teaspoon in smoothies too…yum! Can’t wait to try this ice treats.

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    December 1, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    In a dressing made by mum – white balsamic, honey and garlic poured over tomatoes. The tomato mix in and you can drink it at the end. Mmmm

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    December 1, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    We love it mixed with yogurt and walnuts on top of porridge!

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    Mary Scott
    December 2, 2016 at 12:05 am

    on toast dripping with butter of course !

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    December 2, 2016 at 12:53 am

    Hot whiskey! Fresh lemon juice, a couple of teaspoons of manuka honey, warm water, a slice of lemon with a few cloves studded in it and a generous shot of whiskey at the first sign of a sniffle 🙂

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    Janet Ford
    December 2, 2016 at 1:40 am

    Straight from the spoon! (and, more recently, dabbed directly onto the kids’ cuts and grazes = gentle but fast healing!)

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    Alexandra Li
    December 2, 2016 at 2:06 am

    On toast 🙂

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    December 2, 2016 at 2:54 am

    I’m already a convert! I use it in my fresh fruit and yoghurt popsicles. Yum!!

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    December 2, 2016 at 4:20 am

    Manuka honey goes well with some tahini, on the sourdough gluten-free loaf that I make using the wonderful recipe in “My Darling Lemon Thyme”. It also makes a good face mask treatment for rosacea!

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    December 2, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try Manuka honey and keep putting it into various online “shopping” carts but haven’t treated myself yet. Winning would be fantastic! I imagine I’d want to savour and really taste the honey so would likely serve it simply – on thick & creamy labneh or on toast with just a touch of tahini (& hemp seeds for crunch).

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    December 2, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    Honey is a beloved member of our pantry and is used for everything. My little ones called it liquid gold. We just wanted to say Thank you so much for all the knowledge you share with your recipes – they have changed the way we eat and my gluten free cooking is now no longer sad cakes that could break your teeth or crumble before they even were taken out of the tin. Have a stunning day and I can not wait to read your second book.

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