Posted by: Debra Kolkka | March 3, 2014

Liquid gold


Bees pollinate one third of the global food supply. Bee One Third is the name chosen by a group of people for their urban honey business in Brisbane. Their aim is to provide an ecological service using traditional methods to re-home wild colonies of bees into hives and onto the rooftops of the city.

They are passionate about reconnecting people with the source of their food. On the weekend Bee One Third teamed up with the fabulous Jocelyn’s Provisions at James St in Fortitude Valley for a rooftop hive tour and honey tastings.

I wasn’t around for the rooftop walk, but luckily I was in time for the honey tasting…too delicious.

Meet Jack from Bee One Third.


…and the honey.

As well as the honey, Jocelyn’s Provisions served some heavenly treats. Take a look at this Honey Chocolate Roulade.


There was more.

To cap off a great morning there were these gorgeous gift baskets.



…and I got one! Thank you very much. I love Bee One Third’s honey and doesn’t the bread look wonderful? The recipe for the chocolate honey roulade, by Lizzie Loel was included in the basket. I look forward to trying it.  I’ll send it to you if you are interested.


  1. I would love a copy of the recipe please Debra….. I need to do something with the jars & jars of honey given to me by the local bee keeper in Italy!

    • I have sent the recipe to you. I hope you enjoy the roulade.

  2. Locally grown food is such a welcome trend. And who wouldn’t love honey! The propolis extract my local honey producer provides is great for the flu. Not to mention its smell and taste. A few drops in your tea feels like you were breathing in all the scents of a blooming meadow.

    • I think it is great that this is happening in the city, and the honey is delicious.

  3. Liquid gold,is it oil I wonder?

  4. That “roulade” looks yummy and I am certain that it must be delicious!

    • The roulade was heavenly.

  5. Beehives with the community garden. Win win situation. Pollination and honey and bees to tell ones stories to. According to what I have heard.
    And helping to save a more and more endangered species.

    • It is a great idea and Jack and his mates are doing it well.

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  7. Gosh, I LOVE honey! And who knew the important role bees play in pollinating our food supply. I just had never imagined the numbers were so high. Fascinating fact!

    Hugs from Ecuador,

    • We need bees…and not just for their honey.

  8. What a fabulous program. How great that we have people who care enough to do these projects. Well done Bee One Third

    • Look out for the honey. It is for sale in a few places and several restaurants are using honey from their rooftops.

  9. I agree the bread looks wonderful. Rehoming wild bees into colonies on Brisbane’s rooftops sounds like a great idea.

    • We have some beautiful flowering trees lining the streets, so there is plenty for the bees to do.

  10. Fascinating…..What a great blog Debra.

    • I have met Jack the bee man before. I have suggested he come to Casa Debbio and set up some hives.

  11. Great story Debra! YUMMY!

    • The honey is very good and it a great idea to encourage bees.

  12. Great activities, bees are cool creatures, delicious food to come up with, and all for community and of good cause! Approve!

    • It is a good idea and is happening in lots of places now.

  13. buongiorno …..per una colazione completa il miele è ottimo ciao a tutti

    • Ciao Carla, mi piace miele.

  14. Oh, I will look out for Bee One Third. I know how important bees are to our food security and for the livelihood of our farmers. I try to grow bee-attracting flowers in the garden too. I’d love to have a hive of native bees….and I just love good honey anyway. Lucky you.

    • I love honey too…thank you bees.

  15. Reblogged this on themanukahoneylady and commented:
    This looks fun!

  16. Honey is one of my favourite things in the world. I use it every day to sweeten my tea. We need to make sure that bees are well taken care of with CCD in North America. That roulade looks divine.

  17. Very nice post and pics

  18. I’d love a copy of the recipe please. It is such fun seeing honey extracted isn’t it (so long as you are not the one doing the back breaking work in a hot bee suit!) I never lose that sense of wonder seeing it all and tasting the different flavours from different frames or hives.

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