Winter is here with its cold and frost so we've been making seed cakes for the wild birds in our garden. I couldn't forget my feathered friends.
We used solid vegetable fat and an autumn and winter bird seed mix. The process is simple so little ones can get involved and help.
With an adult's help melt the fat over a gentle heat until it becomes liquid and pour carefully into the seed mix. Stir well. The seed mix should be well coated and appear shiny and wet. This ensures it sticks together in the mould.
For fun we used christmas cookie cutters to make the seed cakes but you could use any container to hold them together. Empty yoghurt pots would work well. The fat solidifies as it cools and holds the seed cake together.
We made a hole by inserting a bamboo skewer into the seed cake as it set. Once solidified press out of the cookie cutters. They are best left overnight to harden completely. Test them gently. They should not be crumbly. Finally thread some string through the hole for hanging.
Hang out in the garden, sit back with a cuppa and watch the birds enjoying a winter feast.
My second little boy has a serious nut allergy so I sought out a seed mix which didn't contain nuts. Just something you should consider if any of you are in the same situation and want to make seed cakes with your little ones.