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    With the winter months approaching, let’s feed our garden birds and maybe attract some new visitors. You can make this easy bird treat and hang it on a tree or balcony, somewhere you can see it. You can keep a record of what birds you see, and even take photos.

    You will need:
    • String or ribbon
    • Unflavoured gelatine powder
    • Birdseed
    • Baking Sheet
    • Heart-shaped moulds or cookie cutters

    1. For each cake, cut approx. 30cm. length of string or ribbon. Loop and tie the ends in a knot. Set aside.
    2. Following the instructions mix 2 packets of gelatine. Stir well to dissolve gelatine completely.
    3. Add about 1-1/2 cups birdseed to gelatine solution. Mix well. If the mixture is still watery, add more birdseed until it has a stiff but sticky consistency.
    4. Fill each mould half-full of birdseed mixture. Place the knotted end of the hanging loop on the top centre of mixture. Fill the mould with more birdseed mixture on top of the loop.
    5. Firmly press mixture with the back of the spoon to compact in place.
    After a few hours, gently unmould each cake onto fresh baking paper. Let dry, flipping periodically, for 72 hours or until completely hardened before hanging.

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