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Making fat cakes for the birds this winter..

Fat cakes for birds this winter
A Robin in the snow by MARK GILLOW/GETTY IMAGES

Have you ever stopped to think how these colder months could be for the birds around us? Making fat cakes for the birds this half term is a great way to keep the children entertained. You could even get a great night sleep knowing you’ve done a good deed too.

Picture of a Robin by MARK GILLOW/GETTY IMAGES

Fat cakes for birds this winter

According to British bird foods “Hemp seed is a oil rich seed that can be fed straight or with other seeds, it has very good weight gaining properties for the birds and is an ideal supplement in the breeding season.”

Things you will need for the fat cakes

  • Lard or suet
  • Bird seed and nut mix
  • Hemp Hearts
  • Dried oats
  • String
  • Cupcake cases or old yoghurt pots will do
  • Baking tray
  • Pair of scissors
  • Kebab sticks

Fat cakes are best used in the winter months or early spring, as they will melt in warmer weather.

Digesting seeds, nuts and grain will boost the bird metabolism, and the fat helps them put on a bit of weight, both are helpful in creating enough body heat to keep them warm through the long nights.

Please note according to the National Trust you should not use any soft fats like margarine or leftover fats from baking trays as these can stick to the birds feathers and stop them from being able to fly.

How to make the fat cakes

Making fat cakes for the birds at Dorset Hemp HQ

Melt the lard on the hob over a low heat, mix the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl then combined the two when ready.

Poke a hole in the bottom of the cake case.

Cut the string slightly longer than the kebab stick, then cut the kebab sticks in two and remove the pointy end for health and safety purposes.

Tie the string to the middle of the wooden sticks and thread the string though the cake case with the sticks on top.

Place the cases in the tray, then fill to the top with the mixture.

Fat cakes hanging by the office window

Place the baking tray in the fridge over night so the fat cakes can set.

In the morning peel away the paper cake cases then tie a knot in the end of the string so you can hang them out for the bird to feed on.

We have chosen a spot outside our office window, so we can watch our feathered friends enjoy a good meal.

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Hemp Seed Flapjacks

Hemp seed flapjacks

Soft, chewy and sweet with hints of caramel these vegan and gluten free hemp seed flapjacks are also FODMAP friendly.

Here at Dorset Hemp we have been busy baking these delicious hemp seed flapjacks, the recipe was shared to us by @veganeatswithbeats on Instagram

Ingredients.

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (we used almond butter)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (coconut oil works also works great)
  • 1/2 cup soft brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup golden syrup
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 cups oats
  • 1/2 cup hemp hearts

How to make hemp seed flapjack.

Heat oven to 170c, grease and line a 8×8 inch baking tin.

In a large bowl combine oats and hemp hearts, then set to one side.

In a pan on a low heat combine all the other ingredients, stir until melted and smooth.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry and thoroughly stir together until completely combined then pour into prepared tin, pushing down until level and compact.

Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, don’t let it over brown or it’ll go too hard.

When ready, take out the oven and leave to cool for 10 minutes or so, remove from the tin, cut in to squares and enjoy these delicious hemp seed flapjacks.

Organic Hemp Hearts
Organic Hemp Hearts

At Dorset Hemp we think our organic hemp hearts can be sprinkled on any meal, sweet or savory we don’t mind…

With a light nutty taste they can be a great addition in almost any recipe!

As part of a balanced and varied diet, these little beauties are a healthy fuel for our body, high in protein, rich in omega 3,6 and 9 and contain all essential amino acids we need to flourish.

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New Year New Approach

The beginning of a new year is like a blank page and often fills people with inspiration and motivation for a fresh start, New year new me…. this year, instead of using that as a motto we’re trying, new year new approach, because no matter what goals or resolutions are being made you don’t need a new you to achieve them.

Lets try changing our mindset.

Old Way of Thinking: I need to join a gym to get fit, lose weight.

Because of lockdown and most gyms now being closed its easy to let this get you down and just do nothing at all

New Approach: Go for a walk or run with the aim to increase your heart rate, who knows you might find a hidden gem nearby and you’ll be saving some money

Old Way of Thinking: I’m going to save loads of money this year.

For many this won’t seem possible

New Approach: I’m going to save little and often when I can. So as not to put pressure on myself, even saving a small amount will add up in the long run, and this way its easier to still achieve our goals.

Old Way of Thinking: I don’t have time for Self Care I’m too busy

If 2020 has taught us anything it is to try and make time for yourself, even if it’s just a tiny window in your day.

New Approach: Sometimes, making time for self-care is as simple as listening to a podcast on a commute or taking a nice relaxing bath, but what ever you decide to do, do it for you.

Wishing you all a Happy New Year

From us at Dorset Hemp

Standing in the woods

we love taking time out and walking locally at https://www.visit-dorset.com/things-to-do/st-catherines-hill-nature-reserve-p1170573

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Hemp seed milk

making hemp milk

Hemp seed milk is a delicious dairy-free, nut-free, plant-based milk. It’s light and nutty in flavour, and only requires two main ingredients, hemp seeds and water!

I like to add some maple syrup and a little vanilla extract to sweeten it up, but that’s up to you…

Organic Shelled Hemp Seed

Ingredients

80 g shelled hemp seeds or 125g of whole hemp seeds

1litre of water

1 pinch sea salt

1 tbsp of maple syrup ( or sweeter of your choice)

1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

David and Tilly in the garden at Dorset Hemp HQ

I’ve always been intolerant to dairy, so I love that we can grow hemp right here in Dorset to provide us with a plant based alternative that is super nutritious and tastes great..

Try sweetening it with some yummy local honey or add 10g of cacao powder to make chocolate milk.

Don’t forget your five a day… you could add 25g of berry’s, maybe a banana or avocado to thicken it up like a smoothie?

The options are endless and it’s great fun experimenting to find your favorite flavour.

Organic Shelled Hemp Seed

How to make hemp seed milk

  • Add the hemp seeds, water, salt, maple syrup and vanilla extract to your blender and blitz for a minute, taste, add more salt, syrup or vanilla if needed.
  • strain through a cheese cloth or nut bag and a funnel directly in to a glass bottle or a jug your can pour from.
  • Store in the fridge from up to 2-3 day
  • If your adding fruit and you like it thick there’s no need to strain, best to use it right away and enjoy…
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Almond butter and hemp seed cookies

Dorset Hemp almond butter and hemp seed cookie

Check out these yummy almond butter and hemp seed cookies, they go down a treat with all the family..

Crumbly cookie mix

Ingredients

170g smooth almond butter

150g caster sugar

100g shelled hemp seed

¼ tsp fine salt

1 large egg

Sticky cookie dough
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and line 2 large baking trays with baking parchment.
  2. Measure the almond butter, shelled hemp seed and sugar into a bowl, add a ¼ tsp of salt, then mix till you get a crumbly mixture. Add the egg and combine until you form a sticky dough.
  3. Break off roughly 20g balls of cookie dough, carefully press them down, well-spaced apart, on the trays.
Cookie mix on trays

4. Bake for 12 mins, until golden around the edges and paler in the centre. Cool on the trays for 10 mins, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

5. Store for up to 3 days, if they last that long..

yummy almond butter and hemp seed cookies

This recipe makes 18 yummy almond butter and hemp seed cookies, we sell them with our other products at markets across Dorset and Hampshire, I thought it might be nice to share the recipe for you all to make at home, enjoy them and please leave a comments if you love them as much as us… Stay safe David

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CBD Infused Hemp Protein Brownies

CBD Infused hemp protein brownies

These wheat and dairy free Hemp protein brownies are a real treat..

INGREDIENTS

180 g dairy free dark chocolate 70% cocoa

100 g coconut oil

240 mg of CBD, we used half a 10 ml bottle of Refined 5% , approximately 96 drops (optional)

100 g ground almonds

75 g of organic hemp protein powder

A pinch of salt 

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 large eggs

150 g soft light brown sugar

1-2 teaspoon vanilla extract

75 g walnuts, roughly chopped

brownie ingredients mixed in a bowl

1. Preheat the oven to 130-140°C not to high, so not to evaporate off all the CBD. Line a tin about 20 x 30 cm with baking parchment.

2. Bring a pan of water to the boil then switch off the heat.  Break up the chocolate into small pieces and put into a heatproof glass bowl with the coconut oil and set on top of the pan of hot water, melt, combine the mixture, set aside to cool, then add your CBD oil and mix.

3. Meanwhile sift together the ground almonds, protein powder, salt and baking powder in a separate bowl and set aside.

4. Whisk the eggs and sugar together with the vanilla extract until well blended and frothy,# a minute or two with an electric whisk will do.

5. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients. Pour in the egg and sugar mix, followed by the molten chocolate. Starting slowly, mix the whole lot together with a wooden spoon until it’s combined in a thick batter. Chop and Stir in the walnuts.

6. Scrape the mixture into the prepared tin, spread it out with a spatula and bake for roughly 25 minutes, or until the top looks firm and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out fairly clean.

7. Let the brownie cool in the tin completely, we put them in the fridge overnight, and they’ll get a bit fudgier and a bit firmer.

8. cut in to 12 portions then serve, chill out and enjoy your wonderful creation

This recipe makes 12 Hemp protein brownies each infused with roughly 20 mg of CBD, add more or less CBD oil to suit your needs, chill out and enjoy…

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Sopley Festival

Our first event of 2019 was Sopley Festival situated in the grounds of Moorlands College, we had such a great day. The week leading up to the festival I was busy building our new stand and sign, whilst my wife Sarah was working hard developing some tasty hemp seed based treats that went down a storm.

It was great to see some familiar faces and also meet lots of lovely new people who wanted to learn more about the benefits that hemp and CBD Oil have to offer.

From classic cars and steam engine displays to dog shows and beautiful arts and crafts Sopley Festival had it all!

Thank you for having us and we look forward to doing it all again next year!

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Yummy Smoothie!

I have to say I love my smoothies! They are a great way to get your five a day, and guess what? It’s really easy to add your CBD oil too, all you need to do is add a fatty element like avocado for the CBD oil to bind to and you’re away. I use 2 tablespoons of shelled hemp seed, spinach, avocado, apple, blueberries, strawberries and some water, try adding 5-20 mg of your CBD oil, blitz then enjoy.

Head to the shop page to buy your CBD Oil now and don’t forget tag Dorset Hemp with your favorite recipes!

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Building with Hemp

hempcrete wall

What a great project that shows you just how amazing hemp really is! Who knew these beautiful homes could be made from a field full of hemp that was grown nearby.

Would you like to see more sustainable homes built in Dorset and Hampshire? Call David on 07469207981 for more details