I’m not ashamed to admit that this year’s Waitrose Christmas ad got me in the festive mood. If you’ve not seen it, it features a robin braving the perils of migration from Scandinavia to get some grub in a UK garden. Obviously we’re big fans of feeding garden birds, so here’s a recipe for a mince pie that’s exclusively for feathered garden visitors. And there’s no cooking involved so little ones can take the lead!  


200g suet 

a slice of bread turned into breadcrumbs

about 75g hard cheese (cheddar works well)

a handful of raisins

a handful of mealworms

cup cake papers

this makes 4 generous mince pies