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Apple & Maple Windfall Muffins - Dairy Free

Apple & Maple Windfall Muffins - Dairy Free

So it's that time of year when apples appear at my doorstep. Folk who know that I love to cook, drop their windfalls at my door, in exchange for bakes further down the track. It's a fair exchange. And tasty too. These are breakfast muffins, not too sweet and bursting with fruit. I've made them dairy free, although your choice of yoghurt is up to you - it's simply the acidity that we need in the mix for a light and fluffy crumb. Source 4 eating apples, cut into small chunks - no need to peel 250g self raising flour...

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We Don't Make Luxury Aprons.

We Don't Make Luxury Aprons.

I've been thinking a lot recently about affordability, and what things actually cost.  My starting point is this: real food is not a luxury. It's a way of life.  And from that comes the drive for good kit.  So, let’s talk about affordable goods. I know that the £55 price tag on our Robyn apron is, for many people and their families, their weekly budget for food. At times, it’s mine too. And it’s this kind of relativity, that how-much-does–a-loaf-of-bread-cost-in-comparison-to-this conversation, that opens up a mind map this thinking. So let’s set out my stall. Bird sells aprons. We also...

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Why the Cook's Tunic?

Why the Cook's Tunic?

 Like all our capsule garments, the Cook's Tunic was inspired by my time at the cafe. The days were long - 8am sometimes thru midnight - and the kitchen was hot. I wanted something that was easy to wear, kept me cool and still felt smart.  With a cook's background, chef jackets just didn't sit right for me. So I raided my wardrobe and lived in tunics. From Toast. And that was the problem. Those tunics were too toasty. Too hot. And pricey. Too fine to be trashed on a daily basis in a working kitchen. So when I came...

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Oatmeal Cookies from our pals, The Meringue Girls

Oatmeal Cookies from our pals, The Meringue Girls

The Meringue Girls, headed up by founder Alex in their Borough London bakery, have been part of our story here at Bird from the start. Providing the gals with five denim Robyns was one of our first commissions so I'm super thrilled to share with you this EXCLUSIVE recipe, written by Alex, just for our Birdfeed readers.  Soft, gooey and utterly delicious. Treat yourself and dream of baking. Source 250g softened butter 200g light brown sugar 100g caster sugar 1 large egg 1tsp vanilla bean paste 150g plain flour 60g wholemeal flour 150g rolled oats 1tsp bicarbonate of soda 1tsp...

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