It’s a lovely sunny day and I needed to spend some time weeding the garden so a tray, some flowerpots and sponges came to the rescue to entertain the little ones while I got some serious gardening done! In the veg patch we have lettuce, tomatoes, radishes, sweetcorn, peas,beans, beetroot, leeks, courgettes and herbs. Yummy!
I read about this experiment over at kidtimes and we decided to give it a go!
All you have to do is put the egg into a bowl of vinegar and leave it for around 24 hours. During the 24 hours the vinegar will fizz and the shell will dissolve leaving a squishy bouncy ball of an egg!
We made observation tables and the children had a look a few times during the day and wrote what they saw – all part of trying to get Jake to practice his writing a little more at home and it worked well he couldn’t wait to check on the egg!
Saturday was a dark, rainy May day and by 9am my two year old was already bored and starting to whine and get clingy so I decided to give this a try. The homemade sand is just made from a bag of flour (1.5kg) and 1 bottle of baby oil.
By the time I got as far as starting to mix it the older ones had noticed that Rosie and I were up to something and so it became a family effort to mix the sand. Once you have added the oil to the flour just mix it together and run it through your fingers a little to get rid of any lumps and thats it!
It smells wonderful and although it feels dry it is actually sticky when you make a castle or shape out of it – we had little castles using plastic cups and heart shaped using the heart measuring cups. It is also really easy to clean up and it doesn’t stick or make a mess at all!. Considering my children normally have the attention span of a flies this was an incredibly successful activity keeping all 5 of them amused for nearly an hour – We will be doing this again next time we need a little bit of summer on a rainy day.
First of all let me say the cream was expensive! I used 4 600ml pots of Tesco double cream which was £3 for two pots – so £6 in total for my cream, this just made me glad I hardly ever buy cream!
You will also need a food mixer, a sieve, a few different bowls, a sterilised jar of some kind for the buttermilk and some greaseproof paper to wrap the butter in.
First of all pour your cream into the mixing bowl (I had to do this n two batches as there was too much to fit in one load. Then begin to mix on a medium setting, the cream will stiffen
Then the fat globules will begin to separate and the buttermilk will start to pool in the bowl.
Continue to mix until there is a reasonable amount of milk in the bowl then place all of the butter and milk into the sieve and drain off the milk into a bowl.Once you have done this once put the bowl of butter back on the mixer and mis again for a minute before repeating the draining process. Next run cold water over the butter and squeeze the butter with your hands to get the remaining buttermilk out, do this twice each time draining the water and replacing it with fresh cold water.Once the water is clear (so not buttermilk is left) shape your butter into the shape and size you want and wrap for the fridge.
In the end I made about 1.2kg of butter and 700ml of buttermilk from my cream. Tesco English Unsalted butter is £1 for 250g so my butter was worth just under £5. St Ivel buttermilk is 50p for 284ml so my buttermilk was worth just under £1.50.So for my £6 of cream I got £6.50 of butter and buttercream – so pretty much broke even. It does taste really fresh and actually making it felt like watching a little bit of magic happen!
Medieval Pottage was the staple meal of medieval people. Made up of whatever they had to hand and heated slowly before being thickened with oats. This turned out to be a really delicious and satisfying meal and probably cost less than £1.50 for a large pot full to serve 4.
Butter for frying
2 handfuls of oats
Chop the veg.
Fry the leek and onion in butter in a large saucepan until soft then pour the stock over. Add in the rest of the veg, season to taste and bring to the boil, reduce hear and simmer until the veg is all nicely cooked then add in 2 handfuls of oats, stir in the continue to simmer for around 10-15 minutes until the oats have cooker and the pottage is thickened. Serve with bread and cheese.