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January 25, 2011

It came as a bit of a surprise yesterday when Boy Wonder asked if we have any playdough – they’re kind of beyond that stage. Actually we probably do have some somewhere, but there was a bit of time pressure here, B W needs it to make a model molecule of something or other in science, so then I remembered that yesterday I’d seen some lovely, scented playdough on 5 orange potatoes – so we took a look at it, but that recipe needed cream of tartar and we didn’t have any (we will soon, once the husband gets home) so that’s when the wonder of google came to the rescue with (no, I know, Boy Wonder and I didn’t believe such a thing existed either!) and we tried out their no tarter (sic) recipe: one cup of water, one cup of salt and half a cup of flour, cooked over a low heat until it’s the right consistency. Uncoloured, but scented with a few drops of mandarin oil, it’s turned out rather nicely, it’s lovely and tactile although I think it will get a bit crusty – all the salt. We’re going to experiment with other recipes when the supplies arrive, I’ll let you know how that turns out.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. creative crafter permalink
    February 1, 2011 3:51 pm

    I love the fact that you have mandarin oil in the house but not cream of tartar! I used C of T in the same way as baking soda for cleaning and deordorisng…not sure if that’s what its for except a few recipes call for it and I have no idea of its origin or indeed, why its called cream when it’s not at all creamy either! Is it just Baking soda in disguise???

  2. Janella permalink
    February 2, 2011 7:27 am

    Cream of tartar and bicarbonate of soda are the two ingredients that make baking powder. Bicarbonate of soda is also good for cleaning especially deodorising carpets.

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