Category Archives: cream

Perfect Playdough

I volunteered to make playdough for my son’s Kindergarten class, and I was super surprised at the results of this recipe!  I have seen, but never made, homemade playdough before and I always thought it looked too sticky or too grainy. This recipe is neither of those things…it truly is perfect playdough!  I did the microwave method and I only cooked it for 2 minutes.  I stirred it every 30 seconds. I also used liquid food colouring, but next time I think I will try the Kool Aid.

1 cup flour
1 cup water
1 Tbsp oil
1/2 cup salt
2 tsp Cream of tartar
Kool aid

Microwave Method:
Mix dry ingredients together.  Add the food coloring or Kool aid to the water and then add the oil.  Mix dry and wet together and microwave on high for 1 minute or more, stir and microwave longer if necessary. Let cool, then seal in an airtight container.
Teacher’s note: I microwave for three minutes all together.  Remember, microwaves vary in strength.  The playdough becomes somewhat translucent when ready.

Traditional Method:
Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until it forms a ball.  Remove and knead a few times.  Let cool, then seal in an airtight container.

Will last approx. 1 month, depending on amount and time. 

Mediterranean Broccoli in a Rose Sauce with Fine Herbs

This is a great side dish! The recipe is taken from “The $10.00 Gourmet” by Ken Kostick. I would suggest to drain the tomatoes as the juices made the dish too watery, and when I added the cream (I used half and half) a rose sauce wasn’t made.

3 tbsp (45 ml) olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 large head broccoli, cut into florets
1 large onion, chopped
1 carrot, peeled and chopped
One 28oz (796 ml) can diced tomatoes
1/2 cup vegetable stock
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp dried rosemary
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 cup light cream or whipping cream
Cherry tomatoes, halved (optional)

1. Heat the oil in a large pot and sauté the garlic and all of the vegetables for 5-6 minutes.
2. Add all of the remaining ingredients, except the cream. Bring to a boil the reduce the heat. Simmer for about 5 minutes.
3. Add the cream, mix well to a creamy texture, and serve. Garnish with cherry tomatoes, if desired.