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Baked Icecream Revisited

April 12, 2012 Activities
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A while ago I tried to make Baked Icecream with fairly dismal results, but my lovely readers came to my rescue and concluded the recipe was wrong. So using suggestions from Jamie, Veronica, Lisa, Alicia and Trinity and based on Ann’s never-fail recipe, we tried again. First I turned the oven on to 230C so it [...]

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Consider the humble milk bottle

April 2, 2012 Food
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In my lifetime it’s gone through a lot of changes, it’s interesting to consider why. Obviously technology has had a lot to do with it, but social changes have also been part of it. What does a milk container have to do? Be watertight. Allow pouring. Allow mass production and transport. Protect the milk. Glass [...]

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Checking Out Cheese

February 28, 2012 Food
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Cheese is a very early form of food processing to improve storage. Milk is a valuable food because it is an excellent source of protein, energy from both fat and sugars and nutrients like calcium and phosphorus, but it has to be used right away or it spoils. The very first cheeses and yoghurts were [...]

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A reason to lose weight even though it’s really bad

January 30, 2012 Food
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The One Million Kilo Challenge is not something I would normally be involved in, in fact I am going to give you a whole list of reasons why I think it’s a really bad idea. There’s even some science in there. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve done diets in the past. Both under a doctor’s supervision, [...]

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Baked Icecream (that, um, melted. Help?)

November 3, 2011 Activities
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I‘ve tried to make meringue a couple of times and it hasn’t worked, so that was probably a sign that I shouldn’t have done this. Or at least that I should have tried it several times before putting it in the blogging schedule. But given trips to Melbourne and husband travel and another trip to [...]

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Wordless Wednesday – Weird and Wonderful egg

November 2, 2011 Food
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I hope I’m not going too far overboard with all the chicken stuff, but I am finding them rather fascinating. Most people connect to nature through their gardens but I’m an abject failure at anything to do with plants. So the chickens are my chance to breed and grow and show where food comes from. [...]

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Cooking with Solar

October 27, 2011 Activities
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In the brief weeks between freezing and pouring, I thought we’d try a solar oven. I’ve made them before with mixed success so I wanted to see if I could modify them for little ones, and there isn’t going to be a better place to do it than central Australia in hot weather. In the [...]

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Cooking Answers

October 7, 2011 Energy and Change
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How scientific a cook are you? Close your eyes and click back for the questions. 1.     Meat goes brown because of reactions in the proteins caused by heat or sometimes chemicals. That’s why some marinades will make meat look ‘cooked.’ The main protein in meat is called myoglobin which has a heme ring [...]

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13 Food Plants People Have Modified

June 9, 2011 Food
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People have been gardeners for thousands of years. In that time we have modified plants to meet our needs, whether that be good storage, easy harvest, or ripening at the same time. It’s usually a win/win, we get food, the plants get looked after. However some of the changes have been so drastic the plants [...]

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13 Ideas for Cooking with Kids

June 2, 2011 Food
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I have mentioned cooking a few times, I think it’s something every kid loves. It’s a chance to really get their hands dirty and create, then do something with the results! And cooking is probably the area where most of us use science as part of our everyday life – not only the chemistry of [...]

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