Plastilina

Este verán invernoso que nos está tocando ten para min dúas partes moi positivas: evitar o ritual da crema de sol familiar, dado que tanto Miguel como Lea se resisten, e poder quedar até as cinco da tarde en pixama sen sentir que perdes tempo de pisci, praia, parque, terraceo…

En fin, nun destes marabillosos días caseiros preparamos esta receita de plastilina. Non ten a textura exacta da convencional, pero é, para o meu gusto, moito máis xeitosa de traballar, máis barata e ecolóxica, e ten a vantaxe de que se pode cocer e facer figuras permanentes.

Ingredientes:

– Unha taza de fariña de trigo

– Media taza de sal de mesa

– Unha cullerada de aceite

– Media taza de auga

– Colorante alimentario (neste caso empregamos do comercial, pero outro día faremos un caseiro)

Elaboración:

Eu misturo todos os ingredientes, 3 minutos, temperatura 100ºC, velocidad 3 na Termomix. Poderíase facer nun cazo, o importante é facelo con temperatura (o resultado final non é o mesmo).

Sacamos anacos aos que lle engadimos colorante alimentario e imos facendo bolas de diferentes cores.

Consérvasenos até un mes na neveira.

So, apparently summer’s here… who’d have thought it? But a wet summer does have it’s up sides; for one, Lea and I don’t need to argue with María about applying sun-cream (although after getting a touch of sun-stroke last week playing football, I did promise to use it this summer). Also, we can stay at home ‘til late, in pyjamas, without feeling that we’re missing out on the beach, swimming pool. etc (having said that, the girls can stay at home in pyjamas, muggins here has got to take the dog out).

So, we’re staying at home a lot, and we decided to prepare home-made play-dough. The recipe is from the book Green Crafts for Children which I got for Christmas (thanks Tante Evita!). It’s a nicer feel than traditional plasticine, not as sticky and greasy, as well as being more environmentally friendly and cheap. It can also be cooked and painted afterwards.

Ingredients:

– 1 cup of plain flour

– Half a cup of salt

– 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil

– 1 cup of water

– Food colouring (we used commercial colouring, but one day, one day, we’ll make our own!)

Method:

We mixed all the ingredients for 3 minutes, at 100ºC, speed 3, in the Thermomix. You could do it by hand, but it’s important to do it with hot water; the end results aren’t the same.

We separated the dough into a few balls, then kneaded in the different food colourings. We only had red, blue and yellow, but thanks to primary school, we knew how to make other colours out of these three; Amazing!

Keeps for up to 1 month in the fridge.