As excitement builds for the Twilight Market, the kitchen garden is keen to join in with the fundraising spirit! Discussing the value of making-your-own and using lavender, rosemary and eucalyptus leaves from our garden, as well as very careful kitchen skills, we are engaging in the delicate and precise operation that is bath bomb making.
Too little moisture in the mix and the bath bombs will crumble and fall apart when they come out of the moulds. On the other hand, just a little too much water, as a few students discovered, sets off the chemical reaction ahead of time and makes the mixture fizz and expand. I am proud to report students did a fantastic job ensuring their moisture content was just right and we have made several successful batches of colourful bath bombs. What better way to unwind after the Twilight Market than with a relaxing and beautiful smelling bath containing Epsom Salts (one of the ingredients which helps to soothe our muscles) – make sure you purchase some for your family on Friday!
Bath Bomb Recipe:
1 cup bicarb soda
1/2 cup Epsom salts
1/2 cup citric acid
1/4 cup corn flour
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 teaspoon polysorbate
few drops fragrance
one drop food dye, biodegradable glitter and decorations like lavendar petals (optional)
water (approx 1 tablespoon – spritzed with spray bottle)
Thoroughly mix dry ingredients (bicarb, Epsom salts, citric acid and corn flour) in a large bowl.
Mix wet ingredients (all other ingredients except for water) in smaller bowl. You may need to melt the coconut oil depending on room temperature. Very gradually, drop at a time, add wet ingredients to dry, stirring quickly and incorporating it with a gloved hand so there is not too much moisture in one spot – this will set off the fizzing chemical reaction ahead of time that we want to happen later in the bath. When it is well mixed, spritz with water, one spray at a time, while squeezing and mixing with gloved hand until the mixture just starts to clump. Press into moulds and leave to dry overnight.
There are many different bath bomb recipes – for more fizz, you could try using less Epsom salts, cornflour and water.
Prickly Pear Pizza
As part of our investigation of edible weeds, we thought we’d try a recipe for prickly pear pizza from an edible weed book. While the pizza we made was very popular, unfortunately, the prickly pear on top of it was not! However, we were able to turn it into a lesson on taste. Sometimes you need to taste things a few times before you like them. Children’s tongues can be quite adverse to new tastes, but the key is not to give up! Keep trying things because your taste buds are always changing. You may not like prickly pear today, but maybe you will another day!