There are thousands of recipes for slime out there but for simplicity you can’t beat cornflour and you can also use it for a yummy cheese pasta for tea.
Ingredients for Science
- Food colouring (optional)
Ingredients for Supper
- Nutmeg (optional)
- Pasta shapes
- Frozen peas (optional)
- Cheddar cheese (optional)
One of the first things I learned to cook on the hob was white sauce and this recipe uses the method I was taught.
- Firstly make the slime…put approx. one cup of cornflour in a bowl
- Add half a cup of water and a few drops of food colour
- Carefully stir it and add a little more water to make the slime the desired consistency
- Whilst that entertains the kids, boil a kettle and cook the pasta according to the pack instruction
- Meanwhile, melt 40g of butter in a saucepan then remove from the heat
- With a wooden spoon, stir in around 25g cornflour and cook, stirring, for one minute
- Off the heat, gradually add 450mL milk, stirring to mix well (you can also use a whisk)
- Back on the heat, stirring all the time, cook until you feel it thicken and it coats the back of the spoon
- Add salt, pepper, nutmeg and grated cheese to taste and set aside
- Just before the pasta cooking time is up, add a handful of peas to the pasta water
- Drain the pasta and peas, add the white sauce and serve topped with more cheese if liked
Science in a Sentence
The mixture flows like a liquid but when you squeeze it feels like a solid; this is called a non-Newtonian fluid. You can find out more here.
If sauce stirring seems like too much hard work, there is a microwave white sauce recipe here on the SimplyBeingMum blog.
You can use leftover white sauce to make all sorts of dishes including lasagne, pasta/potato/vegetable bakes and fish dish.
You can also add food colour to the white sauce to make slime pasta 🙂
If you have the stuff, there are some great recipes for different types of slime on Science Sparks.