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We are Amisadai and Louisa Monger (aged 15 and 13). In 2010, we moved to Tanzania in Africa - look at the map below to see if you can find it! We hope you will enjoy reading about our adventures and looking at our photos! Please don't forget to send us a message too!

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Experimental Half Term

I'm back! It's Louisa blogging again! Sorry it has been such a long time!
We have just had a few days off school for our half term. Over the long weekend we did some chemistry experiments. We made blue calcium sulphate crystals and some milk and honey soap with sodium borate. I also made some wholewheat honey bread and Amisadai and I made some honey vanilla yogurt. (See below how you can make these things at home!)
Chemistry at home!
Making soap
Guess what! There is now a huge new mall in Mwanza! There is nothing like it here at all! We went there yesterday. There are hardly any shops there yet, but they do have lots of phone shops! In the mall they have just opened a shop called TSN supermarket. It is much bigger than I expected and is like being in Dar es Salaam!  They have trolleys that are my size and also car trolleys for small children to ride in and much cheaper cereal so we bought some Rice Krispies!
Rock City Mall

It's HUGE!

I love these little cars!

We found Iringa Yoghurt!!!!
 Recently we have been to quite a few weddings! Our friend Esther and Baraka got married and so did our friend, Joel and Samantha. I enjoyed dressing up in my new dress and seeing the brides and brisdesmaids looking very beautiful. But Esther's wedding was very long, and I did get tired waiting for the food to come! It was a real midnight feast which for my whole life I always thought would be fun. It was still fun, but I think it is better to eat earlier as well before the midnight feast.
With Esther
Helping with Esther's long train

Wedding smiles!
Click on the link here for the recipe I used!

4 cups of hot milk
1/4 cup of plain yogurt
1 tsp of vanilla
glug of honey

Cool the milk to 110F in a hotpot with the vanilla and honey.
Gently swirl the yogurt into the milk.
Then place the hotpot in a sunny spot for 8 hours. Refrigerate.
To make thicker yogurt like Greek style you can strain off some of the whey through a cloth.

8 parts oil (we used palm,coconut and olive)
4 part water with 1 part milk
1 part NaOH (sodium hydroxide)
1 part honey

Measure the oils and keep warm at 90F. Wearing protective goggles, masks, gloves and apron, very carefully stir the NaOH into the water and milk. It gets very HOT! Working with NaOH is very dangerous, so make sure you are with an adult! Wait for it to cool to cool to 90F. This takes a while! Stir it carefully into the oil and keep stirring. Add the honey. Stir a lot and then pour into moulds.
Wait until the soap has set well before taking out!
IMPORTANT! You must wait a couple of months until you can use this soap!