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I - is for Ice-cream


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Q. Where do you go if you want to learn how to make ice-cream? A. Sundae school.

Q. When does a joke become a Dad joke? A. When it becomes apparent.

That was just a way to start off this edition’s Kids Corner. Because today we’re going to talk about things starting with the letter ‘i’.

First up, we just HAVE to talk about ice-cream. In fact, not only do I like TALKING about ice-cream, I also love EATiNG it. . . and drinking it.

I love a spider - no - not the big hairy ones with six legs. I mean a glass of some sort of fizzy soft drink with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream carefully placed on top (if you’re not careful, it all froths up and over the top of the glass).

I even found a recipe to make home-made ice-cream that you might like to try during the school holidays. All you do is mix a can of condensed milk, 1/2 cup of cold milk, 1 tablespoon of vanilla essence and a pinch of salt, Then whip 500 ml of cream to stiff peaks and fold it into the milk mixture. Pour it into a shallow tin and freeze for four hours, giving it a stir after a couple of hours. It won’t be the same as you buy at the Rushworth ice-creamery, but it tastes delicious!

Now, here’s an unusual picture because I think ‘I is for Ironing’ might be going out of fashion! These days, most people choose no-iron clothing when they can. But ironing used to be a much bigger job when you had to heat your flat irons on top of your wood stove or even have a charcoal fire INSIDE your iron.

I have a flat iron and a charcoal iron, but fortunately, I use them only for doorstops to keep our doors open and am grateful that I only have to plug my iron into a powerpoint and turn it on.

Going from a hot ‘i’ word to a cold ‘i’ word is igloo. An igloo is a home built by the Inuit people of Canada’s Central Arctic area.They build their homes from blocks of hard snow in the traditional dome-shaped shelter.

Other Inuit people use snow to insulate their houses which they construct from whalebone and hides. Snow is used because the air pockets trapped in it make it a good insulator. Outside the temperature could be –49ºF but inside the temperature may be 16ºF.

One last ‘i’ word is insect. . . I know mosquitoes are part of our environment but I don’t want them at MY barbecue, thank you!

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