Making a cocktail for our intergalactic guests was a dream come true. The cast of Star Trek: TNG visited us and I was able to teach a quick lesson on density while putting together a colorful drink.
Rock candy, so popularly associated with garishly colored sticks and strings, makes its first appearance in world culinography in 9th century Iran. It seems even at such an early time in human history we had already learned to grow sugar crystals. And why would we be growing sugar crystals? Keep reading!
Soap is a rather remarkable creation resulting from the mixture of two common materials. Though it seems odd to say, soap is a salt. Salts are the products of acid+base reactions, in this case the fatty acids contained in vegetable oils and the alkaline properties of lye. Sodium Hydroxide (now industrially produced and known as lye) was once collected and made from ashes and rainwater.
This is the sort of recipe you keep up your sleeve for those busiest weeks in the year. Make a tray of these bars and stick them in the fridge, when you get up in the morning breakfast accomplished!