Summer is a time of long hot days, lots of water in and around our bodies, and lots of outdoor grilling. There are a myriad of ways to arrange and prepare, sear and smoke, mix and match our menus. Kebabs are more than likely going to make a most welcomed appearance without question. We love kebabs because they are so versatile and often colorful, with endless combinations for never boring repeats. BBQs, spits and skewers were mankind's first method and vices for cooking foods. Kids love kebabs for the same reasons as the adults, but safety is of issue as it must be when children are involved. The skewer can be very dangerous to adults and kids alike. We often forget the pointy tip when consuming the golden and vibrant delecacies impaled on that odious and primal tool.
Being left handed and decidedly accident prone, I must consider the possibility of point in eye or nose injuries. Thus, I came up with a way my children (Genesis 6, Bronwyn 4) to enjoy kebabs without me having to 'lord' over them, enabling me to feel more at ease when entertaining. UNCOOKED SPAGHETTI! They make for great skewer substitutes and are inexpensive as well. I prepare and grill the kebabs as usual, but I slide the foods off the kebab and re-string them on uncooked spaghetti noodles. The blunt ends are more compatible with a child's coordination and dexterity, so the prospect of injury is reduced. Kids still get the pleasure of the bite sized pieces and being 'big' enough to eat like the adults. Additionally, uncooked spaghetti noodles accommodate raw fruit and veggie kebabs perfectly and the kids can even help in the preparation!! They love being our little helpers, and we love making them happy!! After all, they are the little apples of our eyes and we as parents want them to keep theirs intact!