Hotdogs and Marshmallows

Marshmallows and Hotdogs

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Last Sunday was the Pentecost Sunday or otherwise called ‘the birthday of the Church’ and it was also the kid’s Confirmation and 1st Holy Eucharist. It was a very special event and parents were invited to bring something for teatime after the Mass. The kiddo insisted on leche flan but then I would need plates and spoon and what-have-you’s. I suddenly remembered the kiddie parties back home. Voila! Marshmallows and hotdogs on toothpicks – ever so popular with kids.

I can’t remember when was the last time I prepped this; probably during high school years! First time ever my son sees it and he was very pleased. The kid was seated next to the parish priest and was so proud of nanay he told everyone his mom made those fancy finger foods.

Easy peasy. I made 2 slices (like a cross) on hotdog edges to resemble a bloom when cooked; and to make sure the skin won’t break and pop all the meat out while cooking. I microwave them on high heat for at least 2 minutes or until cooked through. (You may pan-fry but I didn’t, wanna do it quick and oil-free.)

I sliced the hotdogs in halves and skewered them with marshmallows. Back home, we stick them into a banana trunk and a cabbage head is not a bad idea either but I opted for celery sticks! I arranged them into a disposable picnic plate and secure them with a plastic wrap. The skewers are arranged in rows according to color – I had vanilla and raspberry flavored marshmallows. It was such a big success the kiwi kids devoured them.

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I am not a professional cook. My only claim to having a culinary background is a short stint as my dad’s teen ‘sous chef’ in his carinderia ages ago. Dad ran small eateries since I was a young kid - serving standard ‘turo-turo’ food ranging from the likes of menudo, adobo, pritong isda, dinuguan, binagoongan, bopis, munggo, pinakbet and giniling to merienda fares like goto, ginataan, pancit bihon, halu-halo and saging con yelo.

My father, a farmer in his hometown before working his way to becoming an accountant, definitely influenced my cooking in a lot of ways than I thought. My siblings and I were raised in a backyard full of fruit trees and vegetable garden. We spent weekends and the summer breaks running around with ducks, chickens, goats and pigs. I had wonderful memories of gathering eggs, butchering chickens, selling vegetables and the sweet aroma of preserved fruits. But my love for art led me to a degree in Architecture. Just few months after getting my license, I went abroad and lived independently at age 23. Definitely no maid, no cook, and a totally different food culture. Along the way I met lots of friends and spent what seemed a lifetime learning new tricks and recipes.

Now living in Auckland, I am a work-from-home mum who juggles time between work, fun and family - in pursuit of work-life balance. No matter how busy I am, I love the idea of cooking for my family. My blog chronicles home cooking greatly influenced by life outside my home country from Southeast Asia to Beijing and Auckland. And most of the time, being busy also means easy (sometimes quick), affordable meals.

11 thoughts on “Marshmallows and Hotdogs

  1. first time i had them was when i was already in college (at my then boyfriend’s house; he’s my hubby now, LOL). brings back fun memories … maybe i should introduce this to my sons, too. :)

    thanks, Iska! :)
    – maiylah’s last blog ..Food Friday

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