Monday, 12 December 2011

Hot dog People & Animals

When we have hot dogs around here (unless it's a BBQ), they do not come to the table in their 'normal' form. We make the some-what boring dogs into people and squids. The people are on the top of the hit list because the kidlets use their teeth to cut the hair off them. This I can attest is VERY FUN to do! The only snag is the hair doesn't grow back, which is a bummer, until hot dog people return again.

It is a rather simple process, first you need some hot dogs and some uncooked spaghetti noodles. Boil a pot of water with 1/2 tbsp of oil, large enough to fit the length of hot dog plus pasta. If you omit the oil the noodles will stick together. Insert the hard noodles into one end of the hot dog. Make a slit down the middle of the opposite end for the legs and two slits on either sides for the arms. Make a slit for the mouth and two tiny 'x' marks for the eyes. Place hot dog and noodles into boiling water and the features will curl out as shown in pic. Add your kids favorite veggies or side and you are ready for Hot dog people.

For the squid I used the same technique as above but with little sections of the hot dog. I made slits for the eyes and mouth and after the hot dog had boiled, added pieces of pickles or relish to the open areas. I just used veggies I had in the fridge to create the sea. Carrots for the sea bottom, pickles and peppers for the seaweed and cucumbers for the fishes. Give these guys a try, I'm sure they'll be a hit!

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