If you can get your children already at an early age to join you on your activites, whether it’s sports, music, outdoor life or whatever, in their own pace of course, there is a good chance they will share your interests later in life. On the other hand, they might just as well hate you for it and you will end up paying expensive money for your children’s therapeutic counceling. But let’s hope for the best!
This weekend we took two of our grandchildren, 3 and 6 years, hiking and birdwatching around the lake Angarnsjöängen, a bird sanctuary and recreation area. Warm, shiny sun, snow and ice rapidly melting away and the trails filled with water puddles for jumping and splashing.
But outdoor activities and a lot of fresh air make little children hungry and nothing seems to thrill them as much as cooking over open fire, for instance barbecueing some hot dogs or making charcoal buns (I’ll come back to those later).
Here is our somewhat more filling version of the hot dogs.
Stick bread and hot dogs
For the dough you’ll need:
- 5 dl flour (any kind of flour will do, your choice)
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1-2 tsp salt
- 2 dl water
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- Hot dogs
- Bacon, 1 slice/hot dog
Prepare the dough at home and wrap it up in plastic foil or put the dry ingredients in a plastic bag to bring along. Then, when it’s time for the barbecue, pour water into the bag, little by little, and knead the dough to smooth consistency, like play-doh.
Light a fire/grill and look for some thin but sturdy sticks and sharpen one end.
- Portion the dough into 12 equally sized pieces.
- Roll each piece into a thin rope and flatten it.
- Wrap a slice of bacon around a hot dog and on top of the bacon wrap the strip of dough.
- Load the hot dog to the stick and place over the coals of the fire.
- Rotate the stick now and then to cook the coated hot dog evenly. Takes about 4-5 minutes to get ready. Be careful not to burn it.
Your children will love it, I promise!