This week our very special Reader’s Recipe comes from one of our younger readers, 10-year old Holly from East Sussex. It may be December, but Holly’s Tropical Fruit Kebabs recipe puts us in mind of the beach and flip flops. But just to keep it festive, we made our own Tropical Fruit Kebab Christmas Tree – Calyspso Christmas anyone?
A couple of months ago, Rachel and I were invited by Susannah from the Eggs to Apples farm shop to talk at the Battle Festival in East Sussex. Our theme was How to Get your Kids to Try New Foods. One part of our talk was about getting kids involved in cooking as a way of encouraging them to be more adventurous eaters. Rachel gave a very nifty demo, showing how to make fruit kebabs, and we were joined by some of the children in our small but enthusiastic audience. One of those children was 10 year old Holly.
Soon after our talk Holly sent us photos of her own version of fruit kebabs, using delicious tropical fruits: pineapple, mango, banana and strawberry, and she was kind enough to tell us how she made them. So we’re delighted to be able to feature her recipe here on Meals Our Kids Love!
For Holly’s original Tropical Fruit Kebabs, Holly suggests cutting the fruit into cubes, but for an extra special festive snack treat for the kids, why not use cookie cutters in the shape of stars (in the main picture and above).
One of our lovely fellow bloggers, Amy from Feeding Finn is featuring a healthy Christmas snacks Advent Calendar throughout December. Her Carrot Stars look brilliant. Meanwhile, Grace from Eats Amazing has added her Tortilla Snowflake Crisps (beautiful). We thought we’d get into the spirit with a Calypso Fruit Kebab Christmas Tree – a lovely way to serve Holly’s Tropical Fruit Kebabs at a kids’ Christmas party. Top the tree off with a piece of fruit cut into the shape of a star or try different fruits like green and black grapes, blueberries and raspberries as “baubles”.
The combination of pineapple, mango, banana and strawberry is really delicious and we think Holly’s recipe is fantastic – my kids loved this! So, it’s over to Holly with her recipe for Tropical Fruit Kebabs.
- 1 pineapple
- 1 banana
- 11 strawberries
- 1 mango
- You can either cut the strawberries in half or leave whole, with or without the stalk.
- Cut the banana into even slices about an inch thick.
- Remove the mango stone by cutting segments either side of the stone - you will end up with two large slices and two thinner slices.
- Score the mango into cubes, push the skin outwards until it looks like a hedgehog. You should then be able to pull the cubes off easily. Alternatively, you can use your star cutter to cut shapes directly into the fruit.
- To prepare the pineapple, start by removing the leafy crown: you can either twist or slice it. Cut the top and bottom off the pineapple. Then, carefully remove the outer skin with a knife. Make sure you remove all the "eyes". Then, chop your pineapple into chunks or use a cookie cutter to make shapes.
- Starting with the pineapple (it is a sturdier fruit, and will help to keep the kebab in place), slide pineapple chunks onto the kebab stick. Then add banana, strawberry and mango in order.
- Repeat until the kebab stick is full but remember to leave room at the ends to hold it.