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Make very natural skewers yourself!

Make very natural skewers yourself!

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When summer comes, what greater pleasure than having lunch outside, cooking seasonal products and rediscovering the flavors of raw vegetables and wood-fired cooking? For that, it is enough of few things, so much nature is lavish at this time of the year, whether to provide us with food ... or allow us to prepare it! What we offer you here is to make a rustic meal from aperitif to dessert by making clever skewers yourself using picks all that are most natural! No need for commercial picks - metal or white wood - to make skewers. What we offer you is to make them yourself by drawing on natural resources. Here, we have chosen twigs of hazel, a tree very widespread in our gardens and in the wild. The hazelnut tree is without risk, but beware of other species such as the oleander which is toxic to it. Do not let children play with this plant, they could then put their fingers to their mouths, and do not use its wood in the application that we describe! This warning done, let's see in detail how to make our country skewers. Difficulty : simple, you just need a little patience! Cost : no Tools required : - Twigs of hazelnut - An Opinel - The ingredients of your choice

Step 1: Cut the branches of the year

These branches measure only a few millimeters in circumference, but they are already robust enough to serve as peaks. Another advantage: their fresh bark which is easily removed as you will see.

Step 2: Remove the leaves and remove the bark

We suggest you "undress" the branch to make it a perfect skewer!

Step 3: Make decorative peaks.

For an even more refined effect, you can decorate the base of some of your peaks. It can also be a trick to spot skewers that have different seasonings. To do this, arm yourself with your Opinel, and while being careful of your fingers, cut the bark precisely with your knife, around the places where you want to remove it, then gently pull it to peel it off.

Step 4: Garnish your skewers!

For this step, no need for detailed instructions. Freely choose the flavors and colors you want to mix!

Step 5: Taste!

Taste with the palate, and with the eyes! Aren't these skewers, finely decorated and nicely twisted, particularly appetizing?

Step 6: Recycle!

In nature, nothing is lost, everything is transformed. After the tasting, throw your peaks on the embers to make them disappear. Become ashes, your skewers can then be spread on the ground to amend it. To complete this country meal, use the idea around the aperitif and dessert.

Step 7: Make aperitif kebabs

On the same principle as before, make shorter peaks to skewer the ingredients of your choice (cherry tomatoes, cheese, radishes, etc.). For an even more natural touch, add an edible flower! Here, a pretty blue borage flower brings a decorative and cheerful note.

Step 8: Make skewers for dessert

Again, on the basis of the principle explained, all combinations and fantasies are allowed. Small or generous, as a main dessert or just as an accompaniment, decline the ingredients according to your taste. Here, we offer you fine skewers of blackcurrants and wild strawberries garnished with delicious scoops of ice cream. There it's finished. Certainly the preparation time is longer, but what a pleasure for the eyes! And if you have small hands at home, think that it's a nice way to occupy them, from the debarking of the twigs until the stitching of the ingredients on the peaks.