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A Brilliant Barbeque

A little planning, some preparations, some culinary skills and a little luck. That is the recipe to a successful barbecue and a funfilled weekend.

What you need:
1) Snacks.
2) First course.
3) Main course.
4) Dessert.
5) Drinks (non-alcoholic).
6) Skewers.
7) Table linen.
8) Paper plates.
9) Cups.
10) Flatware.
11) A medium sized portable electric grill.

Menu reminder:
Arrange enough snacks for all guests to munch about while the main food is grilling. Fill the menu with dips, chips and fresh salads. Marinate meats and dry foods to moisten and flavor them.

Cooking tips:
1) Most fishes cook very well on the barbecue, plus they have high nutrition value. If you do not have any reservations, you can use fishes for your barbecue. Take care not to overcook these or they will just fall apart or dry out completely.
2) Pack the vegetables in a foil, season them and place the package on the barbecue. This helps them be prepared easily.
3) Prepare fruit kebabs in the same manner, taking care that the foil packages are tightly closed to prevent any escape of juice.

NOTE: Fruit kebabs are better cooked on dying embers.

Decorations:
1) Place a wooden table out in the open or even inside if you feel safer.
2) Lay the table with linen laced with red, white and blue ribbons - side by side in the same order.
3) Dangle colorful festoons overhead.
4) Use colourful ribbons, baloons and banners to decorate the ambience in a festive way.

What to do:
1) Request everyone to lend a hand in the cooking. It will be more fun that way and will also reduce the burden.
2) Back up your barbecue with a little forethought.
3) Ensure you have a grill(s) large enough to cook sufficient food for the number of guests invited.
4) Make sure that you have enough fuel in the form of wood or charcoal.
5) Your working suface should be a stable, level area where the barbecue is safely placed and not likely to get turned over.
6) Keep the ingredients chilled before cooking.
7) Never leave your food out in the open or it may get contaminated.
8) Keep the foods with eggs or mayonnaise secured from the heat to prevent food poisoning.
9) Place the barbecue grill away from fences or other combustible material.
10) Keep the barbecue grill away from your neighbor's back door or you may have all your fun spoiled due to obnoxious fumes.
11) If you are young of age, you are advised to get your parent's help.

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