“Are spaghetti tacos real?”
My daughter Clara, 10, asked me this a couple of weeks ago, as we were watching an episode of the popular tween comedy iCarly. In case your viewing habits tend more toward The Nightly News than Nickelodeon, iCarly’s a show about a girl who lives with her big brother Spencer, a sweet but quirky dude who, yes, serves pasta-stuffed tacos for supper. I explained to Clara that the dish is just a silly TV-show invention.
Now I’m eating my words -- and, soon, maybe spaghetti tacos too.
According to an article The New York Times just ran, kids across America are clamoring for the Spencer Special, which is prepared by nestling red-sauced spaghetti in a taco shell. Crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside, “spaghetti tacos are all the rage,” the story said, “especially if you’re less than 5 feet tall and live with your mother.” Sounds like a few of my old boyfriends, but I digress…
Anyway, now that I know that real people have sampled this crazy concoction and survived, I’m tempted to try it too. It’ll solve the “what’s for dinner” problem in an entirely new way. And meanwhile I’m gonna start lobbying iCarly’s writers to have Spencer develop twin passions for broccoli and early bedtimes. I’ll let you know how it goes!
Have you made these for your kids? Would you?