Recipe Ideas for your Pirate Party
Pirates travelled a lot, from port to port, and, because they didn't have all the comfort we enjoy nowadays when we go from one place to another, pirate travels used to last for a very long time. Most accounts teach us that they used to sail the sees for at least three months at once before heading to a port.
In these circumstances, they didn't have the chance to eat fresh food after the first two weeks on the ocean.
Moreover, in the past centuries, fridge didn't exist and there were almost no way to store food in towns and villages; therefore, no need to wonder what did pirates eat!
Food To Sail the Seas - What did Pirates Eat?
When pirates (or any other travellers in the past centuries) left a port, the boat was loaded with barrles filled with fresh food: eggs, dairy products such as butter, milk and cheese, potatoes, vegetables (mostly dried vegetables such as beans) as well as beverage such as beer and rum.
However, the best way to store meat both on a ship and on the ground was to dry and salt it. And salted meat was the main food pirates would get their teeth onto. Sadly, even salted and dried meat would finally get a bad taste and this is the reason why our ancestors used to spice their meals so much.
Most meals were composed with boiled meat, vegetables, potatoes. Such meals were called "stews". They were the most common meals served on any table from the Middle Ages till the 19th century, when preparing meals became an art (before becoming a science).
Unlike we do nowadays, people in these times didn't serve meat, potatoes and vegetables in one meal. Instead they used to serve first meat, then vegetables and in the end, the dessert which wasn't particularly a sweet aliment. A soup wasn't the kind of soup we know nowadays but one or several types of meat cooked with some water and served on a large slice bread.
Instead, soup as we eat it today was in reality broth. People used to drink broth in the morning along with a large slice or bread on which they spread butter. Broth was the main food pirates used to eat when food was scarce.
Picture: Captain Bucko's Galley Slave Cookbook: Fascinating Facts, Sea Stories, & 100+ Famous Recipes From Worldwide Ports Of Call The book provides you with a lot of ancient recipes from all over the world.
Pirate Meal Idea 1 - Beef Vinaigrette
- 2.2 lbs (1 Kg) piece of beef
- 1/2 pound (250 G) diced bacon
- 4.2 C (1 L) water
- 1 glass white wine
- Salt, pepper, herbs
- 1 sliced lemon
- Punch holes in the piece of beef and put dices bacon into the holes
- Place beef in water and wine
- Add herbs, salt and pepper to taste
- Boil until evaporation 3/4 of the liquid
- Let cool for a while
- Serve beefsteaks with sliced lemon and vinaigrette.
Picture: Lodge Enamel Cast Iron Dutch Oven - Red (7.5 Qt) - An enamel cast iron pot is the best pot to use for such recipes as it is the one that matches the best the cauldron cooking habits of the times.
Pirate Meal Idea 2 - Meat Pirate Style:
For such a recipe, choose the type of meat you best like and which you can cook on the barbecue.
In the meantime, prepare a sweet sauce:
Mix red wine, sugar, cinnamon and a few cloves, boil until the mixtures turns into a sirup
Serve meat with the sauce as well as a salad.
Pirate Meal Idea 3 - Pork Stew:
- 2.2 p (1 Kg) pork
- 1 bottle red wine or port
- Diced dark bread
- Salt and pepper to taste
- In a large pan, fry pork in butter
- Add a glass wine or port
- When pork is half cooked, add diced bread, more port or wine
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Let cook for another 10 minutes
Pirate Meal Idea 3 - Sweet Salmon:
- 4.2 C (1 L) red wine
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3 cloves 1 lime
- 1/2 teaspoon powdered cinnamon
- 1/2 ounce (15 G) diced grilled bread
- Salt, pepper
Directions for making the sweet sauce:
- In a large pan, put wine, sugar, cinnamon, cloves as well as lemons
- Boil for 15 minutes
- Add diced grilled bread
- Cook for 10 minutes
- Pass the mixture into the mixer and filter
- Check seasoning and add any spice if needed.
What you need to cook salmon:
- 2.2 pound salmon filets
- 1/2 cup (100 G) flour
- 1/2 cup (100 G) butter
- 2 peeled lemons
Directions for cooking salmon filet's:
- In a pan, heat butter
- Pour salmon filet's into the flour and place into hot butter
- Cook each side of your files for 5 minutes
- Pour the sweet sauce onto the filet's and slowly cook for 5 minutes
- Serve filet's on a serve trail and sauce in a sauce container.
Picture: Pyrex Nonstick Open Skillets
Pirate Beverage Ideas
In the past centuries, wine didn't have the same reputation as it got in the last two 200 years. So, whatever the wine, it always was given an aroma, mostly cinnamon or cardamom, as well as sugar.
So, if you want to prepare beverage from the past to serve to your pirate party guests, I'd suggest to prepare the most popular cheap wine recipe: Hypocras. Basically it is a dark red wine to which you'll add a lot of special spices. But it can be used with white wine so that you match almost everyone's taste.
The advantage of such a wine is that you can use it from starter to dessert.
Ingredients to prepare Hypocras:
- 1 bottle red or white wine
- 4 up to 8 tbsp to taste (60 to 100 G) ginger (if you like it hot; ginger is optional ingredient)
- 1/2 cup (100 G) liquid honey
- 8 cardamom pods
- 4 cinnamon sticks or 8 tbsp (100 G) cinnamon powder
- 2 vanilla pods
- optional: a peeled lemon cut into slices
Directions to make Hypcras at home:
- In a large bowl, assemble honey and wine
- Add grated ginger in the mixture if you like hot beverage
- Get a cotton bag or piece of fabric you can use to cook and put cinnamon, cardamom and vanilla, close the bag and put it into the liquid
- Cover the bowl with a piece of cloth and place in a dark and dry area for 24 to 48 hours (depending on how strong you like the taste of spices)
- Remove the bag from the bowl
- Filter the mixture
- Transfer in an empty and cleaned bottle of wine
- Serve chilled.
- 1 bottle red wine
- Optional: 3.4 oz (10 cl) Cognac or rum
- 1 diced apple
- 1 diced orange
- 1 diced lemon
- 1 sliced lemon (to decorate the glasses)
- 1/2 vanilla pod
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Sugar to taste
Directions to prepare a quick and easy sangria:
- In a special Sangria jar or a large glass bowl, mix wine, cognac or rum if you choose to add more alcohol, sugar and fruits
- Place in the fridge
- Serve chilled
Optional: You can replace apple and orange with any kind of chopped fruits you like.
Picture: Libbey 7 Piece Sangria Set
More Pirate themed beverage ideas
Because pirates used to sail all the seas, any kind of cocktail based on rum or Vodka will work wonders.
Obviously, in these times, there weren't no sodas, cream liquors or products alike so the simplest is your cocktail, the best and the most realistic it will be.
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