As I’m sure all of you already know, September 19 is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. While admittedly not the most well known of holidays, I never turn down an excuse to eat, drink, and be merry. And neither do my friends.
When I asked my husband to help me prepare some “piratey” food, he responded (sarcastically, let me mention), “What do pirates eat, exactly?” Hmm. Good question. I don’t know what pirates eat (probably fish and whiskey), but here’s what we threw together:
Tempura Shrimp & Vegetables, with dipping sauces
These recipes aren’t the fanciest, I realize, but when you’re on a ship (aka my daughter’s backyard pirate clubhouse), what do you expect?
The tempura batter is very easy to make, but relies heavily on one ingredient: ice water. The colder the better. Mix these ingredients together:
- 1 egg
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup icewater
- salt to taste
Dip in your favorite veggies: We used baby corn, green beans, zucchini, mushrooms, and any other fresh veggies that we could find! We also tempura’d some shrimp.
Mayonnaise, wasabi powder, lime juice, worceshire
Sweet and sour sauce:
Dissolve sugar into raspberry vinegar, add a little cornstarch to thicken.
Argh! Are you feeling piratey enough yet? Check out me, my friends, and some pictures I just happen to have of my children, dressed as pirates.
Pictured here: Arrrbrey McChesty on the very left.
Captain Coco, from when she was a wee li’l baby
Lastly, my pirate princess, storming the weather’d seas.
Now it’s your turn. Leave me a comment and let me know what YOU’D cook for a room full of pirates.