Ack! I'm really bad at talking like a pirate, so I'll keep it to a minimum as not to embarrass myself too much :-) My son has this game called Pirate Fluxx and one of the rule cards someone can play requires you to talk like a pirate... always a painful experience for me and usually just ends up with me saying "arrghhh..." and "ahoy" a lot! Be sure to follow this post to the end because the instructions for the amazing bento booty treasure hunt are there... you don't want to miss out!
My challenge was to come up with a pirate themed lunch that would fill up and not embarrass a 12 year old boy. Here's what we came up with....
I found the drumstick recipe here on boatus.com. It was a perfect recipe, since it was meant to be served cold at a picnic. The recipe suggested cayenne pepper, but I used garlic and paprika instead. The dipping sauce in our new MiniDipper is our old standby... mayo, deli mustard (or dijon) and honey. This ended up being a great dinner as well. I fixed it all in the afternoon, put the chicken in the fridge and we had an easy picnic dinner when we got home from evening activities!
Next up is the seashell pasta salad. This was just an improvised salad based on what I had on hand. It's whole wheat pasta, cucumbers, grape tomatoes, shredded cheddar, bacon and ranch. It was pretty tasty and went well with the chicken.
The Greek yogurt skulls were a lot of fun! These were what Alex was most excited about. I found the skull ice molds at the dollar store last week. My intent was to float them in a dark sauce to look like the pirate flag. That didn't quite happen! I made the sauce with fresh blackberries (just cooked down with water and some sugar) and didn't expect that the sauce would be so red! By the time I got done, cooking and pureeing the berries, my kitchen looked a little like a crime scene!! We decided to put the skulls and sauce our EasyLunchbox the night before and freeze it overnight. Alex really wanted the skulls to be intact at lunchtime and we thought this might be our best bet.
Now for the info about the bento booty treasure hunt (written by someone much better at pirate speak than me)...
Every Blogger Buccaneer in this here Hop has a piece of the treasure map! You'll need to "collect" each piece and put them together in the right order to find the treasure! You'll want some parchment and a quill, to keep a log with each clue and each number, because there are 39 scurvy pirates running amok with 39 pieces o' the map to collect! 37 pieces will guide you to the hidden treasure (by spelling out the URL where you can enter to win!) and there are 2 bonus pieces with the "secret passwords" to get two chances to win some pirate booty!
This here's my piece o' the map! Good luck, Mateys!
Now hop on through to see Beneficial Bento's fabulous pirate themed lunch...