Eat Like a Pirate

With last Tuesday being International Talk Like a Pirate Day, I decided it would be fun to research what it would be like to eat like a pirate.

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What did I learn? The name of the dish favored by pirates as they plied the high seas is one of my absolutely top favorite words in the English language.


Don’t you just love how that rolls off the tongue?

According to Wikipedia, “Salmagundi is a salad dish, originating in the early 17th century in England, comprising cooked meats, seafood, vegetables, fruit, leaves, nuts and flowers and dressed with oil, vinegar and spices.”

And, “Salmagundi is also purportedly a meal served on pirate ships. It is a stew of anything the cook had on hand, usually consisting of chopped meat, anchovies, eggs, and onions, often arranged in rows on lettuce and served with vinegar and oil, and spiced with anything available.”

Well (in the words of Jack Sparrow) avast, me hearties.

If you ask me, salmagundi sounds a lot like today’s oh-so-trendy charcuterie boards and Buddha bowls. Of which I know a thing or two, since I prepare both…frequently.

Al fresco charcuterie a deux
Quick supper salads (aka salmagundi!)
Summer Glow Buddah Bowl served family style

Blimey! With my proclivity for feeding my family with salmagundi, I can’t help wondering if I…like Prudence, Livy, Brynn and Eloise…have an ancestor who was a pirate.

Ahoy, mateys! And until next time, happy reading and happy eating!


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