necessity is the mother of invention {& that's why we're here, friends} we dance to the music, we play in the kitchen & sometimes that means one of us breaks the wine glasses {we're not saying who} the cook is a cubicle-warmer/learning & development specialist by day, & a writer/photographer/kitchen goddess by night who has fun inventing healthy things she can actually eat we seriously both need capes & a kick-ass theme song & the baker is a catering delivery superhero; no job too big or too early or too floral not to come home & make magic with a mixer & an oven we are always gluten-free, dairy-free, & magically delicious now, somebody turn up the music! we're about to get our dance on!

09 June 2008

yo ho!! yo ho!! a pirate's life for me ...

Late last week, Kaari and I were both in agreement that we needed a lazy day.

Our timbers were thoroughly shivered, you might say.

And what better way to spend a lazy day at home than to invite Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom to the party?

Our mission:
1. Stay home.
2. Wear pajamas all day.
3. Make it through all three Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
4. Eat pirate-appropriate food while doing it (that also happens to be gluten-free and dairy-free).

Arrr, mateys!!

Every good pirate starts her
day with Starrrrrrrrbucks. Arrr ...

... and really bad eggs
(aka, "breakfast")

For our breakfast, Kaari made gluten-free pancakes with chocolate chips. Sticking with our pirate theme, we christened them Black Pearl Pancakes.

Arrrr ...

Black Pearl Pancakes
1 cup rice flour
1 cup soy milk
1 egg
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

Mix it together with yer pirate hook or a whisk will do just fine, whatever floats your boat or pirate ship.

Pour the batter onto the hot skillet and add a few chocolate morsels (aka Black Pearls) and "avast"... you have yourselves some tasty Black Pearl Pancakes for you and yer mateys.

Arrrr ... do I sound like a swashbuckling, Buccaneer baker to you?

Treasure Chest Snacks
Because we were nibbling throughout the day, we really didn't have much of a lunch. But we did have some seeded treats appropriate to our Caribbean theme. Using the same recipe that is posted here, I used chopped dried papaya, chopped dried pineapple, coconut shreds, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, and sunflower seeds.

We also had also plundered some slightly-less-than-healthy booty because hey ... pirates wouldn't be pirates if they followed the rules all the time.

Pieces of Eight Seeded Treats

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and coat well with brown rice syrup.

Add a splash of tropical-flavored juice.

Bake for 20 minutes at 300 degrees.

Once cooled, cut into desired size and turn over.

Bake for another 10 minutes and 300 degrees and allow to cool.

World's End (because if you're headed to Davey Jones's locker, you might as well have a good time on your way down)

Drink up, me harties, you're home!!

What pirate party would be complete without rum?? These fizzy orange drinks may be a bit too foofy for Jack & his crew (it's probably written somewhere in the pirate code that rum should not be mixed), but they do contain the required pirate ingredient, so in my mind ... they pass!

{Girlie} Pirate Drinks

1/2 c. rum
1/4 c. coconut-pineapple juice
3/4 c. carbonated mango-orange juice
Splash of lime juice
Shake well with ice.
Serve in chilled glasses and pour it down your gullet, you scallawags!!

pirate day photos by kirsten.michelle


Christianne said...

this is absolutely adorable. i laughed all the way through it! you girls are silly. i love it!

di said...

how do ya know if yer a real pirate?

ya just arrr!

kirsten said...

di, that was cute!! ;o)