Monday, July 1, 2013

Pickles in the Kitchen: Think contextually

The Pickles have been ravenously reading books this summer.  Something about the little game board from the local library's summer reading program adds dynamite to their already voracious appetite for books.  Read a book, mark it off.  Read another book, forget to mark it off.  Keep reading more books and maybe remember to log in a few more of those.  Huh, what's this?  "Check out a cookbook and make something from it?"  Why that is sooo perfect for the Pickles!
Enter The Pirate Cookbook.
After we determined that the canon by the chocolate pudding recipe was truly just a prop and no where in the recipe did it instruct us how to make the canon itself, we finally turned the page and moved on...
to Scurvy Soup.
It couldn't have been Blackbeard's Breakfast or even Parrot Punch.  How about those Peg-Leg Pickles?  Nope.  Scurvy Soup only.
As long as you are thinking contextually and you know that you are in the Pirate, living on boats, unshaven, rough and tough "Aaargh!" mindset then you think nothing of the title.  We certainly didn't.
when Pickle is accompanying me through Target saying such things as:
"When are we going to make the Scurvy Soup?"
"Do you think this is a good time to get the ingredients for Scurvy Soup?"
"Oh, look!  Raspberries!  We need those for Scurvy Soup!"
"I can't wait to make Scurvy Soup!"
well, I now realize that is when context is lost, and to the dear sweet ladies standing by us trying to pick out your bunch of bananas and fresh peaches:  I am so sorry to cause you alarm. 
We do not have Scurvy.
We just have a house full of little Pickles who are intensely determined to complete their library summer reading program, who can hardly wait to try out the cool Pirate recipe, and who have even dug an eye-patch out of the dress-up box to make the experience authentic.
And, concerned lady in the produce section, if I haven't completely scared you off I will tell you that the soup was delicious. 
Oh, and we re-named it "Breakfast Soup" to adapt to any occasion or costume.
But, of course, if you should so decide to wear an eye patch and build a canon for your ship and randomly shout "Aaargh!" for the sheer pleasure of it, then appropriately it is called
Scurvy Soup.

Here is our Pickle-friendly adaptation from A Pirate Cookbook by Sarah L. Schuette:

Breakfast Soup

1 cup orange juice
1 cup apple juice
1 cup milk kefir*
2 teaspoons honey
1 teaspoon lemon juice
splash of vanilla
3 bananas
1 1/2 cups crushed pineapple
pint of fresh raspberries

1.  Whisk together in a large bowl juices, kefir, honey and vanilla.  Set aside.

2.  In each serving bowl, mash 1/2 a banana and top with 1/4 cup crushed pineapple and a few fresh raspberries.

3.  Ladle juice mixture over fruit mixture in each bowl and serve.

Serves 6
*to make dairy free, substitute coconut milk.

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