Or should I say, maTeas! It's a pirate's life for me and you at this high seas themed tea party. Who can resist the siren song of treasure, tropical islands, true friendship and adventure? You don't have to wear a suit to attend this party; an eyepatch, hook, or tricorn would be in better taste. So heed the call, put wind in your sails, and follow me!
Ship fare was, historically, a sad affair. There was hardtack (usually with weevils for added protein), salt pork, rum, and the occasional salmagundi. But on the good ship Bedford Cottage, the menu is a little more diverse. The full bounty of the tropical isles we port in is present, served alongside the more practical, virtually unspoilable historical goods.
Plantain Chips with Mango Salsa and Guacamole
Hardtack and Salt Pork Jam
Cannonball Cream Puffs
Dark and Stormy Cocktails
The hardtack served aboard the Bedford Cottage is actually a simple cracker recipe. Stiffer than a flatbread but softer than what the poor buccaneers would have had, it is most enjoyable with a spread of salt pork jam. The jam is a savory blend of bacon, onions, garlic, coffee, maple syrup and brown sugar.
It is rumored that some pirates, including the famous Blackbeard, ate gunpowder to stir their courage before battle. While that can't have been pleasant, my gunpowder hardtack is. A little ground black sesame seed worked into the dough perfects the illusion of chowing down on the silvery black explosive.
Dead men tell no tales, but spreading the word about this awesome tea party is what we want here at Bedford Cottage Tea House, so no need to fear for your life! Share the bounty and throw a Pirate Tea Party of your own!