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Pirate Food

If ye be a pirate on a long journey across the Atlantic or in the Caribbean ye might likes to know what ye be eatin' at any moments notice. That is why I be here laddies and lassies to tell ye that at first a pirate's grub be fresh and plentiful, but as ye journey ventures on longer this pirate food turns scarce and what is left be rotten to the core.

 
Pirate Food
 

Pirate food, in fact, may not look like anything ye have been eatin' before. The journey may start out all joyous with barrels of salted meat, a cow down below, chickens for eggs, fresh vegetables, biskits, beans, milk and a variety of pickled foods not to mention rum and more rum.

But a pirate's appetite be fierce and some journeys, they be long. So before a fortnight is gone, the supplies in the hull start to suffer. Ye may start to notice that our pirate cook in the ship's galley is using more spices than usual.

This be the first sign that we be running out of pirate food. The spices and herbs are to cover up thee taste of rotting meat and vegetables. Maggots crawl through thee meat and weevils get into thee biskits.

When we be out for months at sea, we pirates finally eat thee cow and then thee chickens for meat. Some of me pirates already got thee scurvy from not having enough to fill thee bellies.

If we are near a port, sure as the sunset we will fill thee vessel with as much meat and vegetables as we could get our hands and hooks onto. But, if we be out to sea, we need to raid another ship with fresh supplies. Otherwise they might just be in as dire straights in regard to pirate food as we Arrrrr.

One problem with we pirates is that we ain't be good fishermen. Yea, occasionally we be bringing in a sea turtle or some other creature we could catch that wouldn't send us down to Davy Jones Locker, but our mainstay be whatever we brung with us from the habitat of landlubbers.

If we be havin' a lucky strike we might be bringing onboard dishes like sour kraut, bumboo, hard tack, bone soup, sweetbreads, meat pie, pirate's stew, honey cakes or even the occasional stuffed hen that thee captain and his first mate may enjoy in private beyond the prying eyes of the other mateys.

Now, if we had the luckiest strike of all and we pirates raided an English ship with fresh supplies we might be dining on sheep, ducks, turkey legs, boar, hogs and even goats. Of course we be eatin' our mutton with our hands, wiping our mouths on our sleeves and drinking rum while singing songs.

That be the pirate way.


 
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