Just stop here if you can’t handle Shakespeare puns and related wordplay. You’ve been warned.
I went to see a particularly creepy production of Macbeth in the park with my Uncle David, Aunt Annette and their family. Shakespeare in the park is such a great idea- the thrill and intellectual stimulation of the theater, all while lounging in the grass with a juicy chicken leg and the dog.
This was not the first year we’ve gone together- they seem to remember I brought some ridiculous cupcakes last time, which sounds about right. This time I brought a whole picnic. The menu started out with the idea of making some Scottish inspired foods- shortbread, etc., but quickly spiraled out of control. I picked some of my favorite lines from the play and bent them to fit some summer picnic salad ingredients.
An unexpected fun element to my pun-filled menu was that my young niece and nephew were listening intently to every line of the play to catch each line referenced in the menu. Watermelon and artichoke hearts as teaching tools! Cute.
Macbeth Picnic Menu
Recipes to come- feel free to make requests as I may not get to all of them.
fair is [fowl], and [fowl] is fair
Balsamic Glazed Chicken
false face must hide what the [artichoke] heart doth know
Lemon Artichoke Salad with Orzo and White Beans
by the pricking of my thumbs something [pickled] this way comes
Pickled Onion, Cucumber, and Tomato Salad
a little water[melon] clears us of this deed
Watermelon, Feta, and Mint Salad
out, damned [pot de creme]
Butterscotch Pot de Creme
double double [chocolate] toil and trouble scottish shortbread
Scottish Shortbread with Dark and Milk Chocolate
let not light see my black[berry] and deep desires
Blackberry Ginger Lemonade