Monday, September 19, 2011

Munchkin Monday: Happy National Talk like a Pirate day

The pirate speaks,"Well today be national talk like a pirate day! me family and i enjoy celebratin' this crazy holiday especially when a good bucko gave us a bag o' pirate themed goodies. "

"T' main festivities at our house include--Drawin' maps, Bandanas, tattoos, Pirate Treaaye pockets, Treaaye hunts and alot o' fun tryin' t' talk like a Pirate!"

The pirate speaks,"Here be t' little mates readin' their new pirate book and wearin' t' bandanas. me husband sewed t' red and white one. we found t' material at Joann's and cut it t' size 22x22 and then used our roller foot t' sew t' edges. "

"Scary picture i know, but it t' only one o' me from today with me new bandana"

The pirate speaks,"Some o' these pictures be from this year and some be last year. I do have more pictures but Emily took them with her camera and if it wasn't so late i would call and ask her t' add them, but she be in bed. I will add t' other pictures soon."

"me baby was 3 months old and aye he got his own tattoos too!"

"T' table be set with decorations and a bowl o' hard tack."

Pirate Hard Tack

2 C. flour                        
½ C. to ¾ C. water 
6 pinches of salt             
1 Tbsp of shortening (optional)

Mix all ingredients into a batter and press onto a cookie sheet to a thickness of ½ inch.  Bake at 400° for 1 hour.  Remove from oven, cut dough into 3 inch squares, and punch 4x 4 rows of hole. Flip the crackers and return to oven for 30 min more.  

"T' sprogs loved t' map and treaaye hunt. me husband drew up t' map labeled with all t' parts o' a ship, and findin' t' gold/chocolate doubloons were fabulous too"

The pirate speaks,"me sprogs love t' hard tack and t' treaaye pockets on any other day with a different name might be a little harder t' get them t' eat but on talk like a pirate day they love them. So now we can serve them anytime and they will still love them. "

Pirate Treasure Pockets
3 teaspoons rapid rise yeast
1 cup warm water (110 degrees F to 115 degrees F)
6 Tbsp white sugar
1 tsp salt
2 egg
1 cup whole wheat flour
3 cups bread flour, or as needed

1 pound ground pork
1 (1 ounce) package ranch dressing mix (such as Hidden Valley Ranch®)
1 cup finely chopped cabbage
1 small zucchini, grated
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 cup red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 carrot, grated
1 teaspoon minced garlic, or to taste
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon butter, melted


Add water and yeast into a bowl and let rest for 5 min. Beat in the sugar, egg, salt, and whole wheat flour mix well. Stir in the bread flour, a 1/2 cup at a time, mixing well after each addition. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutesor in your mixer for 8 min. Lightly oil a large bowl, then place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a cloth and let rise in a warm place (80 to 95 degrees F ) until doubled in volume, about 30 minutes.
While the dough is rising, Cook the pork in a large skillet over medium heat.  Drain and discard any excess grease. Stir in the ranch dressing mix until meat is well-coated. Add the cabbage, zucchini, onion, red bell pepper, carrot, and garlic. Cook and stir until the vegetables are tender and most of the liquid has evaporated, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Use a knife to divide the dough into eight equal pieces-don't tear it. Roll each portion out to an 8-inch square, then cut each large square into four smaller squares. Place about 3 tablespoonfuls of the pork filling into the center of each square. Bring the corners over the filling and pinch to seal. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Place the pouches on the prepared baking sheet about 3-inches apart. Cover the pouches with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 30 minutes.
Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F, Bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes.

"Good luck with your party and good luck in readin' this blog post! I switched everythin' from english t' pirate here."

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