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Ahoy there me hearties,Pirates Moira and Crew v3

….and shiver me timbers all you buccaneers out there! Yes it’s the ridiculous holiday to end all ridiculous holidays this week. That’s right shipmates it’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day on 19 September. The idea behind it is not to celebrate pirates, because as we all know, pirates were and are very bad people, but to simply celebrate talking like a fictional pirate. And why not indeed? We can think of nothing better to do.

Chock chip Cookies v2SPECIAL OF THE WEEK
So to celebrate this wondrous occasion we’re going to be offering our home baked ships biscuits all week. Don’t worry, you won’t find any weevils in these little beauties. They’re really yummy Chocolate Chip Cookies, hand made by Captain Josh himself in the Café’s galley. You can find the recipe below.


Discount on Drinks if you Dress like a PiratePirate Flag v2
In addition this week, we’re going to give any one of you landlubbers who comes to the Café dressed like a pirate,10% off drinks this week. You can’t say fairer than that.

So pressgang a few friends or colleagues and swing on by the Café this week and start saying words like “arrr”, “ahoy” and “avast me beauty”.  Any pooping on the deck will be punished by a swift walk down the plank though!

First Mate Moira


450 g unsalted butter, softened
700 g  brown sugar, unrefined
200 g  granulated sugar, unrefined
4 large  eggs
1  vanilla pod, with the seeds scraped out
930 g  plain flour
½ tsp  salt
2 tsp  baking powder
450 g dark chocolate chips

1. Set the oven to 190°C/gas 5. Cream the butter and sugar until smooth and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time and scrape in the vanilla seeds.
2. Put the flour, salt and baking powder into a sieve and sift into the butter mix. Fold to thoroughly combine then add the chocolate chips.
3. On a baking sheet, drop 2 tablespoons of the batter 5cm apart. Bake in batches for 8 minutes, until crisp. Cool on a wire rack.

Tips and suggestions
Feel free to halve the quantities if you just want to make a smaller batch of cookies and don’t forget you can make this dough up to 1 month before cooking and freeze in logs wrapped in greaseproof paper.