Pirates, Parrots and Peanut butter cookies

x marks the spot

Who would have thought a Wednesday walk with PartTimeWestie and HazzaBazza could have been so exciting? Who ever would have imagined pirates here, in The Avenue? That’s right, PIRATES!   Real-life, oooh-aaahing, parrot carrying, peg-legged pirates.  And how do you know when there are pirates in your neighbourhood, I hear you ask?  You look for their tell tale mark: ‘x marks the spot’.

Now, I rather stupidly assumed that a yellow cross on the pavement meant it was in dire need of repair of some form or another.  Or it has a gas pipe running beneath it. Or a water pipe. But, no.  According to my 3-nearly-4 year old escort, it means treasure. 

Picture the scene, if you will.  A small white dog galloping along the pavement, closely followed by a small boy on a Thomas the Tank Engine scooter, with a freezing cold RubbishWife dawdling along behind.

“STOP!” yelled HazzaBazza. “LOOK!”

I stopped and looked around. Firstly at the pavement beneath my boot, just to be sure I wasn’t close to any doggy treasure, and secondly to see  if I had missed an emergency vehicle of some sort.  You know, the usual things that fascinate small boys.  Neither was in evidence.

“What?” I muttered through my scarf.

“X marks the spot,” whispered HB, pointing at a yellow cross on the pavement. “There’s treasure in there.”


“Treasure. Y’know, pirate treasure.  The Pirate Piggies put it in there. We’ll have to dig it up.”

Pirate Piggies? This was a new one on me. Digging up the pavement in the middle of the street was also a new venture, and due to the lack of shovel, I attempted to move on.

“What kind of treasure will it be?”

“Chocolate coins-ies,” came the reply.

“We’ll come back for it later,” I assured him. And on we walked. The rest of our morning consisted of pirate-related conversations.  This is a small boys theory on how to recognise pirate transportation and the main man himself, The Pirate;

  • Pirate ships have triangular sails, that go this way, that way and across (imagine a small finger drawing in the air)
  • Pirate ships are shaped like a semi-circle, like an banana on its side (and pirates eat bananas too)
  • Pirate ships have a flag on them with  skellington bones
  • Pirate Piggies hide treasure in the sand
  • Pirates wear jackets with three stripes like this (again, small finger drawing)
  • Pirates have beards and one eye
  • Pirates only have one leg – the other one got eaten by a shark
  • Pirates always have a parrot on one elbow
  • Pirate parrots eat peanuts

AHAHAHA! At last, some common ground.  My knowledge of pirates may be a bit thin on the ground, but peanuts I can do.

“Let’s make cookies?” I suggested.  “Peanut butter cookies for Piggy Pirates to feed to their Pirate parrots.”

And so we did.

Peanut Butter Cookies

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200g soft brown sugar

200g crunchy peanut butter

1 egg, beaten

1/2 tsp vanilla essence

150g plain flour

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda


It is perfectly fine to add all the ingredients to a food processor, but this is the old school method.peanut butter cookies 014

Cream the butter and sugar together.  Beat in the peanut butter.  Add the egg and vanilla essence and stir.peanut butter cookies 009

Sift in the flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda and mix well.

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peanut butter cookies 017Bake at 180c for 10-12 minutes, until they are lightly coloured.  Don’t overcook as they will lose their soft, cookie texture.

The cookies will store in an airtight box for 2-3 days.  But I bet they don’t last that long. Oh, and don’t forget to mark the top of the tin with a yellow cross. These are the real treasure, and x marks the spot!

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