Tomorrow is the 24th Annual Talk Like a Pirate Day

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September 19th is a special day for me each year.  It's International Talk Like a Pirate Day. To celebrate, it's important to cater to your very own inner pirate. For those who do not know about this special holiday, you can gain insight and even a little pirate lexicon to add to your own vocabulary at the website linked here: "International Talk Like a Pirate Day."






3 pounds of Pork (cut in 1" cubes) 

5 tablespoons Jerk Mix 

4 tablespoons canola oil 

2 White Onions, finely chopped 

2 cans (26 ounces) whole peeled tomatoes, drained & quartered 

3 Tbs. fresh chopped cilantro 

2 medium zucchini (chopped) 

2 carrots (chopped) 

3 Anistars (important ingredient) 

2 bay leafs 

1 piece fresh ginger (3 inches), grated 

6 cloves garlic, minced 

2 hot chilies seeds and ribs removed, finely chopped 

2 teaspoons chili powder 

1 1/2 teaspoon course sea salt 

1 teaspoon ground cumin 

1 teaspoon coriander seeds 

4 cups homemade or store-bought low-sodium canned chicken stock 

1 cup brewed coffee 

2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 

1/2 cup honey 


Combine jerk mix and canola oil in a large bowl. Add pork cubes and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours. 

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over high heat. Working in batches, add pork and onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned. 

As batches become browned move them into a really large crock pot.

Add tomatoes, bay leaf, ginger, and garlic; bring to simmer. Stir in chilies, salt, chili powder, cumin, coriander, chicken stock, coffee, and Worcestershire sauce. Also add cilantro, anistars, zucchini, carrots, and honey. Cover, reduce heat, and let the crock pot work for for several hours.

Remove bay leaf, and the Anistars, and serve. 

Serves a boatload of Pirates!

*Note from Myrl: The Anistars are a very important ingredient in this recipe. Do not use too many. 3 - 4 of them is just fine. You can find them in Indian grocery stores. Here in the Sacramento area, I get them from The India Bazaar. They are located in Folsom.



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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Myrl-many of us here associate Pirates with you!!!!! When I saw Sharon Tara post, you were the first person I thought of . 

Sep 18, 2019 07:09 PM #1
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

Now I am VERY hungry. That pirate stew sounds delicious. Wish it hadn't talked about the 8 hours in the fridge. I seldom plan meals that far ahead of time. Probably because I go out to eat so much. You know, last minute things.

Sep 18, 2019 07:11 PM #2
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Kathy Streib - It almost slipped by me this year.  I have several events not associated with pirates this weekend, and it wasn't until I was soaking in the health club jaccuzi this morning at 4:45 am that I remembered! 

Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor® - I think the secret ingredients in that stew are the coffee, the coconut milk and the anistars.  A bunch of us pirates kind of made it up one day, and it was a real hit.  I actually witnessed one pirate with a really bad cold, leave dinner that night, fully healed!  That stuff is powerful!

Sep 18, 2019 07:32 PM #3
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

That sounds like great recipe for a captain and crew Myrl Jeffcoat 

Sep 18, 2019 08:35 PM #4
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

....and a mighty fine pirate you are, Myrl. Your pirate stew sounds yummy. I've not cooked with anistars, and I've never added coffee to a stew.  Do you serve it with hardtack?

Sep 18, 2019 09:42 PM #5
Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

Shiver Me Timbers mate Myrl Jeffcoat! I had not realized talk like a pirate day had rolled around again. Seems like it was just yesterday, I was sayin' to the Land Lovers, Aaaaaaargh! Jeff 

Sep 18, 2019 09:48 PM #6
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Ahoy Matey! I'm hankerin for some mighty pirate stew Myrl Jeffcoat. Ye make a pretty convincing wench. An ole sailor like me might be willing to pay a doubloon and have some grog with that pirate stew.

Sep 19, 2019 05:55 AM #7
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Ho, Myrl - when I think of pirates, your creativeness seems to "pop up" in some unexpected as well as more familiar ways.  Arrgh!  

Sep 19, 2019 06:00 AM #8
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Myrl. I know how much pirates mean to you. The stew sounds great too.

Sep 19, 2019 06:37 AM #9
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

The pirate stew sounds delicious!  I doubt I will talk like a pirate today, but perhaps I will put on the costume that Sharon Tara made me last year!

Sep 19, 2019 08:22 AM #10
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Aarrr ahoy there matey Myrl.  Shiver me timbers that sounds like really fine grub Bucko.


Sep 19, 2019 02:52 PM #11
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing your recipe. I will send it to Chef Dolores on Facebook.

Sep 19, 2019 06:30 PM #12
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - My pirate family enjoyed it! 

Lottie Kendall - The addition of coffee to the recipe is a Caribbean touch. 

Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI - International Talk Like a Pirate Day snuck up on me this year too!

Sep 19, 2019 06:36 PM #13
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - I haven't tried the stew with grog, but I do have a bottle of Mead that might work. 

Michael Jacobs - "Unexpected" but "Familiar" ways.  I suspect I need to ponder that awhile! 

Sheila Anderson - I'm fairly sure I must have experienced at least one previous life as a pirate!

Sep 19, 2019 06:39 PM #14
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Brian England - There's still time to get into that costume.  Make certain you post the photo. 

George Souto - It's especially good on a rainy day! 

Roy Kelley - Chef Dolores, will probably shake her head with that recipe.  But, it really good!

Sep 19, 2019 06:41 PM #15
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Myrl:

Well daggone, I missed it. But that recipe sounds pretty good - wonder how it would be with chicken, or maybe beef. I am not a pork fan.

Love your photo, and  Brian England 's!


Sep 19, 2019 10:08 PM #16
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Myrl Jeffcoat, I loved your photo, the other pictures, the recipe in your post, the background story and reading about the interesting event: the 24th Annual Talk Like a Pirate Day.  Certainly there was a lot of creativity and imagination in the original setup.  Arrr!

Sep 25, 2019 05:16 PM #17
Gloria Todor
Century 21 Absolute Realty - Springfield, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Myrl, What a fun annual event.  But it can be prolonged throughout the year everytime you make this stew!

Oct 01, 2019 07:37 AM #18
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Myrl, I had never heard about this Talk like a Pirate Day, now I know. I liked the costumes and smiles ...

Oct 03, 2019 03:14 PM #19
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