food, cooking 

@sergeisilence The filling was improvised - I just tipped a bag of frozen bilberries into a pan on a medium heat and added cornflour and sugar until it looked and tasted right.

food, cooking 

@sergeisilence Sure. Pastry:

250gm flour
125gm cold butter or margarine (I used a mix of butter and Trex)
Pinch of salt
3 tbs water

Put the flour and salt in the food processor. Blitz briefly to sift. Add the fat, cut into small chunks, and blitz again until it looks like breadcrumbs. Add the water and process for 20-30 seconds or until the pastry rolls itself up into a ball. Shape into a disk, wrap in clingfilm, and refrigerate for 20 minutes.

every time you call workers "heroes" without giving them a fair wage, an anarchist gets their wings

Okay... migration to @ghost_bird underway. Same name and avatar, so it shouldn’t be too confusing.

an eternal question, meta 

@xyzzy I'm less worried about safety and more just feeling vaguely icky about the company I'm keeping. And it'll be nice to be able to pick my own custom emoji set, even if I'll miss full text search.

an eternal question, meta 

@xyzzy I mostly settled on cybre because I wanted a big stable instance after having to move twice. Improved migration changes things, though.

Might be time to shift over to my new personal instance, tbh. I’m just irrationally wary of the follower-migration process, not having tried it before.

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an eternal question, meta 

Which users’ follows/followers are responsible for the loli and not-quite-openly-Nazi posting that keeps popping up on my federated timeline?

food, cooking 

Finished pies. As you can see, I had a bit of an overfilling problem - or more accurately, I think I made the filling too stiff and inclined to bubble over. Bilberries have a lot of juice and I was trying to compensate with cornflour. Pastry was surprisingly good, though.

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Think my boss' useless boss is going to ask me if we can run it in house. To which the answer is probably yes, providing he and his equally useless mates abandon their current strategy of ignoring literally everything I say.

Show thread It does. But the actual song is excellent too, when I'm in a certain mood.

In further work news, I'm amused to discover that "Jaina-Prosopography: Monastic Lineages, Networks and Patronage" - a database project for sociobibliography - has apparently been the subject of a dispute with the University of Sheffield bitter enough to require mediation.

@jocelynk Same. I was actually just about to go shopping for one when the lockdown happened, but 🤷🏻‍♀️

Siri, I appreciate your efforts, but the title of the Patti Smith song I requested is neither “Kiss Factory” nor “History”.

food, cooking 

Making little bilberry pies as part of a move to empty the freezer so I can defrost it.

I’m bad at pastry but this time I remembered the secret, which is to ignore literally everyone and just follow the instructions that came with my food processor.

@sinvega This brought cheer to my morning. Not least because I’ve been listening to the same thing.

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the mastodon instance at is retiring

see the end-of-life plan for details: