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Cornish Pie

150 g (6 oz) shortcrust pastry
1 lb (450 g) shoulder of mutton
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 lb (450 g) apples
1 lb (450 g) onions
1 teaspoon each of salt and sugar

  1. Cut the mutton into neat pieces, removing as much fat as possible. Stew for 45 minutes until tender.
  2. Slice the onions and scald them by dropping into a pan of boiling water. Drain and put aside.
  3. Peel, core and slice the apples.
  4. Place a layer of onion and apple in the bottom of a deep pie dish, sprinkle with salt, pepper and sugar.
  5. Add a layer of meat and season.
  6. Continue with alternating layers of apples, onion and mutton. Finish with a layer of apple.
  7. Roll out the pastry and cover the pie. Decorate and glaze.
  8. Bake at 200°C, 400°F, mark 6 for 15 minutes, then reduce the heat to 180°C, 350°F, mark 4 and bake for a further 30 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown.

Waving a big bat in a typhoon

For those of you who are interested, the following extracts from Dave Simmons at the Live were recorded by my housemate with his Nokia, and are available from me as amr.

* Gordon is a moron
* Fairytale of New York
* I believe in a thing called love
* No sex in Blackburn
* Blackbird I’ll have him

Two files: AMR-NB.zip is Windows codec that should allow you to hear the files; and AMRcon12-setup allows you to convert the Amr files to Wave.


My First Post - Richard

For Alumni: I went to the Midsummer Common fireworks on Friday, with people from my year at college. As always, the whole town turned out, and tried to sell us flashing lights.

Some highlights:
* After an incident of queue hopping, (M)Adam and Kat refused to pay money to ‘the thieving gypos’ to go on any rides.
* I ate a footlong bag of flying saucers.
* We were told off at the end by a steward for lighting our own sparklers.