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15 Jul 2010

Alternatives to Adium?

Filed under: Lazyweb — Ben @ 16:04

When I’m at home, I tend to use Pidgin for IM. When travelling, I generally use Adium. But Adium is driving me nuts: basically it is fantastically unstable. Empirically this appears to be related to the number of contacts, of which I have many (i.e. reducing the number makes it less crashy).

So … what can I use on MacOS that’s less crap than Adium but still supports OTR?

12 Jul 2010

Cabbage and Peas

Filed under: Recipes — Ben @ 11:15

I have a vague recollection of being served this somewhere, but I can’t remember where.

Smoked bacon
Cabbage (we used sweetheart, but I don’t think it is critical, savoy would probably be even nicer)
Frozen peas
Double cream

Slice the bacon thinly, fry in a little oil until crispy (at least, that’s what I’d do, my sous-chef decided to stop sooner than that and it was fine), chop cabbage into strips, add to the bacon+fat and braise (I found I didn’t need a lid at all, but you may – and even may need to add a little water, depending on the cabbage). When the cabbage is nearly done, add the frozen peas. As soon as they defrost, a generous gloop of double cream. Add salt at some point if the bacon isn’t too salty and pepper in any case.

We ate this with roast pork belly and roast potatoes. Yummy.

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