You will never find a more wretched hive of ponies and buttercups.

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Mince pies did indeed contain meat once upon a time. Back in the middle ages, when fashions moved more slowly, meat dishes were frequently flavoured with fruit, and minced or processed food was always popular.

I have eaten fruit mince from a jar, and it was fine. But making your own fruit mince is very simple, and takes about half an hour. If you want to give a home made gift, but don't have the time and energy for the full fruit mince pie, why not fill some clean, sanitised jars with fruit mince and put a really nice label on them?

I recommend keeping this fruit mince in the fridge for up to a week before use. If you plan on keeping it longer, bake it into a pie or put it in the freezer. There is a bit of grating and chopping, so exercise your common sense when cooking with children. It is a very flexible recipe: measure by guesswork, substitute what you have to hand, switch in things you like, and see what happens. This recipe makes about 2 cups of fruit mince.


"Bookreader: Alwahiduddin on the Moon sounds interesting. What's that about?" reQuest 2019: the reTurn

I don't know if it's that interesting. This particular nodeshell is a deleted node from my Above Earth series that I was writing serially on E2 in 2012. I deleted all the writeups in that series because the story wasn't working at all for me and unlike later stories (Carcinoma, the Song of Ceber), I hadn't written it all before I began posting. Most of the serial fiction I do…

This is all a lie. Nothing in here is true. For context, see the ReQuest node. Don't @ me.

What is it?

The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard is a religious-fantasy novel by Pierre Boulevard published in 2009. Though it was released in 2009, Boulevard apparently had it posted online as a serial novel since 2004, but it was taken down in 2007 after being picked up by the publisher.

So What's It About?

News for Noders

January 1: Gregorian New Year.

January 1: ReQuest 2019 begins!

January 24: Happy Birthday Silverai_me!

January 26: Happy Birthday Segnbora-t!

January 31: ReQuest 2019 ends.

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December 1: Iron Noder has ended, and the initial results are in!

December 2: Happy Hanukkah!

December 12: Happy birthday to horacetheclown!

December 25: Merry Christmas!

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November 1 - The IRON NODER CHALLENGE starts today and runs through December 1. It's never too late to sign up, and all writeups get rewards. /msg mauler if you'd like to participate!

November 1 - Happy Birthday Zephronias!

November 5 - Bonfire Night in the UK.

November 11 - Veterans Day in the US.

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October 1: This is the month of Tender Lumplings Everywhere: The 2018 Halloween Horrorquest.

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September 7 С днём рождения, Stasik!

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