Monday, March 14, 2011

Let Them Eat Pie!

With all the worry and anxiety about Japan over the past few days, it's nice to take a few moments and find some joy in celebration and family tradition. So I woke up this morning and started making an apple pie.

Does anyone ever really need an excuse to eat a good pie? I certainly don't. But if you do, perhaps today will give you reason to celebrate with this tasty dessert, because today is Pi Day!
π = 3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716939937510...

Pi is the mathematical constant approximately equal to 3.14 in the usual decimal notation. Today's date - March 14th (or 3.14, the calendrical equivalent of pi) is a time to celebrate this glorious numeric principle with none other than PIE! What could be more appropriate?
 
Our go-to is always apple pie. Macintosh is our preferred apple, but so difficult to obtain 'round these parts! I went with a mix of granny smith and pink lady.


On a side note, in Japan today they would normally be celebrating White Day, a day designated for men to give white chocolate (or some other kind of white dessert treat) to all the women who gave them chocolate the precious month (in Japan, it is customary and expected for women to give all the men in their lives (bosses, colleagues, boyfriends, fathers, etc.) chocolate on Valentine's Day). Just another way life and traditions and have become commodified and commercialized, I suppose. But for better or worse, I imagine there won't be much chocolate-giving today in Japan. I wish I could just box up this pie and send it to all the people of Japan today - some mathematical sugar love and happy thoughts.

7 comments:

This Girl loves to Talk said...

oh I'm in australia.. monday has already been.. I missed Pie day!!! noooooooooooo!! unfair...

One said...

Gorgeous!! Maybe if I learned how to make pie like you do, I would like it :-)

MamaD said...

How do you pay attention to all these dates? I don't even know what day it is most of the time....That's funny that you can't get Macintosh in DC - they sell them in Utah but just not in all grocery stores. Maybe you just need to go to another grocery store and forgo organic. I am all about custard pies these days...yum!

ginger said...

Do you have an apple custard pie recipe D? I've got a great one.

MamaM said...

Given the topic, I know I should have recognized what the carving on the pie was, but for a few seconds, I really tried to figure out why there was a wolf cut out in the top crust.

MamaQ said...

Ginger, please share the apple custard pie recipe! email me!

MamaD said...

Ginger - I just do plain custard pies but I do have one for peach custard pie from Joy of Cooking but I HAVE to wait for fresh local peaches from Utah. Apple custard pie sounds very delish though!