Eugenia Cheng Makes Math a Piece of Cake

4 May

New story in the NYT:

Eugenia Cheng Makes
Math a Piece of Cake

It can also be a piece of pie, or custard — so
says a professor and author who spreads the
magic of numbers through dessert recipes.


Pies at Green Man

21 Aug

Last weekend I worked a bones stall at the Green Man Festival in Wales. There were two pie stands! I ate at Pieminster, but unfortunately didn’t get to try the other one, Barnaby Sykes. However, their stand was amazingly designed.

Barnaby Sykes, Pie Maker. Image by Els MP.

Barnaby Sykes, Pie Maker. Image by Els MP.



Summer Pies

5 Jul

From Buzzfeed’s 27 Local News Stories That Prove Britain Can’t Handle Summer. Well-played, Wigan.

Hot Pie returns

19 May

In this week’s Game of Pies (4:8), Hot Pie returns with a rather random interlude about his pie technique.

“A good kidney pie is all about the ingredients – flour, lard, water, eggs, milk. Easy enough. But the meat – peacetime or not, getting your hands on a good bottom round steak and calves’ kidneys is not easy. I mean, some people settle for plain old beef kidneys… and the gravy. Don’t get me started on the gravy! Very difficult to get right. See, a lot of people give up on the gravy. You CAN NOT give up on the gravy! No gravy, no pie. Simple as that.

You said it, hot pie.


9 May

I am pleased to note that pies have officially Made It, as there is a proper pie scav item,

163.  Pie-athlon! Make a pie on a treadmill. Pie-athlon! Eat a pie while lifting weights. Pie-athlon! Is that Frisbee® a pie? Pie-athlon! Combine your favorite athletic competition. . . with pie. [3.14 points]

See the rest of the list at

Game of Thrones Pie (no spoilers)

15 Apr

Ah! A show set in fictional Medieval-to-Renaissance Europe, and finally we have a pie worthy of Titus Andronicus! This week’s episode (S4ep2, “The Lion and the Rose”) features Joffrey’s wedding feast, the centerpiece of which is a gigantic pie with pastry decorations and a pastry crown.


Inside the pie are LIVE DOVES. Additionally, inside this giant pastry shell is another normal size pie, which you can see shortly after the scene pictured.

I guess pie night has a new aspirational pie.

(Additionally, if you google image “game of thrones pie”, you get pictures of the character known as Hot Pie. This will change, friends, once the Pie of Thrones makes its way across the pieosphere.)

Happy Pi Day!

15 Mar

Ok, it was yesterday, and I’ve been too busy for baking as my upgrade (big PhD paper thing) is coming up. BUT Serious Eats never fails to deliver; this year they have their easy pie dough recipe. Hopefully I’ll get to test it out soon!



3 Feb

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Jamaicanish Pie with Mango Kitchen

13 Jan

This afternoon I made another pie on tour! Well, not so much a tour. Just one. But it was delicious. A good pie for a sunny winter afternoon.1535601_275041242646356_1550947822_n

I went to the home of Ginny, founder of the new blog Mango Kitchen, which features inventive and modern kosher recipes. I went in with two options: either make another Lee’s Pie (the perennial favorite) or do a kitchen sweep pie. What’s a kitchen sweep pie? It’s where I sweep the kitchen for all available ingredients and build a pie out of it.  I was directed towards the sweet potatoes, the red pepper, and the immense selection of spices from the Dekalb Farmers Market. I had an idea. Everything changed a little as I was introduced to more ingredients, but here’s the final list:

The veg
Half a sweet potato, parboiled
Red pepper, chunked
Red onion, chunked
1 clove of garlic smashed and diced and 1 clove sliced thin
Half a can of mashed pumpkin

The spice
The two key spices here are oregano and Jamaican pepper (aka allspice). Use these liberally.
A splash of cayenne and paprika.
A quarter can of coconut milk
Of course, s+p.

Ginny set a beautiful table

Ginny set a beautiful table

The method
Sautee the onion. When it’s well on its way, add in the smashed garlic. When both are done, mix in the pumpkin and season. Are there good smells? Add the sweet potato and red pepper and continue to season. At this point it should be very spicy! Do you know how to reduce that? Yup, it’s just a wee bit of coconut milk.

Cover with pie crust and bake until golden.

We even made decorative dough balls

We even made decorative dough balls

Knit Pie

3 Dec

Thanks to Anna McG for sending this my way. I will never make it, though – the effort:deliciousness ratio is too high.

Image credit KnitsForLife

Image credit KnitsForLife

Check out the pattern and more pics on Ravelry.
Image credit KnitsForLife

Great British Bake-Off

10 Sep

Tonight’s Great British Bake-Off features pies! Currently the bakers have to make phyllo dough from scratch…
If you’re in the UK, you can watch it here:

Happy Pi Day!

14 Mar

And happy posthumous birthday to Albert Einstein.

No way!!

25 Feb

And it’s not even Thanksgiving! I’ll definitely be making 1-3. NYT Pies

Pumpkin Season

19 Oct

It’s fall, and that means pumpkin season! Trader Joe’s falls in love with pumpkins, and Serious Eater Erin tried to eat all of them. The excellent blog The Awl chronicled all the pumpkin items featured in the advertisement.

The SE article was accompanied by this adorable chart (by Roboppy!):

Courtesy Serious Eats/Robyn Lee.

Another article by Kathy YL Chan reviews a delicious-looking pumpkin custard at Cha-an in New York, which sadly I will never get to eat as I have no plans to be in NY this fall.

And, lest you think I devote my life to just reposting SE:

I am now ordering weekly veg boxes from Riverford Organic; last week I ordered a squash box as well, and it’s absolutely gorgeous. Apparently if kept well, they last all winter.

I also had a birthday pie night this week, with a  Lee’s Pie and a Lentil Shepherd’s Pie. I tried to make a gluten-free crust for the Lee’s Pie, but I don’t think I added enough water; it turned into a crumble. No worries! Still tasty!


3 Oct

Serious Eats is having their own Pie Night!!! Jealous I can’t be there. The first pie night this year will be Sunday the 14th (birthday pie night). It’s Pie Night’s second anniversary!

Serious Eats

(Although theirs supports a charity and has an adorable illustration by Roboppy. Roboppy, will you illustrate my pie night???)

Lentil Shepherds Pie

24 Jul

So, I have gone kind of vegan-in-the-home to see if it would help my cholesterol and allergies. My mom is overjoyed, and we’ve been making quinoa and lentils out the wazoo. Last week for her birthday I made a vegan shepherds pie that was actually delicious – it tasted exactly like it would with meat!!! And much healthier, too.

I adapted the recipe from Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s Appetite for Reduction, but since I can never follow a recipe exactly, I’ll put it in as I made it and note the differences from the book.

First, mashed potatoes. My dad made these with his own mental recipe. Basically: peels and roughly chop 1 sweet and 4 white potatoes; parboil until squishy. Drain, let cool, mash. Then he added a bunch of herbs per my request and salt and pepper. Usually he adds Benecol, but the sweet potato was creamy enough to not need it.

Then the “meat”:

olive oil (for sautéing)

1 finely-chopped onion

2 zucchini (ICM calls for 1 zuch and 4 oz shiitake shrooms, but I don’t like those)

3 minced garlic cloves*

fresh tarragon (she uses dried)

fresh thyme (she uses dried… but I have in my garden!)

1/2 tsp salt

black pepper pinch

1 cup tiny-diced carrots

3/4 cup de Puy (French) lentils

3 c veg broth

1/2 c frozen peas (reheat them first!)

1 tbs Worcestershire sauce

Sauté the onions and then the zucchini (and shrooms, if you have).** Add spices and herbs and cook for another 5 minutes. Add carrots, lentils, and broth; cover and bring to a boil. Simmer for 25 minutes, or until the lentils are squishy and have absorbed all the broth. If it’s boiled away and the lentils are still hard, add more broth (and lower the heat). Add Worcestershire and peas; let sit 10 minutes.

The recipe then calls for the serving of the lentils over the mashed potatoes (or, rather, caulipots – cauliflower mashed potatoes), but since it was a special birthday meal we decided to make it look more like a real shepherds pie and bake it for a bit. We half-filled a Corningware with the lentils and then covered them with a thick layer of mash. This was excellent, as it really crisped up the top and the sweet potato gave it all that orange color that usually comes from the fat (absent in this dish). It was missing just a little something, so we individually added ketchup. Wha-bam! Excellent. Next time I may add Pomi into the lentil mixture instead.

*I got to use my new OXO garlic press! So much easier than my old method (slicing and chopping).

**The recipe says to saute the onions for 4 minutes. However, onions taste best caramelized, which takes much longer. Please, by all means cook your onions half an hour or more, carefully watched. Longer on lower heat makes for more delicious.

Joke of the Day

17 Jul

Q: What do you get if you divide the circumference of a pumpkin by its diameter? A: Pumpkin Pi
(from Ellen Degeneres’ twitter)

Vodka Crust

30 Apr

Kathleen K recently posted this hint, which is to use cold vodka instead of water in the pie crust to make it flakier. Perhaps you could use it in this Serious Eats rhubarb pie? According to Kathleen, Alton Brown recommends using apple brandy for an apple pie crust, but I doubt there’s a suitable rhubarb liqueur replacement… suggestions welcome!

Pie Chart

5 Apr

Here’s a cute poster of pies represented as pie charts. Sadly, I couldn’t insert a picture, so click through the link.


22 Mar

Will Gordon of Serious Eats beat me to it! Here’s his review of the chicken pot pie. The conclusion: excellence in a tin.

You can also watch the 70s-themed ad (I guess chicken pot pies are vintage-y?)