Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Beware the Pies of March 64/365

Pi (or π) is a very important number. It represents the ratio of the distance around a circle to the distance across it. The value of Pi is always 3.14159265…. it goes on forever apparently and it’s usually shortened 3.14. Which of course makes March 14th Pi day. And the best way to celebrate Pi day is with pie. So we made a Pumpkin Pi Pie.

March 15th is the Ides of March. The name "Ides of March" comes from the Roman calendar and probably refers to the full moon. It's also the day that Julius Caesar was assassinated by his friend Brutus and 40 other Roman Senators. He was stabbed 23 times. But most importantly the phrase "Beware the Ides of March" was immortalized by William Shakespeare in his play Julius Caesar.

Caesar was warned to "Beware the Ides of March" but he ignored the warning and was murdered. In the play his good friend Brutus stabs him last, at which point his utters "Et Tu Brute?". Which means "And you Brutus?" or "You too Brutus?". Heart broken he then utters "then fall, Caesar" and dies.

And since then the Ides of March has been remembered with a dark gloomy feeling. Which of course means that it should be celebrated in some way. And what better way to celebrate the death of someone we have no idea why we remember his death other than Shakespeare wrote a creepy phrase about than with Caesar Salad.
While we were eating our wonderful Chicken Caesar Salad and trying to figure out ways to work "Et Tu Brute" (which by the way in modern times has come to mean "you traitor") my Mom said, "I bet I have everything to make a chocolate pie."

OH my! I was so excited for her Chocolate Custard Pie with Merang on top.

"Et Tu Brute"

"Then fall, Caesar" oh so yummy.

Baby thought it was very yummy too!
So March 14th is Pi day
March 15th is the Ides of March
And March 17th is St Patrick's Day.
This is a very busy week! I'm glad we have the 16th to eat all this pie.


  1. That is the prettiest pie I have ever made. I'm quite pleased with it.

  2. Yummo Deluxe!!! What are you guys using for regular GF pie crust these days? The best that I have come up with so far is the Whole Foods frozen one. I haven't tried many recipes, but have had too many that weren't very good so am wary about what I try. What's your take?

  3. good question! After years of trying to make my own from GF flour we finally found glutino's Perfect pie crust

    It's divine. Flaky and fluffy. You can buy it from or you can get it from Amazon. I like the Amazon option. Sure it's a pack of 6 but then you can save them for later and always have one on hand.

    Actually I love all things Glutino so far. baking mixes especially. We just ordered their muffin and scone mix from amazon. came right to the door and we'll always have a box on hand when we want to whip something together... well, for a few weeks any way.