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"Emotionally we were opposites as well. Jim was as steady and calm as I was easily rattled and changeable. For every decision, I was the gas; he was the brakes. I wanted ten children; he was quite happy with only Zeke. Many years after we married, we had this interaction: I had terrible insomnia, and after several hours, I woke Jim to ask him what he thought about in the two minutes it took him to fall asleep. He said, "Pie." He wasn't joking. Then he asked me what I was thinking about. I answered, "The Holocaust." That about sums us up."

—Mary Pipher, Seeking Peace: Chronicles of the Worst Buddhist in the World


The Second Law of Thermodynamics has scored 30 to my 1 these past two months. Cara Sposa has been through emergency-room hell and needs an operation, the dog who is never sick has been to the vet three times, three projects can't seem to ever get off the ground, I've had seven submissions "lost" in transit, I've not had time to write a single word of fiction or a single poem. Of the ten servers I'm directly responsible for, six of them have had major damage and two have been completely lost and had to be restored from backup, and a pipe burst in the living room ceiling. These and several dozen small eel-grass like hamperings, including getting a bad cold for the first time in seven years.

And for some reason, I've been breaking out in pies. Here are two. I made six apple, one pear-and-custard, and one quiche. Here's two of them:



I will now concentrate on pies. Perhaps I will make it through the night without thinking of genocide even once.

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arwensouth
Oct. 17th, 2012 11:50 pm (UTC)
Y'know, when the world is falling apart around you, there are worse things to do than make pies. That quiche looks lovely, by the way.

Hope things take a turn for the better soon. And I'll keep Cara Sposa in my thoughts.
barry_king
Oct. 18th, 2012 02:06 am (UTC)
Thanks; I'll let her know.

I think I'll try a plum tart tomorrow. Still have some pastry left.
asakiyume
Oct. 18th, 2012 12:31 am (UTC)
like a splinter in the wood...
LOL, it's presumptuous, but I feel like you posted this entry for me, and I appreciate it--even if that's not the case--and those pies look delicious.
barry_king
Oct. 18th, 2012 02:07 am (UTC)
Re: like a splinter in the wood...
Yes, you too need to think about pies more often. How do you think the Buddha gets his belly?
slcard
Oct. 18th, 2012 02:07 pm (UTC)
Pies really are a good thing. And yours look delicious. Thinking of all of you. I hope things turn around very soon.
barry_king
Oct. 18th, 2012 02:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I hope so, too. Thing is, it's not all bad at all. We've been particularly lucky in some ways. Pies remind you of that, too.

For ex., It's been a great year for apples. Our dwarf spartan hasn't given as many, but the ones it has are huge, crisp, and with much less worm damage than last year. I think it's the drought that's kept the insects down.

Which is not to say that there isn't some insect damage. So to use as much apple as we can, I've been making apple pies for the neighbours (and of course ourselves).

I've got this great trick for apple pies: remove some of the cinnamon and add freshly ground cardamom seed in its place. It really brings out the depth of the flavour. And since Cara Sposa can't eat vegetable shortning, I'm FORCED to make all-butter crust. Oh, woe is me. ;)
slcard
Oct. 19th, 2012 02:10 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you've got lots of good going on too. I will definitely try your cardamon trick. Sounds wonderful. When I make pie pastry I quite like frozen olive oil, but I use coconut fat too, especially when I want a more traditional textured crust.
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