I love when it seems the universe conspires to make me laugh. And today was one of those days.
I woke up to an email message that today was National Pie Day. Which made me wish I had some pie in the house, because truly pie is best for breakfast. You may think otherwise, but you’d be wrong.
But alas there was no pie, and after settling for something considerably less exciting, I took a moment to draw a morning Tarot card which is my practice of late. And what did I draw? The card from Susan Shie’s Kitchen Tarot, equivalent of the traditional Sun card, her very own Mom and Apple Pie card. Yes!
I really like this deck. Shie is a wonderful artist and each of the cards is actually a very large fabric art piece. Do take a minute and peek. Wonderful isn’t it?
Of course all these pie thoughts sent me recipe hunting. My CSA box this week included a wonderful supply of mushrooms, and a bit of searching turned up what looks to be a delicious mushroom-in-béchamel-sauce pie. Oh my!
Less than an hour into my day and I’ve already thought about apple pie, savory mushroom pie, and then my mind naturally turns to the one pie that seems most out of reach. The original tin toy pie from the 50s that cranks out the tune “Four and Twenty Blackbirds Baked in a Pie” and then at song’s end, sweet little crows pop out of slits in the pie. Swoon. I had a hand-me down one when I was a kid, and clearly I’m not over my love affair. My cousin recently pointed out one for sale on eBay (actually a later 60s model) that was going for $80 and the crows didn’t actually pop up anymore. Sigh. So my crow pie pursuit continues.
But all that pie thinking warmed up some brain synapses and I suddenly thought of pied crows. As in black-and-white pied, like in the photo above. But pied also meaning in-a-crust as well. Pied Pied. Totally cracked me up.
And then for the final pie-ce de resistance, I was poking around some more in my newly re-discovered Idea Reliquary journal (you can see it here), and on one of the pages where I was capturing food proverbs, this was written:
“A word of kindness is better than a fat pie.” – Russian proverb