Wake & Bake: The Great Gig in the Pie

As someone who’s had a tumultuous relationship with mathematics my entire life, I never quite understood the enthusiasm behind Pi Day. Now, that being said, I will show up in the front row with bells on for a PIE day: any day, everyday. Once I did a little more research into the origins of Pi Day, I became extremely excited to marry these concepts in buttery, flaky matrimony. And it’s the perfect timing for my newfound hobby too -- Spiderweb’s showcase The Electronic Experiment III, happening  tonight (Pi day 2k18), is going to be an art & music extravaganza complete with a pizza party and sweet pie buffet. We have so many reasons to hang out and celebrate!

  We don't half-ass anything around here. Especially pie. And taking pictures of pie.

We don't half-ass anything around here. Especially pie. And taking pictures of pie.

Allow me to offer up a little history lesson for readers who may not understand why we celebrate this quirky holiday. In mathematics, Pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter (3.14). It’s been said to have been calculated to more than a trillion digits, while its exact nature still remains an unsolvable enigma. Since the holiday’s creation on March 14th 1988, by physicist Larry Shaw, it has become a fun fixture in pop culture to represent the mystifying unknown--while giving us a delightful excuse to eat pie!

So, on this glorious 30th anniversary of International Pi Day, we wanted to take you down another juxtaposed path of sweet and savory to showcase a sampling of what pie can really do. Today we bring you a hearty, soul-warming, vegetarian take on the time-honored, British-style “meat pie” and a classic southern comfort: the buttermilk pie.

  The best of both worlds: sweet buttermilk pie and a hearty curry-stuffed dreamboat pie (in progress). Aren't they BEAUTIFUL?! {photo by Leah Jones}

The best of both worlds: sweet buttermilk pie and a hearty curry-stuffed dreamboat pie (in progress). Aren't they BEAUTIFUL?! {photo by Leah Jones}

Get the recipe for Storie’s Mama’s Buttermilk Pie here. Note: once it was out of the oven, we just gathered ‘round and ate it straight out of the pan: this is a highly recommended strategy.

To create your own savory, Indian-inspired raised pie (you can choose any filling your heart desires!), start with our Hot Water Crust Pastry recipe and add your favorite homemade curry. Ours was a super spicy cauliflower and lentil mix and it was the perfect pairing for this crispy crust.

  Marcus Jade (NYC-based musician- go listen to his music) seriously rocks and we're so glad we got to feed him breakfast (fritatta and crusty bread, not pictured) on his way to go break some hearts at SXSW! {photo by Leah Jones}

Marcus Jade (NYC-based musician- go listen to his music) seriously rocks and we're so glad we got to feed him breakfast (fritatta and crusty bread, not pictured) on his way to go break some hearts at SXSW! {photo by Leah Jones}

BONUS! This week we had several new friends in the W&B kitchen! We lucked out because the talented musician Marcus Jade was visiting all the way from New York to play at Spiderweb’s Coast to Coast Showcase with us the night before. courtney marie brought him over for breakfast and he had just enough time to meet everyone, scarf down a couple slices of pie, and chug a quick glass of Prosecco before heading down to SXSW to continue his tour.

Our amazing photographer Leah Jones came to hang out with us and take photos too. We loved seeing her & Jacob, who was laying down some tracks in the studio with the crew for the Spiderweb/Shiny Sound Songwriting Scholarship. The newest recipient is one wonderful Axel Severs (we’ll release his track near the end of the month!)! And let’s not forget that sweet Rosie the dog was kind enough to grace us with her beautiful, omnipotent, chihuahua presence.

  ROSIE. That is all. {photo by Leah Jones}

ROSIE. That is all. {photo by Leah Jones}

Honestly, we had such a lovely time taking pictures, dancing in the kitchen, and stuffing our faces that I don’t have much content pertaining to the actual bakes themselves, apart from the tasty recipes you can find linked above! But just trust me when I say: you should definitely try this at home. The savory, exotic spices of the vegetarian pie followed by the sweet, swaddling warmth of the buttermilk pie was a combination of utter perfection. It left us with full bellies and even fuller hearts.

Whether you believe more in the magic of Pi or pie...we can all agree that this shit has the power to bring people together. That being said, we hope to see you tonight at the The Electronic Experiment III: our great gig in the pie. Here are just a few stars of the show:

  blueberry bae

blueberry bae

 lucky charms cheesecake

lucky charms cheesecake

 buttermilk (see recipe above!)

buttermilk (see recipe above!)