Pi Day

Pie for Pi

Pie for Pi

Though it began in San Francisco in 1988, the celebration of Pi day on March 14 (3.14) has spread throughout the world. Celebrating Pi Day by eating Pie makes more sense if you’re an English speaker,  but this seems like a perfect time to promote international cooperation, or at least international enjoyment of pie. This tasty-looking specimen is actually a Kuchen, baked at Delft University of Technology. I’m sure it was delicious.

For our celebration of Pi Day we decided on Lemon Meringue.  The recipe we planned to use calls for 2 lemons, but I don’t think they had Spanish lemons in mind, as the lemons I found at our nearest grocery store were closer in size to grapefruits. We consulted some other sources, and fixed on a half cup of fresh juice, so we had plenty of lemon left over for the lovely Norwegian salmon we had for lunch (not in celebration of Pi Day, but just in celebration of lovely Norwegian salmon).

In case you would like to make lemon meringue pie, we enjoyed this recipe. We made our crust out of crushed Maria cookies and melted butter, and it worked well. We also substituted fine rice flour for cornstarch (having one and not the other). My staff photographer, El Guapo, took a few shots to share:

pie prep

While finely mincing my zest I did pause briefly to consider that since dates are written differently here (day-month-year), today’s date in Spain isn’t generally considered 3-14, but rather 14-3. I certainly wasn’t going to suggest we forgo pie because the date didn’t align, but I did think that we could plan to make pie again on April 31, until I remembered that April doesn’t have a 31. But other people have been thinking of Pie-for-Pi proliferation, as I learned here. Their list of possible celebration options includes these:

  • July 22: When 22 is divided by 7, it equals 3.14. (pi approximation day)
  • March 4: When 14% of the 3rd month has elapsed.
  • April 5: When 3.14 months of the year have elapsed. [We couldn’t immediately figure out how this one works out to April, but we didn’t want to delete a chance for pie]
  • April 26: The Earth has traveled two radians of its orbit on this day (April 25 in leap years). This is celebrated exactly on the 41st second of the 23rd minute of the 4th hour on April 26 or the 116th day. (In leap years, it is celebrated exactly on the 3rd second of the 2nd minute of the 12th hour on April 25 or the 116th day.)
  • November 10: The 314th day of the year (November 9 in leap years).
  • December 21, 1:13 p.m.: The 355th day of the year (December 20 in leap years), celebrated at 1:13 for the Chinese approximation 355/113.

These folks may just really enjoy their math, or they may really like pie. There’s no reason why it can’t be both. So if it turns out you can’t arrange for pie today, you’ve still got lots of Pi-related options remaining this year. I’m sure you’re relieved to hear it.

What’s your favorite kind of pie? Feel free to share the recipe with me. From the looks of things, my pi-inspired pie calendar has a lot of slots to fill.

pie top


5 thoughts on “Pi Day

  1. Some friends of ours have a Pie store – I’ll have to pass along all your other pi-like dates. Are there other foods you’ve determined you’ll have to make at some point, and are there foods you’ve eaten there and been so glad they tasted like home? I don’t get the impression Spain is terribly unlike American fare, like one might experience in Yemen or Korea, say.

    • I’m working on some food-related topics for upcoming posts, but for now I’d say we’ve had paella, and definitely want more; we’ve had orchata, and would be glad to try it again; we’ve had deep fried stuff sold from a stand in a fiesta setting, and it had that universal bad-for-you vibe going, and wasn’t especially Spanish. More on the food theme coming up–

  2. I loved this one! You, my friend, are hilarious 🙂 I enjoy you.
    Our favorite is Frank’s homemade cherry pie. We had it on Pi Day.
    We recently bought a (HUMONGOUS) cherry pie at Costco and it was not even close to being as delicious as Frank’s. So he is not off the hook for the foreseeable future.

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