Hi Bread Friends,
I hope everyone is having a great holiday. Certainly I hope everyone finds the occasion to celebrate Pi Day somehow. Whether you’re just googling to remind yourself why pi is a thing, or eating pie, or making some sort of pie… today is an especially great day. I started my Sunday morning by winning a free piece of pie.
Since the pandemic began, every Sunday has started the same way. I make a two block walk to Madison Chocolate Company (MCC) to pick up coffee before heading home to drink it while our family watches virtual church. Not just any coffee, mind you, but my drink of choice from MCC is their ghost pepper caramel latte. The coffee beans are roasted locally by my friends at Kin-Kin coffee, and the combination of sweet and spicy that goes into this latte is a magnificent treat. Anyway… in celebration of Pi day, MCC was giving away a slice of their French silk pie to anyone who came into the shop and recited 20 digits of pi from memory. When they announced it on their instagram earlier this week, my wife sent it to me with words of encouragement:
See… my wife knows me well, and she’s known me a very long time. The story of why I started caring about pi goes back to high school. I recall it started as some sort of misplaced effort to show my geometry teacher how clever I was. She had pi printed out around the ceiling of her classroom. One day I decided to sit in class and work on memorizing pi instead of paying attention. I imagine she noticed what I was doing and actively chose to ignore me. A few days later, I arrived to class early, and wrote what I had memorized on the chalkboard. She then politely (and appropriately dismissively) erased my work without acknowledging it. If she was in the least bit impressed, she certainly didn’t show it. Thank goodness for the unflappable teachers in our lives. They are true heroes to help students learn while enduring teenage shenanigans. I wonder what she would have thought if she knew I had a pi poster wrapping the walls of my college apartment.
Today I eagerly marched into Madison Chocolate Company, just I have done every Sunday since the pandemic began. I was on a mission. After 20 years… I was going to finally put this random pi skill to use. And I did. And it was wonderful.
To finish the holiday off strong, we’re having pot pie for dinner. If you’re still deciding how to celebrate today, you could join us in making this yummy vegetarian recipe from @acouplecooks.
However you choose to celebrate pi day today, I hope you’re having a well rounded weekend. 🤓
Talk to you all soon.
Baker & pi nerd