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Slice of Pi November 27, 2012

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Pumpkin pie is my thing.  Every Thanksgiving when we have to claim what dish we will be bringing to my mother’s home for the big meal, mine is always a veggie dish and pumpkin pie. It is my favorite pie!  The cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves mixed into a pumpkin custard….smooth and delicious!  Eat it hot or cold, with whipped cream or without.  Slather it on a brussel spout, and I’d actually eat that turd tasting vegetable. Wait. Scratch that because….Gross! This year I decided to try a new crust recipe, a Coconut-Pecan crust by the Gluten-Free Goddess.  My sister-in-law and mother are gluten-free, and coconut and pecans sounded delish with pumpkin pie!  The recipe was for a 9 inch springform pan, so I figured I would be ok with a 9.5 inch pie pan. Oh yeah, it was fine.  It was too much actually, and the crust was rather thick.  I’ll cut it by 1/4 next time.  I also discovered that unsweetened coconut is essential.  I made the mistake of grabbing a bag of sweetened coconut at the store, and then forgot to cut the brown sugar.  So the crust was sticky and a little overly sweet, but still tasty in all its cinnamon and coconutty goodness….and it’s pumpkin!

Speaking of pie, I should stop rambling about this custardy dessert and talk about another pi.  Two weeks ago (yes, I am a procrastinator you know,) I saw a screening of Life Of Pi.  The screening was in 3D, which I think was the first

time I’d seen one in that format.  The movie, based upon the novel by Yann Martel, is about the life of Piscine Molitor Patel.  Pi, as he nicknames himself, is a precocious boy living in Pondicherry, India.  Because of the political changes in India, Pi’s father decides to move his family, and a good portion of their zoo, to Canada.  On the voyage, something happens to the boat, and Pi is left stranded on the ocean.  His only companion, a Bengal tiger name Richard Parker.  Director Ang Lee, whose work in Sense & Sensibility, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and Brokeback Mountain I love, does a fantastic job with a movie that was considered unfilmable.  And why is it unfilmable?  Well, 75% of it takes place on the open sea, with a boy and a tiger.  But Lee has put together a stunning film, filled with some startling 3D moments.  There is a wonderful scene, which you see portions of in the trailer attached, of a whale leaping from the water and luminescent fish swimming below.  It is gorgeous to see.  But a movie must be more than just beautiful shots.  Life of Pi is about strength, resilience, and faith.  Pi, who explores various religions as a child, not only goes through a physical journey to stay alive, but also a deeply spiritual one. It is this journey which gives the movie its depth and adds layers of beauty to already amazing scenes.  Portraying Pi during his ocean adventure is unknown actor Shuraj Sharma who apparently came along on the audition to support his brother, and got the role instead.  We should all be so lucky in life!  He deftly handles the overwhelming task of portraying Pi through the toughest scenes in the movie.  It’s an uplifting and beautiful film, and definitely worth seeing in the theatre.

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1. ksanurredhojas - November 27, 2012

Reblogged this on Internet Stroll.


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