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Day 301: Construction Crew

1 Feb

Yesterday I mentioned how the hurricane caused damage to some of the buildings along the shoreline in Barra de Navidad.  Last night we saw some of the workers building retaining walls, pouring concrete, etc., but they were doing it without the benefit of a pump or a concrete mixing truck to facilitate the work.   Instead the men had a small machine that mixed the concrete and then they carried it by the bucketful to the backhoe which in turn put it where it was needed.  Backbreaking labor to say the least.

Last night when  I saw them working so hard I thought I surely must bring them a pie.  This morning I put together a chocolate peanut butter pie and placed it in the fridge to set.  Then we took a launch to the island across from Barra de Navidad so that we could explore the island.

Being on that island – especially on the side of the island with the Grand Bay Hotel is in a way surreal.  There is so much money invested in the hotel while a short boat ride away there is a great need for that capital infusion.   The word “opulence” only begins to describe it.  We took a few photos.


When we got back to our apartment, I quickly added melted chocolate to the top of the pie and popped it into the freezer to set up quickly.  After a much-needed shower we took the pie to the men who were working on a hotel property by the shore.  We waited until the cement mixer stopped and then I approached them with my pie.  I told them I’d been making pies and giving them away for 300 days… and then I thanked  them for their work and told them I appreciated their efforts.   While most of the men looked on in what I assume was confusion, one of the men spoke English and thanked me.  I handed him the pie and some forks and plates and we said goodbye before they saw me crying.  How can something as simple as giving a pie feel so overwhelming?

Presenting the pie to the men working at the construction site.

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.  ~Thomas Edison



Presenting the pie to the workers


Day 295: Wedding Pie!

26 Jan

There is a growing trend in the wedding industry to serve pie instead of cake at wedding receptions.  While this is a departure from the tradition of serving cake, it is not a new idea.  A recent blog post by Pie&Ltd. reports that in the 17th century, the Bride’s Pie was in fact very common.  The fillings that they served then are not what we would expect to find in a pie today.  They were savory pies made with sweetbreads, mincemeat or mutton.  As an added surprise, a glass ring was baked inside the pie and it was claimed that the lady who found the ring would be the next to marry.

The tradition of serving pies at weddings gave way to serving cakes by the late 19th century and the customs changed over time as well.  When I was a little girl, my Mom told me that if you put a piece of wedding cake under your pillow, (well wrapped of course!) that you would dream of the person you would marry.  Many times I followed that custom, and the only thing was good about it is that I ate a lot less cake that way.

Today I wanted to create a pie fit for a wedding.  This is how I went about it.  First, I baked gluten-free Peanut Butter Cookies.  Once they were baked and cooled I crushed them in my Cuisinart and pressed them into a pie tin and baked it for 10 minutes.  Next I took the recipe for Decadent Peanut Butter Pie and adjusted it a bit by using real cream instead of whipped topping.  I poured the peanut butter mixture into the cooled pie shell and refrigerated it for about an hour.  Once it was set, I spread cooled ganache over the top of the pie and put it back in the fridge for about half an hour.  Then I topped it with sweetened whipped cream and shaved chocolate.  At last I had a pie fit for a wedding!

This evening I gave a Decadent Peanut Butter Pie to a couple of friends, Ryan and Savannah, for their wedding dinner.  Along with it I sent my very best wishes for a wonderful life together!

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.
Mignon McLaughlin