It’s Pi Day π

“How I want a drink, alcoholic of course, after the heavy lectures involving quantum mechanics.”

Pie for Pi

Pie for Pi

The above quote from Sir James Hopwood Jeans, is really not a quote at all. Rather it is an example of piphilology, something that the English mathematician practiced. Piphilology is the discipline of memorizing the digits of π and one method is by writing a poem in which the word lengths represent each number of π:

how – 3
I – 1
want – 4
a – 1
drink – 5
alcoholic – 9
of – 2
course – 6
after – 5
the – 3
heavy – 5
lectures – 8
involving – 9
quantum – 7
mechanics – 9

While the quote reads as a poem, it is referred to as a piem.

Pi is celebrated internationally each year on March 14th. In fact, next year at exactly 9:26:53 a.m. and p.m., the date and time will represent the first 10 digits of π.

Pi (π) is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. It is a constant number which means that no matter the size of the circle, it is the same. It has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point and it is believed that it will continue infinitely without repetition or pattern.

Ironically, if you hold 3.14 up to mirror, it produces a word that looks an awful lot like PIE. While I have a household of students with math homework, they’d prefer that I cast our celebration around pie. In order to fix a pie while attempting to maintain the wellness of a recent juice fast, I turn to Abby’s Kitchen where Abby, a registered nurse, walks us through beautiful plant based recipes. Like pi, her blog is a constant meaning that regardless of the recipe, she presents a beautiful and delicious healthful alternative.

Abby’s Raw Cherry Cheesecake
Yield: one 8″ Cheescake

Ingredients:

Crust:

  • 1 1/2 cup nuts, (macadamia/almonds)
  • 1 cup medjool dates, pitted

Filling:

  • 3 cups organic frozen cherries, thawed
  • 2 cups medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil (melted)
  • 1/8 tsp real salt

Preparation:

In a food processor, using the “S” blade, add the nuts and dates. Process until they come together and stick when pressed with your fingers. Press the mixture into the bottom of your pie pan.

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In a Vitamix, add the thawed cherries, dates, and water. Blend well. Slowly add the melted coconut oil and continue to blend until smooth and creamy. Add the salt.

Pour the filling mixture on top on top of the crust and refrigerate overnight to firm up.

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Will you celebrate Pi Day?

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38 Comments

  1. Lisa H

     /  March 14, 2014

    Both kids are celebrating pi day at their schools today.
    Your pie looks delicious!

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    • Delicious and easy. So happy that schools are celebrating and I hope that they do encourage the kids to learn about pi and it’s fascinating history.

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  2. Mmmm…pie…. This looks amazing. I’ll definitely have to try it!

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  3. Sally

     /  March 14, 2014

    Brilliant and lovely to look at, delightful to the taste buds. I must try this one. Rich!

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  4. I’ve been waiting for someone to post some pie pics for Pi day. Love that the mirror image of 3.14 looks like the word “PIE” ~ hope your pie was as good as it looks.

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    • Yes, the mirror image is a fun fact. The coconut oil that I used in the pie influenced the flavor. You could also use chia seeds as the purpose is to allow it to “set up”. Some love that taste and others don’t.

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  5. demonsking19

     /  March 14, 2014

    How this is a Nice way to Celebrate Pie day to know about pie ,22/7= 3.14159265… and so on. im unaware of it until today after reading ur Post.
    May ur Pie goes to Cos Teto and gets Maximize and will never go near to Sin Teto ,
    Have a Happy Pie

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  6. I am going to print the piem for my mum in law as I’m sure she will know it!

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    • Don’t you love the concept of piem? Wish it coincided with National Poetry month – or maybe that is Pietry month!

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  7. Pretty pie!

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  8. This healthy pie is just something for me,…A big slice, please!!! Yumm!

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  9. We ate Hot Soups for a Cool Cause at the Dayton Art Institute last night–but cookies, not pie for dessert. I posted a pie, though, as my kids and my neighbor were very insistent that I share a pie on Pi day.
    This pie looks delicious, and I’m delighted by the rawness of it. Thanks!

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  10. Definitely have to give this recipe a try! Looks so good. Great post!

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  11. I love the Pi digit cheat! My youngest had off of school and we went to a pizza place that was doing 3.14 individual pizzas. Better than a Hallmark holiday even!

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  12. I love pie and hate pi. I absolutely have no head for maths. My little guy loves maths and has the pi formula on our kitchen noticeboard. He goes to a maths group one afternoon a week and comes home with all these formulas I’m told to put on the noticeboard – as long as I don’t have to do any more than that. What a pretty coloured pie! xx

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  13. I have learned something new today. Thanks for that!!

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  14. Great pie for Pi day!

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  15. thi slooks like a great pie…one I wouldn’t mind giving a shot soon! :)

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  16. Abby's Kitchen

     /  March 23, 2014

    Awww thank you Tammy for sharing this recipe & for those sweet and kind words. I finally had some quiet time today to sit down and see what all my fellow bloggers are up to. What a sweet surprise to come across yours this morning :) Thanks again love!

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  17. The Editors of Garden Variety

     /  March 23, 2014

    Looks simply divine!

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  18. That is a wonderful way of remembering PI. And so effortless. And your pie? It looks totally delicious.

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  19. Wow! Great idea. Not sure about the coconut oil in the filling but the crust looks delicious!

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