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After 8 Pie made by Rachita

Wikipedia Says – A pie is a baked dish which is usually made of a pastry dough casing that covers or completely contains a filling of various sweet or savory ingredients. Pies are defined by their crusts. A filled pie (also single-crust or bottom-crust), has pastry lining the baking dish, and the filling is placed on top of the pastry, but left open. A top-crust pie, which may also be called a cobbler, has the filling in the bottom of the dish and the filling covered with a pastry or other covering before baking. A two-crust pie has the filling completely enclosed in the pastry shell. Flaky pastry is a typical kind of pastry used for pie crusts, but many things can be used, including baking powder biscuits, mashed potatoes and crumbs. Pies can be a variety of sizes, ranging from bite-size to ones designed for multiple servings.Random use of a Pie – Cream filled or topped pies are favorite props for humor. Throwing a pie in a person’s face has been a staple of film comedy since Ben Turpin received one in Mr. Flip in 1909. More recently, pieing  has also become a political act.

The Avengers Inspiration!

The Pie, an unassuming dish which a lot of people love to eat or make. To most people in India though, the introduction to this dish was the famous and awesome movie American Pie….. ha ha ha ha ha ha! Agreed that in the context of the movie and the use of the pie was totally skewed versus the one which people eat, but it still established interest and intrigue in this wonderful creation. Today’s article primary is with regards to our, actually more importantly, “The Mrs’” interest in baking & the lovely pies made by her.

Red Velvet Cup Cakes

The story starts off at about the same time we went and got our bike. Rachita, my wife, who is extremely fond of cooking, started to show renewed interest in baking the same was extremely evident when red velvet cupcakes which were absolutely awesome were made by her & were a super smash hit in terms of look, feel & taste. Post this she tried her hand at the Hulk cake (post us watching the Avengers and being in that zone for a long time). You can also check the details of the Red Velvet Cupcakes & the Hulk Cake in our previous posts :-).

Super Stuff!!!

Awesomeness!!!

Then there was the brilliant Baked Philadelphia Cheesecake, and then came in the Pies – starting off with the brilliant Peach Crumble which raised the bar to some crazy level. The crust was totally spectacular add to that the fresh peaches and stuff, absolutely unbelievable! The complete pie was devoured in about 20 minutes by all of us & some pieces which were sent to the in-laws had the same fate. Further to which discussions on the brilliance of the dish continued for multiple days… Next in line the absolutely sensational After 8 chocolate ganache pie! Yup, I know! Sounds mouth watering delicious! Trust me, it tasted even better……I mean this was hands down one of the most awesome desserts made by Rachita!!! Finally there was the breath taking Raspberry Pie which was just a sensational change from the regular taste of pies in your mind. The crust and the use of cheesecake to add just that little bit of pizzaz made this last pie a true slice of heaven!!!

Enough said…. take a moment to check the gallery which has the awesome creations made by Rachita and have a visual treat 🙂 Also below some crazy numbers & facts about the Pie.

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Super Duper!!!

Approx. $700 million in pies (approx. 186 million units) are sold in grocery stores every year. This does not include restaurants, food service or price clubs, only grocery stores. If you lined up the number of pies sold at U.S. grocery stores in one year, they would circle the globe and then some.

According to a 2008 survey by Crisco® and American Pie Council:
•Nearly one out of five (19%) Americans prefer apple pie, followed by pumpkin (13%), pecan (12%), banana cream (10%) and cherry (9%)
•Pie just isn’t for after-dinner dessert. Thirty-five percent of Americans say they’ve had pies for breakfast. Pies as lunch (66%) and midnight snacks (59%) also have a popular following.
•When asked what dessert Americans would prefer a friend or family member bring to their house for a holiday dinner, pie was the winner with 29%. Cake (17%) and cookies (15%) rounded out the top-three spots.

Pumpkin pie was first introduced to the holiday table at the pilgrim’s second Thanksgiving in 1623.

Pie was not always America’s favorite dessert – in the 19th Century, fruit pies were a common breakfast food eaten before the start of a long day.

Pie By the Numbers
•36 million number of Americans who identify apple pie as their favorite
•47% Americans for whom the word “comforting” comes to mind when they think of pie
•6 million Number of American men ages 35-54 who have eaten the last slice of pie and denied it
•27% Americans who believe chocolate pie is the most romantic to share with someone special
•1 in 5 Proportion of Americans who have eaten an entire pie by themselves
•113 million Number of Americans who have eaten pie for breakfast
•75 million Number of Americans who prefer to drink milk with their pie
•32% Americans who prefer no crust on top of their pie
•90% Americans who agree that a slice of pie represents one of the simple pleasures in life
•9% Americans who prefer to eat their pie crust-first
•7% Americans who have passed off a store-bought pie as homemade
•18% Men who say their wife makes the best homemade pie
•2% Women who say their husband makes the best homemade pie

Unbelievable!!!

Pie Personalities
If you love… You are likely to describe yourself as…
Apple Pie – Independent, realistic and compassionate
Pecan Pie – Thoughtful and analytical
Chocolate Pie – Loving
Pumpkin Pie – Funny and independent

Pie Preferences
•More than one-third of Americans have eaten pie in bed

•Nearly one in four women believe that they make the best pie – better than Mom or Grandma
•More than one-third of Americans have craved pie in the middle of the night
The first mention of a fruit pie in print is from Robert Green’s Arcadia (1590): “thy breath is like the steame of apple-pyes.”

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Posted by on July 4, 2012 in Bikes & Builders

 

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The Idiot Rider

Bikes generally add to your cool quotient (that is if you have any). This is also the reason why many of us ride them. Your first bike should be chosen basis cost and the aim should be to make you a better rider and also, get your hands dirty customizing it – we would not suggest buying a Harley and then running to a chop shop. One can always go for a dream bike once they have dealt with something more manageable. Below are some signs to spot Idiot Riders and suggestions to help you become a better rider. Bikers who overestimate their abilities are generally called Squids, we like to call them Idiots.

The Idiot Rider

Of course the article is not about the bike you buy but about how some people look like idiots while riding their respective bikes. First thing about an Idiot rider you can spot a mile away, his utter disregard towards safety, one is their own safety; they wear shorts, flip-flops and no helmet. Next is others’ safety; they ride like speed demons in an overly crowded road, slow on turns and then sudden acceleration on seeing an open road. They forget to shut off their signal lights. Guys, if you don’t have an auto shutoff system always remember to shut off your blinkers; this requires practise especially with Indian bikes. We call these folks the permablinker.

The Idiot Newbie

Wannabe Bikers who put large saddlebags on their bikes (we included) are not necessarily idiots; the fools are the ones who don’t check their saddlebags before riding into the sunset. Our suggestion here, before getting on to the bike give your bags a good tug to ensure it will not fall off. Also it is very important to know how the bag is setup in the first place. Kickstands also tell you a lot about the rider. I am sure you have seen a lot of people struggle with the kick stand, some push the stand down in slow motion, for others the stand is just not put right so the bike falls down seconds after they have mounted it on the stand. The simplest ways to avoid this humiliation….ensure the kickstand is all the way down before letting go of the bike.

The Idiot Stunt Man

The above are hygiene issues that separate the Men from the Boys. Now on to some scarier issues that Idiot riders are known for – Showboating, waiting outside colleges or going onto highways, then trying to pull a stunt or burn rubber like they saw on TV. The skills are never there and hence this results in total disaster. Ideally, one should practise riding a bike slowly; do figure 8s, u-turns, slow down without emergency braking, accelerate without the person behind banging into you (Ladies please note this is a cheap trick that most guys use). Bottom line, an experienced rider can make a 300kg bike behave like a bicycle.

Distracted and All over the place

This happens to everyone. You can’t consider this the sign of an Idiot Rider; the idiot is the guy who can’t control the same – Which one’s the clutch again? Did I leave my blinker on? Am I going to die today? Is the Car too close to me? Yaaaaay! Open road! “Dude did you see that girl or guy” – these are general distractions we all deal with -The simplest way to avoid all this panic – breath calmly and discipline yourself, everything else will fall into place. Learn how to master proper braking, smooth shifting and speed management, and you’ll soon be a better and safer rider. Most important, know your limits and stay within them. Going overboard will just make you look like an Idiot.

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2012 in Bikes & Builders

 

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