It's been a long, tough week. It started last Tuesday and won't end until this Friday night. I hate to say it but I'm seriously hoping that no one calls to book for this weekend. We've been averaging about 15 hours per day and we're pretty damn tired. It's to the point where we're losing track of conversations mid-sentence and flubbing basic techniques because we forget what we're doing. Thank goodness Friday is only a couple of days away. Thankfully we're never equally tired at the same time, so when one of us hits the wall the other can usually rally. Today Alex hit the wall and there was only one solution, pie. That's his comfort food and it sustains him when the going gets tough. It just makes him feel good...as long as it's good pie. Here's part of a conversation we had about pie, pardon the expletives, he's tired, wired and fired up.
"Sh***y pie has a sh***y crust. Good pie has a great crust. The filling can't be glued together with crap. Like a bad blueberry pie is sweet and gummy and has the consistency of snot while a good blueberry pie, made with wild blueberries is tart, sweet, explosive, tannic and balanced. Pie is such a simple thing and so many people f**k it up."
"Pie is like great glass of wine that you can have for breakfast. The tremendous thing about a great glass of wine is that it's a great glass of wine. It has layers of complexity, flavors and textures. It lingers on the palate and changes as you drink it. You can pick it apart and analyze it or you can just enjoy it. Pie is the same way. A great pie has layers of complexity, flavors and textures. It changes as you're eating it and you can analyze it or just enjoy it. It's a total experience. And no one gets mad if you have it for breakfast."
It's a good thing that I don't often muck up my pies. Obviously this was a bit of a crisis today and so nothing would do but pecan pie. Unfortunately I was missing a few key ingredients like molasses. Not to worry though, I'm very adaptable. I managed to pull off a maple syrup pecan pie with molasses sugar and dark rum. Just a little something to soothe the savage beast in us all...