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Epic eruptions, dramatic pies

Yesterday at the blog The Blue and Green House, they talked about the year without a summer--1816, the year following the massive eruption of Mt. Tambora. In my neck of the woods, snow fell as late as June and as early as August--across Europe there were famine conditions from failed crops. Wikipedia says that there was so much aerosolized material in the atmosphere that sunspots were visible to the naked eye.

Later in the day, out of the blue, wakanomori started telling me about one of the most powerful eruptions in recorded history, which he'd seen tweeted about. "Oh, maybe it was the eruption of Mt. Tambora," I said--fresh from my reading. He looked at me strangely and said, "Yeah, I think that's the one."

We both mused on why, in two separate venues, two separate people should have happened to talk about Mt. Tambora.

... And discovered that yesterday was the bicentennial of the eruption. Well then!

Meanwhile, on Twitter, people were tweeting humorous thoughts for new Hugo Award categories, and Nisi Shawl suggested, among other things, an award for Most Dramatic Pie.

So I decided to make a volcano pie--surely dramatic--to commemorate the bicentennial of Mt. Tambora's eruption. Behold the Pie:

Lots of red-lava chunks


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Apr. 11th, 2015 05:04 pm (UTC)
That looks like a most delicious pie!
Apr. 11th, 2015 05:19 pm (UTC)
I keep nibbling away the mountainsides....
Apr. 11th, 2015 06:17 pm (UTC)
Mmmm...now I want to make one. Maybe this afternoon. :)
Apr. 11th, 2015 07:59 pm (UTC)
Let me know how it goes if you bake one!
Apr. 11th, 2015 06:37 pm (UTC)
That is a Pie of Drama, all right!
Apr. 11th, 2015 07:59 pm (UTC)
A Pie of High Emotion. Surely it deserves a Hugo?
Apr. 11th, 2015 06:49 pm (UTC)
The weirdly-colored sunsets must be something everyone remembered for the rest of their lives.
Apr. 11th, 2015 07:58 pm (UTC)
I'm sure they did. That, and their hungry stomachs.
Apr. 11th, 2015 06:50 pm (UTC)
So I decided to make a volcano pie--surely dramatic--to commemorate the bicentennial of Mt. Tambora's eruption. Behold the Pie

teenybuffalo and ajodasso and I made cherries jubilee yesterday, full of red fruit and fire! We had no idea.

That is a most mountain-burning pie.

Edited at 2015-04-11 06:50 pm (UTC)
Apr. 11th, 2015 07:57 pm (UTC)
red fruit and fire

The three of you have the heart of true volcano lovers, obviously.
Apr. 11th, 2015 07:54 pm (UTC)
Is that actually a deliberate volcanic pie? If so, how did you do it? (I'm betting it went more or less volcanic by itself, and that you added Dramatic Fruit Lava. But I'm wrong quite lots.)

Because of William Pene du Bois's The Twenty-One Balloons, I thought for decades that the year without a summer was due to the explosion of Krakatoa, and when I looked it up several years ago was rather shocked to find Tambora instead....
Apr. 11th, 2015 07:56 pm (UTC)
It was deliberate! I prebaked the shell, leaning the pastry onto a cone-shaped cardboard form. Then after it was baked, I cut the cardboard out. Unfortunately, it wasn't really baked hard enough, and the side that you see that's collapsed, collapsed. Then I poured in the filling and reheated the pie to warm it up. Then I made the decorative lava flows :-)

Yeah, I think I thought it was Krakatoa too. Live and learn!
Apr. 11th, 2015 08:04 pm (UTC)
Wow! Well, for that height of eruption it makes sense, you genius, you. :)
Apr. 12th, 2015 11:33 pm (UTC)
I was pleased with myself--I will try it again one day, and take more time with the form.
Apr. 13th, 2015 01:49 am (UTC)
That seems well-justified by your results! Excellent edible sculpture!
Apr. 11th, 2015 08:38 pm (UTC)
BTW, did you know that not terribly long after the explosion of Krakatoa it was abruptly noticed that Mimulus moschatus, musk monkey flower had lost the scent for which it was treasured. Well, not very quickly afterward, but I always wondered whether there was any connection...
Apr. 11th, 2015 08:55 pm (UTC)
Interesting, thanks! I'd never heard of that before...
Apr. 12th, 2015 11:34 pm (UTC)
What an interesting hypothesis! I wonder if there'd be a way to research it. (I wonder if anyone has...)
Apr. 13th, 2015 01:50 am (UTC)
It's hard to conceive offhand, how it could be tested. :/
Apr. 11th, 2015 08:24 pm (UTC)
Most dramatic pie! great idea!
Apr. 12th, 2015 11:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I've been nibbling at it steadily. Woman triumphs over volcano. Or pie. Definitely over pie.
Apr. 13th, 2015 01:25 am (UTC)
Apr. 11th, 2015 08:53 pm (UTC)
Lucky it was a dessert! It would be a hard act to follow... (Unless Mt Tamora Day is traditionally celebrated by volcano pie, followed by going to bed hungry...)

Edited at 2015-04-11 08:54 pm (UTC)
Apr. 12th, 2015 11:36 pm (UTC)
They gave up looking at sunspots as a way of celebrating Mt. Tambora day--now you can look at moon craters, and it counts.
Apr. 11th, 2015 09:35 pm (UTC)
Pie! I want pie!
Apr. 12th, 2015 11:36 pm (UTC)
I wish I could ship you some!
Apr. 12th, 2015 05:40 am (UTC)
Mmm. Eruption!

Apr. 12th, 2015 11:37 pm (UTC)
Yummy strawberry eruption :-)
Apr. 12th, 2015 08:28 am (UTC)
YUM? ;)
Apr. 12th, 2015 11:37 pm (UTC)
I used store-bought filling, but nevertheless, it was pretty yummy :-)
Apr. 12th, 2015 10:30 am (UTC)
Mmm... Red hot cherry pie, lava to die for! Jump in.
Apr. 12th, 2015 11:38 pm (UTC)
The lava's strawberries rather than cherries, but otherwise--you bet!
Apr. 12th, 2015 12:18 pm (UTC)
I would eat a volcano
Apr. 12th, 2015 11:39 pm (UTC)
You must be a god of ancient days!
Apr. 13th, 2015 01:22 am (UTC)
It is entirely possible. My memory isn't what it once was...
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