Sunday, December 14, 2008


*Like persimmonius, not really a word.

There is a new camera in the family.


This excites and pleases me beyond all measures. At long last, I don’t have to use my ancient 3MP, 2x-zoom, fresh-batteries-last-five-minutes, flash-is-dead, low-exposure, why-can’t-the-ISO-ever-reach-100-for-the-love-of-god Sony. To be fair, Sony, I really liked you. You could take a decent picture if it was high noon on a sunny day and everything in the frame was absolutely stationary and nothing of a bright red hue was present in the immediate vicinity. But now you suck. Into the backup bag with ye. *clunk*

Hello, Olympus! I’mma call you “Ollie.” :D

In honor of Ollie For the purposes of a company Christmas party, there was some pie-making yesterday. The pie was required to have a Christmas flair about it, so my usual repertoire (apple, pumpkin, lemon) was of no use. Fortunately, there exists a lovely (read: extremely easy) recipe for cranberry pie.

I figured a cranberry pie must be really sour and tangy. The recipe is too easy, something has to be wrong with it. Maybe the pie bubbles over or burns easily or turns bitter. Something.


Easiest damn pie ever.
Delicious as all hell.

I tweaked the original recipe just a little, and here it is:

Cranberry Pie

2 cans (16oz) of whole-berry cranberry sauce
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
1 pie crust in 9” deep-dish pan

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients together (except the crust in the pan, obviously) until there are no visible clumps of sugar or spices, and the buttery bits are small and evenly dispersed in the sauce. Pour cranberry filling into your pie crust; leave the fill level about a 1/4 inch from the absolute top, because the filling does rise a little bit. Bake pie in the preheated oven for about an hour, or until crust looks done.

If you want to decorate the top, you can make cut-outs from extra pie dough, bake them on a pan for a few minutes, and then put them on the finished pie. Or use chipped nuts; walnuts and pecans taste good with cranberries.

Optionally, I imagine you could top the nearly-finished pie with butter crumbles and it’d be similarly fantastic, if not more so:

Butter Crumbles

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
5 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted

Put everything in a bowl and stir it together until it’s crumbly. Put it on top of an open-face pie about ten minutes before it’s done and return crumble-topped pie to the oven for the rest of the ride.

Yay pie, yay camera. うれしい〜!>w<


Nikki said...

Not real words my arse. By the power vested in me by my B.A. in Engrish, I hereby declare cranberrilous and persimmonius 本当の詞

Japanese somehow makes it even MOAR official >___> ...

ALSO: OMGWTFBBQFOXNEWSWHUT I gotcher "small" parcel in ze post! Little-schmittle, says I, you truly gave me a treasure trove o' goodies, and for that I thank you!

Also also, you lie to the government, and for that I commend you ;p I don't think Dubya would be pleased that you failed to mention the wee sweeties in thar, he's prob'ly got buddies down at the TSA who would have just loved to scarf 'em dow-- er, confiscate them for the safety of the general public.

Also^3, yey Ollie! ^( n 3 n )^

Mariana said...

Congrats on the camera! Nothing better than having a real tool to play with!
That pie looks fantastic! I wonder if I can do the same but with forest fruits... not many cranberries around here in The Netherlands...dunno why.

Ku said...

Hey, that's right, I've got an in with somebody who can reshape the language. >w< MWAHAHAHA! If I should, say, bribe you, can you make other things into words for me and my associates? I would really be happy to see wharrgarbl appear in the Oxford English Language Dictionary... *sneaky grin, 2B dollars and a senate seat get passed under the table*

Oh noes, don't tell the gov'ment 'bout my fraudulent customs form! D: Also, sorry for the marshmallowyness and nothing else. Please tell me what kind of candiees you like so's I can send them next time! XD

The TSA can kiss my buttocks. They already stole my battery charger, those jerks. X(

bunbun said...

Konbanwa Ku!
That pie! Oishii desu ne! I would never think to make a pie made out of cranberries, but thinking about it, it sounds perfect!
I love your little touch of trees and butter crumbles! so cute!
And congrats on the new camera! So exciting!
Happy Holidays!

Ku said...

Lulz, Bunbun, you cook too well to make cranberry-from-a-can-pie. XD

I hope to figure out how to take pictures like you, now. *serious nod* GANBAROU!