May 7, 2012

Artisan pie

May 7, 2012
Artisan pie is a fascinating way to describe a regular pastry with left-over vegetables, fresh cheese and what not. It requires some manual labour and dexterity, and provides an entertaining break in baking routines. The variable colours, shapes and sizes of vegetables fuel imagination.
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Cooking is an act of assistance. A perfect cook is a servant who enables a loving dialogue between the given ingredients for the pleasure of God.
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Sometimes I sketch quick studies, either mental or physical, of cooking ingredients in order to better understand their inherent nature. Universal harmony manifests when a form reciprocates with and enhances a compatible quality. For example, when water caches wetness or fire contains hotness, there is a perfect, balanced relationship.
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As a result of happy baking, a warm afternoon light may sweep the table with autumn colours, even in May.
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Thank you.

68 comments:

  1. Wow! Amazing, as always! Love the concentric rings and the colors. Unique and awesome.

    Best,
    Sihi

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  2. The pie looks very adorable and so creative!

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  3. Great colours and textures!
    Didn't know that it is possible to achieve that..Those aquarelles are so nice to eye, too!

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  4. Wow never seen anything like this really new to me, beautiful.

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  5. Every time I come over here, my mind is calmed. Those paintings are fabulous! I hope you're selling them.

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  6. Thanks!

    Brian - it is so funny you bring out selling! Of all things I'm least familiar with selling. It never occurs to me some things (ANY thing) can be sold! I lack a merchant gene :-).

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  7. Beautiful! Love how unique your blog, food and photography is Lakshmi :)

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  8. Gorgeous!!!
    God I have never seen such artistically done pie...
    And those paintings are just so fabulous...

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  9. So pretty and original! That is truly a festive pie. I love the idea.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  10. This is seriously beautiful! It is a work of art and a delicious creation! Love it :)!

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  11. From how you described artisan pie, the "what-nots" could have just been chopped uneven, mixed randomly, dumped on the pastry dough, and baked.
    But only you would slice them in this precision, and place them so beautifully in concentric circles, and put more life into a regular artisan pie! :)
    All that effort, lovely sketches, and wonderful pics - a great post!

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  12. Gosh Lakshmi. You are some kind of genius. Those painting are beautiful too!

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  13. Lovely pie. I would use not only left over vegetables though: it's a beautiful piece of art!

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  14. Lakshmi, your post show the love and respect you have for food and process. You truly put your heart to it.

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  15. I am totally in awe of you. I do not know what you are not Lakshmi.. The pie is a work of art. I have never seen a pie looking so beautiful and unique. And you are such an artist! The paintings are just so pretty!!!! I want to see you work, draw, cook, photograph... just watch and be in a different plane.

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  16. my 6 year old just exclaimed that "WOW they are painting that beautiful looking pie" :D

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  17. It's not just food, it's a master piece!!! You r an artist, Lakshmi :)

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  18. I am spell bound and speechless. That pie truly is a work of art :)

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  19. Such a colorful pie and loved the way you styled it! I didn't know you could paint too .. brilliant Lakshmi :)
    btw i made berry lassi .. inspired by your post on blueberry lassi :)It's in the blog now.

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  20. THAT, is a work of art, pure art, beautiful!

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  21. Lakshmi, you have outdone yourself!
    Never knew you are talented at painting as well, a true artist..
    And the artisan pie is so colorful..

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  22. I agree with all the above comments - wow! this pie, this post is gorgeous.

    I also feel so calm coming here. Thank you for pointing us to good thoughts; new thoughts on food.

    {and the paintings! lovely}

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  23. How beautiful. EVERYTHING. I am certainly adding this artisan pie to my Summer Repertoire. Thank you Lakhsmi

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  24. Lakshmi, this is far beyond perfect :) Thank you so much for reminding that food should always be an art - then we enjoy it at another level. Much Love ~

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  25. oh my. I saw a similar tart recently and marvelled at their perfection! This is so beautiful!

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  26. WOW! A true artist. You combine creativity and food in perfect balance. Look forward to more :)

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  27. it'so beautiful!! http://ilpomodorosso.blogspot.it/

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  28. Simply exquisite. You inspire me, Lakshmi. :)

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  29. agree completely with you laxmi.

    you are a genius. i have never ever seen such a colorful and brilliant tart. if devotion can bring such brilliance and luminance, than its time for me to be a devotee too :-)

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  30. Art meets food! Lakshmi, I have never seen anyone arrange it that way.

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  31. Wow..those sketches of veggies is awesome..simply divine..the recipe, clicks, styling, writing..true work of an artist.

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  32. This looks incredible! How beautiful!

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  33. You are so creative and incredibly talented! This is impressive. I love the filling you used for the base of the pie and the beautiful presentation with the vegetables.

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  34. Whoa...that tart looks psychedelic!

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  35. I can imagine how therapeutic you must feel - gathering, assembling and creating an edible work of art. Truly beautiful!

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  36. The pie is indeed a work of art Lakshmi. Love the contrasting colors. :-)

    Siri

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  37. The link to the recipe is broken. Can it be fixed?

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  38. Lauri - Thanks for reporting. It works when I click it! Please try again.

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  39. Looks like a work of art.

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  40. I am in love with those paintings!

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  41. I was very pleased to find this site. I wanted to thank you for this great read!! I definitely enjoying every little bit of it and I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post. Big thanks for the useful info.....

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  42. I know those hands belong to the man with a vegetable for a moustache, yes Lakshmi!!!!???? :-)
    Beautiful art...sending you lots of ♥

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  43. Thank you.

    Madhu - you're right :-)♥

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  44. This looks lovely. I will try it out.

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  45. When food becomes art - your pie reminds me of an Mandala! Beautiful made! Love and peace, Susanne

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  46. Beautiful and colorful as it is, it is undoubtedly a 'Happy pie' for any festive day of summer, I really must give it a try!
    Your photos are really stunning!

    Roberta

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  47. your photography is awesome! wow! ;) Do you think you'd be interested in submitted your photos to my food gallery site: http://www.healthfreakfood.tumblr.com it's fast growing and features many beautiful photos of healthy, fresh, whole food dishes such as yours.

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  48. Just writing to say that I’ve nominated you for the ‘One Lovely Blog’ Award! Your blog inspires me ... so thank you! (For more information about the award, and how to pass it on, please stop by vgourmet.ca).

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  49. I love the whole spelt crust in this! And it's just beautiful. I've never seen vegetables as something of beauty, but they way you present them, they definitely are. Happy Friday to you. :)

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  50. That's nifty and artistic :) Lovely contrast of colors. Never baked with spelt flour before.
    have a great week end !

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  51. I just ate lunch, but I am drooling nonetheless... Your creativity is simply astounding :)

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  52. this tart is breath-taking! gorgeous!

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  53. Definitely company impressive dish. Totally worth the effort to make.

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  54. Kimberly CJune 04, 2012

    I made this dish tonight and it is certainly one to be made for those you love. Slicing the vegetables took time and patience. I used eggplant and asparagus, and substituted carrots and beets. I also used a goat cheese instead of paneer (all based on locally available ingredients). The result was nothing less than delicious.

    Thank you for your inspiration!

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  55. AnonymousJuly 26, 2012

    What a glorious, dramatic presentation! I want to figure out and try creating a vegan version. Instead of paneer, I'd make a nut-based cheeze and dairy-free sour creme and use olive oil instead of butter or ghee. But it would be hard to make mine look so beautiful as yours.

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  56. beautiful! do you think if i used a julienne peeler on the veggies the strips would be too small?

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  57. Jamie V - I'm not experienced with a julienne peeler, but believe it would work. Give it a try and let us know!

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  58. Hi Lakshmi,
    truly breathtaking. I agree that it is a edible mandala since it is so meditative in its making.

    I wish there was a photo of the vegetables, how they were cut, size and thickness of them, placement of them on top of filling. Are they like long pieces of julienne (matchsticks) or 1 inch wide and placed standing up in the pie?

    namaste

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    1. Yvette, as far as I can remember, the vegetables were cut in long stripes (julienne-like).

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  59. Good stuff. It is interesting to read comments.

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  60. Great job on the pleasant piece which surely everyone was happy with. All the details was fun but useful at the same time. Thanks for keeping us interested!

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  61. You are using God's gifts to you, creating recipes, photography, painting art work. And, you are using your gifts to bless us.

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