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November 22nd, 2007

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10:56 pm - Happy Thanksgiving: a wonderful world & a full stomach
siderea linked to this post about the the eccentric subterranean Italian wonder known as the "Temples of Damanhur". A fascinating story, and beautiful temples built by a man who had visions as a child and some people convinced to help him. People can definitely produce great wonders.

Thanksgiving was excellent and lovely, teaotter and I went over to see skelkins, alephnul, and hereville, who were visited by jakesquid, and we also brought along our friend Matt, as well as onyxrising, teriel, and lupagreenwolf. Wonderful people, a nice and comfortably smaller than usual Thanksgiving (a dozen people, instead of 18-20, as has been the case for the past 5 or 6 years).

Pumpkin Pecan Pie
This is an excellent pie. The layers remain separate and distinct, and the flavors compliment each other beautifully.

You need one deep-dish pie crust (I use a 9" cake pan). I make mine using:

• 1+1/4 cup flour,
• 3 TB white (or brown) sugar
• 6 TBS butter
• 1/4 tsp ground ginger
• 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
• 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
• 1/2 tsp vanilla
• 1-2 TBS water
• 1 egg yolk

Mix flour, dry spices, & butter, then add in water, vanilla, and egg yolk. Mix well, chill for 15-30 minutes, and roll out into dough suitable for 1 9" cake pan.

Pumpkin Layer
• 3 large eggs, slightly beaten
• 1 1/4 cups pumpkin purée (fresh cooked or canned)
• 1 cup coconut milk
• 1/4 cup brown sugar
• 1 TBS white sugar
• 1/4 cup molasses
• ½ tsp salt
• 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon, rounded
• 1/8 teaspoon cloves
• 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
• 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
• 1 teaspoon vanilla (after cooled)

Pecan Layer
• 2 large eggs, slightly beaten
• 2/3 cup light corn syrup (Karo)
• 1/2 cup sugar
• 3 tablespoons butter, melted
• 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 375°F.
For the pumpkin layer, combine pumpkin layer, cook over medium heat until done and spread gently over bottom a partially baked pie shell.
For the pecan layer, combine 2 eggs, corn syrup, 1/2 cup sugar, butter and vanilla. Stir in pecans. Gently spoon mixture over pumpkin layer in pie shell.
Bake for 30 minutes.
Current Mood: pleasedpleased

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Date:November 23rd, 2007 07:24 am (UTC)
How the fuck did an insurance broker afford to build those temples?
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Date:November 23rd, 2007 08:23 am (UTC)
If you have lots of time, enough money for some good hand tools and (as it mentions) a dozen or so people interested in helping out, then managing this in 30 years or so seems perfectly possible. At 300,000 cubic feet, with a dozen people working for 30 years, that's 2.5 cubic feet of rock cut away by each person each day.
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Date:November 23rd, 2007 05:15 pm (UTC)
Plus art supplies, glass, etc. But if one is an insurance broker, one probably does not have lots of time.

I tried to bust-up a big rock in the yard once. I was not trying to hollow it out, just smash it. I worked at it for close to a week, then gave up. I probably removed less than a cubic foot of stone. Hollowing out caverns from rock would be more meticulous work, therefore taking longer.
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Date:November 23rd, 2007 07:06 pm (UTC)
Fair enough. OTOH, it looks like he had way more than a dozen helpers, here's a wikipedia entry about The Federation of Damanhur.

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