Spontaneous Combustion

Birds of a feather flock together.  Opposites attract.

Ju-boy and I are very similar.  And so different.  We have the same taste in music, but differ on favorite groups.  We each love to cook, but argue over technique and presentation.  We both love to entertain, but have differing opinions as to whom to invite, and when.  We enjoy the same television programs, but argue over character and plot.  The Tom Baker vs David Tennant debate will one day lead to violence (although we are both on the fence regarding Matt Smith). 

One area where there is no common ground is spontaneity.  Ju-boy meticulously plans his life, including the spontaneous moments, while I intend to plan (but God laughs, so I usually give up).  He will go over the menu for Shabbat several times on a Friday morning, while I decide to cook something at the last minute.  Even supermarket shopping is an exact science, but I enjoy making Ju-boy’s eyes roll as I haphazardly toss unnecessary items into the cart.  Still, it works for me.  I am a kite and will go where the wind takes me, held in place by the supportive anchor that is my husband.

Many times my tendency for spontaneity takes the form of either watching a cooking show or reading a foodie blog and then I simply must make whatever dish has at that moment captured my fancy.  Such was the case the other week when I was reading my Zaar friend Marie Alice Joan Rayner’s blog, The English Kitchen.  She posted a recipe for something she calls Magic Pie.  Her description of the pie, her photography, her use of the words “presto chango” just ignited a spark in me, and I quickly scribbled down ingredients and instructions and into the kitchen I went.  Ju-boy was off at work planning the rest of his day and there was no one to stop me.

The fact that you need just one bowl and a whisk lends to the spontaneity of the recipe.

Of course, I had to play around with the recipe, based on the ingredients I had on hand and also based on the fact that I can never leave a recipe alone (not even my own).  I also made this a non-dairy recipe.  For the authentic recipe I suggest that you check out Marie Alice’s post (linked above).  Here is what happened in our house…..



Magic Pie  (the Miriyummy version)

1/2 cup flour

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup flaked coconut

4 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract (although I really didn’t measure this)

1/2 cup melted margarine

1/2 cup coarsely ground pecans (original recipe calls for flaked almonds, but Ju-boy claims to be deathly allergic)

2 cups soy milk

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C (350 F).
  • Grease a deep 9 1/2 inch pie or flan dish well and set aside (I actually used a rectangular Pyrex dish).
  • Whisk the flour, sugar, coconut, eggs, vanilla, margarine and the nuts together in a large bowl.
  • Slowly whisk in the soy milk, stirring until completely combined.
  • Pour into the prepared dish and bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes. Remove from the oven to a wire rack to cool.
  • Serve cut into wedges along with some fruit.

Ju-boy hadn’t planned to have this for dessert when he came home from work, but I have a habit of derailing his plans.

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Posted on 24 May 2010, in Dessert, Family Life and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. bigpoppa09

    Hi Mirji 🙂 Love Your Blog!! Gonna Try This With Brown Sugar Splenda!!


  2. Sounds (and looks) delicious. Anything with coconut and nuts is OK in my book.


  3. mariealicejoan

    Ohhh, Mirj, love your changes. I bet with the brown sugar it almost tasted like a caramel pie!


  4. naomishosh

    This pie looks delish Mirj, but we are not fans of coconut. What can we substitute instead yr i.y yd. oam. fgmmf p.ognyoZ


    • Talking with your mouth full there, hmmmmm? Instead of flaked coconut, what about flaked almonds? It’s not just a flavor there, it’s also a placeholder for the liquid.


  5. suzwuzhere

    looks good but far too complicated for me – more than 4 ingredients and you’ve lost me.


  6. naomishosh

    LOLOL. Mirj, you’re a hoot!! my keyboard went nuts on me. Thanks for the sub. I’ll try it and let u know how it turns out.

    Isn’t there an “American style” store in Ra’anana where they sell North American products? They must sell Brown sugar splenda there.


    • Splenda finally made it to Israel under the name of Sucra-Diet, same color yellow box, same formula, just a different name. I suppose we’ll have to wait a while for the brown sugar version. Meatland in Ra’anana doesn’t sell Splenda as far as I know (too busy pushing the sugar itself in the Cadbury’s chocolates and the Pepperidge Farm cookies). I’ll check with my buddies on the israel-food list at Yahoo, maybe it’s available at Super Moshava in Jerusalem. If not, I’m going to the States at the end of October, early November, and I can get some then.


  7. Ooh, I have all of the ingredients! One bowl and a whisk? My kids are going to love you [and Marie] for this 🙂


  8. Well, I have all the ingredients but no whisk. Really. AND my mixer is broken and I’ve been too lazy this past week to get it fixed. Can I use a spoon instead of a whisk? Otherwise, it sounds like a simple, yummy cake.

    I’ve just started reading your blog. Your writing is so entertaining! I assume Ju-boy is your significant other/husband? Very interesting choice of name!


    • This is a yummy cake. I suppose you could use a spoon, but maybe a fork would be more whisk-like.

      Thanks for the ego boost. Yes, Ju-boy is my husband, his name is Julian but he really is such a Ju-boy. He doesn’t seem to mind this nickname, I think his best friend at high school started with it. On Recipezaar I call him Sushiman, due to a dinner I made when we were first dating. He HATES that name.


  9. love the description of you opposite-ness attracting. sounds fun, exciting and well, real! i’m a mix of the two of you (as is my hubby, my ju-boy :))but my favorite thing that you can do and i, alas, cannot? is have a spark ignited and create in cooking! that is totally and purely his domain. (no complaints here!) your magic pie recipe? YUM! on my list and possibly my waist-line. *sigh* thanks, mirj for another great read!


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