my baking creations

How I Explain Art Theft

So I’ve been working on my baking for some time. A long time, in fact. I’ve spent hours in the kitchen learning different recipes, experimenting with new techniques - and creating some stuff that, frankly, was terrible. I didn’t want anyone to see it or taste it, so I just tipped it in the bin and tried again.

Some years later, I’ve become quite good at baking. So good, in fact, that I want to share my baking. Now, I don’t want to sell it - but I do want people to see it and taste it. So I set up a “free cakes” stall. The only payment I need is a smile.

 Some people do smile, but maybe don’t take anything. Or they smile and snag and run because they’re busy. That’s cool. I understand. It makes me happy because I know they’ve seen my work and liked it, even a bit.

Some people are amazing and tell me all about how much they love my stuff! And they tell other people about it - and I get the real warm fuzzies. I’m not making money, but I’m enjoying what I do. It makes me want to do more.

Other people, though, are not as nice. Some people take cake and say nothing. Others take cake when my back is turned and I don’t even see it! And that makes me so sad, because they’re taking my stuff, they might even enjoy it - but they don’t give anything back. Not even a smile.

The worst, though, are those who take my lovingly crafted cakes and buns when my back is turned and put them on their own cake stall! They might not make money from it. They might vaguely point in my direction and say, “That guy did it, not me” or “Yeah, you can see the baker’s signature there.” But I feel awful, because it’s my baking, my creation, and people are taking it without telling me.

It’s the same with art theft. I don’t produce art for financial gain. All I want is a smile, or a like, maybe a comment or a reblog if you really like it. But what breaks my heart is when I see my artwork posted elsewhere without my permission - by people who’ve never even had the courtesy to speak to me. They enjoy it. They take it. They show it to others and get enjoyment that way. But they leave me out completely.

I’m the person who made it, slaved over it, reworked it, researched it, tried so hard. I’m not a famous artist. No one knows who I am. The only satisfaction I get is producing the art and seeing others’ reactions.

So please, if you like an artist’s work, enjoy it where they post it - don’t repost. And at least send them a little smile - or a like.

My Organic & Dairy Free Pear Tart Recipe

Happy Baking with my new creation 🍐🍐🍐

Ingredients & Method:

Step 1
Top of Tart:
2 Brown Bosc Pears (organic)
1 teaspoon raw brown organic sugar
1 teaspoon raw organic honey
Cook pears whole with ¼ cup water first and allow to cool - slice once ready to place on tart

Step 2
Crust of Tart:
1 ¼ cup organic sorghum flour
¼ cup organic almond meal
2 tablespoons raw organic sugar or alternative
2 tablespoons organic orange juice
¼ teaspoon rock salt
1 tablespoon organic quince paste (you can substitute with apricot jam if you don’t have quince)
¼ cup grape seed oil
Mix all ingredients together until it becomes like crushed biscuit texture. Place into 8" tart or flan tin and mound into shape.
Refrigerate for 1 hour to allow the crust to set

Step 3
Base of Tart:
1 teaspoon organic brown rice flour
¼ cup organic orange juice
¼ teaspoon organic cinnamon
½ teaspoon organic vanilla grounded
1 tablespoon organic quince paste (again apricot jam is ok if you don’t have quince)
Mix all these ingredients on low heat in a saucepan and stir until becomes smooth caramel type texture and allow to cool

Step 4
After 1 hour remove the tart crust from the fridge, lay a thin layer of the filling onto the tart crust just to cover the base and then decorate with the pear slices.
Bake in oven at 220 degrees celsius for 45 minutes

Remove from the oven and you will be pleasantly surprised with the result. Smells divine & tastes good too!

Serve with your favorite cream or ice-cream, but as I am dairy free this doesn’t work for me. I just devoured it on its own!

Enjoy xx