Let’s talk about life.
Can’t always speak of art, can I?
So, let’s talk about life.
Two years and a something ago, I started with Cindy’s Bakery Tales, thinking I was going to kick asses all around the net. I probably killed only a couple of spiders in their nets since then and the only thing I kicked was the bed corner – and it hurt.
I have understand a few things about life and life on the internet.
1. Nobody’s gonna care about you unless you first care and show it.
Which is harder than it seems. Because people want to see your feelings, but not too much, just that little smile or tear that makes you human without annoying them. That’s sad but true (♫). Too much emotion annoys people.
2. Socials are the key of our days.
Which is good if you have a natural attitude when showing yourself, but not if you are an introverted pseudo-artist that can only speak through metaphors and other figures of speech that annoy people.
3. People want you to be fakely authentical.
You can’t be really authentic, because that’s (guess what?) annoying, but you can’t be totally fake, because that’s annoying too. There’s a balanced in between which I, not a balanced person, haven’t found. So I failed. Totally.
4. You have to ask.
People don’t give if they’re not asked. Dramatic truth. But, again, is not that easy. Asking makes us vulnerable and most of us don’t want to be so fragile in front of others. That’s why I’m not asking you to share this post or all of my posts, but not asking means I’m asking. Guess.
5. Everybody wants to be seen.
It’s part of human nature, whether we like it or not. I haven’t thought about this that much before I read “The Art of Asking” from Amanda Palmer. But then, I found it true and now I can see, going out there for a walk or taking the tube for work, how everybody, in its own way, is trying so hard to be seen. I’m not talking about fancy dresses or makeup, even people that seem “normal” (whatever this word means) want to be seen in some way. That’s why we all are so much into socials. They show us, in the way we want to be seen.
I’ve never been the kind of person looking to be seen by others, or, at least, I’ve never think I was. I’m not able to create a social version of me, that “fakely authentical” most people are looking for. I tried and failed. Can’t be fake either, it’s so draining.
I’m me. All these ruminations, opinions, digital murmuring of me is just how I am. I can’t start a new blog post writing some forced s**t about a cake and then share a recipe, repeating the name of that cake too many times just because it’s good for SEO. That’s not how I want people to see me. Moreover, I don’t think many of you are reading this, so, what’s the difference? (And if you’re reading, let me know with a comment, please. Just to let me realize my murmuring is delirious and I should probably stop.)
There’s a purpose in all my words: I’ve stopped blogging or changed style just because I tried to be different than I am and that’s… annoying, for me. Writing a blog, even a food blog, means putting your heart into it, and there’s no heart in the endless search for approval by adapting to nonsense standards.
That’s why I choose, today, the most conventional cake I can think of. Apple cake. See? I wrote it only once!
[ P.S. I know you may not know what SEO means. If so, well done my friend, you’re going in the right direction!
APPLE CAKE RECIPE
Ingredients for a 24 cm Ø cake or 20 mini cakes:
• 280 g flour
• 2 tsp baking powder
• 120 g sugar
• 1 pinch of salt
• the grated peel of half a lemon or 1 tsp cinnamon
• 1 apple
• 4 eggs
• 100 g milk (vegetable milk if you need it to be dairy free)
• 140 g sunflower or peanut oil
• 2 sliced apples
Preheat the oven to 180° C.
Sieve flour and baking powder in a bowl, add sugar, salt and the grated peel or cinnamon. Stir and make a hole in the center.
Put the apple, eggs, milk and oil into a blender and blend into a smoothie.
Drop the smoothie into the hole and beat with a whisk or a fork, incorporating flour into the smoothie and being careful not to form lumps.
Add the sliced apples.
Drop into a prepared baking pan or spoon into muffin cases, filling them three-quarters full.
Bake the cake for about 30-40 minutes or the muffins/mini cakes for about 20 minutes. Always do the toothpick test.
If you like it more…
You can place the slices of the apple at the top of the cake batter directly into the baking pan, positioning them in some pretty way and dusting them with brown sugar in order to caramelized the apple and make it look even more yummy.
While cooking, the apple will lose some water that will mix with the batter. Check with the toothpick the center of the cake before putting it out the oven.