Plum Pie and a short story of a sweet little barter July 30, 2017 Marta It started with a lush picture of a garden plum haul by an Instagrammer… (check out this Instagram of a creative soul Beverly and her lovely creations here: https://www.instagram.com/bev.g.star/ ) It reminded me of my mum’s plum pie which she used to bake when I was a kid. Before I knew it, I was bluntly asking my fellow Instagrammer (who happens to be local) for some plums in exchange for a plum pie… “if I can have enough plums for 2 pies, I will bake them and give 1 back to you… ” (yeah, sometimes I can come across like a lunatic but bare with me) … by the next morning I had a lovely ‘stranger’ dropping off loads of lush plums straight from her garden and by the evening I was dropping off a plum pie to her house… but I got so many plums that I’ve started what it felt like a production line of a plum pies… By the evening I was sharing plum pies around my town with friends and neighbours… this started a chain reaction of other barters where I will be getting some old furniture to upcycle fromsomeone’s attic and some allotment veg in exchange for the pies… Barter – an exchange / swap of goods, services without money – has been on my mind recently. I used to do occasional barter with a local shop where I would upcycle some furniture in exchange for some materials or pieces that I wanted. And recently I’ve been thinking about organising a workshop where I could share different ideas for upcycling furniture / painting techniques etc only to be asked and told in last few days by different people that I should organise such a workshop day and before I got my head around this idea I already had people declaring that they would love to attend… Barter – in the end it all comes down to a simple idea of sharing, which then has a potential for a stranger to become a friend or for just making someone’s day a little bit sweeter. Here is my lush recipe for a super easy to make Plum Pie: 8-10 plums 400ml of flour 200ml of sugar 200g of butter or margarine 1,5 t spoons of baking powder 3 eggs Melt butter until it becomes liquid and mix well with sugar. Add eggs, flour and baking powder and mix well until you have smooth batter. Pour into a round, greased up baking tin. Cut in half each plum and remove the stone. Place plums flat on the pastry mix, skin side down. Bake in pre-heater oven at 190’C until cake is golden (30-35 min depending on the oven). If unsure if the cake is raw or baked inside, poke it with a skewer stick – if it comes out clean- your cake is done.