Plum Pie and a short story of a sweet little barter

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: )

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

  1. Melt butter until it becomes liquid and mix well with sugar.
  2. Add eggs, flour and baking powder and mix well until you have smooth batter.
  3. Pour into a round, greased up baking tin.
  4. Cut in half each plum and remove the stone. Place plums flat on the pastry mix, skin side down.
  5. 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.

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