This might seem like a non-baking post but believe me, it is related.
A few days ago, I was tasked to bring a bunch of 12 years old out for a movie and then to have dinner. I was acting more like a chaperone than anything else and was bored out of my mind halfway thru the movie. I started thinking about a new carrot cake recipe while the characters on the screen were blowing each other up.
Once the movie was done, we proceeded to the nearest Chili’s for dinner and managed to sit all six of us. The moment the food came, I dug into mine. After about 10 seconds, I looked up and was surprised to see my table of tweens staring at me, all with looks of bewilderment on their face.
I gestured, “What? You wanna say grace?”
“Aren’t you going to take a pic of your food?” Came the reply from the one nearest to me.
Now it was my turn to look at her and the rest in disbelief. And true enough, all of them had their smartphones in their hands. I didn’t know how to react. How did this culture of taking pictures before eating your food become so mainstream. I mean, I do it, of course. Just not all the time. And these young humans I’m with seem to believe it is the norm to do this. This was the new ‘grace before meals’. Oh what has the world come to? I told them to finish taking their pics and eat their food.
How is this related to baking? Have you ever noticed, how some people (no names mentioned), tend to take pics (very bad pics) of each step of their baking adventures:
- Pic 1 – Ingredients
- Pic 2 – Flour and sugar in a bowl
- Pic 3 – Eggs cracked, etc.
Each pic, a futile attempt in creating a masterpiece composition. And what do they do? Share it with the world, with the caption – Me baking away, hopefully it turns out nice. Puh-leeze girl, you just want attention. You just want to show the world that your life is a bit more exciting. You don’t care if the cake turns out nice. All you care about are the “likes” and the comments.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Leave the baking to the bakers.
Til then… Click click.