I would like to talk about ideas.
Where do ideas come from?
How are we inspired by ideas?
What can we use as inspiration?
Is is okay to “steal” ideas? Is “stealing” ideas actually stealing?
What about using someone else’s idea as inspiration? Is that okay?
How many different ways can you use one single idea?
These are questions I ask myself on a daily basis when baking. Recipes are a tricky subject. There are hundreds of thousands of recipes out there claimed by hundreds of thousands of different people. Can one recipe, from someone else, be claimed as your own if you change on ingredient or amount? Technically, yes.
I don’t know the answer to this question, but I like the idea of “giving credit, when credit is deserved.” I’ve also seen the phrase “This recipe was adapted from….” I find this statement very useful. As stated above about changing one ingredient, the situation could get sticky. This statement gives the overall credit to the creator of the recipe, but also told the audience that you adapted the the recipe to fit your needs. In this case, all ends are covered.
“Good artist borrow, great artists steal.”
As far as this quote is concerned, I’m torn. I believe great artists steel ideas and adapt them to themselves, for their own purpose. I’m not completely agreeing with what Picaso said, but iterating the fact that it’s okay to take someone else’s idea and adapt it into your own.
I’m always thinking about this especially when writing and creating for this blog… and especially when creating ideas and concept for the mid-term practical and soon for the final exam.
Here is a recipe that was originally created for Salt and Caramel Pralines, however, I liked the ganache so much, that I thought it would make a great topping on brownies.
A friend of a friend was interested in an American-style cake for his birthday. He made it clear that he wanted chocolatey-fudgey brownies… and that’s where these little wonders were created…
Brownies with a sea-salt-caramel ganache.
If you like chocolate… these will be a little cakes of heaven.
The salt, mixed with the sweetness of the caramel, mixed with the chocolate will satisfy any craving you might be having. These brownies have. it. all. Period.