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Photographer Iryna Tsiareshka loves to see the beauty in everything. With a passion for baking and travel her aesthetic is inspired by a personal manifesto: to think about images as a wonderful opportunity to capture beautiful memories and save delicious moments. Her delectable lemon cake recipe is inspired by a conversation about collaboration versus competition.

If you had a cake to split up, how much of it do you think you could get? If you don’t like cake, then you may not care. But if you do like cake, then you probably hope that you can get a bigger piece.

Now we’re not just talking about cake here. We’re talking about competition versus collaboration. So how do you come out of the scenario with a larger piece of cake essentially?

In regards to competition, there is one thing that both sides want and are relying on themselves to get it. And for one side to receive a larger piece of the cake, the other must get less.

Lemon Cake Recipe and Photos by Iryna Tsiareshka for Merrymen Magazine

But, if you want to be in an environment where people produce the best outcome for both sides, collaboration trumps competition, hands down.

In a competitive scenario, people more often than not, will hoard, including systems, information, skills and support. They’re less likely to share their physical and intellectual resources. Those who see solutions for problems don’t share them until they can be sure they’ll get the credit or a bigger piece of the cake, and therefore they will try to ensure someone gets a smaller piece.

Moreover, this unleashes a plethora of negative traits in people who greedily utilize any methods they deem fit in order to ensure their own best outcome.

However, if collaboration is in place, people are much more trusting of each other, more willing to stretch themselves, and more likely to create amazing results. Suddenly, you realize you don’t get a single piece but you share the entire cake amongst each other. In fact, you learn amongst each other through sharing and supporting that you can make as many cakes as you like. And more opportunities begin to present themselves because you proved to be a trusting individual demonstrated by working together.

Recipe

Lemon Cake

Ingredients:

Cake batter
170 g flour
70 g butter
150 g sugar
3 eggs
2 tsp baking powder
1 lemon
1 dash of saffron
1 dash of salt

Candied lemon slices
1-2 lemons
250 ml water
250 g sugar

Method:

Cake batter
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a pan with baking parchment. Liquefy butter and let cool down. Zest lemon, then juice it.

Separate eggs. Beat egg whites half stiff, continue beating and gradually add one third of the sugar. Beat remaining sugar and salt together with the egg yolks until creamy, then fold the egg yolks gently in the beaten egg whites. Fold in the liquid butter.

Blend flour and baking powder and sieve in 3 portions to the egg mixture and stir in. Fold in lemon zest, a bit of lemon juice, and saffron.

Fill the cake batter into the pan and bake for 50 minutes on the middle oven rack. Let cool down for 10-15 minutes, then remove from form and place back on the cooling rack.

Candied lemon slices
Cut lemons into 5 mm thick slices.

Boil water together with sugar until sugar is dissolved, then add lemon slices and cook for 15 minutes in the syrup. Then drain on a cooling rack.

Line an oven grid with baking parchment and preheat oven to 375°F. Place lemon slices on the baking parchment and bake for 10-20 minutes until slices start to turn brown and the sugar caramelizes. Let the slices cool down.

“I think it’s amazing when you can look back and remember, smile, feel good and grateful for that moment, remember how beautiful, tasty, inspiring, and special it was. Save moments, save treasures.”

Photographer Iryna Tsiareshka loves to see the beauty in everything. With a passion for baking and travel her aesthetic is inspired by a personal manifesto: to think about images as a wonderful opportunity to capture beautiful memories and save delicious moments. Her delectable lemon cake recipe is inspired by a conversation about collaboration versus competition.

If you had a cake to split up, how much of it do you think you could get? If you don’t like cake, then you may not care. But if you do like cake, then you probably hope that you can get a bigger piece.

Food | Vol.3

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