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RHUBARB CAKE LOAF W/ ROSY RHUBARB GLAZE by Lindsey | Dolly and Oatmeal


i don’t think i ponder motherhood as much as i should, or at least as i think i should. it’s difficult at times with the messy, busy, grinding days to take a breath and fully absorb the magnitude of raising a child, carrying a child, and what that role means - to you, to the one/s you are raising, to your spouse, to the general public. it’s something i’ve come to realize is different for us all. when amesy was first born i was very hard on myself. i was scared, and exhausted, and i often felt guilt for these feelings. instead, i thought i should be feeling euphorically in love with my little human 100% of the time like i had seen in movies, or on TV, or on various social platforms. it took me a while to be comfortable with the idea that not everything about motherhood is rosy (even if you are blessed with the sweetest little baby). and as i’ve spoken to friends and colleagues over the years, it’s become more evident to me that this is a common trait with a lot of women, regardless of whether you have children or not. the permission to be honest, to not go along as if everything is perfect. to embrace the messy, to talk about it, and most importantly to share in it and grow from it. i see this popping up more and more in some circles, and it’s very so refreshing.

rhubarb is something that will forever remind me of my mom. she grew a bushel of it in the garden just outside her kitchen. we would wait for it to pop up from the ground each spring, and usually by the time mother’s day rolled around we had enough stalks to harvest to make a pie or crumble. i love rhubarb for so many reasons. its blush-y hues, and tartness, and the variety of ways you can use it. it’s strong and hearty, and soft and fragile all at the same time. and for those sweet memories its provided me with.

in this recipe we use it in 2 different ways. the first is chopped small and folded in the cake batter. it bakes up moist, adds a bit of tartness, but is enveloped with enough cake that you get both the sweet and tart altogether in one bite. the second way we use it here, is to saute it a bit, blend it with some blood orange juice (just to punch up the color a bit), and use the juices to make the most beautiful shade of pink for a tart-but-sweet glaze. there are a couple different gluten-free flours used for the cake to give it a light and tender crumb. while it’s in loaf form, don’t be fooled, this is all cake - just the way it should be :)

here’s to being kind and patient with yourself, and to cake! xo



rhubarb cake loaf w/ rosy rhubarb glaze | gf & df

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| makes one 9x5-inch loaf |

  • 1 cup fine brown rice flour

  • 3/4 cup almond flour

  • 1/4 cup arrowroot powder

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 3/4 cup sugar (i use monkfruit sweetener or coconut sugar)

  • zest from 1 lemon

  • 2 large pasture-raised eggs, room temperature

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled

  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

  • 1 cup chopped rhubarb, cut evenly into 1/4-inch pieces

  • poppy seeds, to top (optional)

glaze

  • 3 teaspoons coconut oil, for cooking

  • 1 1/2 cups chopped rhubarb, cut evenly into 1/2-inch pieces

  • juice from 1/2 blood orange

  • 2-3 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered monkfruit sweetener

  • 1 tablespoon vegan butter, melted and cooled



method

  1. preheat oven to 350°F. grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan. line with parchment paper, leaving enough paper to overhang on each side.

  2. in a large bowl, whisk together the flours, arrowroot, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. set aside.

  3. in another large bowl, use your fingers to rub the sugar and lemon zest together, letting the zest oils release. whisk in the eggs, almond milk, oil, and vanilla.

  4. slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet until combined, then fold in the rhubarb. pour the batter into the prepared pan. bake for 55-70 minutes, until a cake tester inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. let the cake cool on a rack, then use the parchment wings to remove it from the pan.

  5. while the cake is cooling, make the glaze. heat a large saute pan over medium heat. add the coconut oil and rhubarb, cook for about 3 minutes; until soft. transfer the rhubarb and juices to a high-speed blender. add the almond milk and a few teaspoons blood orange juice and whiz everything together on high, scraping down the sides as needed until everything is smooth. add another teaspoon blood orange juice if you want the glaze a deeper pink. place a fine mesh colander over a large bowl, pour in the the rhubarb mixture in, and use a rubber spatula to work it through, discarding any solids, and preserving the liquid.

  6. sift the powdered into another large bowl, start by whisking in 3 tablespoons of the rhubarb liquid, adding more if needed to get your desired consistency (i used about 6 tablespoons to achieve a spreadable glaze). spread over top of your cake, use an offset spatula to evenly cover the top. then sprinkle with poppy seeds, if using. slice and serve :)


more mother’s day recipes:


maple blue-barb jam

maple blue-barb jam

strawberry-rhubarb crumble

strawberry-rhubarb crumble

TOASTED ALMOND-CASHEW DATE MILK & AN ICED TURMERIC LATTE by Lindsey | Dolly and Oatmeal


it’s taken me a while to welcome turmeric into my day-to-day. and it seems that each time i’m pregnant, it’s something that i tend to reach for. this is all to say, if you’re not pregnant, don’t worry, you will enjoy this latte thoroughly, i promise ;) this little beverage/pick-me-up is something i prepare in the afternoon (although it would be just as good in the morning, or even at night), usually around 3 pm, just before i pick amesy up from preschool, and right at the point when i’m heading towards that afternoon slump. while this drink doesn’t have caffeine in it, it does pack a hearty punch.

the turmeric is mixed with a few other cozy spices that typically make you think of the colder months. but i find them super refreshing when prepared iced. it’s the perfect mix of cold and warm/cozy to enliven your senses without the giving you any jitters late in the afternoon (i don’t know about you, but i have to stop drinking caffeine around 2:30pm or else i’m jitter city). but the best compliment to the turmeric spice blend is the milk i’ve paired it with. it’s a toasted nut milk made with almonds and cashews, and a few dates. the toasted notes in the milk is just another cozy element that’s rich and punctuated with flavor. mix the milk together with the plush flavor of the spices and you have yourself the perfect little tonic to get you through the rest of your day.

happy may everyone! xo



toasted almond-cashew date milk & an iced turmeric latte | v

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  • the recipe for both the milk and latte are super versatile. for the milk, try a blend of nuts or seeds that you like, and go from there. i had initially tried just toasted cashews, but found that the flavor was too overpowering. the almonds dull the overwhelming cashew flavor, while still letting it do its thing and shine. also, i’m not one for sweet milk, and the addition of 3 dates is sweet enough for me. you could of course add more for more sweetness, or none at all - completely your preference.

  • for the latte, yo could go straight turmeric and not add any other spices - totally optional. but i do love how warming the spices are here in an iced beverage, kind of like the best of both worlds. the pepper is added for maximum curcumin absorption (that’s what provides you all those lovely anti-inflammatory properties).

iced turmeric latte

| serves 1 |

  • 1/2 cup filtered water

  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger (optional)

  • a few cracks fresh ground pepper

  • 1/2-1 teaspoon pure maple syrup

  • 1 cup toasted almond-cashew date milk (recipe below)

toasted almond-cashew date milk

| makes scant 4 cups milk |

  • 1/2 cup raw almonds

  • 1/2 cup raw cashews

  • 3 pitted dates

  • 3 1/2 cups filtered water

  • pinch of salt



method

  1. fill a large glass halfway with one large ice cube, or a few small ice cubes. add the toasted almond-cashew milk, and set aside.

  2. in a high-speed blender (or with a handheld milk frother), combine the water, turmeric, ginger (if using), cinnamon (if using), pepper, and 1 teaspoon maple syrup. blitz everything together for about 30 seconds-1 minute, until everything is sufficiently combined. pour the turmeric mix over the milk and ice. stir to mix, and enjoy.

  3. toasted almond-cashew milk. preheat the oven to 350°F. on a baking sheet, spread the almonds and cashews out in an even layer. place in the oven and toast for about 6-8 minutes, shaking the nuts halfway through, until toasted and fragrant. let the nuts cool completely.

  4. place cooled nuts, and dates in a large bowl and cover with 3 1/2 cups filtered water. let everything soak for 30 minutes. then blend the mixture in a high-speed blender for about 1 1/2 minutes, until everything is broken down, and the milk is frothy.

  5. pour through a nut milk bag, squeezing it gently until only solids remain (discard, or save for another use). pour the milk into a large bottle and store in the fridge for up to 4 days.


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macadamia-almond milk

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iced matcha latte

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vanilla pumpkin seed milk

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THE DECONSTRUCTED FALAFEL SALAD FROM "FAMILY" by Lindsey | Dolly and Oatmeal


happy weekend, friends! just popping in quick to share this delicious salad with you. i’m mindful that it may still be cold, even snowy, where you are, which is why i’m sharing a warm salad with you. this deconstructed falafel salad, (aka, a genius recipe, if you ask me), comes from the new spring cookbook that i absolutely adore, FAMILY. it’s written by hetty mckinnon who also authors the beautiful blog, arthur street kitchen.

this is hetty’s third book (!), and its’ pages are filled with beautifully accessible and approachable vegetarian recipes. its touching photographs and anecdotes of family and tradition pull at my heart strings each time i open the book. i think for the majority of us who enjoy cooking our your people - whoever that may be - is a form of nurturing them. FAMILY captures this notion, but also allows the reader/consumer to imagine making their own memories with the recipes that hetty so generously shares. i’m taking serious note of hetty’s wealth of knowledge here, as she’s a mother of 3, and a cook.. i’m very well acquainted with how cooking for your family (after a day of cooking for work) can feel very much like a chore, but i keep drawing on hetty’s idea of creating a recipe repertoire - the dishes that are comforting, easy to shop for without a list, and adaptable. there are already so many dishes in her book that i am so eager to make into our family classics.

this recipe has a few more steps but only because you’re cooking the chickpeas, and lightly sautéing the kale, other than that there are a few quick chops and you’re ready to serve. this is a hearty salad on its own. if you’re not one to have a big appetite for dinner this would be great. i added some shredded chicken for extra protein, but you i could see this salad as is being plenty for someone who isn’t growing a human ;) so what’s deconstructed about this falafel salad? well, for starters, there is no falafel! don’t get me wrong, i love falafel, but making them can be a little labor intensive, especially if you’re preparing dinner the night of. instead, hetty has you cook the chickpeas (which are the cornerstone ingredient to most falafel recipes) with all the falafel seasonings: fresh garlic, cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper. then you cover it all in olive oil and bake it at a high heat, essentially slow frying the chickpeas (insert: drooling emoji). the result is genius: crispy (but not dry) chickpeas, and a falafel-infused oil that is so flavorful i wanted to pour it over everything.

in the end you get the falafel with half the work, and a new technique for crisping chickpeas. it’s a wonderful recipe to have in your back pocket for weeknight dinners, gatherings (you could easily double the salad), potlucks, spring picnics, etc. i have a very good feeling you’re going to love this recipe :)

xo!



the deconstructed falafel salad | v

recipe from: FAMILY by hetty mckinnon

| serves 4 |

  • extra virgin olive oil

  • 2 bunches kale, stems removed and leaves torn

  • 1 persian cucumber, sliced into thin rounds

  • 3 cups (150g) store-bought pita chips (i omitted these, but you could easily substitute a gluten-free alternative)

  • handful of flat-leaf parsley leaves, roughly chopped

  • handful of mint leaves

  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges

  • sea salt

crispy roasted chickpeas

  • 18 ounces (500g) cooked chickpeas (about 2 drained cans), patted dry

  • extra virgin olive oil

  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • sea salt and black pepper

lemon tahini

  • 1/3 cup (90g) tahini

  • juice of 1 lemon, plus extra if needed

  • 1 garlic clove, very finely chopped

  • sea salt and black pepper

*hetty’s notes:

substitute

  • chickpeas: white beans, butter beans

  • omit pita chips for gluten free



method

  1. preheat oven to 425°F (220°C)

  2. for the crispy chickpeas, place the drained chickpeas in a small ovenproof dish. cover with olive oil, season well with two big pinches of sea salt and black pepper, and add the garlic, cumin, and paprika. stir to combine. roast for 35-40 minutes, until the chickpeas are crispy. set aside.

  3. for the salad, place a large frying pan over a medium heat and drizzle with oil. add the kale, in batches, along with a pinch of salt and cook 2-3 minutes, until wilted.

  4. to make the lemon tahini, pour the tahini into small bowl and whisk in the lemon juice and garlic. gradually add 1 tablespoon of water at a time, until the sauce is the consistency of thickened cream. if the tahini “seizes” and becomes very thick, add more water; it will eventually come back together to form a cohesive creamy sauce. season with sea salt and black pepper, and add more lemon juice if you like it lemony.

  5. combine the crispy chickpeas (and their cooking oil) with the kale, cucumber, half the pita chips and herbs. to serve, drizzle over the lemon tahini and scatter over the remaining pita chips. serve with lemon wedges on the side.


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mung bean & cilantro falafel tacos

mung bean & cilantro falafel tacos

chickpea & avocado tzatziki salad

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