New Yorkers looooove to complain. In the winter the slightest bit of snow makes everyone freak out and all the schools close. The summers, on the other hand, are too hot and everyone escapes to The Hamptons or Maine (I admit it sucks because there are too many tourists and it smells pretty bad).
Let me tell you what they are complaining about now. Apparently spring doesn’t last long enough and they keep saying “where is spring?”. The temperature is between 50-70 most days and we’ve been having a lot of rain. Now everyone likes a good Spring, but when did we (they) get this idea that Spring was a walk in the park? The earth is literally regrowing itself! Give it a break.
This morning I woke up to a grey sky again and a dampness in the air that felt like a rainforest and you know what? It was so beautiful! That is Spring! Everyday there is something new, like little presents left out for us every morning, the tress have more leaves and the grass looks greener. I’m a Spring baby and I embrace the rain and the mess, bring it.
(I do think that some of them mean that soon it will be like 100 degrees because of global warming and they feel Spring is shorter than it used to be. But they’d probably complain anyway. Enjoy it while you can!)
I’ve been a little obsessed with the smells of flowers as of late. I almost feel intoxicated by them sometimes. Lilacs are just the best thing ever, they make me feel so good about life. I tried to make a little dessert with them but it wasn’t quite right, but I won’t give up!
Rose water is also the bomb and is perfect for spring. I put some in my marinated beets this weekend and it was delightful. It might not be everyone’s cup of tea but I can’t get enough. I added some rose to this rhubarb cake that I made Tuesday as it was pouring rain outside. A couple of weeks ago I got quite soaked walking from the train and when I got home it stopped raining, classic, so I made this cake because. And oh my gosh almond flour cakes are so moist and I think I might even like the texture better than regular flour. So this cake, from Green Kitchen Stories, was my jam and I used that and just adapted a bit.
Rhubarb is RAD!
Rhubarb Rose Upside Down Yogurt Cake
4-5 stalks of rhubarb, cut into 2 inch pieces on an angle, and cut in half if really thick
4 tbsp honey
1/2 cup water
1 tsp rose water
2 cups almond flour
1/2 cup rice flour (white, brown or sweet)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
7 tbsp butter, room temperature
1/2 cup honey
1 cup yogurt
3 eggs separated
-heat the honey, water and rose water in a medium saucepan until the honey is dissolved. add all the rhubarb, or in batches so they aren’t crowded. cook the rhubarb until slightly soft but not mushy (I did mine too long, it happens quick so watch out!) and strain out. put to the side. cook down the liquid some more if yo need to use as a syrup at the end.
-preheat oven to 350 degrees.
-combine flours, baking powder and salt. in separate bowl mix the butter with the honey (with a hand mixer or stand mixer). add the egg yolks and mix well. mix the flour into the butter mixture.
-beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. gently fold in the egg whites and the yogurt and mix well.
-line a spring form pan with parchment paper all the way up the sides. lay the rhubarb in a nice pattern, better than mine! a circle is nice, red on the outside and green on the inside is also nice. pour the cake batter on top. bake for 50-55 minutes. let it cool a bit before flipping and removing the spring form. our the rest of the rose honey syrup!
enjoy! (I had mine with some Early Grey tea, my other new, or renewed, obsession)